Belgian fries, pig popcorn, sausage from a home-improvement store, bacon brownies (pictured!) and more stunning dishes and divine drinks you should be tasting right now.
Perfectly named for these troubled times, the Stock Market Crunch Sundae is a mountain of flavors that evoke childhood: Rocky Road ice cream, crumbled pretzels, peanut butter sauce. It may not bring back your job or your earning power, but it’s a nice break from the dread of ... well, our own stock-market crunch. We! Are! The 99 percent!
Franklin Fountain, 116 Market St. 215.627.1899. franklinfountain.com
Wine List at Fish
Tim Kweeder has spent time in critically lauded restaurants, wine boutiques and traveling through Argentina. All of his experiences have made him one of the most well-versed winos in Philly. He brought knowledge to Fish (before his exit this month), sourcing many an interesting wine like the singular and citrusy Rene Geoffroy Rose Champagne. Kweeder’s experience, thirst for knowledge and uncanny likeness to Goose from Top Gun will make him a major player for years to come. The wine list at Fish remains proof of that.
Fish, 1708 Lombard St. 215.545.9600. fishphilly.com
Chicken Italiano at Shank’s
Ladies and gentlemen, make way for a classic. We feel we must reintroduce you. Because, uh, have you seen that blasphemous Arby’s commercial touting their so-called authentic “Philly” sandwich? It’ll make your fuckin’ blood boil. (Maybe that’s just us—we have rage issues.) Especially when you consider that our venerable Shank’s created an authentic Philly sandwich classic long ago: chicken cutlet sandwich with tender broccoli rabe and sharp provolone on a Sarcone’s French loaf. And Shank’s version is pan-fried to order and large enough to feed two. Now that’s real Philly.
Shank’s, 901 S. Columbus Blvd. 215.218.4000. shanksoriginal.com
Pig Popcorn at Barbuzzo
Yep: It tastes exactly as decadent as the name implies, harnessing everything good about pigging out on pig. Essentially grown-up pork rinds with a pedigree, these may be the best starter in a neighborhood with no shortage of great noshes. Paired with a beer, it’s damn near ambrosial.
Barbuzzo, 110 S. 13th St. 215.546.9300. barbuzzo.com
Potato Latke at Honey’s Sit n’ Eat
This Southern-meets-Jewish-deli fare is the perfect combo of nostalgia no matter where you’re from. The latke is thick, deep-fried with a crusty outer layer and an almost creamy potato filling. Slather some ketchup, hot sauce or applesauce on that bad boy to make a hearty side for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Honey’s Sit n’ Eat, 800 N. Fourth St. 215.925.1150. honeyssitneat.com
Cemitas Mexican-Style Sandwich
Chef Joe Cicala of East Passyunk Ave’s Abruzze restaurant Le Virtu recommended this tightly packed number on a sesame-seed roll and it didn’t disappoint. Ripe tomatoes, sweet onions and creamy avocado with the pungent cilantro-like herb papalo and smoky chipotle on your choice of a pork, beef or fried chicken cutlet is an intense and tasty way to fill you up before you start your shift on the line.
Rosticeria y Taqueria Los Volcanes, 1924 S. Fifth St. 215.467.2284
Pork Banh Mi at Pho Cali
Last time we did Must Eats, Pho Cali’s wonderfully fragrant and delicious Shrimp Pho made the cut. This time, it’s their out-of-this-world Pork Banh Mi. The price alone would make this sammy one of the great deals in the city: Under $5, it’s a complete meal on a roll. But the fact that it tastes as intensely flavorful as it does—hitting sweet, salty and tangy all in perfect balance—raises it to the level of the miraculous.
Pho Cali, 1000 Arch St. 215.629.1888.
We’ve been stuffing ourselves to the gills around here with soul food from every corner of this fair city. And in the Food & Drink Issue you can see where, exactly, we’ve been doing it. Dig in.
PW has compiled a list of the 50 best things to eat and drink in Philly rightthisverymoment. We’ve included—in no particular order—some entrenched favorites (Osteria pizza, Cape May Salts) but mostly illuminated the new and newly discovered: everything from offbeat beers (Alehoof Grut) to cheeses with stories to tell (Mancuso ricotta). They might just become your next favorites. They’re already ours.
The 2014 Philadelphia Spring Guide