Tongue tacos, Italian milkshakes, candy-coated flapjacks and 47 other delicious foods and drinks you should be tasting right now.
Black n Brew Cakes
While Sabrina’s may hold the French toast title, pancakes belong to Black n Brew. Chef/owner Colleen DeCesare serves the golden flapjacks in stacks of two and three—the wide cakes are so to-the-edges-of-the-plate you only need the short order. We love them partly for their crisp, butter-tanned edges, but mostly because of the gooey butterscotch syrup that’s like melted Werther’s Originals all over top. Black n Brew, 1523 E. Passyunk Ave. 267.639.6070. blackbrew.net
Cape May Salt Oysters
The story of the Cape May Salt is well-known but worth repeating: Once the mainstay of the Atlantic oyster industry, Cape Mays nearly went extinct in the early 1950s from overfishing, parasites and pollution. Slow Food USA came to the rescue in the mid-’90s, working with Atlantic Capes Fisheries and Rutgers to introduce a low-impact plan for recultivating these briny beauties. They now thrive in Delaware Bay, as well as in local raw bars like Union Trust Steak House, where they’re buck-a-shuck at happy hour. Petite and salty-sweet, Cape Mays are to oysters what Bluecoat is to gin: the gateway drug, the agreeable introduction that leads to a lifelong (and all-the-richer-for-it) love affair. Union Trust Steak House, 717 Chestnut St. 215.925.6000. uniontruststeakhouse.com
Quite simply, there is no better loaf baked in the city ... Parc, 227 S. 18th St. 215.545.2263. parc-restaurant.com
… except maybe the sourdough from Holmesburg’s Wildflour team. The flour-dusted loaves are dense as mattresses but springy as marshmallows, with a trim wheat-colored crust and the wonderful funk of fermentation. Wildflour Bakery, 8701 Torresdale Ave. 215.624.3300. wildflourbakery.net
Perfect for liberal spreading on either of the above. Churned by Peach Bottom, Pa.’s Arrowsmith clan from the milk of their pastured Jersey cows, the butter is so rich, yellow and freshly sweet, you might mistake it for banana ice cream. Available in limited quantities at the Headhouse farmers’ market. Hillacres Pride, 194 Arcadia Trace Road, Peach Bottom. 717.548.9031. hillacrespride.com
Here’s what we love about food in Philadelphia: everything. No, seriously. From the street vendor’s commonest cheesesteak to the most subtly spiced French-Asian hybrid delicacy, it’s all good. But some of it? Some of it is awesome. So here are 50 suggestions for dishes, ranging from sophisticated to speedy, that you’ve just got to try—whether you’re in town for the day or here for keeps.
People, you may have noticed, are fat. Real fat. And getting bigger every day. But lost in the endless conversations about the no-longer-new obesity epidemic that threatens to sink our country into a pit of health-care debt we can never pay is a very real and glaringly obvious fact: We’re all a hell of a lot skinnier than we could be.
The first PW reader to document they've had all 50 items on our list wins $100 in gift certificates to fabulous Philly restaurants. It's that easy, and that delicious.
PW's Summer Guide 2014