Tongue tacos, Italian milkshakes, candy-coated flapjacks and 47 other delicious foods and drinks you should be tasting right now.
The Bloody Mary, done right, is a meal. And one way to do it right is to use fresh horseradish. That’s the secret of the Mary at Royal Tavern: Tiny chopped bits of fresh horseradish float generously throughout the tomato juice, Worcestershire and vodka for a serious, chewy kick. Add to that a garnish of fat olives, lemon and lime, and voila! Dinner is served. Royal Tavern, 937 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.389.6694. royaltavern.com
Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich
Sometimes you just want something simple: toasted bread, fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, gooey cheese, salt, pepper. At Justin’s they’ve mastered the breakfast sandwich and it’s a thing of beauty. It also happens to be the perfect hangover food. Order two. Justin’s Snack Corner, 601 S. 52nd St. 215.474.3509
Food groupies like The Guardian ’s Joshua Stein hold Washington Avenue’s Pho 75 in the highest esteem—from eye round and skirt steak to brisket and tender quenelles of forcemeat, it’s the place to get your beef on. We’re partial to Chinatown’s Pho Cali and its shrimp pho—the intensely savory batch of aromatic beef broth isn’t redundantly full of more beef but rather sweet shellfish. Crisp mung bean sprouts, Thai basil, fresh lime wedges and slices of jalapeños brighten up the dish. Pho Cali, 1000 Arch St. 215.629.1888
Brawler Pugilist Style Ale
Beer geeks get all hot and bothered these days over high-alcohol beers. If you fall off your stool after a couple Belgian heavy hitters, Yards has the brew for you. The up front malt of the Brawler is “crafted in the style of English session ales.” This means that theoretically you can drink it all day at your next family picnic without getting wasted and sticking your dick in the potato salad (again). Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Ave. 215.634.2600. yardsbrewing.com
Known in inner circles for its righteous red velvet cake and unusual James Beard Award-winning chocolates (absinthe, Chianti Valley saffron) from Tuscan artisan Andrea Bianchini, La Golosa flies largely under the dessert-lounge radar. That’s good, since two’s company and three’s a crowd at this bonbon-sized boutique decorated with dramatic black-and-white safari photos and couture chocolate bars displayed on bookshelves like rare first-editions. If you’ve never thought of milkshakes as Italian, let owner Fabio Scarpelli spin you one of his thick, frothy frullati. Blended with 56 percent or 70 percent cacoa dark chocolate and smart additions like white pepper and cardamom, fresh bananas, cinnamon or chili, the mainstay of American malt shops takes on a distinctly European sensibility. La Golosa, 806 S. Sixth St. 215.925.1003. golosacafe.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