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Mar 29 2016

Southern, Soul & Caribbean Food Satisfy Philly Diners

Caribbean Cuisine Week Celebrates Island Flavors This Spring

Nothing’s more satisfying than a plate of down-home eats, and thankfully, Philly’s dining scene is rich in catfish, jerk chicken and macaroni and cheese. Whether it’s a gourmet spin on turkey wings, a zesty bowl of jambalaya or a slice of sweet-potato pie, hearty goodness abounds at the region’s soul, southern, Cajun, Cuban and Caribbean eateries. Caribbean Cuisine Week (April 13-15, 2016) celebrates island flavors while raising funds for 700 high school athletes from Jamaica, Grenada, St. Vincent, the Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago participating in the Penn Relays.

Here’s a look of some of the mouthwatering delights sure to

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Jun 10 2016

Philadelphia Food Trucks Satisfy

The Mobile Food Movement Flourishes In Many City Neighborhoods Via Classic, Casual & Contemporary Cuisine

Say it five times fast: Philly’s fallen for food trucks. From Temple University’s campus to South Philly, the beyond-fun dining craze continues to rage. If a diner craves something, chances are he or she can source it on wheels: brick-oven soppressata pizza (Pitruco Pizza), green-tea macaroons (Sugar Philly), gourmet mac and cheese (Mac Mart), sweet-cream ice cream (Zsa’s Ice Cream), pour-over coffee (Cloud Coffee). That’s not even mentioning staples such as soul food, cheesesteaks, crepes and falafel.

Lunch seekers can find trucks all over the city, especially near universities, but

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Jan 11 2016

Philly's Hottest Sips

Exotic Cocoas, Creative Cocktails & Sweet Sips Top The List Of The Region’s Winter Libations

Huddling around a steamy cup is one of winter’s greatest pleasures, and Philadelphia’s restaurants, bars, cafes and tearooms offer plenty of delicious options. Be it a cocoa infused with habanero and orange, a julep with bourbon and mint tea or an old-timey hot fountain soda, this season’s drinks call for leisurely enjoyment. Here are a few of the most tempting hot beverages in town:

Coziest Cocoa:

  • A creative cannoli bakery in the Italian Market, Café Crema pays equal attention to its drinks. The hot chocolate bar is stocked with all manner of meltables—including red velvet, peppermint, peanut butter and
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Dec 11 2015

Philadelphia Does Grilled Cheese Great

Cheesemongers & Specialists Lead Philly’s Craze For The Childhood Fave

The grilled cheese sandwich, once considered so plain it was relegated to kids’ menus, has now gained grown-up favor and flavor among specialty food vendors, lunch spots and esteemed eateries in and around Philadelphia. Sure, a couple slices of American slapped on buttered white bread will do at home, but those eating out can discover the joys of melted manchego, sharp provolone, brie and enhancements such as fried jalapenos and homemade brisket. Here’s where to find downright upscale versions of a formerly simple sandwich:

The Classic, Only Better:

  • Old City’s Farmicia takes the first part of its name seriously
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Dec 3 2015

Philly's All Buttered Up With Biscuits

The Southern Staple Finds Its Way Into The Region’s Restaurants, Pubs and Cafes

Once a relatively rare item on area menus, biscuits suddenly seem to take the (savory) cake in Philadelphia. Mitch Prensky’s Scratch Biscuits, a fast-casual concept devoted entirely to the flaky rounds, gives diners endless possibilities, while just about every major bruncherie now serves up a sausage gravy plate or egg sandwich starring the buttery treat. Whether topped with bacon onion jam, baked with golden cheddar or slathered with honey butter, Philly biscuits tenderly hold their own against the competition.

Here are just a few favorites:

Gravy Train:

  • Before he sold his Vetri Family restaurant group to Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters,
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Feb 18 2015

Meatballs Roll Into Philly In A Big Way

Philadelphia Restaurants Are Having A Ball With This Comfort Food Trend

On top of spaghetti, covered with cheese, tucked into a roll, grilled on a skewer—meatballs in all forms abound in Philadelphia, and not just in South Philly, the city’s largely Italian enclave. There are traditional Italian versions with gravy (Villa di Roma, for starters), Vietnamese pork balls in noodle soup (Vietnam), vegetarian tofu-ball sandwiches (Magic Carpet) and luxuriant rounds of short-rib hand-rolled by celebrity chefs (Barbuzzo). Here’s a look at some of the most memorable meatballs in the region:

Old-School Meatballs:

  • Repeat winner of the Golden Meatball Challenge between South Philadelphia and
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Nov 3 2014

Philly's Signature Sandwiches: Cheesesteaks & Hoagies

Here in Philly, cheesesteaks and hoagies are civic icons, tourist draws and cultural obsessions. Often imitated around the world, the sandwiches are rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia. Get the lowdown on the cheesesteak and the hoagie at visitphilly.com/cheesesteaks and visitphilly.com/hoagies.

What Is A Cheesesteak?:
A cheesesteak is a long, crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed ribeye beef and melted cheese. Generally, the cheese of choice is Cheez Whiz®, but American and provolone are common substitutions. The art of cheesesteak preparation lies in the balance of flavors, textures and what is often referred to as

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Jul 7 2014

African Fare Awakens Philadelphia's Palate

Authentic Dishes Around The City Allow Diners To Savor African Flavors

The growing popularity of culinary and travel shows have inspired Americans to explore the countries of their ancestral heritage and the cultural traditions of their neighbors. Philadelphia and The Countryside adds to this global sense of community with a number of pan-African restaurants, enabling epicureans to use their plate as a passport to dine across the Diaspora. Here’s a look:

West Philadelphia:

  • A local institution, Abyssinia is a hit with vegetarians and the meat-eaters in their lives. Authentic Eritrean/Ethiopian preparations of lentils, beans, chicken, beef and lamb dishes wonderfully mix and match with the bar’s assortment of beers.
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Dec 31 2013

A New Wave Of Authentic Taquerias & Roving Trucks Make Philly A Bona Fide Taco Town

South Philly Leads The City’s Taco Craze

Little by little, Philly’s turned into a bona fide taco town. Between the mom-and-pop taquerias of South Philly, tried-and-true tequila bars, a roving pack of lunch trucks and the newest crop of gringo-owned joints, there’s truly a taco for everyone and their hermano. Here’s where the hungry masses can get their tacos on:

New-Wave Mexican:

  • Fishtown’s divey Loco Pez found its inspiration in L.A.’s fusion-y taco trucks, and the result is a mix-and-match menu of fun and sometimes unexpected flavors. There’s the Gabacho (ground beef in a crispy shell), for instance, or a seitan-and-spinach combo for the vegan crowd.
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Dec 22 2014

The Philly Cheesesteak: Two New Videos Give The Mouthwatering Scoop On This Iconic Sandwich

Learn How To Order & What Makes Them So Great

Here in Philly, the cheesesteak is a civic icon, tourist draw and cultural obsession, and now two short new videos created by VISIT PHILADELPHIA® show how to order this iconic sandwich and what makes it so great. The videos are on view at visitphilly.com/cheesesteaks, where visitors can read about the history of the often-imitated sandwich and find a list of the top 10 spots to get authentic Philly cheesesteaks.

“Every successful destination needs a few strong brands, and the cheesesteak is undeniably one of ours,” said Meryl Levitz, president & CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “We want to do everything we

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