5 Must Try Restaurants in Philadelphia

Planning a trip to the City of Brotherly Love?  Then you definitely want to bookmark our latest post because we’re about to drop some serious knowledge on y’all.  We recently made a trip up to PHL, and we’re pumped to tell you about 5 must try restaurants in Philadelphia.  With everything from fancy ass donuts to bomb tacos, these places left us completely and utterly satisfied.  So without further ado, let’s get to it!

1. Middle Child

If you’re in the mood for delicious sandwiches, Middle Child’s an absolute must.  Located on 248 South 11th Street, this unassuming gem’s open Tuesday through Friday from 10AM-3PM and Saturday/Sunday from 9AM-3PM, only serving brekkie Fri-Sun.

middle child philadelphia

Expect perfectly constructed sammiches that are stuffed full with copious amounts of filling.  Our favorite was their Court Street’s Reuben, but we hear amazing things about their So Long Sal, Phoagie, and Shopsin Club.  They also offer dope vegan and vegetarian options so there’s something for everyone!  Swing by for some of the best sandwiches you’ll ever have the pleasure of devouring!

2.  Federal Donuts

You can’t visit Philly without trying a donut (…or 6) at Federal Donuts – seriously, get at least a half dozen.  Their chicken sandwich is also delicious…and you can’t forget their za’atar fries.  Yeah, just go and get everything because it’s all gonna be tasty AF!

With 9 locations in the area, this popular staple easily lives up to the hype and then some.  They offer both “hot fresh” and “fancy” donuts, but why choose between the two when you can get ’em all.  Life’s short, eat all the things.

Their hot fresh donuts are tossed in house blended sugars while their fancy donuts are topped with creative glazes that are made from scratch each morning.  If available, definitely make sure to get their cookies ‘n cream and their nutella caramel because those were our personal favorites, and we guarantee you’ll experience waves of ecstasy with each bite.

As mentioned previously, they’re also famous for their chicken sandwich.  This twice-fried chicken breast is coated in their house ranch seasoning then topped with American cheese, pickles, and spicy rooster sauce on a Martin’s potato roll.  It’s that’s only made better with a side of their freshly fried taters!

3.  Pizzeria Vetri

We know Detroit-style pizza is all the rage right now, but we gotta shout out Pizzeria Vetri because their Neapolitan brick oven ‘za was everything!  They believe slow fermentation and the freshest flour make the perfect pizza crust, and after trying their food, we can’t disagree.  They cook it in a 650 degree oven to get their signature leoparded look, and the texture’s out of this world – think crisp on the outside, but nice and chewy on the inside.

pizzeria vetri

Choose from fun flavor combinations or build-your-own.  We personally recommend their Crudo, but we’re partial to prosciutto so we may or may not be biased.  Made with fresh mozzarella, parmesan and a generous amount of our favorite charcuterie, this pie was nothing short of spectacular.

And although their known for their pizza, their calzones are incredible as well!  Definitely make sure to try the potato gratin if it’s still available – if not, their meatball and escarole’s a great option as well.

4.  South Philly Barbacoa

Who else loves Chef’s Table though?  Can we just talk about how amazing that show is?  And how amazing chef Cristina Martinez’s story is?  After seeing her episode for the umpteenth time, trying her food was a must during our trip, no ifs, ands or buts.

south philly barbacoa

Located on 1140 South 9th Street, this hole-in-the-wall establishment’s only open on weekends from 5AM-5PM and is cash only.  So hit up an ATM machine and go earlier rather than later because they often sell out, and it’d be a shame to miss out on some of the best barbacoa you’ll ever have the pleasure of devouring.

south philly barbacoa sweet tamale

So, here’s how it works.  You get your tacos first, then add whatever hot sauces and toppings your heart desires.  Choose from a selection of 3 + cilantro, onions, green peppers and cactus.  If you’re joining them on their “patio,” they’ll bring out drinks, soup or whatever else you ordered directly to you.

Tacos are obviously a given (get the pancita and the barbacoa), but their consome, sweet tamales and horchata are musts as well.  PS.  parking’s near impossible so wear your walking shoes and expect to circle around for a good while!

5.  Pete’s Place

Run by the amazing chef Peter Serpico, Pete’s Place is his new takeout and delivery concept in South Philly, offering “kinda Korean” dishes with everything from chicken ramen to traditional staples like ssam, bibimbap and soontofu stew.

pete's place tsukemen

Whether you’re in the mood for Korean fried chicken wings (serious yum) or a bowl of his tsukemen style kimchi noodles (yum squared), his food’s a perfect mix of comfort and creativity.  Just make sure you save room for dessert because his rice pudding could legit stop wars!  To learn more about our nom experience here, click for a more in-depth look, Nomsters.

rice pudding

Alright everyone, we hope you enjoyed reading our latest food guide on must try restaurants in Philadelphia.  This was our first time visiting Philly, but it sure as hell won’t be our last.  We’re definitely planning to make another trip up so keep an eye out for more delish content coming your way!  Let us know what you thought of our picks by leaving a comment below, and stay tuned!

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