Have done some homework on Philadelphia restaurants (will be staying within the downtown area) but would like some additional feedback or corrections. Among other things, it appears that:
1. Reading Market is a good place to go for cheap eats, especially grazing.
2. Bassett's is the ice cream of choice.
3. Cheese steaks -- good options would include Jim's, Tony Luke's, John's, Rick's. Geno's and Pat's are not good options despite their fame.
4. Roast pork sandwiches with cheese and rabe or spinach -- good options would include Tony Luke's, John's, DiNic's.
5. City Tavern is touristy, opinion seems divided, but some definite positives. Looks like the food is akin to Pennsylvania Dutch cooking with some classic German slants.
6. DiNardo's is a good place for crab.
7. Chinatown: Sang Kee, Lee How Fook, Vietnam seem to be good choices.
8. Fisher's is good for pretzels.
Corrections to the above are welcome.
Any other local cuisine specialties I'm missing? I'm also open to other possibilities -- might try one pricier spot, but will likely stay mid-range to inexpensive. Preference goes to something you can't get in Boston and that stays within the downtown area or on safe public transport routes. No national chains in any price range.
Also saw these recent threads: