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Toronto to Philadelphia - tapas, cheeseteaks, sports bars, the market and more!


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Toronto to Philadelphia - tapas, cheeseteaks, sports bars, the market and more!

pinstripeprincess | | Oct 30, 2006 02:01 PM

this is coming out a bit late as i'll be down there this tuesday to saturday (oct 31 - nov 4) but i will have internet access and shall be checking regularly. anyhow, i'm driving down to philadelphia with one other person and we'll be staying in university city (i'll be doing contract work during the day) for the first few days and in the city centre (.5 miles away from reading market) friday night to saturday. i'd love it if i can get some advice on the following, thanks for any insights!

Tuesday - Bar Ferdinand (we're looking for casual tapas, how does it compare to Amada?)
Wednesday - Fork (if we can't get in, any recommedations nearby?)
Thursday - Sports Bar (list of options below, please help!)
Friday - Viet tapas at Fork then dinner at Ansill


i expect that after dinner/before we might end up hitting some watering holes, so far we've gleaned the following from the board/other sites. i'm mostly looking for fantastic beer options (our micro-brews in toronto just don't do it for me) and a suggestion with good bar food (items unique to philly a plus) for Thursday night. i think spanish fries falls into what i'm looking for... so which places should i avoid and which places should i hit up not on these lists?

Best Beer:
1) Standard Tap (near BF?)
2) Monks (close to south st.)
3) Nodding Head (also close to south st.)

Coolest 'Scene':
1) Sugar Moms
2) Bob and Barbaras (also close to south st., gay?,
drag on thursday)
3) Doobies

The quitesential 'Philly' Bars: (Where you should send
the tourists)
1) Bob and Barbaras (If they can get over the smoke
and noise)
2) Continental Midtown
3) Nodding Head

"Eulogy is my favorite. Awesome beer and totally
un-packed unlike Monk's. "

can you suggest a couple locations with a good selection at which i can purchase beer to take back with me?


we're probably going to hit a few joints but right now it looks like the ones at the top of our list are Steve's Prince of Steaks (do they have a second location?), John's Roast Pork, and Jim's Steaks. i realize this is no small debate, but are there any other places that we should add in for a good comparison? we might do up pat's and geno's just for the touristy factor.


Soul Food:
i know that there is supposidly a truck that sells jamaican or soul food in front of the post office at 30th st station, does it still exist? where else might we find some good options? the past posts are really outdated, 2002, would love some help here.

i just found this old posting of a baptist church at 16th and fitzwater, can anyone else vouch for it?


Lunch Trucks:
so speaking of the truck in front of 30th st station... i'm trying to get a better hang of lunch trucks in university city (where i'll be working during the day) and in the city centre (where my friend will be touring). i know of the strip with magic carpet, mexicali, crepewalk, etc, but are there any other major streets with a great selection of places? i actually haven't done the chinese food ones, Yue Kee and the Real Le Ahn. worth it? i live in a mecca of good chinese food and might be more tempted to get "authentic" american-chinese for the sake of diversity/an experience.

this is the best thread i could find for university cit:

any must tries in the city centre area? anything different/unique?


Reading Terminal Market:
i'm at a loss for words, it sounds fantastic and i think i'm just more concerned about where not to go. i'll likely be spending all my saturday there touring around eating and what not, but i think i'm most interested in finding out what exactly i should bring back with me. pennsylvannia dutch items sound interesting, but is there anything specific that anyone might suggest?

i'm really at a loss with all the postings but anyone wanting to chime in with favourites would be well appreciated. i'm pretty sure we're bringing a cooler down with us and i'll be packing it up with leftover bites and bits to bring back.


i'm travelling with a barbecue fanatic, good solid smoke flavouring seems to be his favourite and if there's a not to miss option for this i'd love to know it too.

we found a listing for this sweet lucy's place that started off as a truck, the comments generally seem favourable but does anything pop up as better?


thanks thanks and a million more thanks for reading my ridiculous posting. i hope to document it all once we're done and i'll report back in a manner a little less daunting. i finally get to eat around philadelphia after my 5th trip in! i'm so excited.