First of all, thanks so much to those of you who helped me decide on restaurants. My experience in Philly was amazing. I couldn't believe it took us less than 2 hours to get there and I don't know what took so long for me to visit your wonderful city.
My husband and I arrived at around 10 on Friday morning, parked the car at the lot and was able to check into the hotel early. We immediately took a walk to the Colombe coffee and ordered Americano with two shots. Seriously, the best coffee we've ever had, smooth and velvety with no note of bitterness and acidity. It was like biting into a nice chocolate bar. After a little sight tour in the old city, we went to the High street on Market for lunch. We both ordered some cool white wines. We ordered the roast pork sandwich, roman style pizza of the day and cauliflower, roasted beets and roasted asparagus which come in a large wooden bowl. They were all so very delicious. Unfortunately, we both got sick immediately after eating at the restaurant. I got better after awhile but my husband's misery started from then on to the next day. We went back to the hotel and rested(him mostly in the bathroom) Of course that didn't stop us going to our meal at Vernick that same night. I must say, our meal at Vernick was just simply amazing. It was the best meal we've had in USA(best still being France). We ordered escargot on toast, which was the special of the day, Spanish mackerel with capers and black truffle, sea urchin warm scrambled eggs, crispy potato and shishito peppers, grilled octopus and for the main, we got seafood & shellfish roast. I also ordered a few cocktails and wine(none for my husband unfortunately). The sea urchin was definitely the best dish and the main dish was also very very good with generous amount of fresh fish and shellfish including eels. They were wood fire roasted then simmered in its own broth. For dessert, we split a strawberry rhubarb pie with lemon thyme ice cream which had alot of crispy and rich crumbs on top and the ice cream was amazing too. Interesting, my husband was ok after this meal(though he did have to drink a whole bottle of Pepto).
The next day for brunch, we went to the Village Whiskey and ordered more cocktails for me and their signature Whiskey King burger that came with foie gras and duck fat fried potatoes. My husband got shrimp and grits.
Again, food was delicious, genuine and clean...though I doubt the fries were fried in pure duck fat and the foie gras was pretty small.
I picked up some package coffee and desserts from the Colombe coffee. Their desserts especially the canele was the best canele I've tasted outside of France. I've had a lot of Canele in NYC but none as good as the one from the Colombe coffee. I am sure they source their goodies from a local bakery.
One thing I noticed about food in Philly is its use of ingredients. You can tell they are using local and high quality ingredients as you can taste that in the food.
Unfortunately, because of my husband's sickness, we couldn't visit the Reading Terminal Food market, famous steak cheese sandwiches and other dessert places but since Philly is so close from us, we will be back soon!