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NYer in Philly - Looking for the real, soul of the city

Jeffsayyes | Sep 21, 2011 09:04 PM

Hey everyone, I've put posts up like this before in Montreal and Pittsburgh, and it's worked out great each time. I fell in love with both cities, and hope the same will be true for your city.

Basically, I'm coming in for about 4 days next week. I've always thought of Philly as being a bit gritty with a lot of character, therefore it must have some great food. Right??

I'm asking for your help in finding some great, real, local places to eat. What I appreciate are the cuisines which tell the character of the city. I'm coming from Queens, NY so please keep in mind the food that I used to eating. I probably won't be eating your best sushi or Mexican food, but I'm really looking forward to some awesome hoagies, roast pork, and vietnamese food. Anything regional and street based are great too. Also, what immigrant populations and heritages are specific to Philadelphia? I'm a pizza hound in NYC, but am always interested in regional styles too.

I'm supposed to meet one of my heroes, Holly Moore of hollyeats.com, who I've already gone through his Philly list and scrubbed it for my best interests. I will continue to search out more great places to eat, and things to do. Here is my map of places that I want to go to: http://g.co/maps/a5buk

You can see more about the type of places I eat on my site linked in my profile.

Your help is much appreciated. I'm scrubbing the boards now for stuff that sounds interesting, let's see what more we can come up with. (recommendations outside food are appreciated too, I know very little about the city as of today).

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