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Starting to plan a trip to Philly in July, seeking recommendations!

Big Bad Voodoo Lou | May 4, 201503:35 PM

Hey, Philly folks. I'll be visiting in mid-July for a conference and staying at the Marriott Downtown without a car. I've been to your fine city once before, but I was staying all the way out at Temple University without a car, so I didn't get to explore very much. The culinary highlights were the Reading Terminal Market and Osteria, although I wouldn't bother returning to Osteria.

I've planned my trip so I arrive early on a Friday, with nothing to do for the rest of the day other than do touristy stuff, explore, and eat. I was thinking about checking out the Italian Market, since I love delis, cured meats, pasta, sandwiches, etc. Is it worth the trip? If so, what do I HAVE to hit? And is it worth it to make a special trip to Pat's and Geno's and do a taste test?

Once I start my conference events on the Saturday, I intend to have lunch at Reading Terminal Market every day. I had some of the best sandwiches of my life at DiNic's (I had the roast pork with peppers; this time I'm going with the pulled pork with rabe), Salumeria (best hoagie I've ever had), and the Rib Stand, and I look forward to returning. I'll also pick up snacks there, and bring as many unique groceries back home to Florida as I can.

But unfortunately, the Market closes at 5 or 6, and I'll have four dinners to think about. This time, I really want to explore Chinatown. We have great Vietnamese food in Orlando, believe it or not, but I don't have much experience with authentic, traditional Chinese food. Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodles is already on my short-list as a must-visit destination, but I'll take recommendations for there, and for anywhere else in the area. I have no idea who I'll be having dinners with while I'm there, but I have no problem eating alone either.

As you can tell, I'm not nearly as interested in higher-end dining, but I absolutely love visiting local favorites whenever I travel, eating my way through markets, street food, sandwiches, stuff like that. Unfortunately I don't (can't) drink, but I'll take any recommendations about anything! Thank you in advance.

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown,
Reading Terminal Market,
Pat's King of Steaks,
Pats Pizzeria,
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