First, I'd like to thank everyone for helping me plan my trip this past weekend. I had a great time!
It all started at a pizza place off 30 or 38W (i forget). We left nyc a little later than expected and got hungry midway. We had a buffalo chicken cheesesteak that was really tasty. Juicy, smothered in sauce and bleu cheese. My boyfriend asked for it on a hoagie. Good call, otherwise it would've been served in a wrap. We might've lucked out with the one good thing this place has, b/c the pizza and fries were aweful.
Cheesesteaks: In order of what my boyfriend and I liked best. Ordered the wiz with at the first three places.
Geno's: I thought this place was great. They had the right amount of everything in their sandwich. I liked the gawdiness of all the lights. It's like the times square of philly.. all on it's own. My boyfriend wanted to go back for another one before we left, but I convinced him to try a different place instead (Jim's).
Jim's: Enjoyed the cheesesteak. Came second to Geno's only because I thought there wasn't enough cheese to balance the amount of meat. A bit more onions wouldn't hurt either. But overall a tasty sandwich.
Pat's: Everything about Pat's was inferior to Geno's. The bread, the meat, the ketchup... not enough cheese and onions and too much meat. The bread tasted a little stale.. and the meat not so fresh either.
Ishka(something or other): We picked this place at random.. near Jim's. Wanted to do what we did with Pat's and Geno's. Get two different ones and compare. Had the south philly cheesesteak. Sucked. Bland and overcooked. Also had the fried mushrooms, fries and onion rings. basically something you can get at a fast food joint.
Wanted to try John's but didn't know the address...
City Tavern: Pleasant dinner. The food was good. Average, nothing that would blow your mind. The space was nice. Felt like I was eating in someone's home. It's a neat idea that the recipes for food and beer were from the 18th century. I liked the gimmicky outfits too. Waiter was very pleasant. Probably not a place I would go to often if I lived in town, but I would definitely recommend this to someone who is and wants to be a tourist.
Lakeside Deli: Had dimsum there. Dimsum in NY is better overall, but the stand outs were the chicken feet and sticky rice. The chicken feet there is better than what I've had in NY. (By the way, this is my fave dimsum dish.) It had great flavor and was cooked perfectly. I liked the sticky rice with all the chinese sausage in it. The places in NY makes it with one slice mixed in with other stuff. But, this is how I remember the sticky rice back when I was a kid.
RTM: Started off with a roast pork sandwich at DiNic's. Yummy. Then had the chicken pesto crepe at the crepe place. That was tasty. It was fun sitting at the counter watching them make them. Then stopped by 4th St. cookies and bought 4 cookies. They were all delicious!! And soft.. just how I like my cookies.. I think my fave was the oatmeal with walnuts.. It just melted in my mouth!! Then stopped over at Termini for the ricotta cannoli. It was good, but similar to what I've had in NY.
Bars: In order of what I liked best..
Monk's: Great atmosphere and beer selection. Surprised it was as packed as it was on a Sunday afternoon.
Eulogy: Liked the atmosphere. Good beer too.
Khyber: Didn't pay the $8 cover and went upstairs instead. Upstairs was packed!! It took awhile to get drinks b/c it was so busy. It was also hard to find a spot to stand where we'd stay out of the way. Found a nice spot against the wall but still got knocked around a couple of times. The sound system they have sucks. But off and on they played pretty good music.
Nodding Head: Beer was okay. Liked tasting the different beer. Bartender was great.
Brownie's: Average bar.
Independence: They can't get their beer straight. They served me a beer and insisted it was Koelsch... and I don't think it was. Especially since my boyfriend ordered the sampler and his Koelsch tasted nothing like mine.
Black Sheep: Snore.
RTM: All the food!! And it all tasted great!!
Franklin Institute: Liked the heart, electricity and planetarium.
National Constitution Center: The show was great. I got tired of reading after awhile.
Liberty Bell: It's a bell. Cool to see it.
Independence Hall: We went to the info center to get tickets. It was sold out by the time we got there. But then we decided to go anyway and see if we actually needed tickets. And yes, we needed tickets. We were trying to find our way out of there and saw a ranger handing out tickets. So we got lucky and made it in. :) That whole area seems extremely unorganized. No signs and everything is blocked off.
Trolley Tour: Went on the last ride for the day, they should provide a discount since we weren't able to get off any of the stops. But, still it's good to do when the weather was as miserable as it was. There's no way we would've been walking around in all the rain.
Didn't have time to do everything I wanted, so definitely will make a trip again!