Most people underestimate the Philly food scene; they just don’t realize how many good places there are packed into a relatively small amount of space. The restaurants have great food, they’re different, accessible…and many are BYOB. Good luck stumbling upon that combination in NY.
If you find yourself in Philly on a Saturday, I dare you to choose one if the following adventures:
START HERE: Head to Garces Trading Co., they have a wine shop INSIDE the actual restaurant. Pick up a bottle of Prosecco and then go a few blocks over to Kanella. This is a Greek place, where literally everything is amazing. but order the Cyprus Breakfast (eggs fried in olive oil, halloumi, lounza and bread, $11). It’s unlike any egg breakfast you’ve had before.
Now, it’s a hard call for your dinner plans, but either way you win…
OPTION 1: Go back to Garces Trading Co. (make a reservation if you can, it’s small and fills up). Get another bottle of wine and order their Saturday night special, Steak Frites ($34). It’s hard to explain how good it is. You could instead order a deep dish pie, I suggest with smoked bacon and cipollini onions ($26 + toppings).
OPTION 2: Go somewhere (anywhere!)and get a bottle of wine. Before this point we were staying within Center City, but jump in a cab and head over to Northern Liberties to Koo Zee Doo. It’s a Portuguese restaurant that feels like you are in someone’s living room, in a good way. They will bring you amazing homemade bread when you sit down. You should start with the Salada de Marisco (Spicy seafood salad, hearts of palm, orange, watercress, $18) and then get the Bife à Portuguesa (Picanha steak, presunto, fried egg, fried potatoes, $36). It’s going to be hard to fathom dessert, but never say never.
Just give Philly a shot, you’ll be happy (…fat, drunk and satisfied) when you do.
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