(Eat + Drink) Philadelphia

Yeah, we found the #1 spot to get a Philly Cheesesteak. Also a surprising # of not-in-your-face vegan spots, not-dive-dive-bars + dreamy brunch restaurants. Oh, and the best gay bar to drink, dance + feel like Beyonce while doing it.

If you're wondering what's worth eating + drinking while in Philadelphia, PA, look no further. Tried and tested - the below restaurants, coffee shops, and bars are NOT sponsored suggestions or Yelp darlings - just Local (Tourist) favorites in Philly. Honestly, I'm drooling thinking about 'em. 

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Bar Bombon - Holy Shit, do I love this place. Perfect Puerto Rican flavors in plant based dishes - you won't freak out a meat-eater here. Everything is delicious. There is also a bar, take out menu and juices. I'd like to move in.

'Hood: Rittenhouse 

The Dandelion - Somewhere between a restaurant and pub, this place has delicious British inspired food. Killer brunch, but you best be willing to wait for a table! 

'Hood: Rittenhouse

Drury Beer Garden @ Opa - this perfect little beer garden is in an alley behind the restaurant. You don't have to order from Opa to hang out here - there's beer and Mediterranean snacks on the menu and the perfect atmosphere to spend a saturday afternoon in. 

'Hood: Rittenhouse 

El Bar - Cash only dive bar under the El. Chill crowd, sometimes live music. There's also a deck under the train tracks, which is cool. 

'Hood: Old Kensington

El Rey - Modern versions of classic Mexican food in a dimly lit, well-designed cantina atmosphere. I live for the tacos, especially during happy hour WHEN THEY'RE ONE DOLLAR! Also the guava margaritas are perfect. AND THE GUAC?!

Hood: Rittenhouse

Front St Cafe - She's got it all. Farm to table (that's bougie for delicious), organic, coffee + juice, brick + high ceilings, outdoor patio (what?! in Philly!?). Really yummy brunch, great atmosphere, worth your time.  

'Hood: Between Fishtown + Northern Liberties 

Garage Bar - Beers served in a converted auto garage. Pool, Skeeball, good vibes. Two locations - north and south Philly. My favorite is South (on Passyunk Ave) for it's rolled up garage door and proximity to the dueling cheesesteak franchises Pat's King of Steaks (the inventors of the cheesesteak in 1930) and Geno's Steaks (will tell you they invented the cheesesteak) across the street.

'Hood: almost South Philly, but not quite. 

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Hip City Veg - my favorite good-for-you-bad-for-you Vegan place in Philly. I eat here too much. It's a take-out space, with 3 tiny tables inside. My downfall is the Ziggy Burger with a Chocolate Milkshake. If you need me, I'll be watching reruns of Law + Order SVU in my hotel room. 

'Hood: Rittenhouse + University City 

Hungry Pigeon - Simple doesn't mean boring. Shared plates, drinks, coffee, pastries...this place is open all day and cute as hell. 

'Hood: Queen Village

Johnny Brenda's - a very cool (mostly indie) music venue in Fishtown that is also a bar. Go here. 

'Hood: Fishtown

La Colombe - One of the USA's largest independent coffee roasters, they've got locations in 5 cities, and 4 alone in Philly! Fishtown is my favorite for being a beautiful industrial + brick coffee house with lofty ceilings and mellow atmosphere.

'Hood: Fishtown

Marathon - Brunch, lunch and dinner with an 'eat local' vibe. I think people call it "new american"? What do I know, it's yummy. 

'Hood: Rittenhouse

Menagerie Coffee - delicious coffee + pastries with a cozy, live-edge wood vibe. It's only a 5 min walk past Independence Hall in Old City, and surrounded by cute shops. 

'Hood: Old City

Milkcrate Cafe / Philly, PA / USA

Milkcrate Cafe - Can't decide if this is a cafe disguised as a record store or a record store disguised as a cafe - in any case it's great. To shop the very well curated selection of records, enjoy a drink/snack before walking down a very steep and short staircase to the shop in the almost-basement. I have FOMO over leaving an Al Green record that I should've bought.

'Hood: Fishtown

One Shot - you guessed it, coffee. Hip, well-crafted and collaborators with Stumptown roasters. Also, there's a library upstairs! 

'Hood: Northern Liberties

Shot Tower - quality coffee in an industrial setting. Good place to stop if you're in Queen Village neighborhood.

'Hood: Queen Village

Tattooed Mom - their sign covers it: "beer food fun". Friendly vibes, pool, candy on the bar, good bar food. Oh, and they have bumper cars for tables. 

'Hood: Washington Square West

Vernick - If you're feeling like a "sit down" kinda dinner, Vernick is worth the price tag. It's received plenty of accolades (including #2 restaurant in Philly according to Zagat), but you'd know it was good by trying the broccoli and bacon jam on toast. Yeah, you heard me. 

'Hood: Rittenhouse

Woody's - A two story bar in the heart of the Gayborhood with dancing I CAN'T resist whenever I'm in town. It's a landmark in Philly; worth going at least one weekend. I highly recommend the second floor 'club hits' bar - there's a floor-to-ceiling wall of lights that makes me feel like Beyonce. Do with this information what you want. 

'Hood: Washington Square West

Don't know what to do in Philly? local aj Quon does.