Zahav is one of the most famous restaurants in the city, and when you’re there, don’t overlook the very first bites. Order a bowl of the silkiest, smoothest hummus outside of Israel, and pair it with a salatim tower, which features small vegetable dishes such as beets with tehina or twice-roasted eggplant.
237 St James Pl, Philadelphia, PA, USA +1 215-625-8800
Forgo the greasy cheesesteaks at Pat’s and Geno’s and head to the Reading Terminal for a DiNic’s classic roast pork sandwich with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe, which was voted the Best Sandwich in America.
51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA, USA +1 215-923-6175
The salted caramel budino at Barbuzzo has achieved cult status, thanks to its chocolate crumb bottom, silky textured salted caramel, and whipped cream topping. You can stop in and buy the budinos individually (in tiny Mason jars), but the restaurant periodically releases twists on the dessert-like budino popsicles and budino Cronuts.
110 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA, USA +1 215 546 9300
Termini Bros. has been open since 1921 and is a Philadelphia institution, with locations across the city. No matter which one you choose, try their freshly filled cannoli with ricotta cheese, which are prepared to order.
1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA, USA +1 215 334 1816
While you’re dining at Vernick, one of Philadelphia’s most popular restaurants, you may overlook the “toasts” section on the menu, but that would be a huge mistake. Try one of their classics, such as the beef tartare or the pumpkin with brown butter.
2031 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, USA +1 267 639 6644
This is technically several dishes, but still, you won’t want to miss out on this culinary experience. If you’re willing to splurge, head to Royal Sushi & Izakaya, Jesse Ito’s Queen Village sushi heaven, and try to snag a seat in the tiny back room at his sushi counter for his mind-blowing omakase.
780 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA, USA +1 267 909 9002
Federal Donuts has been a smash hit since it opened, and once you try their twice-fried chicken with seasonings including harissa, za’atar, and buttermilk ranch, you’ll understand why. Grab a donut to go with your chicken, and don’t overlook the rotating “fancy” varieties.
1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA, USA +1 267 687 8258
Philadelphia has no shortage of great burgers, but one of the most popular is the Whiskey King burger at Village Whiskey, topped with foie gras and bacon. Be sure to get a neat whiskey to pair with it, as their selection is unparalleled.
118 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA, USA +1 215 665 1088