May 27, 2015
Cities are often defined by their iconic dishes. Philadelphia is no different.
While the first food that comes to mind is most likely the cheesesteak, there is so much more the city has to offer.
Philly has a diverse - and delicious - restaurant scene that offers food lovers an array of eats to choose from. Below are six distinctive Philly eats and where to find them.
A cheesesteak from Pat's King of Steaks (MATT ROURKE/AP)
OK, so this is the obvious one. But with good reason. I mean really, CHEESE. STEAK. YUM.
There are several places around Philly to get roast pork.
DiNic's Reading Terminal Market sandwich counter is celebrated for its roast pork. TV food host Adam Richman toured the country sampling sandwiches and declared DiNic's roast pork sandwich, often served with broccoli rabe and extra-sharp provolone, as the best in the nation.
John's Roast Pork uses spinach in place of the broccoli rabe. The spot is also known for its cheesesteaks, so eat your heart out.
You could also try Paesano's and George's, both conveniently located in the Italian Market.
The ice cream soda was invented in Philadelphia in 1874.
Franklin Fountain on Market Street offers a choice of 25 soda flavors. Enjoy a root beer float or try a "Ladies Choice," made with rasberry soda, peach ice cream and sweet cream.
Ah, Federal Donuts. So much deep-fried deliciousness. Foodies can enjoy a variety of traditional and fancy donut flavors, as well as fried chicken in their choice dry seasoning, glaze or naked.
And don't forget, Federal Donuts delivers now!
Frangelli’s Bakery is home to the "franolli," or donut cannoli. This delicious creation combines a fresh donut shell with Frangelli's special cannoli cream and tiny chocolate chips.
The bakery also sells ice cream donuts. I know so much goodness.
Pho, a traditional Vietnamese soup, has become a Philly staple, with Washington Avenue in South Philly as home to a number of restaurants serving the dish.
It is usually made with broth, noodles, veggies, spices and meat (usually chicken or beef).
What other eats do you attribute to Philly? Post your favorites in the comments section.