27 Reasons Why You Should Put Philadelphia on Your Culinary Adventure Travel Radar

Philadelphia is waiting! You now have 27 more reasons to visit the City of Brotherly Love. Check out the latest restaurant openings and start planning your trip today!

Credit: Photo courtesy Founding Fathers via VISIT PHILADELPHIA

*Source – press release via Visit Philadelphia

Center City:

1. Alice – The folks behindRittenhouse coffee shop Gran Caffe L’Aquila bring the neighborhood another Roman pizza shop, where altaglio (rectangular, square slice) pizza is sold by weight, and sit-down dinners pull from an expanded menu, starting at 3 p.m. Also for sale: Italian wine, beer and cocktails. 236 S. 15th Street, (215) 545-2020, @alicepizzaphiladelphia

2. Andy’s Chicken – The Fishtown phenom expands to a second location in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, this time with seating. Fans will note that the menu of Korean fried chicken, rice and noodle dishes, remains unchanged. 2108 South Street, (215) 515-3553, andyschicken.com

3. J’aime – A French bakery fills the demand for note-perfect éclairs, brioche and crepes in Midtown Village. The sunny white space features a marble countertop and booth seating and opens to sidewalk tables in milder weather. 212 S. 12thStreet, (267) 928-3172, jaimefrenchbakery.com

4. Keen Philly – First-time restaurateurs Caitlin and Chris Rorer claim this modern pub and its menu of hearty hand pies, burgers (including veggie), pig candy, noodles and just-as-hearty cocktails, beers and wines. 1708 Lombard Street, (215) 515-5336,keenphilly.com

5. The Love – Restaurateurs Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Garden team up for a third venture, this time for homey American fare in Rittenhouse Square. Exposed brick, comfy banquettes and plank floors set a welcoming stage for ricotta-stuffed pierogi, smoked whole trout with maple farro and spicy pecans and a thoughtful wine list. 130 S. 18th Street, (215) 433-1555, theloverestaurant.com

6. Middle Child – Providing a friendly daytime respite in busy Center City, this newfangled diner serves breakfast, sandwiches, salads and Elixr coffee. The tailored menu features creations like blintz toast with blueberry masala jam and the “phoagie” (with hoisin eggplant, frizzled onion and sambal paste). 248 S. 11th Street, (267) 930-8344, middlechildphilly.com

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7. Moustaki – The storefront gyro gets a sleek update with this casual Greek restaurant in Center City West. On the menu are authentic mezedes, gyro and souvlaki sandwiches and feta-topped pizza. 161 N. 21st Street, (215) 964-9151, moustakigyro.com

8. N2 Sweet Café – Now’s the time to try liquid nitrogen ice cream. The Chinatown parlor scoops up signature flavors such as “the camper” (with toasted marshmallow and graham crackers and topped with Hershey’s chocolate) as well as design-your-own creations. 125 N. 11th Street, (215) 925-3200, n2sweetcafe.com

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9. Oloroso – Chef Townsend Wentz of Townsend and A Mano turns his attention to authentic Spanish tapas: boquerones, roasted bone marrow, paella Valenciana, a roasted half pig’s head to go with a full bar, heavy on the sherry and vermouth lists. The setting: banquettes upholstered in Persian rugs and a mural depicting the conquest of Majorca. 1121 Walnut Street, (267) 324-3014, olorosophilly.com

10. Royal Boucherie – Having built a small empire of Royal restaurants, Stephen Simons and David Frank teamed up with celebrated chef Nick Elmi (Laurel) for an American brasserie in Old City. The bi-level space opens into a bar and tufted green banquette seating where guests can enjoy raw seafood, natural wine and bistro eats like steak au poivre.52 S. 2nd Street, (267) 606-6313, royalboucherie.com

11. Trattoria Carina – Swiftly and quietly replacing the well-loved Fitler Dining Room, this new, no-reservations Italian eatery from the same ownership aims to feed neighbors with approachable eats and a curated drink list. The corner boîte specializes in platters of bucatini cacio e pepe, chicken Milanese and zuppa di pesce. 2201 Spruce Street, (215) 732-5818

12. Tuna Bar – Chef Kenneth Sze brings Old City’s new Bridge Building a polished Japanese raw bar. On the menu: Sze’s grandmother’s recipe for wonton soup, classic sashimi and homemade dumplings. 205 Race Street, (215) 238-8862, tunabar.com

13. Ugly Duckling – The owners of the Blue Duck and Blue Duck on Broad take their whimsy to a third and boozier enterprise. The Center City East restaurant serves classic cocktails, chorizo mac and cheese and smoked BBQ rib s with house-made cornbread. 212 S. 11th Street, (267) 639-5195, facebook.com/uglyducklingphilly

https://instagram.com/p/BcxX21wB6bx/14.Yeeroh – South Street West’s newest fast casual spot is a great place to score a gyro fix. Hefty portions of feta fries and pork souvlaki can be ordered for takeout or enjoyed at one of the modern-rustic wood tables. 1412 South Street, (215) 545-8000, yeerohphilly.com

North of Center City:

15. Gin & Pop – Francisville residents no longer have to travel to sate a craving for tuna crudo or short rib poutine. This high-end bar serves both, along with burgers, craft beer, wine and cocktails like the Rye and Gosling (rye, Gosling’s, amaro, ginger and orange). 1839 Poplar Street, (267) 687-1009, ginandpop.com

16. The Kettle Black – The loaf’s the thing at this slate-toned boulangerie overlooking 2nd Street. Charcoal bread, croissants and bagels and sandwiches therein can be ordered with Peddler coffee drinks. 631 N. 2nd Street, thekettleblackphilly.com

17. Mad Rex – Fishtown’s expansive restaurant and bar with a post-apocalyptic theme allows “survivors” to feast on cook-your-own meats on hot lava slabs or enjoy the certainty of burgers, steaks and bananas Foster. 1000 Frankford Avenue, Suite 1, (267) 773-7566, themadrex.com

18. Suraya – This expansive Middle Eastern-accented cafe, market, restaurant and outdoor garden promises to serve many purposes—and patrons in Fishtown. Market is open now; restaurant to follow in early 2018. 1528 Frankford Avenue, (215) 302-1900, surayaphilly.com

19 Yards Brewery and Taproom – The relocated Yards Brewery production facility in Spring Garden features a full dining experience. The menu, courtesy of chef Jim Burke, beckons with beer-friendly eats like pork belly kebabs, patty melts and venison chili with maple cornbread. 500 Spring Garden Street, (215) 634-2600, yardsbrewing.com

South Philadelphia:

20. Philly Tacos – The master behind the original Los Taquitos de Puebla brings his al pastor magic to a new venture, a Point Breeze taqueria with a casual storefront atmosphere. Guests can choose from a list of dozens of taco fillings, or try the alambres and quesadillas. 2011 Reed Street, (215) 334-1200, phillytacos.com

21. Pistola’s Del Sur – The thirdPistola’s restaurant completes the trifecta with a Passyunk address and daily lunch and dinner service (the kitchen is open until 1 a.m.), with brunch on the weekends. The casual beer-centric menu keeps the focus on nachos, queso fundido and tacos. 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 519-2329, facebook.com/pistolasdelsur

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22. Rival Bros. – The Philly roasters take on a third coffee bar location, this time in South Philly. The stylishly airy space features mod lighting, hardwood floors and the usual caffeinated suspects, plus pastries from Machine Shop Boulangerie, bread from High Street on Market and pies from Stargazy. 1100 Tasker Street, rivalbros.com

West Philadelphia:

23. Hatch & Coop – University City’s former Jake’s Sandwich Board is now this fried chicken eat-in or take-outery, featuring fried chicken, roasted thigh, fried cauliflower—and made-to-order ice cream—sandwiches, along with a single salad and fries. 125 S. 40th Street, (215) 921-9580, hatchandcoop.com

Wissahickon:

24. Louie’s Little Hut – Chestnut Hill meets surf shop meets sandwich shop is open all day for breakfast and lunch. Menu highlights include waffle sandwiches and a cream-cheese-topped variation on the cheesesteak. 8419 Germantown Avenue, (267) 766-5044,

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Suburban Openings:

25. Bam Bam Kitchen – Downtown Ardmore now has its first Korean restaurant. Colorful lights and a glittery tiled wall shine on authentic dishes such as japchae, pajeon and bulgogi. 31 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, (484) 844-7827, facebook.com/bambamkitchen

26. Buena Onda – Jose Garces makes the newly hot King of Prussia Mall an even more desirable dining destination with the second location of his Baja-style taqueria. Classic and seafood tacos, quesadillas and kid-friendly portions—served on Frisbees—at the Savor Food Court. 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, buenaondatacos.com

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27. Founding Farmers – The hospitality group operated by the North Dakota Farmers Union went big with an epic 14,000 square foot restaurant in King of Prussia. The first Pennsylvania location of a sustainably-focused chain features a something-for-everyone menu with seven-cheese macaroni, vegan grain bowls and salads and sandwiches in between.  255 Main Street Suite 180, King of Prussia, (484) 808-4008, wearefoundingfarmers.com

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#LovePGH Taste & Explore – A Travel Guide to Pittsburgh 

A few weeks ago I had the most amazing experience in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It was my first trip to the Steel City and I was more than excited. Before my arrival I spoke to a few natives of the city and all were in unison in saying how great the people were. And they were right. The people were kind and very hospitable. They took pride in their city. What a beautiful thing to see. The unfortunate industry collapse in the 80s crippled the city, as it did many other cities. But the city of Pittsburgh picked itself up and was determined to come back stronger. And that they did. Visit Pittsburgh today and fall in love with this Rust Belt city as I did. 

WHERE TO STAY

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel


Located in downtown Pittsburgh, visitors are invited to experience the  amazing views of the city while relaxing in their luxurious guest rooms. From the first moment I stepped foot into the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel I was in love.  The lobby is just so majestic.  High ceilings, marble floors, very chic décor, a very accommodating staff is what you can expect. Guest rooms are equipped with the best features to make your stay exceptionally comfortable. Amenities include; luxurious bedding, flat screen TVs w/ cable, complementary WiFi, and beautiful waterfront views.

If you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat at the “Best Restaurant in a Hotel in Pittsburgh”, Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasseire. Known for its European and American inspired cuisine, as well as their handcrafted cocktails, Braddock’s will make your unforgettable experience complete during your stay at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel.

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

107 6th St

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15222

Phone: 412.562.1200

Instagram @renpgh

Twitter @renpgh

Facebook/RenaissancePittsburghHotel

WHERE TO EAT

Smallman Galley

2 BARS. 4 RESTAURANT CONCEPTS. 200 SEATS. BEST FOOD COURT EVER.  

Pittsburgh’s first food hall and the nation’s first restaurant incubator, is currently featuring 4 chefs that are absolutely amazing. These up-and-coming chefs will spend 18 months at Smallman Galley training while running their restaurants.  At the end of the 18 months, these chefs move on with valuable skills acquired in this intense program, and another set of four chefs replace them for another 18 months.  Smallman Galley is the perfect place to explore a variety of restaurants under one roof. Read about my experience at Smallman Galley HERE.



Smallman Galley

54 21st Street

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

tel:+14122810949

Instagram @smallmangalleypgh 

Twitter @SmallmanGalley

Facebook/SmallmanGalley

 

Bar Marco


Bar Marco was named “Comeback Restaurant of the Year” by Pittsburgh Magazine. Located in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bar Marco was founded in 2011 by Kevin Cox, Justin Steel, Michael Kreha, and Bobby Fry. While their menu is limited, you can definitely expect an amazing dining experience.  You can’t go wrong enjoying a beautifully plated dish and carefully crafted cocktail in this century old former firehouse. One other amazing fact about the restaurant is that tipping is not allowed. All employees are giving a salary. I love that!

Bar Marco

2216 Penn Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

tel:412-471-1900

Instagram @BarMarcoPGH

Twitter @BarMarcoPGH

Facebook/BarMarcoPGH

Spoon

 

Spoon “helped write the first chapter of the city’s culinary rebirth and are hard at work on the next one. Lead by Exectutive Chef, Jamilka Borges, Spoon is consistently serving the highest quality of food resulting in a stellar dining experience for their guests. My dining experience was just that. Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food, and amazing cocktails. A very desirable dining situation to be in. 

Spoon

134 South Highland Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206

tel:412.362.6001

Instagram @Spoonpgh

Twitter @Spoonpgh

Facebook/spoonpgh

Square Cafe

If you’re the mood for a good ole homestyle breakfast, make your way to Square Cafe. Located in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood, Regent Square, this cafe is serving up seasonal menu items using locally sourced ingredients. Be sure to get something off their espresso menu, caffeinated beverages are served in a beautiful mug. 


Square Cafe

1137 South Braddock Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15218

tel:412.244.8002

Instagram @squarecafepgh

Twitter @TheSquareCafe

Facebook/SquareCafe


Ace Hotel


Yes! You read that right! Ace HOTEL! In the lobby of this beautiful hotel is their amazing restaurant and bar. Stop by with friends for craft cocktails and delicious appetizers to get your night out on the town started. Sip and nosh in the swankiest of surroundings at Ace Hotel. Formally a YMCA, Ace Hotel is blending vintage and contemporary vibes in the best way possible. 

Ace Hotel

120 S Whitfield St

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

tel: 412.361.3300

Instagram @acehotel

Twitter @acehotel

Facebook/AceHotelPittsburgh


THINGS TO DO


Duquesne Incline


Take the Duquesne Incline 400 feet up for the most amazing view of the city of Pittsburgh. Ride to the top on a 138 year old incline car, where you’ll also find a historical exhibit about this Pittsburgh gem.

Duquesne Incline

1197 West Carson St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Instagram @theinclinepgh

Twitter @duquesneincline

Facebook/DuquesneIncline


Gateway Clipper



Hop on the Gateway Clipper and enjoy the fantastic views of the city from the Three Rivers. While coasting down the river, you’ll also get a guided tour and history tidbits along the way. Another great way to take in the city of Pittsburgh. 


Gateway Clipper Fleet

350 W Station Sq Dr

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

tel: 412.355.7980

Instagram @gatewayclipper

Twitter @gatewayclipper

Facebook/GatewayClipperFleet

Burghs, Bits & Bites


This tour is a must do when you’re in the city of Pittsburgh. Enjoy the rich history and culture of Pittsburgh through its food. This guided tour of the city’s most beloved neighborhood is full of small businesses cherished for decades.
The Andy Warhol Museum



Did you know that the Andy Warhol Museum is the largest single artist museum in North America? Right in the heart of Pittsburgh, birthplace of Andy Warhol, you’ll find 7 floors of his amazing work. Also enjoy diy opportunities in the workshop and shopping in the gift shop. 

The Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890

Instagram @thewarholmuseum

Twitter @thewarholmuseum

Facebook/TheWarholMuseum

For more information on all things Pittsburgh, visit VISITPITTSBURGH.com. Thank you Visit Pittsburgh and the great city of Pittsburgh for a most awesome experience! 

*This post was sponsored as part of a press trip organized by Visit Pittsburgh. All opinions are that of my own.

White Oak Pastures: Relax, Unplug & Enjoy The Farm Life ~ Part 1

“We take care of the land and the herd, and they take care of us.” – Harris Family Core Value

A few weeks ago,  I left Atlanta for a most amazing adventure with fellow awesome blogger, Melissa Haas of  The Front Porch Gourmet. Our destination, Bluffton, Georgia,  home of White Oak Pastures.

White Oak Pastures is a 5th generation family farm that has been in operation since 1866. Our farm specializes in humanely treated and processed animals, as well as organic vegetables.

We arrived at the gates of the 2.5 acre farm not really sure what to expect, but very excited of what was to come. We were greeted by Jenny, Marketing Manager at White Oak Pastures,  and official welcoming committee member, Regal. Jenny offered to take us to the On-Farm Dining Pavilion for a beer. There we met a few members of the staff. We sat, enjoyed a cold beer, while Jenny told us a little bit about the pavilion.

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White Oak Pastures decided to build the dining pavilion after realizing that most of their 100+ employees had to traveling 15 minutes each way to get food. Fast food at that. So they thought, why not provide fresh food, cooked from food raised and grown right on the farm for the employees. Now they serve lunch to their employees Monday through Friday, as well as tour groups and cabin guest. In addition to a laid back lunches, they also feature a more sophisticated dining experience on the weekends. I love that instead of calling it farm to table, they call it the “farm’s table”. This food is as fresh as you can possible get it.

Our cabin was amazing ! We had to drive past a pasture full of grassfed cows and free range chickens. And so it begins. We were pretty excited and took several photos. They were so cute! And totally unbothered by the gleeful photo shoot that was in full swing. I have about 500 pictures of them. Lol!

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We are fiercely proud of what we do at White Oak Pastures, and we enjoy showing it to people. We also believe farms and food companies should operate with full transparency. In addition to that, we are gracious southern people and the enjoyment of entertaining guests is part of our heritage.

Once we passed these beautiful farm animals, we turned onto a small dirt path going into the woods. We arrived at the cabin. So cute!!!

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The cabin included 2 beds, full bath, kitchen and a closed in porch with 2 large rocking chairs. In the refrigerator was a half dozen fresh farm eggs, and a fresh baked quiche. Can’t wait till the morning to partake of that! The cabin was beautifully decorated and so cozy. Not included was wifi or any kind of cellular service. Yes! Unplug from the world, relax and take these beautiful surroundings. At first,  I was a little nervous about not having cellular service,  but quickly embraced it! This is perfect place to enjoy the company of the  person your with. Or a place to go by yourself and to fully reflect on life. It was so beautiful and peaceful!

I want to live here. For real!  Until I saw our little friend. Eeeekk!!!!

 

White Oak Pastures is open year round for day trips or multi day vacations. We offer on-farm lodging along with on -farm dining at our Pavillion Restaurant; self-guided or hosted farm tours are available; equestrian activities upon request; miles of walking trails, fishing, and a whole lot more.

I had the best conversation with Melissa over a glass of wine and cheese from the pavilion. Rocking in our chairs in this most perfect night, we both agreed that tomorrow was going to be an adventure. With that, we climbed into our cabin beds and called it a night.

Up Next : Day 2 , The Farm Tour

For more information about on-lodging at White Oak Pastures visit www.whiteoakpastures.com.

 

White Oak Pastures 

22775 Highway 27

Bluffton, Georgia 39824

Monday – Friday: 8AM to 5PM

Saturday: 9AM to 6PM

Sunday: 11AM to 5PM

(229) 641-2081

We are 170 miles south of Atlanta, GA (and 80 miles south of Columbus, GA):

Take Highway I-85 south to I-185.

Take Highway I-185 south to Columbus.

Take Highway 27 south through Cusseta, Lumpkin, Cuthbert, & Bluffton.

Our processing abattoir will be on your right.

We are 90 miles north of Tallahassee, FL:

Take Highway 27 north through Havana, Bainbridge, Colquitt, & Blakely.

Our processing abattoir will be on your left.

We are 50 miles west of Albany, GA:

Take Highway 62 west to Blakely.

Take Highway 27 north in Blakely towards Bluffton.

Our processing abattoir will be on your left.

We are 50 miles east of Dothan, AL:

Take Highway 52 east to Highway 62 east (at the AL/GA state line).

Take Highway 62 east to Highway 27 north in Blakely towards Bluffton.

Our processing abattoir will be on your left.

 

*Big THANK YOU to the entire Jenny and the entire White Oak Pastures Staff for hosting Melissa and I for this super awesome experience that I will never forget. This press trip was complimentary, but all thoughts and opinions are that of my own.