Although I now live in Virginia Beach, Virginia - I still call Philadelphia/South Jersey home. I've lived in that area for the first 23 years of my life. I do go back from some good eats every now and again, the following pics are from my last trip up to Philly (on May 14, 2007)
First stop was for some Philadelphia soft pretzels
The pretzels, my brother couldn't wait till after the pic to taste
The cookies are just one of the items that are known to be good here - I also recommend the tuna sandwich/hoagie (not pictured)
I don't really know what it is about these cookies but they're some of the best cookies I've ever eaten in my life - crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. These are chocolate chip, the also offer chocalte walnut and oatmeal raisin. They usually offer penut butter as well but they weren't available the day we were there??
Next stop was John's Roast Pork, home of possibly the best cheesesteak/roast pork sandwhich in Philly!
A True roadfood find
The roast pork sandwhich - we divided the sandwich ourselves so that we could all taste - Oh man it was good!
The cheesesteak - A locals favorite, most people from Philly don't usually go to Pats or Genos (tourist traps) - a lot of locals, including myself recommend this sandwhich
Go figure.....Texas weiners in Philly, I don't get it either?
One of their specialties is what's known as the "texas tommy"
Cacias bakery is known for their breads and cold/warm pizzas
I got the red slice
My brother got the while slice - both are very good!
A view down one of the side streets in South Philly - looking toward the center city skyline
Me and my girlfriend getting ready to for one of my other favorite's...Tony Lukes
This cheesesteak is very good but I think John's has them beat - the flavor of the meat differs here than from John's
Oh no, we're not done yet - we have yet to try a hoagie. My brother (who works in Philly) took us to his favorite place to get one - Reds
I'll admit, one of the better hoagies in the city - they requested to have only half with tomatos
We still couldn't leave without getting some real south Philly water ice
Here we have vanilla, mango and ice tea flavors
Before we left, my sister-in-law insisted that we get a canoli from one of the local bakeries (I don't remember the name, maybe Franelli's??)
Oh yea, and she decided to grab a glazed doughnut while there as well - both were excellent!
Well that concludes the Philly Tour 2007 - there wasn't much we left out, it definitely was a lot of food - but worth every bite!