Philadelphia Eats: The Franklin Fountain

✣ Top pick ✣

One of the best homemade ice-cream served in the city.  It’s an old-school ice cream parfait.  The whole store is like set-back in time 60 years ago, even their (working) telephone was one of those 1950s classic old pay phones.  Everything including ice-cream and the cones are all made-in-store (2 blocks away, according to staff).  They carry a very wide range of flavours.  Sure their parfair and sundae menu looked sinfully amazing, but it’s not because of the old-school gimmicky decorations and the beautfifully decorated sundae that made me conclude they serve the best ice creams.  Their ice cream is good enough to stand out on its own.  It is not excessively oversweet, creamy and wonderfully churned.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Peach Melba Parfait
Fresh peach ice cream doused in raspberry puree, sprinkled with diced almonds and finished with a collar of ruffled whipped cream.  Following soprano Nellie Melba’s performance of Wagner’s Lohengrin in 1893, French chef Auguste Escoffier was moved to create an exquisite dessert for Dame Nellie.
* This is a variation of Escoffier’s famous dessert.

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The Franklin Fountain
116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
+1 215-627-1899
www.franklinfountain.com

Philadelphia Eats: Hershel’s East Side Deli Market

✣ Top pick ✣

Good solid Jewish food.  Their pastrami is buttery and one of the best you can get.  Actually it’s even better than the famous delis I tried in New York City.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

Hershel’s Meat Sampler
Corned beef, pastrami, brisket served on a plate, with potato salad and pickles.
All the meat was tender, moist and flavourful, but the pastrami is the bomb!  It is melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

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Hershel’s East Side Deli Market
51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2954, USA
+1 215-922-6220

Philadelphia Eats: Flying Monkey Bakery

✣ Top pick ✣

I got drawn into their unique cupcake colour and flavours, and they didn’t disappoint.  It’s very good and moist pound cake with icing that you will like to eat.  Their icing is creamy, not greasy and just barely sweet.  It’s one of the best cupcakes I’ve had, and I don’t even like cupcakes that much.  I especially loathe American buttercream icing!  They use Swiss buttercream method here for their cupcakes.  It’s totally worth a visit here when you are in the Reading Terminal market.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Lavender & pistachio cupcakes
Lavender had a slight floral taste to it.  Pistachio also had a faint taste of pistachio.

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Flying Monkey Bakery
51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
+1 215-928-0340
www.flyingmonkeyphilly.com

Philadelphia Eats: Famous 4th St Delicatessen

✣ Top pick ✣

I love Food Network, and Alton Brown is one of my favourite show host.  I had to come here and try their famous chicken soup.  No, actually I would love to try everything on the menu, but I only have one stomach and I had no eating partner with me on this trip.  Prices may look steep at first, but every dish can easily feed 2-3 people, or it can translate to leftover for the next 2-3 meals.  It’s good solid homemade Jewish food.  Come here with a good appetite, and/or with a few people to share the food.  Don’t forget they will give you a cookie after you finish your meal.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

Famous chicken soup
Serves 2-3.  With Matzo ball, kreplach, noodles, rice, kasha
The lady warned me it’s big before I placed my order (I was prepared for the size).  She even gave me two tupperware before the soup arrived.  It’s a big pot of hearty chicken soup, with a giant matzoh ball in it.  You can probably serve 4-5 people.  The soup was just homemade goodness, plus it was not overly salty.  I do want to say that their kreplach was totally out of this world! However I’m not too happy with their matzoh ball, it’s just not light and fluffy enough.  I thought it was a bit coarse and grainy.
(P.S. I actually did finish the whole pot.  I also need to point out I was famished when I arrived because I skipped meals the night before)

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Famous 4th St Delicatessen
700 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3102, USA
+1 215-922-3274
famous4thstreetdelicatessen.com

Philadelphia Eats: Capogiro Gelato Artisans

✣ Top pick ✣

They make real gelato here – free of additives and food colouring.  Using only good quality seasonal and local ingredients.  They also include a wide range of creative flavours (250 and counting).  I tried the sea salt and it was a very creamy milky gelato that’s bordering the savoury side.  Don’t miss out this gem when you are in Philadelphia, or any stores out of town that carries it.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Pistachio Siciliano
The very best pistachios from Sicily. Not that horrific neon green kind, the amazing olive green kind.

Sugar Plum
Yellow Cherry
Kiwi
A unique, fruit sorbetto with great texture and a refreshing taste (seasonal, local)

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Capogiro Gelato Artisans
Various locations
www.capogirogelato.com

Philadelphia Eats: Tommy DiNic’s

Probably one of the most iconic store in Reading Terminal market (it’s pretty much located in the centre of the market).  Line is very long here, but they are very fast and efficient so the waiting isn’t too bad.  Yes it does live up to its reputation.  Just amazing and good quality juicy sandwiches!  Even their greens are well cooked.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Roast Pork sandwich
With provolone and brocolli rabe
The roll was good quality bread, but it did get soggy after a while with all the juice.  The sandwich was very juicy and tender.  The pork is dipped in roasting juice before being put in the sandwich.  The brocolli rabe was very well done.  It was sweet with hints of garlic, soft and not bitter.

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Tommy DiNic’s
1136 Arch St Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 923-6175

Philadelphia Eats: Spruce Street Espresso

It’s an excellent little coffee shop at the corner.  They brew great coffee, and the staffs were very friendly and fun to chat with.  It’s a wonderful little local coffee shop (that might steal your heart once you step foot in it).

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Cappuccino
Haha even the baristta was surprised by the latte art she created.  Underneath this beautifully crafted milk froth is a cup of fresh and good executed espresso.


Canelé
A French pastry that is a mix of custard and cake.  It wasn’t bad, reminded me of a yeasted tapioca cake I made before.  Outside is a slightly overburnt.

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Spruce Street Espresso
1101 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
+1 215-609-4469
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