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DiNic's Roast Pork

Sandwiches and Other Quick Eats in Philadelphia #alamw14

Introduction

With the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting coming to Philadelphia at the end of January, we decided to begin compiling lists of Philly-related things (probably mostly food) to help our librarian friends navigate the city. This won’t be a comprehensive list but a selection of places easy to get to from the Convention Center area.

We’ll add new posts as we cover different topics but will aggregate all our information on our Midwinter 2014 page.

If you’re coming to Philly for the conference, feel free to ask us any questions. We’d be happy to answer or point you in the right direction.

Sandwiches and other Quick Eats

First of all, Reading Terminal Market is the easiest answer to all your breakfast, lunch and snacking needs during the conference. There are a few sit-down options (Down Home Diner, Molly Malloy’s, Dutch Eating Place) as well as numerous take-out options covering many kinds of cuisines, and even groceries if you want to prepare your own food. (Keep in mind that the Pennsylvania Dutch vendors are only at the market Tuesday through Saturday and close up somewhat earlier than the other vendors.) Market hours are Monday – Saturday 8:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Philadelphia is also a great town for food trucks. Closest to the convention center, Love Park at 16th and JFK has gourmet food trucks at lunchtime  Monday-Friday; see the Schedule of Food Trucks in Love Park. We especially recommend LOS Burger Truck on Friday and Pitruco Pizza on Monday.

Pitruco Pizza

Pitruco Pizza

Here are some more highlights:

Dinic’s (Reading Terminal Market) – get the roast pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and provolone (note: since being named “best sandwich in America” by the Travel Channel, lines can get very long during the lunch rush).

Meltkraft (Reading Terminal Market) – amazing grilled cheese sandwiches.

Beck’s Cajun Cafe (Reading Terminal Market) – gumbo, jambalaya, po boys and the like.

Rib Stand (Reading Terminal Market) – the names says it all.

By George! Pizza, Pasta & Cheesesteaks (Reading Terminal Market) –  brick oven pizza, stromboli, calzones, lasagna, meatballs, sausages, salads, sandwiches, cheese steaks, hot and cold Italian specialties, fresh pasta, homemade sauces, fresh Mozzarella

Jake’s (122 S. 12th St) – inventive pork, brisket, and steak sandwiches.

Luke’s Lobster (130 S. 17th St) – Maine lobster rolls, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, and clam chowder.

Blue Figs Sandwich at Wedge + Fig

Blue Figs Sandwich at Wedge + Fig

Wedge + Fig (160 N. 3rd St) – wonderful selection of sandwiches (especially grilled cheese) and cheese, plus brunch on weekends.

Federal Donuts (1632 Sansom St) – fried chicken and donuts!

 

Gelato at Capogiro

Gelato at Capogiro

Capogiro (119 S. 13th St and other locations throughout the city) – world-famous gelato, but also has good takeout sandwiches.

Talula’s Daily (208 W. Washington Square) – excellent quality takeout sandwiches, salads, soups, and snacks, or you can eat in.

High Street on Market (308 Market St) – Breakfast and lunch highlights include classic sandwiches and artisan breads & pastries. Also open for dinner with a full bar (and getting rave reviews).

Di Bruno Bros (several locations, including 834 Chestnut St & 1730 Chestnut St) – excellent takeout sandwiches, deli, cheese, and groceries.

Hip City Veg (127 S. 18th St) – 100% vegan food, including sandwiches, burgers, salads, wraps, smoothies & desserts.

HoneyGrow (110 S. 16th St) – build-your-own salads, stir-frys, and smoothies, featuring local, seasonal ingredients.

Pure Fare (119 S. 19th St, 1609 South St) – healthy takeout sandwiches, salads, and snacks, plus San Francisco Blue Bottle pour-over coffee.

Mama’s (18 S. 20th St) – vegetarian Middle Eastern food, famous for falafel.

For the Adventurous!

A trip to the outdoor Italian Market is well worth your while if you’re a fan of sandwiches (and food in general). Paesano’s has been featured on several Food Network shows for their sandwiches, and Sarcone’s has amazing hoagies (we love their bread!). There are also numerous cheesesteak options, as well as Taqueria Los Taquitos de Puebla for tacos.

If you are on a cheesesteak quest, see Visit Philly’s list of best cheesesteaks. We are fans of Tony Luke’s (also available in PHL airport Terminal F). Most of the best options involve leaving Center City and exploring other parts of town.

For vegetarian or vegan cheesesteaks, VeganJawn has a guide to veggie cheesesteaks.

See also our list of coffee shops for more coffee and nibbles options, and our list of restaurants for more sit-down eating options.

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich at Sabrina's

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich at Sabrina’s


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The Arts in Philadelphia #alamw14

Introduction

With the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting coming to Philadelphia at the end of January, we decided to begin compiling lists of Philly-related things (probably mostly food) to help our librarian friends navigate the city. This won’t be a comprehensive list but a selection of places easy to get to from the Convention Center area.

We’ll add new posts as we cover different topics but will aggregate all our information on our Midwinter 2014 page.

If you’re coming to Philly for the conference, feel free to ask us any questions. We’d be happy to answer or point you in the right direction.

The Arts

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) (118-128 North Broad St) - near convention center, free on Sundays in Jan. Art school and museum focusing on 19th and 20th Century American Art. Current exhibits: Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts and In with the New: Recent Gifts on Paper.

Lenfest Plaza at PAFA

Lenfest Plaza at PAFA

Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy) – one of the biggest and best in the country. Current exhibits: The Surrealists: Works from the Collection and Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at a Virginal

 

The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation

Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy) – amazing collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. Reservations necessary.

Moore College of Art and Design (20th St and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy) – the first visual arts school for women. The Galleries exhibit regional, national and international artists. Current exhibit: Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk, among others.

National Museum of American Jewish History (101 South Independence Mall East, corner of 5th and Market) – exhibits explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Current exhibit: “Pop” Lubin’s Silent Film Empire.

African American Museum (701 Arch St) - the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. Current exhibit: The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle.

Mütter Museum (19 South 22nd St) – unique and intriguing museum of medical history.

 

Rosenbach Museum and Library

Rosenbach Museum and Library

Rosenbach Museum and Library (2008-2010 Delancey Place) - a must for book lovers. Eclectic collection of literary treasures, including works by Maurice Sendak and Marianne Moore’s living room. Current exhibit: The Night Max Wore His Wolf Suit: 50 Years of Wild Things.

Mural Arts Program (various locations) – city-wide art program, which began as an anti-graffiti campaign, now encompassing 3,600 works of art.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (1020 South St) – museum dedicated to the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar.


Stateside Boulevardier

Cocktails in Philadelphia #alamw14

Introduction

With the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting coming to Philadelphia at the end of January, we decided to begin compiling lists of Philly-related things (probably mostly food) to help our librarian friends navigate the city. This won’t be a comprehensive list but a selection of places easy to get to from the Convention Center area.

We’ll add new posts as we cover different topics but will aggregate all our information on our Midwinter 2014 page.

If you’re coming to Philly for the conference, feel free to ask us any questions. We’d be happy to answer or point you in the right direction.

Cocktails

Franklin Mortgage (112 S. 18th St) speakeasy vibe. Usually a wait to get in on weekend nights. Eclectic cocktails.

Sassafras (48 S. 2nd St) a longtime favorite. A touch of class along a street that can get a bit rowdy on weekends. Good food in addition to good cocktails.

Ela (627 S. 3rd St) a new favorite. Inventive cocktails to go along with classic cocktails. Excellent food.

 

Martinez at Southwark

Martinez at Southwark

Southwark (701 S. 4th St) one of the best places for classic cocktails. We haven’t had the food yet but hear nothing but good things.

Stateside (1536 East Passyunk Ave.) Wonderful cocktails made with all U.S.A. ingredients as well as arguably the best whiskey selection in town along with Village Whiskey (118 S. 20th St) and Percy Street BBQ (900 South St).

Talula’s Garden (210 W. Washington Square) excellent organic and otherwise earth conscious wines and local beers. Unique and always stellar cocktails. Get a seat at the bar for a drink and one of the best cheese plates around.

For the Adventurous

Emmanuelle (1052 N. Hancock St #67 – in the Piazza, Northern Liberties) tiny and dark bar with some of the most amazing cocktails we’ve ever had.

Lemon Hill (747 N. 25th St) a bit difficult to get to but well-worth the effort. Stellar beer and wine selection and crazy good cocktails. Also crazy good food.

Rex 1516 (1516 South St) our go-to place. Unique cocktail program but also strong on the classics. Small but excellent beer and wine selection. We’re also huge fans of the food.

Sparkle Spice at Rex1516

Sparkle Spice at Rex1516


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Wine in Philadelphia #alamw14

Introduction

With the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting coming to Philadelphia at the end of January, we decided to begin compiling lists of Philly-related things (probably mostly food) to help our librarian friends navigate the city. This won’t be a comprehensive list but a selection of places easy to get to from the Convention Center area.

We’ll add new posts as we cover different topics but will aggregate all our information on our Midwinter 2014 page.

If you’re coming to Philly for the conference, feel free to ask us any questions. We’d be happy to answer or point you in the right direction.

Wine Bars

Prior to moving to Philadelphia, when I first came here for ALA Midwinter in 2008, my first impression was that there was a wine bar on every corner! That’s not quite the case, but there are plenty of good places to drink wine, even at the airport.

Tria (3 locations: Tria Café 12th & Spruce, Tria Café 18th & Sansom, Tria Taproom 2005 Walnut St) – Tria gets its name from the trio of wine, beer, and cheese, and it excels in all three. Each location is great for wine, beer, and snacks, and the taproom location has a bit more of an extensive menu as far as food goes. The taproom has an innovative tap system with both wine and beer on draft. The only problem with Tria in general is it’s so popular, so it can get a little crowded, but it’s great if you get there early. The café locations are open from noon to late night daily; the taproom location is open noon to late night M-F and 4:00pm to late night Sat-Sun.

Vintage Wine Bar (129 S. 13th St.) – Vintage has a good wine list as well as a full bistro menu, so it’s suitable for dinner as well as drinks. Open 4:00pm – 2:00am M-F, 2:00pm – 2:00am Sat-Sun.

120 bottle cruvinet at Ristorante Panorama

120 bottle cruvinet at Ristorante Panorama

Ristorante Panorama (Front & Market St) – The bar at Ristorante Panorama (Il Bar) is located at the Penn’s View Hotel and features a 120 bottle cruvinet, the largest in the world. This means you can order wines by the glass that would normally only be available by the bottle, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to try a variety of wines.  The restaurant itself features delicious Italian food (including gluten-free pastas), which you can also enjoy at the bar. Bar opens at 5:00pm Sun-Fri, 3:00pm Sat.

 

Wine Flight at Jet Wine Bar

Wine Flight at Jet Wine Bar

Jet Wine Bar (1525 South St) – Jet Wine Bar happens to be our local wine bar, so it’s a favorite of ours. The wines are more unusual, from off-the-beaten path locales, and the by-the-glass prices are also a bit more reasonable than some of the other wine bars. Open Sun-Thurs 11:00am – midnight, Fri-Sat 11:00am – 1:00am.

a.bar (Walnut & 18th St) – a.bar is housed in the AKA Rittenhouse Hotel and has an outstanding wine program, with a special focus on wines that pair well with oysters. It can be a bit pricy, but wine lovers will appreciate the hard-to-find wines available here.

For information about where to buy wine to take back to your hotel, see our post on where to buy booze in Philadelphia.


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Craft Beer in Philadelphia #alamw14

Introduction

With the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting coming to Philadelphia at the end of January, we decided to begin compiling lists of Philly-related things (probably mostly food) to help our librarian friends navigate the city. This won’t be a comprehensive list but a selection of places easy to get to from the Convention Center area.

We’ll add new posts as we cover different topics but will aggregate all our information on our Midwinter 2014 page.

If you’re coming to Philly for the conference, feel free to ask us any questions. We’d be happy to answer or point you in the right direction.

Craft Beer

Philadelphia is a fantastic town for craft beer.  This is not a comprehensive list of beer bars by any means, but here are a few of our suggestions based on proximity to the convention center.

Molly Malloy’s (Reading Terminal Market) – 24 taps. Conveniently located near the convention center, but only open until 6:00pm (5:00pm on Sundays), so better for day drinking. Also has a good food menu.

Perch Pub (1345 Locust St) – 14 taps, plus bottles & cans, full bar. Open until 2:00am nightly. Also has a good food menu.

 

Varga Bar

Varga Bar

Varga Bar (941 Spruce St) – 20 taps, 2 casks, plus bottles & cans, full bar. Open until 2:00am nightly.  Also has a fantastic food menu, including brunch on the weekends!

Good Dog (224 S. 15th St) – 10 taps, plus bottles & cans, full bar. Open 11:30am to 2:00am daily. Fantastic food, including one of the best burgers in town.

Monk’s (264 S. 16th St) – 20 taps, plus bottles, full bar. Open 11:30am to 2:00am daily. Good food menu, including a vegetarian cheesesteak and delicious preparations of mussels.

Nodding Head (1516 Sansom, 2nd floor) – 6 taps, 1 cask. Nodding Head is a local brewery and serves primarily their own beer. Open 11:30am-2:00am Monday-Saturday, Sunday brunch 11:00am-5:00pm. Also has a good food menu.

Strangelove’s (216 S. 11th St.) - 18 taps, 2 casks. Open 11:30am to 2:00am daily.  Also has a good food menu, including clearly marked vegan and vegetarian options.

Bainbridge Street Barrel House (625-27 S. 6th St.) – 25 taps, plus bottles, full bar, including house-made infusions and barrel-aged cocktails. Open 11:00am-1:00am Mon-Thurs, 11:00am-2:00am Fri, 10:00am-2:00am Sat, 10:00am-midnight Sun.

Eulogy (136 Chesnut St.) – 25 taps, plus bottles, full bar. Emphasis on Belgian beers. Open until 2:00am nightly.  Also has a good food menu.

Khyber Pass Pub (56 S. 2nd St.) – 20 taps, 2 casks, plus bottles, full bar. Open 11:00am to 2:00am daily. Good food menu, including clearly marked vegan and vegetarian options.

Tria Taproom (2005 Walnut St.) – 24 beer taps, 12 wine taps, 4 taps for cider and soda. This may just be the most diverse, interesting draft beer list in town. Open Noon-late night M-F, 4:00pm-late night Sat-Sun. Delicious snacks, cheese, and flatbreads.

For the adventurous:

Yards Brewery (901 N. Delaware Ave)- OK this is a bit of a hike – to get here you need to take the SEPTA Market Frankford Line to Spring Garden and then walk the rest of the way, or take the bus, or you can take a cab. Tasting Room open 12:00pm to 7:00pm Monday-Saturday, 12:00pm to 4:00pm Sundays. Free tours are offered from 12:00pm to 4:00pm on weekends. Yards signature and seasonal beers are available on draft. There is a small snack menu and food trucks on Saturdays (one of our favorite food trucks, Spot Burgers, will be there, along with Cow and the Curd on Saturday 1/25).

Standard Tap (2nd St. and Poplar, Northern Liberties) – 21 taps, 2 casks, proudly featuring only locally-produced draft beers. Full bar also available. Open 4:00pm to 2:00am M-F, brunch Sat-Sun 10:00am-3:00pm. Excellent food menu, changes daily, featuring locally-sourced ingredients. A doable walk from the Spring Garden station on the Market-Frankford line.

Kennett (848 S. 2nd St.) – 15 taps, 1 cask, plus bottles and full bar. Open Tues-Fri 4:00pm-2:00am, Sat 11:00am-2:00am, Sun 11:00am-midnight, Closed Mondays. A bit of a hike down S. 2nd St. from Center City, but a great local beer selection and an excellent menu with locally sourced food.

East Passyunk is a great neighborhood for strolling, shopping, eating and drinking. Here are a few beer-centric stops:

  • Royal Tavern (937 E Passyunk) – 8 taps, plus full bar. Open M-F 11:30am-2:00am, Sat-Sun 10:00am-2:00am. Great pub menu, including clearly marked vegan and vegetarian options, and brunch on weekends.
  • POPE (1501 E Passyunk) – 15 taps, plus full bar. Open 11:00am-2:00am daily. Good pub menu, including clearly marked vegan and vegetarian options (including a vegan cheesesteak), and brunch on weekends.

Graduate Hospital – This is our neighborhood, so these are some of our favorites. Put together, these 3 can make for a good crawl:

  • Sidecar Bar (2201 Christian St.) - 12 taps, plus full bar. Open 3:00pm-2:00am M-F, 10:30am-2:00am Sat-Sun. Very good pub food, including brunch on the weekends.
  • Resurrection Ale House (2425 Grays Ferry Ave) – 12 taps. Open noon to 2:00am Tues-Sun (closed Mondays), brunch 11:00am-3:00pm on weekends. Excellent food menu.
  • Grace Tavern (2229 Grays Ferry Ave) – 10 taps, plus bottles and full bar. Open 11:30am-2:00am daily. Good basic pub fare – several great burger options, and we love their blackened green beans as a vegetarian bar snack.

For more information on craft beer in Philadelphia, Philly Tap Finder is a fantastic resource. This site maintains a reasonably up-to-date draft list for most craft beer spots in town, and is also searchable by bar, by brewery, by style, and by location (a librarian’s dream). Drink Philly also has a nice bar search page with facets for neighborhood, type of bar, atmosphere, drink prices, and other features.

If you’d like to purchase some craft beer to take back to your hotel, see our post on buying booze in Philadelphia.