Philadelphia October 30, 2017
Everyone In Philadelphia Absolutely Loves These 11 Foods And Drinks
The best Philadelphia foods are the ones that bring us back to our childhood, to the days when a pack of Tastycake donuts was the best kind of treat and you waited all winter for the water ice stand to open up in the spring. Check out this list of the foods that help define our city, and let me know what ones remind you of home!
How can the rest of the country live without Krimpets, those Chocolate Cupcakes, and handheld Lemon Pies? While Tastykakes have changed a little over the years, you can still expect the same fake frosting and overly-buttery cakes that make these a Philly favorite.
We get so used to ordering Yuengling as "Lager" that we get strange looks in other cities.
3. Soft Pretzels
Not the kind from Auntie Anne's, though. We need the real deal... the street vendor kind.
4. Italian Hoagies on Sarcone bread.
There is no better food in the world than a well made Italian hoagie on fresh Sarcone bread.
Of course, you can't make a list of the best Philadelphia foods without including cheesesteaks. As for where to get the best cheesesteaks... that's an entire discussion on its own.
6. Irish Potatoes
I didn't know these were a regional thing until recently! I'm grateful that I grew up with the chance to buy irish potatoes from pretty much anywhere that sells sweets!
7. Root Beer Floats
Root Beer Floats were invited in Philadelphia, so of course they hold a special place in our hearts. The floats from Franklin Fountain are particularly legendary.
8. DiNic's Roast Pork
Tommy DiNic's Roast Pork sandwich was named the best in America, but everyone in Philadelphia has known that for years. It's worth the long lines at Reading Terminal Market for a chance to eat one of these mouthwatering hoagies.
9. Peanut Chews
What would trick or treating be without a bunch of peanut chews making it into your pillowcase?
10. The Gobbler
There's a lot that we, as Philadelphians, are thankful for - but nothing really ever tops Wawa. It is so much more than just a convenience store or deli! The Gobbler is just one of the Wawa hoagies that we hold so close to our hearts, and every year we have to wait until fall to indulge.
11. Water Ice
Water Ice, from a local spot like John's, not from Rita's. Okay, Rita's will do in a pinch. Really, anything that's not "Italian Ice" can be acceptable on a hot enough summer day.
Mmmm – now I’m hungry! Luckily, I only have to walk a block or two to find most of the treats on this list!
For more of what defines Philadelphia life, read these
14 Phrases That Will Make You Swear Philadelphians Have Their Own Language and take it as a reminder that there’s really no place like home.