Philadelphia November 22, 2017
These 11 Iconic Foods In Philadelphia Will Have Your Mouth Watering
There are some foods that everyone associates with Philly — like cheesesteaks, of course. But, did you know that Birch Beer is pretty much a PA-only thing, and that scrapple doesn’t really exist outside of our area? Check out some of these iconic foods from Philadelphia and be thankful for the delicious sandwiches, snacks, and sides that we get to enjoy every day, just because we’re lucky enough to live here.
1. Stock's Pound Cake
Nobody makes a better pound cake than Stock's, and Philadelphians love trekking up north to track down this popular treat. The bakery gets very crowded during the holidays, so be prepared to either call ahead or wait in line.
2. DiNic's Roast Pork
Tommy DiNic makes the best sandwich in America, and Philadelphians are lucky to have easy access at Reading Terminal Market. Trust me, no other pork sandwich even comes close.
3. Soft Pretzels
Philadelphians don't care where our pretzels come from, but we do care that they are made right. Get out of here with your Auntie Anne's or SuperPretzels.
4. Authentic Cheesesteaks
I don't care where you get them — whether you like Jim's, Joe's, Dalessandro's, or even Pat's. As long as it's a solid, authentic cheesesteak with onions, it's an iconic Philly food.
5. Sweet Lucy's Mac and Cheese
If you don't think Sweet Lucy's Mac and Cheese is some of the best mac you've ever tried, then I don't think there's any hope for you. Philadelphians flock to the Smokehouse to buy this by the tray for family gatherings, or just as a side for some of the best BBQ in the city.
What's your favorite Tastykake? I can never turn down the Chocolate Cupcakes or Butterscotch Krimpets.
7. Herschel's Pastrami Sandwich
8. Herr's BBQ Chips
Okay, Herr's Popcorn, too. And pretzels. And sour cream and onion chips. It's hard to leave Philly because you're leaving the best chips in the country behind.
9. Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer
Mayor Kenney, keep your hands off of our birch beer! The soda tax won't stop us from drinking gallons and gallons of this delicious soft drink.
Philadelphians love to fry this up and eat it for breakfast. What exactly is it, though? Nobody's entirely sure, so we'll just tell you it's pig —everything but the oink.
11. John's Water Ice
It will be a few months before we're lining up for this warm-weather treat, but when spring comes, Philadelphians will all end up at John's Water Ice. We really do miss the stuff when the weather gets cold and the Water Ice shops all close up.
What’s your favorite tastykake? Your favorite water ice flavor? Do you prefer your cheesesteaks wit, or without? Let’s talk Philly foods in the comments!