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1. Termini Brothers51 N 12th St, Philadelphia
2. Beiler's Bakery51 N 12th St, Philadelphia
3. Kermit’s Bake Shoppe2204 Washington Ave, Philadelphia
4. Cake and the Beanstalk1112 Locust St, Philadelphia
5. Sampan124 S 13th St, Philadelphia
6. Max Brenner1500 Walnut St, Philadelphia
7. Franklin Fountain116 Market St, Philadelphia
8. Barbuzzo110 S 13th St, Philadelphia
If you’re looking for an Italian dessert that's not water ice, head to the Italian Market (obviously) for some cannolis from Termini brothers. These things are so damn good that the government should reclassify them as a schedule one drug. Seriously, try and stop at just one chocolate chip cannoli. You can’t. This place is basically where Philly bakers go to get their confectionary PhDs.
The Reading Terminal’s bakery might be primarily known for its doughnuts - which are among the best in the city - but their homemade Whoopie Pies can also satisfy any sweet tooth. If you're not familiar with the Amish treat, a whoopie pie is generally two pieces of cake (or cookies or pie) stuffed with sweet cream filling. At Beiler’s, you can get yours with a few different flavors of cake including pumpkin and chocolate.
If delicious baked goods are your weakness it’s best to avoid Graduate Hospital's Kermit’s Bake Shoppe at all costs. However, if you're prone to temptation, you might as well go HAM and take on a salted caramel sticky bun. Sweet and buttery, the sticky bun is probably what they eat in heaven. There's pizza, too. You know. If you're feeling healthy.
Washington Square West’s Cake and the Beanstalk has taken everyone’s favorite childhood treat, a chocolate chip ice-cream sandwich, and replaced the cookies with (the far superior) brownie. A simple but awesome switch. Don't worry. The "Beanstalk" in the name is a reference to the coffee bean (it's a cafe as well). No one is going to make you eat your veggies.
Michael Schulson's izakaya fare runs from crispy Szechuan chicken to General Tso's soup dumplings, and's always delicious.
Max Brenner has all the bases covered when it comes to chocolate. The Chocolate Pizza is a real standout, topped with chocolate chunks, hazelnut bits, peanut butter and/or marshmallows. Although the Concentrated Chocolate Shot looks significantly more appealing than any alcoholic shot we've come across.
Franklin Fountain is a soda fountain and ice cream parlor that aims to give an old-school experience.
Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean haven built of beautiful re-purposed Mid-Atlantic woods -- floor boards from Maryland dock pilings, refurbished church pews from a West Philly church, tabletops cut from local dam wood. White-washed brick walls meet a marble-topped bar, which leads into an open kitchen almost as narrow as the restaurant itself, but the space constraints certainly have no bearing on the quality of the food. The restaurant offers everything from small plates -- heirloom pumpkin and mushrooms over polenta with sage brown butter -- to pizzas and pastas -- slow-roasted pear pizza with sweet gorgonzola, prosciutto, and toasted walnuts -- and of course, meatier entrees like the house ground short rib and pork meatballs with pickled peppers and fresh oregano. The cocktail menu is equally inventive and just as exhaustive, and then there's dessert...