Food & Drink

11 Things You Must Eat in Philly Before Summer Ends

Published On 08/03/2015 Published On 08/03/2015
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Doc Magrogan's Oyster House
BRÜ Craft & Wurst
Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar
John's Water Ice
Big Gay Ice Cream
Fette Sau
Devon Seafood Grill Philadelphia
Luke's Lobster
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1. Red Owl Tavern 433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The walk up to Society Hill's Red Owl Tavern, along cobblestoned streets before Independence Hall, is quintessentially Philadelphia, and the food at this upscale Hotel Monaco restaurant is appropriately American rustic, but with some modern updates. The lunchtime cheesesteak synonymous with the city is brought up to speed with Angus ribeye, sharp cheddar, caramelized onion and hot peppers (no whiz, here). Marrowbones are topped with pickled lamb tongues. Venison, cut by the in-house butcher, is augmented by a huckleberry marinade. The zinc-topped bar in the brown and brick dining room continues the patriotic theme, serving up a Penn’s Treaty (bourbon, blackberry, honey, mint, lemon) to thirsty tourists and red-blooded Americans alike.

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2. Doc Magrogan's 3430 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

From the dishwasher-turned-chiropractor-turned-restaurant magnate (and motivational speaker!) behind Kildare's, Doc is a 100-seat ode to the East Coast oyster house, with two stories' worth of distressed woods, high-end patterned upholstries, and a sunlit, brick-floored indoor patio with enough windows to make you want to crash there.

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3. Uptown Beer Garden 1735 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Uptown Beer Garden located in the courtyard of the BNY Mellon Building, is brought to you by the team behind Brü and U-Bahn, is one of the city's largest, with more than 9,000sqft of outdoor drinking space. Apart from offering craft beers, the bar at this rustic hangout spot also serves cocktails, wine, food.

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4. Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar 1050 N Hancock St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

This Northern Liberties spot brings Cajun and Vietnamese dishes on the same menu. We're talking Fried Catfish and Crabby's Gumbo alongside Pho Tai and Pho Bo Vien. The menu also has tons of seafood, Po' Boys, and burgers.

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5. Little Baby's World HQ 2311 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

The ice cream here uses dairy 100% supplied by Pennsy cows, is prepped Philly-style (no eggs), and includes all-the-ingredients-in-the-name cart favorites (Earl Grey Sriracha and Bourbon Bourbon Vanilla), plus flavor flavs like Sour Cherry & Honey, Strawberry Pink Peppercorn, and Maryland Bar-B-Que, which's made with BBQ sauce, Worcestershire, and Old Bay.

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6. John's Water Ice 701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Ignoring how strange the name of this treat is, John's Water Ice is THE place to get one in Philadelphia.

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7. Big Gay Ice Cream 521 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This Philly outpost of the NYC famous ice cream shop brings the same flavors and vibe to Washington Square West.

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8. Fette Sau 1208 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Fette Sau keeps it simple. Wooden tables, concrete floors, gourmet BBQ, craft beer and whiskey. No pretense. Sounds like the go-to spot for the most interesting man in the world, doesn't it? Named after the German phrasing for "fat pig," Fette Sau's obviously got pork on lock, plus other delectable, dry-aged and smoked meat comestibles. The Philly outpost of this Williamsburg standby is sure to satisfy.

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9. Rex 1516 1516 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

From the crew behind Jet Wine Bar, Rex 1516 is a breezy 35-seater that pairs an interior reminiscent of a derelict mansion (wrought iron chandeliers, antique mirrors, distressed woodwork) with a Mobile-bred, chef-prepped menu that covers all the Deep South culinary bases. With ongoing whiskey specials and a killer burger (and a home run mac n’ cheese), you get both killer food and drink under one roof.

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10. Devon Seafood Grill 225 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The seafood at Devon is sourced daily, so it's guaranteed fresh. Options like jumbo lump crab, fresh shrimp, and steaks are always available, but the fresh catch-of-the-day is definitely something to look out for.

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11. Luke's Lobster 130 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Luke's Lobster is a Maine lobster-slinging New England seafood joint, offering you buttered rolls stuffed with knuckle and claw meat, as well as a rotating lineup of seafood soups.