Went to Philly and did not have one bad meal. Here’s a round up of some of the gems we found.
My hubby and I just had our eight year anniversary, and we thought what better way to celebrate than to visit the city of brotherly love. Now, I understand you don’t associate the word "romantic" when you think of Philadelphia, but believe it or not, through research and planning, we made it so!
Quick insight: we spent over a grand in just three days. Yeah, I too am shocked. When we sat down and broke down expenses, we found that half a grand covered all logistics - travel, stay, excursions, Ubers - which is not bad. But that other half was spent on just food. I repeat, just food. Why? Because we love to eat and balled out for our anniversary dinners. BUT! We ate three meals a day + snacks. Not every place was expensive. We just had a few that kicked our wallet’s ass, but were totally worth it.
Here’s a quick rundown of the best joints we visited (each title is hyperlinked):
Reading Terminal Market
This one is a REAL food market. Not your new hipster pop-up that's all shiny and minimalistic. This is an OG with all kinds of foods and markets. We tried out a delicious burger spot called Hunger Burger that served Lobster Mac. Baked goods at the market were also off the charts: had a mix between a Cinnabon and a planmier the size of my head called a Pig’s Ear. It took me Two days to eat through it.
Fancy, schmancy spot serving contemporary American fare. Every plate we had was fucking phenomenal (that good). While in stock, I highly recommend the lamb tartare. These guys also had such a minute attention to detail. The service was excellent. They also gave us some free rosé and dessert for our anniversary.
New American joint in Philly. The place is beautifully decorated and creates a romantic, intimate appearance. However, once you walk in, the atmosphere is the opposite. The place is packed and loud. Our food and drinks were delicious and the service was also very attentive. They take a big focus on produce, so try any of their greens and you’ll be blown away.
Café y Chocolate
Took a trip to South Philly to visit a family-owned Mexican restaurant. The place was so cute with its decorations. They had cards and board games available at every table too. We got to have authentic Mexican styled brunch at very large portions. Bravo, South Philly!
Bonus: Save your Do’
Did want to share some of the things we did to save cash on the logistics:
Travel - we took Amtrak (train) to get from DC to Philadelphia. Fare is much more affordable than flying and the ride is way more comfortable than a bus. It’s a two-hour scenic route trough Maryland and Delaware. And! We landed right in the heart of Philly.
Hotel - we found a new boutique-like hotel called The Study. It’s a new line of hotels that offer a modern, young feel typically located on large university campuses. Our hotel was located on Drexel University’s school grounds. Yes, we could’ve Airbnb’d and saved some dollars, but we’ve had a few bad experiences. We didn’t mind shelling out more to get guaranteed quality.
Getting Around the City - use your Chevrolegs and public transportation. Philly has their own Metro called SEPTA. We also found that the places we went to were usually around City Hall. Essentially everything was walking distance.
Museum Discounts - not gonna lie, the museums were expensive. You gotta know do your research on deals and promos. They usually offer student discounts (dust off your old ID). Military is free, including their families (bring your CAT card). And if you plan your trip right, museums typically host a free admission day once a month. Visit each museums' site to find dates.