Philadelphia Pennsylvania is surely a Cornucopia of National American History Icon Sight Seeing. Philly also hosts some of the worlds greatest drinking and dining locations too. This makes Philadelphia the idea vacation spot. And Philadelphia is an educational vacation that is enjoyable for the whole family and kid friendly.
How does Smoked Trout Caviar sound or Oysters with Gazpacho Vinegar? Chef Eli Kulp’s Old City Philadelphia, highly acclaimed restaurant simply named ‘Fork’ has been serving up unique seafood and meat delicacies in the heart of historic Philadelphia for over fifteen years. Fork located at 305 Market street offers one of the city’s best Sunday Brunches.
If you are in the mood for authentic Spanish tapas, just one city block south of ‘Fork’ is Chef Jose Garces famous Amada restaurant. Chef Garces is known for putting his own spin on century old, family recipes. Highly recommended are the Revuelto Tapas which are filled with shirred and spiced eggs, shrimp and wild mushrooms!
Benjamin Franklin the renowned Philly Statesman said “Eat not to Dullness. Drink not to Elevation.” The tradition of great dining and statesmanship continues to this day. You can taste some of Ben Franklin’s favorite recipes at the City Tavern. George Washington and many dignitaries also eat there!
Philadelphia PA, the City of Brotherly Love, is one of the largest cities on the east coast. Diverse and populated by worldly cultures. Over 1.5 million people calling The City of Brotherly love Home. Philly and all her iconic neighborhoods make the list of largest ten populace cities in the United States! Many foreign cultures have hub neighborhoods here in Philly which makes for a vast and varied dining scene.
All cultures and a multitude of cuisines are showcased here. Many local Philadelphia delicacies you cannot experience anywhere else! Such as, Kibbe Naya, raw lamb with red butterhead lettuce and green strawberries, just one of the great Israeli- Mediterranean Cuisine specialties served at Zahov by award winning Chef and Restaurant Owner Michael Solomonov.
Philadelphian’s and Philly dining establishments are very visitor friendly! Philly’s nick name, The City of Brotherly Love refers to the Greek definitions ‘Philos’ meaning Brotherly and ‘Adelphos’ which means love. Since William Penn founded Philly in 1682, Philadelphia has been participating in rich and diverse historic moments. Visitors and locals love to re-visit and honor the world changing happenings of Philly’s dynamic fore founders.
I’m sure you know how Philadelphia and her residents played a huge part in the American Revolution. Philly is where the Declaration of Independence was written and signed in 1776 to declare America’s independence from Great Britain. Philadelphia even served for a handful of years as our nation’s capital before Washington D.C. was our country’s capitol?
When visiting Philadelphia visitors are advised to first head to Philly’s New and artsy Independence Visitors Center located at 6th and Market streets. The first class info center was built inside the world famous Independence National Park which consists of a spread of a handful of city blocks, full of plush lawns and historic buildings and structures. This whole historically significant area known as Old City Philadelphia is full of quality restaurants and drinking establishments, ice cream parlors and diners; everything to feed and nourish the whole vacationing family in style.
The Independence Visitors Center and Park are at the core of what has been dubbed “Americas Most Historic Square Mile.” All the major tourist attractions are within walking distance; Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the building that housed the first bank of the United States, Franklin Court which is home to an extensive Benjamin Franklin Museum and the President’s House which was George Washington’s home from 1790 – 1797 and then John Adams house from 1797 until May of 1800.
The Historic Old City neighborhood is filled with fantastic, yummy food and beverage street vendors, souvenir stands, knickknack shops and daily costumed actors walking the streets, reenacting historic speeches and events. Visitors will be sure to take home piles of memorable photos.
You can hop on a quick horse and buggy ride through the cobble stoned streets. You’ll love viewing the Georgian Architectural influence of the Revolutionary time Period.
When dining in Old City Philadelphia, there’s no more visited place than City Tavern! When you are trying to get your group into the mood and feeling of colonial times the decorations and theatrics at City Tavern are perfect! Hundreds of years ago, John Adams called the City Tavern “the most genteel tavern in America” and the charm continues to this day! You will be charmed by the costumed staff, dressed in authentic period clothing of old.
The City Tavern’s menu is based on what the colonists ate back in revolutionary times all served on pewter dishes! Chef Walter Staib’s specialties include; pepper-pot soup, colonial turkey pot pie, roast duckling. Where else can you taste Thomas Jefferson’s sweet potato biscuits? City Tavern carry a huge list of delicious stouts and ales which they claim were made from George Washington and Benjamin Franklin’s own recipes!
For night owls hanging around Historic Old City Philadelphia after twilight, a great place to enjoy a bite or a drink is the Triumph Brewing Company. Triumph located at 117-121 Chestnut Street is a music rich, brew pub that is quite popular with the locals. The décor is industrial sheik and they offer an award winning array of home brewed ales and lagers.
The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar located at 138 market street is a Steven Starr favorite dining place refurbished with a sixties style diner motif. Their cosmopolitans are world renowned and the exotic margaritas are tasty too. The delicious varieties of imaginative martinis are served to you in your own personal shaker. You’d be wise to partake of the Seared Tuna with Lobster Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Risotto!
For all you connoisseur beer and ale lovers, it is hard to beat the humongous selection of German beers available at Bierstube German Tavern, located at 206 Market Street Old City Philadelphia. Bierstube German Tavern serves great beers in bottles and drafts like Penn Dark Lager, Carlsberg on draft and my favorite Radeberger Pilsner. Bierstrube also serves the tastiest perogies and potato pancakes in the City!
Enjoy the sites, suds and food history lovers and when you come back be sure to bring a few friends with you! Vacationers what are you waiting for? Book your fun, educational and delicious trip to Philly today.