There is more to Philly than just cheesesteaks

Philly has an amazing selection of food ranging from Mediterranean food to the classic American Philly cheesesteak sandwich. This past weekend I had a great time exploring the cobblestones of Society Hill and Center City. Philly is that beautiful cross between Brooklyn Heights and the West Village with much cheaper rent! The cafes are cute, happy hour is always in full swing and tasting menus won't always break the bank. Below are a list of some of my favorite Philly finds.

1. Lolita- Really good Mexican food on a very trendy street in Philly. Get here for their happy hour specials for $5 food and drinks. The watermelon margaritas have actual pieces of watermelon and the ceviche is delicious. 

Salmon ceviche

Salmon ceviche

2. Bud & Marilyn- The interior of Bud & Marilyn reminds me of The Smith but the happy hour here may be superior. During happy hour all drinks and food are under $5- and each dish is worth it. As soon as it is 5pm you will find tropical cocktails and their famous frozen rosé (which does run out so hurry!)

Kielbasa with spicy mustard

Kielbasa with spicy mustard

Nashville hot bun- fried chicken, little pickles, ranch, pickle brine slaw

Nashville hot bun- fried chicken, little pickles, ranch, pickle brine slaw

3. Double Knot- Double Knot is a fusion sushi bar that extends beyond sushi. If you want to eat their full dinner menu you'll be lead downstairs where there is another bar, ample seating and dim lighting. It almost feels like a speakeasy. On the menu you will find Japanese scallops, meat and vegetable robatayaki, tempura cheese curds and so much more. We did the chef's tasting which is $55 for 10 selections and 1 dessert and a great way to taste all aspects of the big menu! 

Soy glazed salmon 

Soy glazed salmon 

4. Federal Donuts- These donuts may be the best donuts I've ever had! They're freshly baked throughout the day so they're pipping hot when served. Although they may be smaller in size than some of the donuts that you find here in NYC, the flavors are all there. Simple and humble flavors done right make for some of the best food and that is definitely the case for Federal Donuts. Oh and did I mention they also serve fried chicken? I can't think of a better pairing than donuts with fried chicken.

Cinnamon brown sugar donuts

Cinnamon brown sugar donuts

5. Miles Table- Miles End is on a really nice street in Philly and very busy during peak brunch hours. Who could blame them? The portions are generous, the selection of brunch food is delicious and the prices are great. The brunch menu ranges from various types of sandwiches, your typical egg dishes, salads, pizzas, grilled cheese and much more! 

Turkey club sandwich with chips, avocado toast with 2 sunnyside eggs, potatoes and smoked salmon on the side

Turkey club sandwich with chips, avocado toast with 2 sunnyside eggs, potatoes and smoked salmon on the side

6. Greenstreet Coffee Co.-Greenstreet is a charming neighborhood coffee joint that takes pride in how they brew their coffee. Although I only got the regular iced coffee (pictured below) which, was delicious by the way I overheard the barista explain the nitro brew which encompasses Guinness in the process. It was too late for me to change my order but you should definitely try the nitro brew when you're there!

Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee

7. Kanella Grill- This was my second time at Kanella Grill and thank god I returned. The first time I went I accidentally stumbled upon this place and decided to give it a shot. I am so happy I took the chance because the food is delicious here. I love the spices and wholesome ingredients of all the dishes I've had here so far. The food is light but filling and they truly abide by the philosophy that simple food done right is the best kind of food- and of course I agree! This place is cash only. 

Falafel platter with fries, hummus, tomato salad, pickled vegetables, pita and tzatziki sauce

Falafel platter with fries, hummus, tomato salad, pickled vegetables, pita and tzatziki sauce

8. Isgro's- Upon wandering and getting lost in the Italian neighborhood, we found this 100 year old bakery which serves Italian pastries. We walked in and could smell the fresh cookies being baked, grandmas placing giant orders for baked goods and beautiful looking eclairs. We got the eclair (pictured below) which was huge, generously filled with cream and a had healthy dose of chocolate on the top. It was worth getting lost to find this gem. 

Chocolate eclair with cream inside

Chocolate eclair with cream inside