The best local BBQ, hands down. I lurrrrve Jimmy's!!!
Ribs, sausage, brisket, chicken, pulled pork... all really amazing smoky taste, perfect texture, lightly spiced. All sauces made in-house and delicious (mild, spicy & vinegar - they pack some heat but are *not* mouth-searing; slightly sweet). The sides are important, too: my faves are collard greens, mashed sweet potatoes, dirty corn & smoked beans.
I do not like the bacon (!!! ) and I saw no point in the sausage & cheese. The strip shopping center is not exactly dripping with ambiance. The restaurant is perfect, though: sparklingly clean, excellent service, owner often present, NOLA jazz, and a sink in the dining area for reasons that should be obvious. BYOB (and bring glasses if you don't want to drink out of a plastic cup. Better yet, bring beer & drink it from the bottle). Excellent value.
The definitive source for cookware in the heart of the Italian Market. A huge selection of specialized baking products. Incredibly knowledgeable sales staff. Fabulous in-store espresso bar with store-brand roasts and great pulls. Many machines & gear for home espresso making. You can bring in your copper pots to be re-tinned. Fair prices, and they do not sell you into more than you need - they expect to serve you for the long haul.
Parking is quite the trick, suburbanites, but do not be deterred. If you are into food, you should have this experience - Fante's is a relevant Philadelphia classic.
This place is serious about bagels. The sandwiches are excellent, if a little pricey, and it's kind of a dump. But the bagels are incredible - taste, texture, very correct, very fresh and very, very good. They have the frou-frou flavors but don't bother - go straight for the hard stuff.
Staff is nice, parking is adequate, and the bagels - well, I guess they're pretty cheap to make, but they always strike me as a huge bargain. Lotta deliciousness for the money.
Disregard the German sounding name, the odd location, the unusual layout: it's the bread. Pause in the foyer before you go in and just sniff.
Bakemeister has for at least 25 years made the best-tasting, best-textured, most delicious semolina loaves around. A sprinkling of sesame seeds on top; golden on the inside and light gold-brown on the outside, it's the best bread - almost a shame to use in a sandwich or put butter or olive oil on it. I have never ever made it all the way home with a full loaf - somehow a few slices always go missing in the car.
I grew up on these bagels - okay,they've changed hands, but they're still Very Serious about bagels. Go too late and you've missed it -- too bad, come earlier another day because that is what freshness means. Taste, texture - these are the real deal. They do not smother their bagels. They also have the ancillary stuff like bialys and salt sticks - possibly the only source in the region.
A family fave. Friendly owner, earnest young servers, appealing menu. It's not a temple to gastronomy but they're packed every Friday night with regulars who enjoy a casual BYOB.
Super helpful staff, great selection of new & used bikes. Fair prices. Full safety gear available for small skateboarders, along with a check for fit & correct use.
Teeny, horrible driveway/parking, delicious water ice for reasonable prices. I'm a purist - I only do lemon, and their lemon water ice is smooth (not grainy), tart and just the essence of Philly-area summer.
Park on Aberdeen to avoid the terrifying parking lot scene.
I want to like this place. It's mostly about breakfast here; it's independently owned, cheap and full of quirk. But it's gross. The breakfasts are okay, certainly *very* affordable, but the dining room and bathroom are frighteningly dirty. Of particular note are the little crocks of fake syrup, sticky and no longer clear.
Oh, the chocolate. Made with butter imported from France. My husband started giving me chocolate from Aux Petits Delices 20 years ago and it still has that certain special je-ne-sais-quoi (so does he, FTR).
Other favorites: Gelato in tiny single serving containers in classic European flavors. Ooooooh the croissants, I swoon. The tarts are preternaturally perfect, with fruits in formal geometric patterns and crusts that crumble into perfectly-textured buttery goodness. Chocolate dinosaurs for the owner's small son and mine (and any other very lucky small children). Homemade preserves, French cheeses and hard sausages for your pique-nique. I'm not a fan of cake in general, but their cake is in a special category. Decent espresso and good service.