Travel & Culture

Restless in Philadelphia

In “Restless In” series, Annie and Juliet talk about what they did in a particular city – good and bad. This includes places they visited, restaurants they tried, and activities they did, as well as what they thought of them. Check out other city reviews here.

1. Best Philly cheesesteak: Woodrow’s

Forget Pat’s, Geno’s, and Dalessandro’s. It feels like Woodrow’s is the honorable mention in the Philly cheesesteak business, but really deserves to be the gold medalist. Their cheesesteak is called “Woodrow’s Whiz Wit” and has shaved ribeye, truffle whiz, caramelized onion, and cherry pepper mayo. It’s the truffle whiz and cherry pepper mayo that makes the entire sandwich feel a little less greasy and a little bit more luxe. Oh man, I really want one right now.

2. Philly Magic Gardens

Philly Magic Gardens is an art installation and exhibit by Isaiah Zagar. Isaiah was part of the “South Street Renaissance” in this Philly neighborhood in the late 1960s. He started transforming the neighborhood with art, which became the Philly Magic Gardens. Back in 2002, the owner of the land wanted to sell the property, which would force Isaiah to dismantle his art. The community backed him up, and after a long battle, the property became a non-profit organization. You can see more pictures of Philly Magic Gardens in this post here.

3. Brunch: ELA

To be honest, ELA was not me or my friend’s first choice for brunch because all we want to eat is the best of the best. BUT, ELA was really good and I’d be down in a heartbeat to go back and try other dishes. It’s times like these when you realize you cannot always rely on TripAdvisor or Yelp to tell you what’s the hot diggity bomb.

We ordered 3 dishes: breakfast gnocchi, cornbread waffles with root beer glaze, and a burger. ELA did a great job playing with flavors and textures, and successfully too! That breakfast gnocchi was soft and not heavy on the stomach, and combined with the egg, bacon, and potato crisps, just mwah!

4. Relaxing evening activity: stroll down by the Delaware River

This is a great activity to do by yourself or with a friend. My friend Patrick (pictured above) and I caught up after about 7 years while taking in sights of Philly. I talk more about the path we took in this blog post here, so check that out if you’re curious!

5. Speakeasy: Hop Sing Laundromat

Hop Sing Laundromat is a speakeasy cocktail bar located in Chinatown. You have to ring a doorbell at an unmarked gate, and wait until the owner comes out and asks what you want. It’s run by Lê, who is a very mysterious man. Here’s a fascinating article about him. There are several things you can do to get yourself banned from Hop Sing, but the biggest one is no photos. You might be wondering, “That’s all cool, but how are the drinks?” They were good. Those bartenders know their stuff.

If you’ve been to Philadelphia before, let us know what your favorite things to do in the city was!


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