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After digesting a week's worth of treats on the train to Philly, we made a beeline to Society Hill's Zahav, a recent James Beard winner and one of the country's coolest Middle Eastern restaurants. The lengthy menu is dotted with authentic Israeli fare, and the house-baked laffa bread blows away the best pita you've ever had. An assortment of mezze and salatim (salads) keep things light and casual, but heartier types can go all in and order a whole-roasted lamb shoulder for the table. A hip staff and a sunny, high-ceilinged room? You had us at 'shalom.'



Far more casual but no less delicious is Paesano's. This local mini-chain has had locals forgetting all about the city's sandwich stalwarts (the cheesesteak institutions Pat's and Geno's) in favor of the Paesano (tender brisket, horseradish mayo, roasted tomatoes, pepperincino, sharp provolone, and fried egg) and Arista (roasted suckling pig, Italian long hots, broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone). The bread is out of this world, too.




Last but not least we'd be remiss if we didn't mention our long-time Philly fave: the Reading Terminal Market. Truly one of the US's top food markets, we always head straight for the Dutch Eating Place. A turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes, completely smothered in gravy? It might not be the best lunch in the city, but there's something deeply satisfying about having this simple, monochomatic plate delivered to you by a friendly young Amish woman. A real "only-in-Philly" experience.

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