Philly's Best Eats & Drinks: Near PA Convention Center

Near PA Convention Center (between 11th & Broad Streets along Arch Street)Near PA Convention Center (between 11th & Broad Streets along Arch Street)

Breakfast:

  • Bieler’s Donuts – Peanut butter-stuffed, chocolate-dipped, twisted and glazed doughnuts, fried before your eyes. Closed Sundays and Mondays. No Wi-Fi. Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch Streets, (267) 318-7480
  • Bread Top House – Bargains on fresh-baked coconut buns, fruit smoothies and milk teas. No Wi-Fi. 1041 Race Street, (215) 925-3802
  • Dutch Eating Place – Sit-down counter for Pennsylvania Dutch specialties: hot apple dumplings, shoo-fly pie, grilled sticky buns, scrapple and eggs, at breakfast and lunch. Closed Sundays and Mondays. No Wi-Fi. Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch Streets, (215) 922-0425

Lunch:

  • DiNic’s Roast Pork – The Travel Channel’s Adam Richman crowned DiNic’s roast pork and broccoli rabe combo America’s best sandwich. Expect a line. Yes Wi-Fi. Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch Streets, (215) 923-6175, tommydinics.com
  • Mayflower Bakery and Café – Behind glass sit crispy, fresh-out-of-the-oven taro and red bean buns, coconut bread, egg tarts and hot dog buns. No Wi-Fi. 1008 Race Street, (215) 629-5668
  • Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House –No frills, except for the cooks hand-drawing fat and thin noodles that get swirled into rich broth, tossed with peanut sauce or stir-fried. No Wi-Fi. 1022 Race Street, (215) 923-1550
  • Vietnam –Impossibly quick, surprisingly inexpensive, deliciously authentic crepes, broken rice platters and steaming bowls of pho. No Wi-Fi. 221 N. 11th Street, (215) 592-1163, eatatvietnam.com

Late-Night Eats:

  • Ho Sai Gai – Chinese and Taiwanese dishes accompanied by a martini glass full of wontons. No Wi-Fi. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday-Sunday. 1000 Race Street, (215) 922-4930
  • Shiao Lan Kung –No-frills Chinese spot. No Wi-Fi. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday; 3 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 930 Race Street, (215) 928-0282

Late-Night Drinks:

  • Bar.Ly – Gastropub with serious beer and cocktails, cheesesteak spring rolls, Korean bulgogi sandwiches, kimchi pizza. Yes Wi-Fi. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday; 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (menu until 1 a.m.). 101 N. 11th Street, (215) 922-2688, bar-ly.com
  • Hop Sing Laundromat – Chinatown’s quirky, elegant speakeasy, slow cocktails and all. No sneakers (or phones) allowed. No Wi-Fi. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. 1029 Race Street, hopsinglaundromat.com
  • Yakitori Boy – Start off with yakitori (chicken skewers), sushi, sake bombs; end up doing karaoke. Private lounges available. No Wi-Fi. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. 211 N. 11th Street, (215) 923-8088, yakitoriboy.com

You Gotta Try:

  • Reading Terminal Market – An urban icon and one-stop, all-indoor shop for local produce, Amish pickles, artisan cheeses, just-fried doughnuts, meals to go. No Wi-Fi (expect to have it by summer). 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 12th & Arch Streets, (215) 922-2317, readingterminalmarket.org

Philly's Best Eats & Drinks: Midtown Village & Washington Square

Midtown Village/Washington Square West (Center City, East of Broad Street)Midtown Village/Washington Square West (Center City, East of Broad Street)

Breakfast:

  • Scratch Biscuits – Southern biscuits layered with house-made breakfast sausage or scrapple, sage cream gravy, salted molasses butter, all sorts of eggs. Yes Wi-Fi. 1306 Chestnut Street, (267) 930-3727, eatscratchbiscuits.com
  • Talula’s Daily – Quaint spot on Washington Square for counter-served espresso drinks, precious pastry and petite egg sandwiches; pretty tables, indoors and out. Yes Wi-Fi. 208 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-6555, talulasdaily.com

Lunch:

  • Garces Trading Company – Spacious and sunny, chef Jose Garces’ casual market eatery prides itself on its duck-fat enriched, Chicago-style pizzas, creative salads. Good for groups. Yes Wi-Fi. 1111 Locust Street, (215) 574-1099, garcestradingcompany.com
  • Barbuzzo –Mediterranean bistro draws crowds for toasted walnut pesto, short-rib and pork meatballs, life-altering salted caramel budino dessert. No Wi-Fi. 110 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-9300, barbuzzo.com
  • Jake’s Sandwich Board – Belly-busting sandwiches, including a half roast pork, half bacon, part sriracha and sharp provolone. Good for groups. No Wi-Fi. 122 S. 12th Street, (215) 922-0102, jakessandwichboard.com

Late-Night Eats:

  • Double Knot – Underground brick-walled speakeasy-style izakaya serves impressive roster of sushi and sashimi, robatayaki, dumplings and bao buns, international boat drinks. Good for groups. Yes Wi-Fi. 7 a.m.-midnight for DNC. 120 S. 13th Street, (215) 631-3868, doubleknotphilly.com
  • Franky Bradley’s – Dimly lit, purposely kitsch two-level restaubar serves smoky wings, big burger, rich Cubano, South Philly pierogi—and dancing. Good for groups. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. daily (hours might extend for DNC). 1320 Chancellor Street, (215) 735-0735, frankybradleys.com
  • Strangelove’s – Another great beer bar with great bar food: fish and chips, oyster po’boys, beer-braised chicken and fries galore. Good for groups. No Wi-Fi. 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday (menu until midnight). 216 S. 11th Street, (215) 873-0404, strangelovesbeerbar.com

Late-Night Drinks:

  • Charlie was a sinner. – All-vegan hangout, where guests chase small global plates with chartreuse-spiked wheatgrass (or a Weyerbacher). Yes Wi-Fi. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily (menu until 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; midnight Friday and Saturday). 131 S. 13th Street, (267) 758-5372, charliewasasinner.com
  • McGillin’s Olde Ale House – On a side street near City Hall, Philly’s oldest continuously operating pub draws pitcher-drinkers. Good for groups. free wi-fi. Just link to: "free beer". 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. 1310 Drury Street, (215) 735-5562, mcgillins.com
  • Woody’s Bar – One of Midtown Village’s original gay bars is big, busy and full of guys and good times. Yes Wi-Fi. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. 202 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-1893, woodysbar.com

You Gotta Try:

  • Capogiro GelatariaNational Geographic called the 27 flavors of gelato here the best they’ve had outside Italy. Yes Wi-Fi. 119 S. 13th Street, (215) 351-0900, capogirogelato.com

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