According to the September issue of Esquire, Philadelphia is the Late-Night Capital of these here United States. The issue’s late-night eats guide contains essays about the difference between truck stops and diners, the glory that is poutine (I’d say we agree), and tons of recipes for manly food to be eaten in the wee hours of the morning. Esquire even lists all the best late-night foods from all over America– from egg rolls in Chicago to fried chicken in Louisville– but without mentioning a single food from Philly. Why? Because we got our own article about why we’re the best ever, that’s why.
Esquire’s guide to the Late-Night Capital of the US starts in Northern Liberties.
If Philadelphia has a late-night strip, it’s the bike-racked, dog-friendly stretch between retro-artsy North Third and retro-woody Standard Tap, each less than twenty years old and both already institutions in a town where a legacy is typically measured in centuries.
The article goes on to call out Khyber Pass Pub’s awesome po’boys, David’s Mai Lai Wah in Chinatown for their pork dumplings, and McGillin’s Olde Ale House for just being great. Good Dog Bar gets a mention for their old-school feel and Kennet gets a shout out for their toffee pudding. Royal Tavern, Cantina Los Caballitos, South Philadelphia Tap Room, and Grace Tavern continue the guide to after-hours grub while Memphis Taproom and Sidecar Bar’s classic bar food round out the list.
And as if all this Philly-lovin’ wasn’t enough, Esquire takes time out to call Brooklyn pretentious. Congratulations Philly bars and restaurants for keeping us full and happy throughout the night. And for being better than everyone else.