Prima Pizza Taqueria Mexicana/Yelp
When it comes to food and drink, there are a lot of things that Philly does well. Hoagies, gin, the neighborhood gastropub. I’d put our Italian restaurants up against anyone else’s. Our craft beer scene is the envy of just about any city out there. And no one takes a perfectly good plate of anything and puts an egg on top of it the way Philly does.
But take a look at that list. A lot of what we do? It has alcohol at the center of it. Our breweries, our distilleries and tasting rooms and all those gastropubs are places where the drinking has just as much weight as the eating. And there’s nothing wrong with that (as a matter of fact, I’d say there’s just about everything right about that), but it does make us necessary experts in one other area of cuisine as well: Drunk food.
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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.
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A favorite of hospitality pros and late-night revelers, the Daily News’ Lari Robling calls David’s Mai Lai Wah the “best restaurant in town open at 2 in the morning.”
David’s is more retro than current. The first time I entered the brightly lit red dining room gleaming with mirrors and chrome, I was back in the ’60s with my parents. They sipped classic cocktails such as the mai tai, Singapore Sling and Zombie while my brother and I sucked down Shirley Temples adorned with paper umbrellas.
2 1/2 Stars
Chinatown mainstay still delivers tasty fare [Philadelphia Daily News]