Rabbit Frittatas, To-Go Beer Flights, Excellent Enchiladas, and More Must-Try Dishes in Philly
Our ranking of the best things to eat and drink in Philly right now.
1. Coffee cocktails at Bloomsday
Coffee cocktails are popping up on menus across the city, but this all-day cafe came up with the best two. The Day Ender is made with cold-brew, over-proof rum and coffee vodka; there’s also an espresso tonic that you can spike any time of day. 414 South 2nd Street, Society Hill.
2. Rabbit frittata at Winkel
When Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan (of Noord in East Passyunk) took over the More Than Just Ice Cream location, they had big shoes to fill. They’ve succeeded with their new bruncherie that does gorgeous smoked fish platters, deep-fried French toast, and a braised rabbit and white bean frittata that’s becoming the talk of the Gayborhood. 1119 Locust Street, Midtown Village.
3. Casarecce with pesto at DaMò Pasta Lab
In Philly, we’re used to paying 20 bucks for a small dish of pasta, so this fast-casual model is a welcome instance of modesty. Start with this $12 dish. It’s basic, but there’s never been a better argument that handmade pasta should be a commodity instead of a luxury. 105 South 12th Street, Midtown Village.
4. To-go beer flights at Workhorse Brewery
Take the best part of visiting a new brewery (sampling new beers!), and leave out the inconvenience of having to put on pants. Adorable eight-ounce cans of six different beers — from a New England IPA to a seasonal funky Guava Gose — can be enjoyed anywhere you see fit. 250 King Manor Drive, King of Prussia.
5. A lunch box at Stoa Takeaway
Snagging one of chef Samar Lazzari’s Middle Eastern lunch boxes at her weekly BOK pop-up takes a little planning, but her homemade kabsa (deeply spiced rice with chicken and almonds) and Aleppo-roasted chickpeas with herb salad make marking your calendar for 11:30 Monday morning a small price to pay. 1901 South 9th Street, East Passyunk.
6. An Italian hoagie at Liberty Kitchen
Sliced-to-order meats, imported chili oil, and hand-stretched mozzarella chosen by the deli’s on-site cheesemonger. That’s how you make an Italian hoagie. 1244 North Front Street, Fishtown.
7. Enchiladas at Don Barriga
The arrival of Don Barriga — a new Mexican-owned BYO in Spruce Hill — means West Philadelphians will never have to cross the Schuylkill for excellent Mexican food again. In fact, the enchiladas de mole are so good, everyone else is going to have to start heading for West Philly. 4443 Spruce Street, University City.
8. All the meats at Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse
Yes, there are other rodizio-style steakhouses where you can eat a steady stream of meat carved by roving waiters. But the warm vibe and excellent desserts make this homegrown spot the Brazilian steakhouse of the moment. 1111 Locust Street, Midtown Village.
Published as “The Menu” in the September 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.