The Secret Menu Items to Order at Philly Restaurants

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This rib-tip sandwich is one of the best secret menu items in Philly. Photography by Michael Persico

This article is part of our guide to food experiences[1] in Philly. See more here[2].

Rib-tip sandwich at Rex 1516[3]

Braised rib tip, pineapple-mustard bbq, caramelized onions, crispy chicken skin. On a potato roll. Only available at the bar. 1516 South Street, Grad Hospital.

“Industry” chirashi at Royal Izakaya[4]

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Only between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., Jesse Ito takes the end pieces from all the rare seafoods he serves at his fancy sushi bar[5], stacks them over rice, and serves the result in a plastic pint container. 780 South 2nd Street, Queen Village.

Mac-and-cheese pancakes at Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat[6]

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Imagine blueberry pancakes, but instead of blueberries, it’s straight-up mac-and-cheese. 800 North 4th Street, Northern Liberties, and 2101 South Street, Grad Hospital.

House-made prosciutto at Royal Boucherie[8]

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Royal Boucherie has a super-duper-serious charcuterie program — veal terrines, chicken liver mousses, house-made mortadella. Order the charcuterie board, and you’ll get all of them — except the prosciutto. You have to ask nicely for that. 52 South 2nd Street, Old City.

Burnt ends at Mike’s BBQ[9]

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Burnt ends are the crusty, salty, fatty end pieces of a brisket. Chef-owner Mike Strauss only makes so many briskets a day. Meaning a finite supply of burnt ends. Meaning if you want ’em, you have to ask for ’em. And trust us, you want ’em. 1703 South 11th Street, East Passyunk.

Crudités at Saté Kampar[10]

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A stunning plate of fresh vegetables picked from local and urban farms and served with two dips: a fermented durian sambal and a fermented shrimp sambal. 1837 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk.

100-day dry-aged rib eye at Kensington Quarters[11]

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KQ’s 30-day steak is always available. The ridiculously umami-packed 100-day one? Super-limited. Call ahead to put your name on one. 1310 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown.

Published as “Order Off-Menu.” in the October 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Endnotes:
  1. food experiences: https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/food-experiences-philadelphia/
  2. here: https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/food-experiences-philadelphia/
  3. Rex 1516: http://rex1516.com/
  4. Royal Izakaya: http://royalsushiandizakaya.com/
  5. fancy sushi bar: https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2017/01/26/dinner-at-the-fish-riot-royal-sushi-and-izakaya-reviewed/
  6. Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat: https://honeyssitneat.com/
  7. 23 Philly Food Experiences You Absolutely, Positively Have to Try: https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/food-experiences-philadelphia/
  8. Royal Boucherie: https://www.royalboucherie.com/
  9. Mike’s BBQ: https://www.mikesbbqphilly.com/
  10. Saté Kampar: https://satekamparpassyunk.com/
  11. Kensington Quarters: https://www.kensingtonquarters.com/

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