According to the magazine Travel + Leisure, Philly scored the number four slot in a list of the top US cities for pizza. Beaten only by Chicago, Providence (?), and NYC, Philly trounced the competition. Something tells me we have Allegros to thank. PHILLY PRIDE.
If you’ve been in Philadelphia for longer than 20 seconds, there’s a good chance you’ve come in contact with at least one restaurant serving cheesesteaks. As the city’s unofficial mascot, cheesesteaks represent the ultimate unifying experience: entering your chosen place of fine whiz dining as a farewell to your juice cleanse, waiting in a line full of people checking their email for the 30th time this hour and the climactic moment when the cashier, your new best friend, hands over that hot, foil-wrapped ticket to heaven. Think it can’t get any better? Think again.
As the age-old adage goes, “haters gonna hate.” Philadelphia is no exception to this rule. In true hater fashion, nma.tv (the Taiwan-based site that bashed Tiger and Osama) recently released this digital diss documenting why Philly should be taken off Google maps. While, yes, this stings a little, their most promising arguments are that people puke everywhere and parade around in santa suits, which kind of makes us a little proud. Though we spent hours conjuring up a loftily clever reply, we decided that we’re totally better than that, so hey, nma–don’t hate us ‘cuz we’re beautiful.
Frankly, we’re not surprised by the nod to Philly in Forbes‘ article “America’s Best Street Food,” but we certainly do respect their taste. Philadelphia’s food carts and cheesesteaks, particularly those of our own University City area, get a shoutout in the article, in which Philly-local food critic David Snyder says, “Cheesesteaks are as much of an institution in that part of town as the Liberty Bell… People don’t look down on carts here as they might in other cities.” Yeah, because they’re awesome.