Here's Where to Eat and Drink on a Day Trip to Philly

Categories: Summer Fridays

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All photos by Adam Robb
Kentucky fried squab at Iron Chef Jose Garces' hot ticket Volver.
Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town this summer, even if it's only for a day. In this Summer Fridays series, we're covering the best spots to eat in popular day trip locations. See more Summer Fridays ideas in our archives.

In less than the two hours it takes for Rocky the Musical to send you back to 70s era Philly, you can transport yourself to the modern day city of brotherly love by bus, train, or your best friend's car -- and that makes it day trip-friendly. When you get there, you'll need to eat: Here's the rundown on where to find everything from brisket ramen to red eye danishes, an edible tour that'll leave you plenty of time left to conquer the Art Museum steps. Head down early; the last train to New York leaves at midnight.

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Alder smoke escapes an Old Fashioned glass at Bar Volver.

Whether or not you have a ticket for the big 13-course show here, the glass-walled Bar Volver (300 South Broad Street; 215-670-2303) welcomes all. And smoking is even allowed in the form of your first sip this trip by way of a smoked marcona old fashioned. Before your bartender stirs Old Overholt rye with almond bitters, he or she will flavor your glass with the air of an alder wood plank torched before you.

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Shaved Wagyu, Smoked Salmon, and Spalaccia ham and cheese tartines at Bar Volver.

The price is right here, too: Four-star New York restaurant bars don't offer shareable plates -- like this platter of open-faced shaved Wagyu, smoked salmon, and Spalaccia ham sandwiches -- for under $10.

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Volver's interactive white asparagus Milk & Cereal in the main dining room.

If you do decide to splurge on the dining room at Volver (and we'd make the trip just for that), you'll need a ticket in advance. That guarantees you won't have to wait until breakfast for your table, though a dish called milk & cereal will still be part of your dinner. Add your own splash of white asparagus milk to a bowl of creamy quail egg and crunchy rice flakes afloat with bacon, chicken oyster, truffle, and thyme marshmallows.

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Hop Sing's Captain Kirk blends Russell's Reserve with Canadian Whisky and maple syrup.

If you're looking for Jose Garces after dinner, you might find him at Chinatown speakeasy Hop Sing Laundromat (1029 Race Street; no phone). You likely won't run into any lost tourists from nearby Reading Terminal Market here, either, because the Volver dress code still applies here.

Once you've pressed the buzzer and passed the unmarked gate you'll find Hop Sing's enigmatic proprietor Lê overseeing chilled red grapes freshly pressed for the bar's signature drink, the Henry Box Brown, and a newly debuted shots program discounting the most premium well booze in the U.S., including $6.66 nips of Glen Grant 16, and Yamazaki 12 for just $9.99. Just be warned that the cash only establishment has a few other policies beside its dress code -- no photos and no phone calls.

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Hop Sing's rum Saigon Flip arrives complete with a bottle of club soda.

Check out the flips, too: This creamy fizzy Saigon Flip mixes Gosling's Family Reserve and El Dorado rums with condensed milk and a bottle of club soda on the side so you can craft just the right froth.

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SeattleSue
SeattleSue

I go there a lot on business. Somehow Philadelphia became one of the best food cities on the planet when I wasn't looking. And it still has the pretty, colonial tree-lined walkable streets, history, and culture. Some cities have all the luck! :-)


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