Philadelphia, like its sister city Paris, is best in the spring. We are nearing the end of the season so get to it while the weather is comfortable, the flowers are in bloom and everyone is still excited to be wearing shorts!
I bounced down to Philly last week to eat, drink coffee, wine and take in the scene. First stop, Vetri. My brother Adam Leonti is the chef de cuisine there so I always make a point of stopping in, grabbing tastes and chatting with the amazing
kitchen team. I didn’t have time to sit and eat this visit, however, if you are looking to drop some coin on enjoying one of the top two eating experiences of your life (no matter how extensively you may have traveled or eaten) make a reservation (two months in advance) and tick this box off your bucket list.
Now it’s lunchtime so I head to 23rd and Arch where the Philly Phair Market has set up shop.
They just opened in May for the inaugural season and it already rocks! No big crowds, easy parking and great vendors. Local 215 is your jam for a tasty lunch with proteins you can trust. They stay true to their name
and offer foods from surrounding farms that are raised ethically and sustainably and then cooked deliciously.
After you get that food in your stomach the caffeine jones starts calling but have no fear Rival Brothers Coffee Roasters café on wheels is parked near by serving great coffee with a bit of charm. Wander around, buy antiques, eat more food from Delicias Food or Tot cart and take in the sun.
run by chef Brad Spence with a casual environment, open kitchen and amazing menu. Though the spinach pasta, and swordfish meatballs were amazing, the scallop crudo with raw beets was what stuck with me. The texture and flavors were simple and perfect.
Between the scallops, panna cotta and excellent beer list I was buzzed for the rest of the night.
Luckily I’m in one of Philly’s nicest neighborhoods so I enjoy the warm evening and stroll around the historic streets and indulge in the romance of a great town.