This weekend I headed to Philadelphia for the very first time. I have had a layover there before and stopped there via train from Baltimore to New York… but never actually been in the city.
I came in town to attend the Nomadness Tribe's annual BBQ. The BBQ used to be in the Atlanta area, but this year we voted and Philly won. I actually voted for Chicago but I wasn't mad that Philly. That gave me a chance to explore a new city.
I'm not gonna lie, I was mostly excited about food lol
After riding in maybe 10 Uber's the entire time, the consensus was Jim's and Max's were the best places for cheesesteaks. Toward the end of the trip, we started hearing about Geno's.
I headed to Jim's and OMG!!! They were RIGHT! Definitely the best cheesesteak I have ever had. I got it with Cheese Wiz (which apparently is the Philly way) and also with provolone. It was absolutely cheese overload so next time I will get cheese wiz only.
Tip: The line will be long so just be patient. It's worth it!!!
Water Ice is another Philly staple. I've had Rita's several times as I get them from the grocery store.. but real ones are 100 times better. We checked out John's Water Ice and I got lemon and cherry (I forgot to get a pic of the actual water ice lol)
Gotta find a great brunch spot. We were told about Redding Terminal as soon as we arrived to the city and it happened to be across the street from our hotel. It was a huge market with several vendors. You could buy meat and veggies there, but also cooked food. We had brunch at The Oyster Bar. We got a Banana Pudding Waffle and Shrimp & Grits Eggs Benedict. Both were AMAZING.
One thing I didn't know about Philadelphia was how much African-American history they had. Growing up in VA, you generally learn about VA history and maybe some things in NY and D.C. and the south as a whole. I never really knew too much about Philadelphia history and I was pleased to learn some new historical facts.
They are also known for amazing murals : from Malcolm X to Harriet Hubman to Kevin Hart— they have it all! We went on a mural tour to check out some murals but realized it was more time consuming because everything is super spread out there– and you can't really be in every neighborhood. Here are two that were absolutely amazing:
The Rocky Steps are one of the most famous places in Philly where people take pictures. We headed to the Philadelphia Museum Of Art to snap some shots in the sweltering heat.
The architecture in Philadelphia was really pretty. I took a late night snap in front of City Hall.
Thanks so much Philadelphia. I had a great time.
P.S. I will be back for more cheesesteaks. I want to try all the popular spots to make my own assessment. So far Jim's over Geno's.