So a couple weeks ago my Fantastic Four was on Philly things that I don't understand. This week, I was driving though South Philly and realized as crazy as this town is some days, there is so much I love about it. Soooo ....
- The Italian Market - Seattle has Pike Place Market, New York has the Fulton Fish Market, DC has the Eastern Market, but none of them touches our own Italian Market. Reeking of authenticity, this place has third-generation neighborhood shop-keepers alongside Amish purveyors and newcomers of all sorts. The chaos makes this place worth a trip, even if you don't buy a thing.
- The Restaurant Scene - With our own celebrity chefs, Kitchen Nightmares and Michelin Star drama and 13th St. Empires, we've got it all. I like the diversity here. You can get great cheesesteaks and hoagies, you can go ultra high end, you can hit a BYO, enjoy America's best beer scene or munch on tapas. And then you can head out tomorrows night and do it again, because these ain't NYC prices.
- City Hall - What's not to love about this place? For years the tallest building in the city by gentleman's agreement, this is a COLOSSALbuilding. We let protests camp at its base, watch Billy Penn pee when it rains, convince city councilmen not to jump from its heights and dress it up at playoff time. Oh, and it's the center of government and a major city courthouse!
- Manayunk - One of the first places I ever hung out in the city, it was where all the college kids came to town for fun before Old City was Old City. I still like going back to the 'yunk after all these years. I love the food, the beer, the bike race, the music, and yes, even the shopping. Even when it floods, Manayunk comes back and makes everyone happy again next summer!
What do you love about the City of Brotherly love?
Have a great weekend!