Sydney McElweePhiladelphia Staff Writer
Sydney grew up outside of Philadelphia, went to college in Nashville, and then moved to New York City to be an art director at either a large advertising agency or a sweatshop. From what she’s told us, we’re still unclear. After four years of failing to convince herself that her Big Pharma clients were good people deep, deep down, she left the industry to launch The Infatuation in Philadelphia. Contrary to what you may expect, she does not have a strong opinion on cheesesteaks or Allen Iverson. She hopes these confessions don’t ruin her credibility with her Philly audience.
Blue Corn is a Mexican spot in the Italian Market with solid margaritas and some really great tacos.
Philly Style Bagels in Fishtown is our favorite bagel shop in the city, bar none.
High Street on Market in Old City is a bakery and restaurant that works for just about any time of day.
Mike’s BBQ is a tiny barbecue spot in South Philly with some of the best smoked meat in the city.
Charlie Was A Sinner is a vegan bar in Midtown Village that’s good for meeting up with a friend for a drink and a few small plates.
Laurel is a tasting menu spot in East Passyunk that’s perfect for celebrating something big.
It might not be the best cheesesteak in the city, but Tony Luke’s does have one of the better ones.
Neighborhood Ramen is a small, eat-in only spot in Queen Village that usually has a line out the door (but it moves quickly).
Pho Ha Saigon is a very large, very casual Vietnamese spot in South Philly, right by the stadiums.
Morimoto is a sushi place in Old City that’s super expensive, so you should save it for a special occasion or when someone else is paying.
Nomad is one of the best pizza places around Center City, and it’s even better during Happy Hour or SIPS in the summer.