Most bakeries have a specialty. Whether it’s bread, bagels, pastries or desserts, there’s usually something you can point to as what they’re “known for” or what they do best. But Vanilya specializes in everything Their bagels are some of the best in the city, they make pastries like almond croissants that we would eat every day for breakfast, and their goat cheese cheesecake is creamy but light and we may or may not have already ordered one for each of our next five birthdays.
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Mike’s BBQ is a tiny barbecue spot in South Philly with some of the best smoked meat in the city.
Palizzi Social Club
Palizzi Social Club is a members-only spot in East Passyunk. It’s hard to get a membership, but it’s worth it since the Italian food is so good.
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Double Knot is an all-day cafe with a basement izakaya that serves some of the best Japanese food in the city.
Milkboy is an all-day cafe and music venue on South Street that also serves Jim’s cheesesteaks.
Philly Style Bagels
Philly Style Bagels in Fishtown is our favorite bagel shop in the city, bar none.
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South Philly Barbacoa
South Philly Barbacoa in the Italian Market makes the best tacos in Philadelphia. Period.
Sate Kampar is a Malaysian place in East Passyunk where you should go for a low-key weeknight dinner.
Fond is a small date spot in East Passyunk where you should drink some wine at the bar and share some small plates.
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