Continuing from yesterday, this is a quick guide for Chicago foodies looking for Philadelphia equivalents.
If you like De Cero, then give Distrito a try…
At first glance, this restaurant nothing like De Cero — it’s very pink with a two-story wall of Lucha Libre masks and a low rider/table parked inside the front window. De Cero is loud, but not the visual feast that Distrito is. However, the similarities become more apparent when you try their amazing tacos and guacamole. If you have room, place an order for a specialty flatbread — I tried one with carmelized brussel sprouts and pepitas that was simply amazing. Plan to walk away stuffed for around $25.
3945 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3621 | (215) 222-1657
If you like Green Zebra, make a reservation at Horizons…
Like Green Zebra, Horizons focuses on creating outstanding vegan dishes without beating you over the head with crunchy granola goodness. This is cuisine — food that is sourced, prepared, plated, paired and served with as much care and detail that can be found at meatier restaurants. During the week, they have a $45 tasting menu that’s an excellent way to sample the best they offer. However, if you go a la carte, be sure to order the Italian Squash Bisque and Pan Seared Tofu. They were especially delish!
611 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-2103
Like many favorite Chicago bakeries, Flying Monkey is well known for their cupcakes, brownies, whoopie pies, and signature cakes. And, like Chicago bakeries, they push the concept of dessert. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the pummple – a foot-tall buttercream-slathered chocolate and vanilla layer cake with pumpkin and apple pies baked inside. Only $8/slice.
1112 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
& in Reading Market Terminal
Once again, thanks to Theresa! Maybe next time I’m town we can split a slice of pumpple.