Earlier this month we spent a quick weekend in the City of Brotherly Love, and got to check out two fantastic restaurants in South Philly:
1708 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Fish serves up amazing seafood (I know, shocking!) in a cozy neighborhood setting. We ate at the bar and had some of the freshest mussels I've ever tasted, awesome octopus, and halibut to die for. Plus anyplace that has such an extensive selection of bitters is all good in my book. Even more exciting, the wine list included a bottle of Verdicchio from Jesi. It wasn't from one of the wineries we'd visited, but of course we had to give it a try, and had a fun conversation with the sommalier about agriturismos and lesser-known Italian varietals.
801 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Our truth-in-naming tour continued the next night with a visit to Cochon, which specializes in -- you guessed it -- all things piggy! And pig out we did. I channeled my inner Tony Bourdain and ordered the pork trio, figuring this was a rare chance to try grilled cheek (along with some scrumptious sausage and braised bacon). Om nom nom! Cochon is one of many BYOB restaurants in Philly, where bizarre liquor laws make it easier for eateries to thrive when patrons bring their own booze. Just be sure to stock up before you cross the PA state line, as wine can only be purchased at state stores and from what I understand the selection tends to be less than stellar.
I highly recommend both of these restaurants as a way to sample the best of Philly's burgeoning foodie scene.
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