Also known as Philly, Philadelphia is located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the U.S. It is known for several key events of the past during the Revolutionary War. It is home to many European migrants which makes their local food even more interesting. Here are some of the top and must-have local dishes and food items that you must try when in Philadelphia.

Crab Fries

Seafood lovers are going to love this! Crab fries are hot and spicy here and are a real treat as they are a mix of American style and European flavourings.


These deliciously soft and squishy Italian rolls are generally a foot long with oodles of cheese and meat. You can also have American or Provolone cheese and the option of adding fried or raw onions to the steak. 

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Roast Pork Sandwiches

For those who can have pork, they would love this! It is all about soft roll, sliced roast pork, roasted peppers, broccoli rabe. 

Soft Pretzels

You just cannot miss out on these chewy and soft, hand-twisted baked goods. These baked lovelies are made fresh and sold by street vendors, local stores and you can also get them directly from the factory. These salty satisfiers are super delicious and must be had with slightly spicy mustard. You can enjoy them from a number of stalls and stores.

Irish Potatoes

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If you are a coconut person, then these heavenly tiny balls of coconut cream rolled in cinnamon are a must-have. The name is very different from what you see indeed and it is not even an Irish dish. The dessert is more commonly found around the time of St. Patrick’s Day. 


This is the official sandwich of Philadelphia, known as hoagies. It is a regional concoction. These are mouth-watering sandwiches are packed with onions, peppers, lettuce, tomato, oil dressing, cheese, oregano, combined with delicious Italian lunch meats like mortadella, dry salami and capicola.

Water Ice

This is one frozen treat you will love for sure. It is also known as Italian ice and is a smooth mixture of fresh fruit, fruit juice, and ice. 


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This one too is for pork lovers. It is a fried treat which is a mash of herbs, spices, onions, flour, cornmeal and pork. It is served in a fried form with a loaf packing.

Culinary Tours

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One way to explore a city's food is to go on a culinary tour. Hop from place to place, try a little bit of this and that, walk around, drive around and eat to your heart's content! 

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