Philly food is so much more than cheesesteaks. Let us show you.
Philly Fridays will be a weekly series in which we ask Philly locals about their favorite places to eat in Philadelphia. For our first installment, who could be more apropos than Emma Fried-Cassorla, founder of Philly Love Notes and Communications Manager for Delaware River Waterfront? Emma has been promoting all the great things about Philly for years, so it was obvious that we had to start off this series with her.
How long have you been part of the food scene in Philadelphia, and what drew you to it?
I’m really not a typical food writer. I usually check places out when people write Philly Love Notes to the spot and we meet for a bite or a drink.
What is your perfect day of Philly food – breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
Breakfast at Cafe Lift. To be honest, if I got a dish there I’d have half for breakfast, half for dinner. So assuming I shared it, lunch would be at Dizengoff because their hummus is heavenly. Dinner would be the dump dinner at the Oyster House or Modo Mio, which are the only places I’ll splurge.
If you only had $10 to spend on a single food item in Philadelphia, what would you get?
A couple donuts from Federal Donuts, the brie and honey baguette from B2, a chocolate chip cookie from Le Bus at Rittenhouse Square, or a tall boy and whiskey at Oscar’s. I guess it depends on the day.
What would you consider your “local” – the place you visit most often?
High Street on Market because I work right there and it’s my go-to work lunch and breakfast. Menagerie Coffee because their breakfast sandwiches are delicious and because the owners are so damn charming. Anything at Spruce Street Harbor Park because I work there — I’m going to be so fat and happy on fried chicken sandwiches and Franklin Fountain waffle sandwiches. Prohibition Taproom for a drink because I live half a block away. City View Pizza for good-crappy pizza.
Where would you take an out-of-towner to get a true taste of Philadelphia?
John’s Roast Pork, Paesano’s, Bieler’s Donuts or Reading Terminal Market in general, Standard Tap or Johnny Brenda’s, or any beer garden.
What is your favorite food event in Philly?
To be honest, the only real food event I went to was Feastival. I lasted about 5 dishes before I got too full (woe is me). I’m more of a small bites throughout the day kind of lady.
You can find Emma on Twitter at @phillylovenotes.
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