The Restaurant Guide is up!
The Hyatt Regency (for people who use mapping software, its address is 201 S Columbus Blvd.) has Keating's River Grille and Park Cafe (which serves Starbuck's coffee). Other nearby restaurants include La Veranda (Italian/seafood), the historic City Tavern (founded in 1773 and a popular spot for members of the Continental Congress) Chart House, and the Moshulu, which is inside an old sailing ship. Dave and Buster’s converted an entire pier to an American food, drink, and play destination.
If you click this link to Google, you'll see a map showing how many restaurants are nearby (and there are quite a few).
For Iron Chef fans, Morimoto is just a few blocks away.
Marrakesh is said to be very good and is nearby for fans of Moroccan restaurants.
Le Bec Fin, Philly's classic French restaurant is back. Note that it is not open on Sunday.
There are so many great-looking restaurants in Philly, I wish we were staying a few days longer! Jim discovered this one, which looks extremely promising: Jamonera, a Spanish wine bar that serves all kinds of pork products. It's a little over a mile and a half from the Hyatt, near Philadelphia's City Hall.
Over the next few months, we'll be adding all kinds of restaurant information. Here are some lists to get you started:
GQ magazine has also just named Philly one of the top five beer cities in the US, and wrote that Philly has the best pub crawl in the country. The Beer Advocate has a guide to pubs in Philly. And here's a list of the best 50 bars in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is known for its wide variety of cuisine and iconic foods created/invented in Philadelphia (cheesesteak, hoagie, soda pop, snapper soup, stromboli, and tastykakes) and associated with Philadelphia (soft pretzels, water ice, scrapple, tomato pie, pork rolls, German butter cake, peanut chews, and spiced wafers). The city also has a wide variety of restaurants that have been featured on various different shows on Food Network.
Please be aware that parking in downtown Philadelphia is extremely difficult at best, expect to take a cab to most places. There are parking structures, but they can be pricey and fill up quickly.
Cheesesteak (Shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia): A cheesesteak, also known as a Philadelphia cheesesteak, Philly cheesesteak, cheese steak, or steak and cheese, is a sandwich made from thinly sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll. A popular regional fast food, it has its roots in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cheesesteaks have become popular in restaurants, cafeterias and food carts throughout the city with many locations being independently owned family run businesses. Variations of cheesesteaks are now common in several fast food chains. Versions of the sandwich can also be found in locations ranging from bars to high-end restaurants.