A great way to liven up a conversation/start an argument in Philadelphia is to ask about the best cheese-steak. Everyone has their own personal favorite (mine is Nixon’s out in Tabernacle, NJ Exploring the Pine Barrens (pt. 1): Cranberry Bogs and THE Best “Philly” Cheesesteak). But, one contender worth checking out is Shank’s Original. Average prices (Erick’s buffalo chicken cheese-steak & soda was $11 – but, it was yummy and made with chunks of actual chicken). They do have other options, including great breakfast sandwiches and roast pork – and even that classic Pennsylvania treat, scrapple fries.
The best part? It’s right on the river. So, if you find yourself in the area (checking out Old Swedes Church Philadelphia’s First Colonists… the Swedes?! Swedish Day in Philly (The American Swedish Historical Museum, Gloria Dei and IKEA)), or even just driving by (they have a parking lot, which is rare in Philly) it’s worth stopping in. Definitely go on a nice day so you can sit at one of the picnic tables by the river (although they do have some inside seating). After lunch (or bring your sandwiches for a picnic), be sure to check out the Washington Street Pier park, right around the corner A Pocket Eco-park Along the Delaware – Complete with Beavers, Birds and Lizards.
Location: South Philly