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The 11 best places to eat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Whether you're looking for brunch, goodies, food trucks, al fresco, or the best, tastiest, and authentic Philly cheesesteaks in town, look no further than these 11 Philadelphia places to enjoy a memorable meal.

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Sabrina's cafe

With three locations in Philadelphia, Sabrina's Café is the city's brunch specialist. Friendly service combined with delicious American dishes and enormous portions are a winning combination for Sabrina's. Philly locals rave about Sabrina's Filled French Toast, a delicious Challah French toast filled with sweet cream cheese, banana, and vanilla pod syrup. For something hearty, go to the Barking Chihuahua, a delightfully filling breakfast burrito filled with scrambled eggs, black beans, peppers, and cheese. Sabrina's brunch menu is constantly updated, so be sure to check out the brunch specials.

Address: 910 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

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Garces Trading Company

Jose Garces, the famous chef on the American TV show Iron boss , creates a mini-food empire in Philadelphia. From the Andalusian tapas bar Amada to the Mexican street food truck Distrito, the Ecuadorian-American chef is redefining Latin American fusion on the mid-Atlantic coast. The Garces Trading Company, which opened in 2010, is a European-style bistro and gourmet market that serves some of the best brunch in town. The Garces Trading Co. weekend brunch option includes main, side, dessert and an unlimited number of Garces Trading Co. coffees. Try a funghi pizza with an amazing sourdough infused sourdough base or duck fat fries. Before you leave, visit the GTC market to shop for cheeses, charcuterie, pastry sauces, and oils. You can find the brunch menu here.

Address: 1111 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

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SPOT Gourmet Burgers

Have a juicy, perfectly cooked Angus Beef Burger from SPOT Gourmet Burgers the next time you're around 33 approx and Arch. Or go on a special excursion - it's worth it. SPOT's bright yellow and red booth is hard to miss, and their burgers range from the old school to the creative, with its classic American burgers sitting next to the umami with pickled daikon, gochujang, and teriyaki. Don't go without the signature SPOT burger with bacon, cheddar, coleslaw, dill pickle and SPOT sauce. Look out for specials like Lobsta Roll and Sloppy Joes. As with all food carts, check out their Twitter feed to find out where they are!

Address: 2821 W Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

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Cucina Zapata

Philadelphia was at the forefront of the food truck trend long before these mobile booths got hyper-modern. But Cucina Zapata also stands out in this city of food trucks. Cucina Zapata combines Thai flavors with a Mexican touch and thus occupies a special position among the city's numerous lunch food trucks. Whether you choose a chicken satay taco or short rib or a Mexican veggie burger, nothing can go wrong on this menu. For the more adventurous looking for that extra crunch, go for the Cap'n Crunch Crusted Tilapia Burrito. Wash your lunch with a cool Thai iced tea. While you are likely to be in a heavy line, the food is definitely worth the wait.

Address: 3101-, 3141 Ludlow Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

King of falafel

Recently crowned the 2013 Vendy Award for Best Street Food in Philadelphia, King of Falafel serves an unbeatable falafel with tabbouleh, lentils and vegetables. Located in Philadelphia City Center, the King of Falafel is a landmark and one of the longest-lived food trucks in the country. He has since cooked fresh, homemade Middle Eastern food for Philly in 1989. Next time you're in the area, come down to King of Falafel for a quick, cheap bite and find a spot in Philly's famous Love Park for the perfect summer meal . © Photos by Michael Persico / Federal Donuts Federal donuts

What could be better than a combination of donuts and fried chicken? Federal Donuts, the brainchild of Chef Mike Solomonov, owner of Philadelphia's high-end Israeli restaurant Zahav, has become the hangout for donut lovers. Federal Donuts perfectly combines fried cake donuts with decidedly innovative flavors like Cookies & Cream, Peach, Banana Cream Pie, Strawberry-Ginger, and Vanilla-Lavender, to name a few. Get up early for donuts; Federal Donuts sells donuts from 7 a.m. until they run out and they run out. Donuts are unlikely to stay on the shelves at lunchtime. Time your visit right and you might be one of the lucky few to get a red ticket entitling you to a serving of fresh fried chicken.

Address: 1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

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Sweet Box Cupcake Truck

If you've missed the cut for donuts and chicken, check out Sweet Box Cupcake Truck - often found at Philadelphia Love Park. Flavors include red velvet, chocolate ganache, PB&J, hot cocoa, and more. Sweet Box's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake is wedged in the middle with a painfully wonderful glop of cookie dough; With tastes like this, it's hardly surprising that Sweet Box Cupcakes has developed an enthusiastic following in Philly. So popular is the Sweet Box Truck, which is finally taking root and recently opened a row of shops, to the delight of cupcake fans.

Address: 339 S 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

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Parc Brasserie

There really is nothing like eating outdoors in Philadelphia in the summer. The Parc Brasserie is a throwback to French café culture, where people watch and good food can be combined into a perfect afternoon. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, book in advance if you plan on brunch on the weekends.

Address: 227 S 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

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Rouge has been an alfresco guest at the Rittenhouse Square restaurant since 1998. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner on weekends, the Rouge provides a cozy place to eat in the heart of Rittenhouse Square. Munch on a Rouge burger while lounging and people-watch in Rittenhouse Square with the locals.

Address: 205 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States

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DiNic's in the Reading Terminal

Forget the Philly cheesesteak and join the line at DiNic. According to the America's Travel Channel, DiNic's serves the best sandwich in America and is # 4. Generation of the Nicolosi family. Lush mounds of juicy roast pork, deliciously spicy provolone and broccoli rabe are a must here. As nondescript as the combination may sound, it's worth a try as locals and visitors swear by it. You can even ask

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for a side of marinating juices to dip your buns in. Be ready to wait in line, however, as DiNic's is located in Philadelphia's ever-popular and ever-populated historic Reading Terminal Market. Address: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N 12th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA © Eric Kilby / Flickr John's roast pork While DiNic's could be the crown for the best sandwich in America, the residents of Philly agree on who could come out on top in a taste battle between DiNic's and John's Roast Pork. The old school sandwich restaurant, founded in 1930, has been run by the same family for three generations. John's Roast Pork has built its reputation on two things: roast pork with provolone and cheesesteak, Philadelphia's legendary sandwich. John's cheesesteaks are undeniably authentic; Thinly sliced ​​steak is served on freshly baked Italian with sesame seeds and toppings with no Cheez Whiz in sight. Check the hours before you head out, John's is closed on weekends and after 2:30 p.m.

Address: 14 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA

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