Best Breakfast Sandwich in Philadelphia:
Pastrami Hash at High Street on Market
A crispy block of hash browns, a pile of pastrami, an egg and Russian dressing, all on a house-made kaiser roll. The only downside to starting your day like this is that lunch will never live up to breakfast.
308 Market Street.
2015 BEST SUNDAE:
Franklin Fountain’s Mt. Vesuvius
Chocolate or vanilla ice cream studded with brownie “boulders,” hot fudge, malt powder and whipped cream. Michelle Obama can wait only so long before declaring war on this caloric eruption.
116 Market Street.
2015 BEST REVIVAL:
The Olde Bar at Bookbinder’s
Turtle soup is back at Philly’s most iconic restaurant address — but this time with a quail egg and a sidecar of sherry foam, some of the many contemporary flourishes with which Jose Garces has rejuvenated this historic bar space.
125 Walnut Street.
2015 BEST BAR EMPERORS:
David Frank and Stephen Simons
The owners of Khyber Pass Pub, Royal Tavern, Los Caballitos and Dos Segundos would be qualified for this award even without their latest endeavor, Triangle Tavern. When you give a neighborhood this many affordable and comfortable spots for dinner and late-night bites, plus cheap drinks in a time when fewer and fewer bars can claim affordability as a core tenet of their concepts, it’s a triumph well worth celebrating.
56 S 2nd Street.