It’s always fun to explore new places within the city that are splurge worthy but won’t break the bank. Lucky for us, Philadelphia is filled with plenty of amazing places to try.
Here are 5 places that I have deemed splurge worthy.
This heavenly mac and cheese joint is located in Rittenhouse Square on 104 S. 18th Street. Mac Mart specializes in all things mac and cheese. They offer a wide variety of flavors from the buffalo mac and cheese called In the Buff to their seafood mac and cheese called Crabby Mac. All of their flavors are offered daily and are all piled high. Each type ranges from $8.75 to $11 for a container filled with mac and cheese. Believe me when I say this mac and cheese is life changing.
Do you like ice cream? If so then you will absolutely love Sweet Charlie’s located at 711 Walnut Street. This unique store is Philadelphia’s first hand-rolled ice cream shop! At Sweet Charlie’s customers are able to choose any flavor of ice cream or frozen yogurt they would like and it is made right in front of them on a frozen surface. Once completed it is scraped up into neat little rolls and placed in either a cup or on a homemade donut roll. The customer can then choose any toppings they want! What makes this ice cream shop so awesome is that since the ice cream is made on the frozen surface it causes the ice cream to create tiny ice particles that make the ice cream fresh and healthy since no there is no additives or preservatives. You can get a cup full of this delicious ice cream with unlimited toppings for only $7!
Pat’s King of Steaks
Have you truly lived in Philly if you’ve never had a cheesesteak? Unless you are a vegetarian the answer to that question should always be no. Now I know everyone has their own opinion on where the best place to get a cheesesteak is but for me that place is Pat’s King of Steaks located at 1237 E Passyunk Avenue. This shop’s claim to fame is that the owner Pat Olivieri invented the cheesesteak in 1930. Nearly 87 years later, the family is still making some of the best cheesesteaks around. If you have never been to Pat’s before, you might want to brush up on your ordering technique because the line moves fast with or without you so I recommend bringing a veteran customer with you. Just be sure to bring cash when you go try Pat’s $7.50 steaks since this is a cash only joint!
Looking for fresh warm donuts that melt in your mouth? Want a taste of the south while still staying in Philly? Well then, Federal Donuts located at 3428 Sansom Street is the place for you! Federal Donuts is a small little shop that is serving up some of the most delicious donut flavors you could imagine. And the best part is that they are made to order! Some of their flavors are Blueberry Pancake, Cookies and Milk, and Strawberry Lavender. Their donuts range from $1.50-$2.50 each. But donuts are not the only thing Federal Donuts is serving up. Another specialty here is the fried chicken! Federal Donuts offers fried chicken with a choice of seasoning and a honey donut. This tasty twist on a southern favorite of chicken and waffles is the best start to a lazy weekend. I highly recommend trying the Cinnamon Brown Sugar donut when visiting!
Chestnut Street Philly Bagels
To me, there is nothing better to start your morning than with a nice fluffy bagel. Chestnut Street Philly Bagels located at 1705 Chestnut St. serves just that for between $2.50-$10. Some of the bagels they offer are Nutella Banana Honey Bagel, Pizza Bagels, and the beloved Tie Dye Bagels. Yes, those trendy rainbow colored bagels that have been getting so much attention are available at this location with a seasonal Birthday Cake Cream Cheese. You will not see these two options offered on their menu online but when going into the store they are front and center in the display case. I highly recommend you go early, as these bagels tend to sell out fast!
So get out there and explore these 5 amazing splurge worthy places. Be sure to comment below if you find another place that you consider splurge worthy!