Here at Rittenhoused, we are a little out of the box. Much like you, really. We aren’t afraid to stir up trouble and welcome some good old controversy. We like to think this is the philosophy and way of life for a lot of Philadelphians. So, basically, we think you’d fit right in here. We’ve thought this for some time now and have been perplexed by your absence. What did you have against the City of Brotherly Love? We are your people. Foodies at heart, and ready for trouble at a moment’s notice.
So when you took the stage at South by Southwest and proclaimed your love for our little city, we were floored. Where did this come from? Had you always been scouting us for a show and we just misunderstood your passion for ignorance? In case you forgot, here’s what you had to say, recorded by the folks at Eater.
“I’m looking to figure out a really good way to do a Philadelphia show. Haven’t done it yet. I’m still looking for a hook, you know, a way in, an angle. There always has to be something, sometimes it’s a nonsensical thing. But Philadelphia is an example of a city we’ve neglected.”
Can we get an Amen! Neglected is the perfect word. So, without further ado, we’d like to help you out with your little predicament. Let us suggest some places that may help with your hook.
You’re obviously going to want to visit a market, since you do that in just about every city. The obvious one is Reading Terminal – highly unlikely you’d go anywhere else. You’ll probably try a cheesesteak place – but let us suggest you forgo the obvious for a trip to Nick’s Roast Beef instead. It’s a small, off-the-beaten-path bar/restaurant that serves amazing roast beef sandwiches. Not a cheesesteak, but that’s overdone.
Grab a Tastykake, a hoagie (it’s not a sub!), some scrapple, a pork roll sandwich and a soft pretzel, if you must.
For a sweat treat, head down to John’s Water Ice (how can you not like a place that rips off The Godfather in its logo?). You get a choice of only four flavors – lemon, cherry, chocolate and pineapple – but you’re gonna LOVE it!
It’ll be tough for you to ignore the history of our city and what went down way back when. But please, please refrain from showing us the Liberty Bell (it’s cracked!) or from doing the whole running-up-the-Art-Museum-steps-like-Rocky routine. You’ll just embarrass yourself. Instead, head down to the Franklin Institute (Ben is almost synonymous with Philly) or Boathouse Row – maybe you can catch a race on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Or, if you’re here in the winter, catch a college basketball game at The Palestra – sports are a big part of our life, as you might know.
We can’t wait to have you, Tony…we can call you that, now, right?! I mean, we’re obsessed with you and you with us…we’re friends. Call us Philly and we’ll be delighted.
The city of Philadelphia