Marissa's Best of Philly List

I love eating (and drinking) around the city of Philadelphia (and it's neighboring suburbs) so I thought it would be fun to keep track of my personal favorites in a variety of categories. I realize you may disagree with me, I realize that you might think I'm totally bonkers for my "Best of..." list, but I don't care, because this is my blog and I'm entitled to my own opinions. So, without further ado, ***drumroll*** I now present my Marissa Says 2015 Best of Philly list... 

Best Gourmet Burger
Jakes & Coopers (Manayunk) 

Best Fast Food Burger
Shake Shack (Center City and King of Prussia) 

Best Ice Cream
Custard & Cakes Creamery (Manayunk) 

Best Coffee
La Colombe Torrefaction (Center City) 

Best Breakfast Sandwich 
Tradestone Cafe (Conshohocken)

Best Cuban Sandwich
The Foodery (Roxborough)

Best Salad 
Pietro's Coal Oven Pizzeria (Multiple Locations)

Best Pizza 
Pizzeria Beddia (Fishtown)
Runner up: Pietro's Coal Oven Pizzeria

Best Bar for Fancy Cocktails
Oyster House (Center City) 

Best Happy Hour Specials (for food)
Sampan (Center City)

Best Dive Bar 
Oscar's Tavern (Center City)

Best Brunch 
Cafe Lift (Spring Garden/Callowhill)

Best Tacos 
Calaca Feliz (Art Museum/Fairmount)

Best BBQ 
Rubb (Manayunk)

Best Cheesesteak 
Dalessandro's (Roxborough)

Best Date Night BYO
Bibou (Bella Vista)

Best Fried Chicken
Fat Ham (University City)
Okay, it's technically hot chicken but it's fried and amazing. 

So what did I miss? What other "bests" do you want my opinion on? Tell me in the comments if you disagree with any of my selections, I'm always open to a side-by-side taste comparison if you want to prove me wrong! 


  1. Came for Dalessandro's. Not leaving disappointed.

  2. Ahhh I need to try some of these! I have been searching for a good Cuban sandwich :)

    1. Emily, I'm glad you liked the list! I have one side note regarding the Cuban sandwich... they usually make it with a seeded mustard which is good and all, but I prefer the more traditional cuban which just uses plain old yellow mustard, so I typically ask them to sub that in. But I've had it both ways and it's still delicious! You'll have to let me know if you try it out.

  3. Great list, but the Custard & Cakes Creamery is in Roxborough, not Manyunk.

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