In a post-tennis Pho session at our favorite Pho joint, two of my friends and I decided to plan a trip for the second weekend in January to Philadelphia, to engage in our favorite hobby — eating.
(Note: If you live in the Washington area, enjoy Pho and have never been to Pho 75, I strongly recommend you go. Its delicious, reasonably priced and I love the cafeteria style seating. However, you will need cash.)
Karen had a few places she’d read about in Bon Appetite and Josh had one he’d seen on the Travel channel. I had my favorite place, Koch’s for Rubens and since it was Philly of course we’d have to get Cheese steaks.
We planned to drive up Saturday, spend the day eating our way through a tour of the city and eventually meet up with my brother and his friends.
We began the day at Reading terminal, where Josh nixed the idea of waiting in line for DiNick’s and so we settled on hoagies, hot amish pickles and chocolate covered bacon.
After Reading Terminal, we headed over to Federal Doughnuts for some gourmet doughnuts and delicious fried chicken. And then decided to take a walking tour of South Street, since we needed an eating break. After our eating adventures of the day, my brother lead us in a tour of Penn’s campus and we all rallied (and unbuttoned out pants) to eat some of a Reuben from Kosh’s. Overall though, for me the best thing we ate all weekend was the breakfast burrito Sunday morning at Honest Tom’s Tacos in West Philly.
As we ate and laughed our way through the city and the weekend, I was reminded yet again how travel bonds people. Sharing this weekend with these two prepared all of us for the challenges we’d face returning home and helped create a bond between the three of us, that would lead to a regular Sunday night dinner date, with two of my best friends.