The spirit of America's forefathers lives on in this "fighting capital" known for its tough-town reputation. But the modern-day pioneers who call Philadelphia home say it also has a softer side. Fueled by a passion for community and a love for comfort food, this historic city continues to thrive and grow.
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Fox and Hound
Knock Restaurant & Bar
Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
David's Mai Lai Wah Chinese
Day By Day
Dim Sum Garden
The Farmers' Cabinet
Joy Tsin Lau
Alma De Cuba
Reading Terminal Market
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
Academy of Music
High Note Cafe
South Philly Italian restaurant with an opera-singing staff. Tony brings visiting friends here.
Green Eggs Cafe
Don't miss Tony Luke Jr.'s fave at this South Philly brunch-style cafe: the "addictive" quinoa porridge.
Varallo Brothers Bakery
South Philly Italian bakery, favored for Old World-style treats, from cannoli to zuccotti.
Los Catrines Tequilas
This authentic Mexican restaurant makes margaritas using fresh juices and its own tequila.
Pete's Famous Pizza
Rowers like Chris eat up the hearty weekend breakfast at this Logan Square restaurant.
The Village of Arts and Humanities
Huge, colorful mosaics and murals adorn this inspiring nonprofit organization in North Philly.
Eastern State Penitentiary
Ominous prison-turned-museum where notorious criminals did time.
The Mütter Museum
Medical oddities to make you look twice. Was that really a 40-foot colon on display?
The Wagner Free Institute of Science
Transport yourself to the 1800s at this Victorian-era institute insect specimens and taxidermied animals.
The Book Corner
K-Fai Steele's go-to place for affordable used books. Proceeds help fund literacy programs.