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The 11 Best Things I Ate During My Cross-Country Road Trip

J. Kenji López-Alt 63 comments

Man, did we eat some good things while driving from New York to San Francisco. Here are the delicious highlights from a 10 day trip from that took us through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. More

Burger City Guides: Justin Severino's Favorite Burgers in Pittsburgh

A Hamburger Today Erin Jackson 7 comments

Justin Severino, chef/owner at Cure and 2014 James Beard Award semi-finalist, Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, shares his top five burgers in Pittsburgh. More

Terrific Liang Pi and Biang Biang Noodles at Philly's Xi'an Sizzling Woks

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 6 comments

Xi'an Sizzling Woks, a recent addition to Philly's Chinatown, was so good that I went twice over Thanksgiving weekend to eat their liang pi and biang biang. More

Trendy Asian Favorites Done Well at Philly's CHeU Noodle Bar

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 4 comments

It feels a little trite to report about another Momofuku-ish noodle joint, but the food at Philly's CHeU Noodle Bar is worth talking about. More

Thanksgiving Sandwich Showdown at Jake's Sandwich Board in Philly

A Sandwich a Day Charlie Taylor 4 comments

Two offerings from Jake's Sandwich Board in Philadelphia go head-to-head for the right to be called the ultimate Thanksgiving sandwich. More

Market Tour: Di Bruno Bros., Philadelphia

Market Scene Drew Lazor 1 comment

Di Bruno Brothers, a Philly fixture since FDR was in office, celebrated the grand opening of its newest location late last week by showing off what they did best—hawking rare Euro cheeses, stretching and braiding mozzarella by hand and, in a fit of D.O.P.-approved pyromania, filling wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano with flaming brandy for on-the-spot cheese sauce. Such showmanship is of a piece with the brand's dedication to customer service, which its owners will tell you is the key to it all. Click through the slideshow to take a tour of the market! More

Jake's Wayback Burger, a Standout 'Better Burger' Joint

A Hamburger Today Charlie Taylor 11 comments

For me, Jake's is as much a standout as any of the newer "better burger" joints. Think of it as a less greasy Five Guys with fresher toppings. More

First Look: Pizzeria Vetri Opens Doors in Philadelphia, PA

Slice Drew Lazor 10 comments

Chefs enjoy when their food's the primary topic of discussion, but at Pizzeria Vetri, it's the oven that captures the conversation. Six feet across and four-plus tons on the scale, the Renato Riccio-made beast is definitely a looker, but it's the peculiar schematics—dual facing mouths, with counter on one end and kitchen on the other—that allows peel wielders to shout orders into the oven and have them float out the other side. Calling up a Caesar or checking in on a calzone? For best results, yell directly into the fire. More

Bright End-of-Summer Pies at Philadelphia's Bufad Pizza

Slice Kate Axelrod 2 comments

Fresh, interesting toppings make for an enjoyable pizza experience at Bufad; the summery Pomodori is a highlight of the season. More

First Look: Simple Pies at Kermit's Bake Shoppe, Philadelphia

Slice Drew Lazor 3 comments

New to a largely industrial strip of Washington Avenue jammed with warehouses and construction wholesalers, Kermit's was opened by Adam Ritter, a Philly publican who runs the craft beer bars Sidecar and Kraftwork. Named after New Orleans jazz fixture Kermit Ruffins, the beautifully muraled space has an edgy-but-accessible commissary feel, with its buzzing-about-in-aprons staff, high-output equipment, and towering ceilings. We paid a visit to pizza chef Brian Lofink to chat about his pies. More

Snapshots from My Cross-Country Road Trip

J. Kenji López-Alt 27 comments

Hi-ho, Kenji here, reporting from my temporary digs in the West Coast where, thanks to my wife and her penchant for getting offered internships in exotic seaside locations, I'll be reporting from until October. With a large country to traverse and two dogs to do it with, it only made sense to give my best friend a call, rent a car, and do things the old fashioned American way with a road trip. Take a look at everything we ate along the way. More

Pizza Capital of the World: Tasting Our Way Through Old Forge, PA

Slice The Slice Team 20 comments

Journalists Michael and Larissa Milne are serious about their pizza. When they told us they'd paid a recent visit to Old Forge, PA as part of a worldwide pizza tour, we wanted to know more. Here's what they had to say about the town that calls itself "Pizza Capital of the World." More

The 5th Annual Pizza Olympics in Philadelphia, PA

Slice Kate Axelrod 1 comment

The 5th annual Pizza Olympics in Philly was an amazing, overwhelming, gut-busting time. With strong showings by J&J Pizza, Cacia's Pizza Pizzaz, Chickie's and Pete's plain slice, and Paulie's sloppy joe pie, over 10 pizzerias offered up slices to satiate a wide variety of palates. More

Philadelphia, PA's 13th Street Gourmet Pizza: Not Just for Late Night

Slice Kate Axelrod 3 comments

I envision myself on a day where everything goes wrong: where I have PMS and I lose my wallet and I slip and fall and get mud all over my jeans and have a huge fight with my bestie. On this day, 13th Street Gourmet Pizza's dessert pie is exactly what I would want. More

First Look: Pizzeria Beddia, Philadelphia

Slice Drew Lazor 19 comments

A one-man pizza station is one thing; a pizzeria run by a solitary man is another. And ever since Joe Beddia opened the latter, he's had to address the unforeseen on his own. We take an early look at his eponymous pizzeria in Philadelphia's Fishtown. More

Hot Dog of the Week: Hot Dog Jamboree at Hobbs Coffee in Swarthmore, PA

Hot Dog of the Week Hawk Krall 1 comment

The other weekend I made it to Hobbs, a coffee shop right outside of Philadelphia, for their one-night only Hot Dog Jamboree. Chef William Randall puts out some really impressive food from a tiny coffeehouse kitchen and recently became hot dog obsessed, whipping up eight different hot dog specials for the event, and even road-tripped into Jersey to source some of the country's best frankfurters. More

Small Roaster You Should Know: Square One Coffee, Lancaster PA

Drinks Meister 3 comments

Some of my favorite things come out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, including but not limited to: Pretzels, shoo-fly pie, quilts, and freshly roasted specialty coffee. (Wait, what?) It's true: Small-but-snappy roaster Square One Coffee is indeed bringing some delicious coffee to the eighth-largest town in the Keystone State—and hopefully beyond. More

Greensburg, PA: Finally Getting Sweet on Jioio's Pizza

Slice Casey Barber 4 comments

Jioio's Pizza, just east of Pittsburgh in Greensburg, PA, has one of the most unusual crusts you'll encounter: sweet like a pie crust, and pan-baked thin and crispy. More

Burger City Guides: Michael Solomonov's Favorite Burgers in Philadelphia

A Hamburger Today Allegra Ben-Amotz 3 comments

When James Beard award-winning chef Michael Solomonov isn't testing our kosher hamburger recipes, he has no problem scarfing down a good bacon cheeseburger in his hometown. Here are five of his favorite burgers in Philadelphia. More

College Tours: Where to Eat Near The University of Pennsylvania

Lauren Sloss 22 comments

Philadelphia as a whole is a culinary playground worth exploring, but West Philly has plenty of gems to keep you busy (just a short walk from campus). And getting out into West Philly was easily one of the best things I did while in school. Of course, Penn has no shortage of way satisfying late-night greasy spoon spots, which are equally important. Here's a look at my favorites. More

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