Awesome Philadelphia Treats!

I do a lot of posts about my travels in the Philippines. I thought I would share today some of my favorite Philadelphia treats and treat places!

Philadelphia Soft Pretzel

Oh my, there is nothing like a Philadelphia soft pretzel! (Usually get them from Jim's!) Whenever I'm in the Philippines, I end up craving one of these by the end of my trip, and Auntie Anne's just doesn't cut it! A Philadelphia soft pretzel is usually longer than a regular rounded pretzel. It has a crunchy oven baked outer layer and the inside is soft and doughy and delicious!

Philly Cheese Steak

You can't come to Philadelphia without trying a cheese steak! You can get them from pretty much any pizza place in the area besides a few places that just specialize in cheese steaks, like Steve's Prince of Steaks. A Philadelphia cheese steak is usually served on an Italian Amoroso roll. (Another Philly company!) It will have thinly chopped beef. Some people like cheese whiz, I rather have American cheese on mine. And don't forget fried onions and mushrooms! Mmmm! Though you can have a cheese steak plain or with any or as many toppings you want.


You might know a hoagie by another name if you're from different parts in the USA. A Hoagie is a sub, grinder, hero, etc. In Philadelphia the most popular hoagie, is the Italian Hoagie. They are almost always served on Italian Amoroso rolls. With, Genoa salami, capicola ham, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions. Yum!!!


Tastykake is truly a Philadelphia food! The company started in Philadelphia back in 1914! In Philly you can find Tastykake's in the supermarket, drugstore, Walmart, etc. Love their butterscotch krimpets and the peanut butter kandy kakes. And in the fall they have mini pumpkin pies!

Rita's Water Ice

Rita's Water Ice!
This is another East coast chain. They open in the Spring and close just after Labor Day. Though there are a few mall locations that are open year round. Gotta love their vanilla/chocolate custard! Mmmm heaven!!!

Herr's Snacks

Herr's Snacks, is another East Coast favorite. Potato Chips, Pretzels, Cheese Curls, Popcorn, Corn Chips, etc. My favorite are the Fine Cut Ripple chips. They are similar to Ruffles.


Wawa is like an upscale 7 Eleven. There are only locations in: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Gotta love their breakfast sandwiches, salads, wraps, coffee & fee free ATM machines! (And my cousin would say their meatball sandwiches!)


Scrapple is a Pennsylvania thing in general. People either love it or hate it. I love it! Scrapple reminds me almost of sausage. Only without the casing. It's formed into a loaf and cut into very thin slices, then fried in a pan. It's usually served at breakfast time along with scrambled eggs.

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