ask Brian about
café • museums • art galleries • cocktail bars • sushi • vintage • japanese food
What are the Philadelphia spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Aside from the touristy spots I'd honestly say you should see the Mutter Museum if you are OK with the weirder the better.
Do’s and don’ts in Philadelphia: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Don't go to Pats and/or Geno's. You can find way better cheesesteaks at any of the non-touristy spots.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
$50-100 depending on drinks
Which Philadelphia shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
Totem Brand and Boyd's mostly
Your all-time favorite musicians:
New Order, Dinosaur Jr, Grouper, Joy Division, Replacements just to name a few.
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
Rittenhosue is best during the day. Get yourself something from DiBruno's on Walnut St and lay in the park and people watch if the weather is nice enough.
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
What’s the one place in Philadelphia you think is underrated?
Viet Huong Restaurant on Washington Ave. Mostly because everyone has their own Pho places but this has always been my #1.
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
La Croix at the Rittenhouse hotel, making sure you get a seat at the windows overlooking the park.
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Philadelphia?
Any of the food trucks at the corner of Frankford and Girard or Joe's steaks in Fishtown. Jim's steaks or Lorenzo's if god for bid you're on South street late at night. David's Mai Lah Wah in Chinatown through is #1 for people watching late at night.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Hit up all of the museums on the parkway! Especially since one pass gets you access to the Art Museum, Perelman Building, Rodin Museum, and Cedar Grove House for 2 days.
Your go-to brunch spots:
Which local creators do you admire?
Isaiah Zagar, Hawk Krall
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
Circa Green has a great view of the city that's both easy to get to and free
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
Liberty choice for their falaffels or BaLe for their Bahn Mi's (buy 5 and get the 6th free!)
You’re meeting the mayor of Philadelphia - what constructive criticism would you give them?
Honestly Philly has steadily expanded its offerings of things to do and places to go in recent years. I don't think it's missing much other than having some better public transportation and better street cleaning.