Ben & Jerry’s has double-handedly transformed ice cream from a dreary and dreaded after-dinner chore into a dazzling treat that can be easily stored in pants pockets. The shop, marked by a soothing blue awning, offers a variety of frozen confections, from shakes ($3.99) to hot-fudge sundaes ($4.99), and signature pints ($4.50). Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cake Batter, Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Peanut Brittle, Chunky Monkey, Half Baked, Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, New York Super Fudge Chunk, and more.
Within a warmly lit exposed-brick interior, the flavor mavens at Manakeesh Cafe Bakery prepare a bounty of Lebanese-American fusion dishes lauded by ABC-6 news and Philadelphia magazine. Halal meats share the menu with vegetarian and vegan options as well as savory starters. Freshly baked manakeesh flatbread sandwiches journey through an open-flame oven, allowing guests to detail each movement with their own suspenseful voiceover narration. Diners can opt for a yogurt-cheese-spread labneh sandwich or invite the shawarma, which tucks sirloin into a fluffy flatbread coverlet, to a mouth sleepover party. A piece of the café's signature baklava soothes sweet teeth, and a strong Turkish coffee can fortify an extended stay inside a Trojan horse.
Off the beaten path in a small shop, Tasty Twisters's family of bakers hand-twists dough into soft pretzels daily, forging traditional pretzels, pretzel twists, pretzel bagels, and pretzel nuggets dusted in garlic, salt, cinnamon-sugar, or fingerprint powder. Their ovens also add a golden-brown finish to custom pretzels, which can be fashioned into unique shapes, letters, or numbers for guests in need of themed treats. For bigger groups, staffers load party platters with pretzel nuggets and cups overflowing with cheese and mustard dipping sauce.
Exhaustive Internet polling of lions, tigers, bears, and the occasional human showed that creatures of all kinds love the cupcakey treats, with 75% of eight Urbanspooners liking the patisserie, six Yelpers giving it 3.5 stars, and Citysearchers rating it four:
The flavor-savvy guides of Chew Philly Food Tours acquaint both visiting and veteran Philadelphia taste buds with the dishes that encapsulate the city's culinary heritage. During each 2.5-hour journey, groups visit family-owned restaurants, bakeries, and grocery stores— many of which have been around for decades—where merchants show off their specialties to curious palates.
Tidbits about local architecture, city history, and the philly cheesesteak's historic boxing victory against Chicago-style pizza spring from tour guides as tasters proceed with their 1.5-mile jaunt, which keeps feet moving at a moderate pace to accommodate guests of all ages and fitness levels.
Though frozen yogurt makes a delightful treat on a hot summer day, Luv'n Spoonful convinces customers that it's equally delightful in the winter. After patrons fill their cups with a variety of regular and sugar-free flavors and toppings such as fruit, chocolate syrup, Sour Patch Kids, and Oreos, they head to a cozy couch or chair. A dancing fire crackles in the nearby fireplace while several flat-screen TVs entrance eyes and family friendly staff, who pride themselves on making guests feel at home, tend shop. Guests can take a break from devouring their treats and head to the expansive shop's rec area for a quick game of air hockey, foosball, or Red Rover.