The inventory at Philly Sweettooth is basically an encyclopedia of candy. There you'll find sour candies such as Cry Baby Tears and Sour Patch Cherries, chocolates such as brownie dough bites and espresso malt balls, and a rainbow of rock candy flavors. The store also makes gift baskets and sells candy by the pound for weddings and other events.
Tastebuds' upscale menu serves homemade takeout and prepared foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Start a long day of spelunking off right with a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel ($4.50) or stop in during a break from serving jury duty on the Q Continuum's trial of humanity for a filet-mignon and caramelized-onion panini ($7.99). The deli rotates its take-home entree specials daily alongside healthy regular favorites such as the eggplant parmesan ($8.99/lb) and vegetable quesadillas ($3.99 each). You can also accent any repast with fresh bread from local bakeries, fair-trade coffee, imported and domestic cheeses, specialty teas, Boar’s Head deli meat, and other specialties. Delectable desserts such as the triple-fudge brownie ($1.99), Oreo cookie cake ($4.99), or hand-dipped ice cream treats (prices vary) provide enticing endings to any meals that don't naturally end with the real murderer being unmasked. This Groupon can also be used toward Tastebuds' catering service.
Cornerstone Market & Produce taps into the orchards and ovens of the Philadelphia area to offer fresh produce and baked goods from local vendors such as Weavers Way. Cornerstone also sells assorted frozen items, including seafood from Otolith Seafood and Ben & Jerry's ice cream (they go surprisingly well together), as well as canned goods and cartonned essentials. And to cover your family's next birthday party or UN-sanctioned nuclear missile test, Cornerstone Market & Produce offers extensive catering options—including a deluxe sandwich platter ($8.95 per person) and a cheese platter of the mozzarella, brie, and cheddar variety ($49 for the ten person small order).
Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors, all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch, with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and turbinado sugar, to stay healthy and keep unruly, cell-sitting free radicals at bay. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. Brain-freeze chasers can customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the turbinado. Smoothie King complements its chilly selections with snacks, supplements, and healthy living advice, such as using a cell phone powered by good vibrations and marrying a vitamin tablet.
Started as a fish-flinging pushcart in 1919, Ippolito's Seafood now fills its shop with fresh-caught fruits of the sea, as well as prepared pescatarian meals and more. Spring's seasonal species include buttery black cod (market price) and MSC–certified Alaskan and Canadian halibut (market price), known as the steak of fish for its firm flesh and gentle, bovine-like temperament. This monger's menu of ready-made morsels includes a Maine shrimp-roll sandwich ($6) and classic South Philly crabs and spaghetti ($10). The diabolical deviled-crab-stuffed flounder meal is consumed most effectively with a pitchfork and knife ($13), and the wild-caught jumbo-shrimp meal proudly models its plus-sized motorcycle jacket and chaps ($15).
For nearly 100 years, hungry Philadelphians have turned to Cappuccio's Meats for their supper supplies. Opened by Domenico and Caterina Cappuccio in 1920 and now in its third generation of ownership, Cappuccio's sells fresh cuts of meat, but it's the homemade Italian sausage?more than 29 varieties, in fact?that's given Cappuccio's a reputation among Philly's best food vendors. In its Best of 2013 issue, Philadelphia magazine lauded the chicken sausages, especially the ones made with provolone and spinach. Staff from Cappuccio's can often be found grilling and selling their sausage at local festivals, including a booth at the annual Italian Market Festival in May, drawing visits from famous fans including Frankie Avalon and Jerry Blavat eager to autograph the sausage with their teeth.