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.
Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes in Manayunk focuses mostly on from-scratch custom-designed specialty cakes that look like daydreams. An enormous bunch of balloons travels up the side of one birthday cake; the word “love” is written repeatedly on another cake. No shortening makes its way into the cakes, and the buttercream icing uses only real butter. Even those not planning a big event, can still enjoy Sweet Elizabeth’s sweet creations. The shop is a great stop for cupcakes and coffee. Cupcake flavors change monthly, and may include key lime with a graham cracker crust, red velvet topped with candied beets or a chocolate bacon with buttercream chocolate icing.
Yogorino's chilly treats satisfy sweets cravings on six different continents, only lacking market penetration in Antarctica. Everywhere else the sun shines, the company delivers frozen yogurt, with a focus on sweet flavors and healthy, probiotic cultures. Just as they ensure consistent quality in their edible products across the world, the company unifies their decor by designing modular furniture with a modern style. These pieces include everything from seating to turbine-like coolers that customers pretend they've stepped into an alternate dimension, where the long streamers of exhaust left by airplanes in the sky are just edible trails of yogurt.
When German baker William Entenmann came to America in the late 1800s and landed his first job in a bread bakery, he probably didn’t realize that he’d soon create one of America’s favorite brands of freshly baked goods. He opened his first Entenmann’s in Brooklyn in 1898, lugging sweets from door to door by way of a horse-drawn wagon. Today, though the mode of transportation has changed, the bakery’s donuts, crumb cakes, dessert cakes, bite-size muffins, and other baked goods continue to perform their dessert duties from supermarkets and bakery outlets across the United States.
In a bustling shopping district among footwear stores, tattoo parlors, and record shops rests Richmond Ice Cream, a parlor with heat-squelching sundaes, milkshakes, water ices, and other chilled, sweet treats. Among their talents, the staff hand-dips cones to order, ensuring that each swirl of soft-serve is deliciously armored from hungry mouths for its first five seconds of existence. The team also blends soft-serve ice cream with a medley of toppings to make cooling blizzards.