Philadelphia's Ultimo Coffee has topped TheDailyMeal.com's list of America's Best Coffee Shops. The coffee crafter's two locations (15th and Mifflin Streets and 22nd and Catharine Street) beat out shops in Seattle, Portland, Miami, and New York City as the country's top spot for a cup of joe, according to Philly.com.
The Daily Meal's kudos revealed that while Philadelphia is "often seen as the underdog to the big cities of the Northeast," the City of Brotherly Love boasts a coffee scene that is "hardly home to the snobbery that can come with 'Third Wave' coffee." And it tastes good, too.
Here are some other Philly shops that ranked high on "best" lists.
Lil' Pop Shop
Just two months after it opened in 2012, Philadelphia's first artisan popsicle shop got national press from Food and Wine when it was named one of the Best Popsicle Shops in the U.S. Owner Jeanne Chang told Eater she was honored by the news: "We knew we had a pretty good product, but the support from everyone has been unbelievable," she said. The shop's eclectic line of frozen treats includes flavors like coconut hibiscus, mango ginger, and green tea with mochi. Location: 265 S. 44th Street, (215) 222-5829
La Dominique CreperieIn 2011, University City's La Dominique Creperie made USA Today's list of 10 great places to feast from a food truck. "Eat Street" host James Cunningham raved over the Philly food cart that's run by sculptor Zbigniew Chojnacki. "Every single crepe is a work of art," Cunningham said, citing the strawberry-banana-Nutella crepe as his favorite. Location: 33rd and Market Streets
In 2013, Zagat ranked the Fishtown eatery Sketch as one of the top burger joints in the country. The review touted the made-to-order "super-messy burgers" and unique seating options that include vintage church pews. According to Philly.com, owner Phyllis Farquhar said her success stems from "exceptional customer service and buying the highest-quality ingredients and not messing with them." Location: 413 E. Girard Ave., (215) 634-3466
You don't have to be a globetrotter to get a taste of the best ice cream in the world. National Geographic named Philadelphia's Capogiro Gelato as the top place to eat ice cream. The Philly-based shop's artisan gelatos and sorbettos topped a list that included 10 ice creameries located everywhere from Japan to Australia. Capogiro's four locations promise "27 flavors made fresh every morning," and include unique combos like champagne mango and pompelmo rosso con Campari (Translation: ruby red grapefruit with Campari). Locations: See capogirogelato.com
In 2012, TV food host Adam Richman deemed the Nicolosi family's Reading Terminal Market sandwich stand as the place to get the best sandwich in America. The Travel Channel series "Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America" named Tommy DiNic's roast pork sandwich as the winning menu choice. After his win, owner Tommy Nicolosi told Entrepreneur his seemingly "fast food" sandwich is anything but. "We're in at four in the morning cooking the roast and pulled pork for five to seven hours," he said. "The brisket is in for seven hours. So as you can see, there's nothing fast about that, except the service. My way of doing business has always been one that's product driven. If you buy it from us, we cooked it. And we cook it from scratch." Location: 136 Arch St, (215) 923-6175
Victoria Leigh Miller is a freelance writer and lifelong Philadelphia resident.
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