-Feature photo- “Dip Sum” Doughnuts from Buddakan
Food lovers! Two important holidays are coming up! National Donut Day (6/3) and National Cheese Day (6/4)! Of course there are plenty of options around the city for both. But here are a few, courtesy of Cashman and Associates, to get you started.
Steak 48 Philadelphia – Center City
Steak 48 is an upscale Steakhouse located in Center City along the Avenue of the Arts. Consistently one of the hardest reservations in the city to land, a dining experience at Steak 48 is unlike any other in the city.
Donut to try: the Beignet Tree. a warm, freshly fried dough bites dusted with powdered sugar and served in a larger than life display with rich chocolate sauce and sweet crème for dipping. Not available on their standard printed menu, this is a secret menu item that only insiders know about – ask your server for this stunning dessert!
The Wayward – Center City
Located in the heart of Center City, The Wayward is an American Brasserie that takes notes from beloved French bistros, with one of the top oyster programs and gin selections in the city.
Donut to try: Croquembouche, The Wayward’s signature dessert made in collaboration with Federal Donuts: warm, cinnamon sugar donuts stuffed with crème pâtissière and drizzled in warm pecan & gin caramel.
Duck Donuts – King of Prussia Town Center
Duck Donuts specializes in warm, delicious, and made-to-order donuts. Customers can create their own donut by choosing from a variety of coatings, toppings, and drizzles.
Donut to try: Make your own donut concoction or choose from a plethora of unique flavors such as the “Bacon In the Sun Donut”, “Beach Ball Donut” and “Blueberry lemonade Donut”
Buddakan Philadelphia – Center City
Buddakan offers an escape across the globe with Modern Asian cuisine that will leaves a lasting impression, whether you’re craving a cutting-edge Asian-influenced cocktail or an ambitious entrée that marries influences from East, West and beyond.
Donut to try: the “Dip Sum” Doughnuts, served hot & fresh in a five spice sugar mix, with seasonal fruit jam, chocolate sauce & gingered cream cheese.
Dottie’s Donuts – Center City
Known for its vegan donuts Dottie’s Donuts is a popular bakery serving a rotating selection of flavors. A few staples, such as the chocolate, vanilla with sprinkles, cinnamon sugar and Boston cream remain constant within the menu. The company’s Boston cream donut was ranked No. 9 on VegNews’ list of the best vegan donuts in the United States.
Donut to try: the “Boston Cream Donut”, ranked No. 9 on VegNews’ list of the best vegan donuts in the United States.
Beiler’s Doughnuts – Reading Terminal Market
An absolute classic in the Philadelphia donut scene, Beiler’s Doughnuts began over 30 years ago out of their flagship location at Reading Terminal Market. Beiler’s became one of the first Amish merchants to arrive at Reading Terminal, bringing the deliciousness of Amish baking to the big city. Using recipes and techniques that have been passed down for years to curate more than 50 different flavors, the shop has also been named “one of America’s 20 best dessert spots” by Fodor’s Travel Guide.
Donut to try: “Fruity Pebble Donut”, “Maple Bacon Donut” and “Apple Fritter Donut”
Hook & Master – North Philadelphia
Hook & Master features a small ground-floor bar-lounge and takeout window beside an outdoor setting dubbed Octopus’ Garden. With a cool nautical theme, supported by a bespoke tiki cocktail list, Hook & Master is a destination for cheese and pizza lovers.
Cheese Dish to Try: Pizzas, which are prepared three ways: Brooklyn Style Pizza, Chicago Pan Pizza, and Chicago Tavern Style Pizzas
Valley Tavern – Valley Forge Casino Resort
Whether it’s karaoke on Fridays or a spot to watch your favorite teams on the big screen while enjoying great pub fare, Valley Tavern is the area’s favorite gathering spot.
Cheese dish to try: Their menu is loaded with comforting food, cheese-filled appetizers like Cheesesteak Spring Rolls, Quesadillas, Tavern Nachos, and Loaded Tots.
Talula’s Garden – South Philadelphia
This cheese-centric restaurant, driven by local ingredients, elevates palates to a blissful state and spirits soar with the staff’s precision, knowledge and warmth.
Cheese dish to try: Try the Master Class in Six Artisan Cheeses, featuring 6 local cheeses, candied nuts, honey, house-made jam and a little lesson plan.
Parc – Rittenhouse Square
Parc pays tribute to the beloved French bistro, where good food, good wine and better company commingle to create unmistakable joie de vivre. From a café au lait and fresh-baked croissant to start your morning through to flawless brasserie classics like the French onion soup, a simple and superb slow-simmered chicken stock, fortified with white wine, and caramelized onions topped with rounds of bread and a lid of gooey gruyère and provolone.
Cheese Dish to Try: The French Onion Soup, which lends itself perfectly to a glorious cheese pull.
Continental Midtown – Center City
Whether you’re relaxing in the lounge, swinging in a basket chair on the jet-set mezzanine or taking in the night on the airy rooftop patio, it’s a total reprieve from the expected. The Continental Midtown features a menu of global cuisine and creative cocktails – there’s something for everyone!
Cheese Dish to Try: the must-order Lobster Mac & Cheese made with orzo pasta, gruyère, and fontina cheese.
Dolce Italian – Center City
Located in W Philadelphia, Dolce Italian serves house-made pastas, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and other signature Italian dishes. If you’re looking for a luxurious night out in Center City, look no further!
Cheese Dish to Try: Primo Amore Pizza, topped with burrata, cherry tomatoes, arugula, parmigiano
Fuel Healthy Kitchen – Philadelphia
Named as the #1 Healthy Restaurant by USA Today, Fuel Healthy Kitchen focus on using the best ingredients to create mouth-watering dishes. For those looking to indulge in cheese, without feeling the guilt!
Cheese Dish to Try: “Hatch Chile Queso (a three cheese queso infused with fire roasted hatch chillies) and Kicked Up Spin Dip (made with sautéed spinach, marinated artichokes, crushed red pepper blended with Creamy Cheeses).