Philadelphia on a Platter

My trip to Philadelphia was both a culinary and literary experience.

When I’m at home in the Lou, I more often than not eat at chains when I eat out.  Sad, I know.  But when I’m out of town, I eschew chain establishments for local fare.  Well, the local fare in Philly did not disappoint.

I met up with a friend at Pop’s Diner, and it was delightful.

Counter at Pop's Diner, a 1950's style soda fountain and diner outside of Philadelphia, PA
Counter at Pop’s Diner, a 1950’s style soda fountain and diner outside of Philadelphia, PA

I don’t eat gluten, but I was able to eat this delicacy dreamed up by the Pop’s chefs.  It clearly was dessert, but it masqueraded as a breakast item.  Mmmmm.

French toast, made with gluten-free bread, smothered in cinnamon sauce, cream cheese frosting, and bananas foster
French toast, made with gluten-free bread, smothered in cinnamon sauce, cream cheese frosting, and bananas foster

French toast, made with gluten-free bread, covered in cinnamon sauce, cream cheese frosting, and bananas foster is nobody’s healthy breakfast, but it was my delicious dinner that night.  That is until I had to go to a different establishment to purchase a salad and atone for my sins.

Menu for Champs Diner
Menu for Champs Diner

The next day I decided to lunch at Champs Diner.

Philly Cheesteak Omelet with home fries
Philly Cheesteak Omelet with home fries

Did you know a Philly Cheesesteak Omelet with home fries was a thing?  I didn’t either, but I certainly approve.

But you’re wondering how did my reading go.  It went very well.  The moderator was the only person there for the reading, but she legitimately loved it.  She wasn’t just being nice for the sake of being nice.  Fortunately, I didn’t think anyone was going to come, so when only one person did, I wasn’t disappointed; I was happy to share with the one who had a sincere interest.

All in all, it was a great experience – I met up with a friend I haven’t seen in over 30 years, I ate some really decadent food, and I stuck my toe into the literary deep end.

I dare say I took Philadelphia by storm.

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