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Bryce Harper asked for it, so we made him a list of Philly hot spots

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Bryce Harper asked for it, so we made him a list of Philly hot spots

Bryce Harper is going to be a new resident of the Philadelphia area in the coming weeks and with that, he wants to know, well… he pretty much wants suggestions for EVERYTHING about Philadelphia.

So we’re here to help.

Harper took to his Instagram earlier this week to ask for recommendations from Philly residents on the best of what Philly has to offer, from food to art to music.

We thought we’d go through his list pictured below and try and help a slugger out. We want Bryce to be more comfortable in our city than he is playing right field.

And while sports bloggers are traditionally known for having the best taste in everything, we’ll also link out to some resources we find very useful.

Restaurants

Philadelphia is a truly wonderful food city. Ask 10 residents and you’ll get 10 different favorite restaurants. Use Eater.com’s Essential 38 Philadelphia restaurants as a jump off point. And follow Philly.com’s Craig Laban. Read everything he writes about food in this wonderful city. He will very rarely steer you wrong. Mike Klein is another good resource on new spots in town. Philly Mag is also solid for lists.

Personally, I can’t wait to eat the spicy pizza and hoagies while washing them down with some natural wines at the new Joe Beddia pizzeria set to open in Fishtown. Any day now.

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And I know you athletes love steak. Barclay Prime and Butcher and Singer are both tops. Pricey, but we know you can afford it. Let me know if you need a dining companion. I’m very polite. 

Breakfast

LeBron James is a fan of Sabrina’s Cafe when he’s in town and you can’t go wrong with one of their locations, preferably the original. A lot of people will tell you Green Eggs Cafe and Honey’s Sit and Eat. They’re fine, perhaps overrated. The best breakfast spot is the one around the corner from your new crib. Ask one of your new neighbors. If you happen to land near South Street, give Ant’s Pants Cafe’s sweet potato hash a chance — 100% sports blogger approved.

Lunch

It’s hard to go wrong in the Reading Terminal Market. Options abound here and you can pick up some cannoli or cookies for later to share with the team while they’re playing Fortnite in the clubhouse. DiNic’s roast pork is worth seeking out. John’s Roast Pork isn’t too far from Citizens Bank Park either. What we’re trying to say is get to know the joy of a roast pork sandwich. Federal Donuts’ chicken sandwich is a quick and easy tasty treat if you’re in a pinch.

Dinner

We got you started above under “restaurants.” And I hear the Phillies’ chef at CBP can make a mean plate for your postgame plane ride though.

If you’re taking the wife out: Zahav, Vernick, Suraya, Laurel, Vetri. Do a tasting downstairs at Double Knot. So many options. We hear Ben Simmons and Kendall Jenner like Parc. If you can’t get a rez anywhere, pop in to Cheu Noodle Bar. All wonderful and delicious.

Ice cream

If you end up near Little Baby’s or Weckerly’s, you’ll scream with happiness. I’m partial to Big Gay Ice Cream’s cone where they inject the soft serve with a salted caramel. It’s so wrong, it’s right. Then there’s Franklin Fountain in old city. Get one of the brownie sundaes and thank us later. Just DON'T go there with Gabe Kapler whatever you do.

And Bryce, this is Philadelphia. WOODER ICE. Definitely seek out John’s Water Ice. And from anywhere in the city, be cool, eat a Rita’s.

Things to do

You’ll likely want to ring the bell at a Sixers game or sit next to your pal Mike Trout at an Eagles game. Otherwise, give the folks from Visit Philly's Uwishunu a click and check out their frequently updated list of events around town. Did you hear there’s a bell with a crack in it? It’s true. Watch the Nic Cage classic “National Treasure” for a quick history lesson.

Have you seen our rivers? Take a jog passed Boat House Row up towards Manayunk. Enjoy the summer vibes at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Go ice skating at the River Rink in the winter. Just don't get hurt. PLEASE. Maybe pull a Joel Embiid and show up at the softball fields in Fairmount Park and take a few swings with the people.

Pilates places

Sorry, sports blogger here. Maybe ask Gabe? He's in decent shape.

Best art and live music venues

There is at least one famous museum in town you’ve likely seen in a movie. Don’t just run up the steps. Get in there. And don’t miss the Barnes down the street. Get to know First Friday for the smaller local artists. And take in all the murals around town, maybe on a tour.

Philly has so many options for live music. The Fillmore, Union Transfer, World Cafe Live, the newly refurbished Met, whatever they’re calling the Electric Factory these days, the Mann Center, Union Transfer, Boot and Saddle, the TLA, the Kimmel Center and the Academy of Music, etc.

I bet you can get good seats to see The Who at Citizens Bank Park this summer too. If you can’t, I’ve got a guy.

Local hot spots

Basically the entire city in the months of July and August. Hit up the Jersey shore to cool off.

We know you don't drink, so the plethora of beer gardens and breweries may not be your thing, but your friends from Vegas may enjoy.

Farmers market

We mentioned Reading Terminal earlier. Good spot for some fresh groceries. There’s a good chance you may end up living near Rittenhouse Square, so check out their weekend market. You may enjoy a day trip to Lancaster or the Green Dragon in Ephrata. Like breakfast, the best farmer’s market tends to be the one closest to your new crib. Ask a neighbor.

Best Italian market

Sorry. Philly doesn’t have any of those.

More on the Phillies

What water ice flavor are you?

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What water ice flavor are you?

Wooder ice is a personality trait and no one can tell us otherwise. 

Here in Philadelphia, we don't mess around when it comes to our declarations of love for our favorite foods. And we take it quite seriously which type of food aligns with our personality traits as a result. 

So we're giving you the chance to determine what *wooder ice* flavor best suits your personality with this extremely scientific quiz. 

Pick some iconic Philly places, players and more to determine your flavor. 


A deep investigation into all the Philly sports references in The Office

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A deep investigation into all the Philly sports references in The Office

I have invested a great deal of time in binge-watching NBC’s The Office on more than one occasion, with the most recent instance taking place during this period of quarantine.

One of the best aspects of the show, is its location — its proximity to the city we know and love. 

According to Dwight K. Schrute, Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch is only a 30-minute trip to Philadelphia if you drive 240 miles per hour — which to be very clear, we don’t recommend. 

So it’s really no surprise that the characters have often discussed things that we hold near and dear to our hearts in this city: cheesesteaks and Philly sports. 

In fact, we have compiled a list of 20 mentions, references, and reminders of Philly sports across 19 of the show’s 201 total episodes. 

S1E1: Pilot


 


Meet Ryan Howard.
I’ll leave it at that. 

S1E5: Basketball

The lack of Sixers t-shirts during the matchup between The Office versus The Warehouse was quite disappointing, but this absolutely incredible find made up for it: a mask eerily similar to Joel Embiid’s mask in the 2018 playoffs and a Mike Scott.

 

Foreshadowing two greats, perhaps?

S2E3: Office Olympics

If you look closely, you’ll notice a Mike Lieberthal bobblehead on Dwight’s desk. A nod to the Phillies, right? Sure. But the reference goes deeper than just the red and white pinstripes. 

Mike Lieberthal’s full name is Michael Scott Lieberthal. Mind blown? 

 

S3E23: The Job

When interviewing for a job at the corporate office, CFO David Wallace jokes around with Jim about his candidacy for the position because he’s a Sixers fan. Clap your hands, indeed, Halpert.

S3E18: The Negotiation

Jim’s then-girlfriend complains about his priorities, saying, “You would rather sit on your couch and watch a Phillies game than go out to a movie with your awesome girlfriend.”

What is the issue here, exactly?

S4E9: Local Ad

Jim shows Pam Dwight’s profile in the game Second Life when she notices that Jim gave his character a job as a sports writer in Philadelphia. 



Careful what you wish for, Beesly.
 
S4E15: Night Out

Ryan Howard pretends to be The Big Piece at a club.
 
Again, just going to leave it at that.

S4E16: Did I Stutter?

Ryan calls Jim into the conference room to ask the question we Eagles fans hate: Why?

Well, he really asks “How?” but you get the point. 

S5E18: Blood Drive

Kevin Malone recaps his worst breakup, saying, “We were reading the paper and I said, ‘Oh my God, I think the Eagles could clinch the NFC East.’ And she said that we’re done.” 

The Eagles, of course, had some fun with that: 

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S6E6: Mafia

This one was a sneaky one. Jimbo has made it pretty clear that he’s a Philly sports guy, but his love spreads as far as the Arena Football League, too. If you look closely at his desk when Kevin “moves in” during the Halpert honeymoon, you can see a football with what looks like the AFL logo on its side. Philadelphia Soul fan, huh?


 
S7E8: Viewing Party

Jim changes the channel during the company’s Glee viewing party.

S9E1: New Guys

In an effort to become friends with one of the new guys, Pete, Jim asks if he’s a fan of the Phillies. After a couple of *coughs* stupid answers, Pete says he’s a Red Sox fan.

 

S9E2: Roy’s Wedding

During the car ride back from Roy’s wedding, Pam tells Jim about a past plan to surprise him with Sixers tickets for his 30th birthday. Jim, already knowing about the gift, laughs with his wife about her mistake of buying courtside seats to an away game in Phoenix. 

An away game nowadays? With their record on the road? Dodged a bullet there.

S9E3: Andy's Ancestry 

At the end of this episode, Jim tells Pam that he’s accepted an offer at Athlead, a sports marketing agency in Philadelphia.

S9E10: Lice

Kevin, Darryl, and Jim talk about the Sixers during their lunch break. 

Later in that episode, Jim has a meeting with Sixers legend, Julius Erving. 

A little 1-on-1 with Dr. J? Sure, no biggie.

 

S9E14: Vandalism

At the 11:10 minute mark, the Philadelphia Flyers show up on the bottom of this presentation board on the bottom right corner at Athlead, the first reference we could find regarding the Flyers in any capacity. 

Additionally, there are quite a few Eagles names on here, inlcuding Nick Foles,  Jason Kelce and Kurt Coleman and even Andrew McCutchen, though it would be prior to him joining the Phillies of course. 

S9E18: Promos

Ryan Howard (yes, THE Ryan Howard) has a meeting at Athlead with Jim and Darryl. During their conversation, he shares his screenplay for “The Big Piece.”

The other Ryan Howard even sent him a special video message during his retirement ceremony at Citizens Bank Park in one of the greatest crossovers we have ever seen.

 

S9E20: Paper Airplane

Jim gets a call from a colleague over at Athlead and asks if they’ve heard back from Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels yet. 

S9E21: Livin’ the Dream

The last mention I noticed came from the final season’s 21st episode. Jim is once again trying to connect with Pete, saying “Go Phillies, right?” before realizing Pete stinks and doesn’t watch the beautiful game of baseball.

There you have it, all of the mentions we could find in this show regarding Philly sports, except the Flyers, which we are still unsure if Halpert is a fan of or not. 

And before anyone gets spicy and feels the need to tell me how bored I must have been for doing this, just remember, you’re the one reading this.

BONUS

We also unearthed this deleted scene that references The one and only Answer at 1:48 in this clip below.

 

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