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Zagat: You have friend visiting from New York who's never been to Philadelphia before. Where do you take them for their first meal in Philly, and what do you suggest they try there?
Josh Lawler: It would start with grabbing lunch at DiNic’s, for the roast pork. Also, Jeremy Nolen is doing great things at Wursthaus Schmitz, so we might try to swing by there while we’re at RTM. Then we’d move onto Vietnam Restaurant for dinner - the BBQ platter for two is always my go-to, as well as the nem nuong (grilled meatballs).
Afterwards we’d head over for a few Long Islands at Oscar’s, and we’d end on Washington Avenue with late night soft pretzels at the Center City Pretzel Co. They make their first batch of pretzels around midnight, and there’s nothing better than getting them right out of the oven when they’re fresh and hot.