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Check out these 10 scrumptious local specialties when you visit Philadelphia

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Philadelphia is famous for its pivotal role in American History. Along with being home to many historic landmarks, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed here which gives particular meaning to their significance. Many historic attractions include the Independence National Historical Park, The Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Zoo, The Franklin Institute, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Reading Terminal Market is a particular favorite with visitors and locals alike and their famous cheesesteaks cannot be missed. From enjoying drinks at a bar to dancing the night away, the city has options to entertain every kind of traveler.

In Philadelphia, you will find some delectable dishes that you just cannot miss! There are some mouth-watering dishes and tasty dishes like Funfetti Cake, Fried Cheese Curds, and Hoagie and many more. Continue reading to know more.

Philadelphia has a popular entree called Salted Caramel Budino/. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Staticflickr Image) Philadelphia has a popular entree called Salted Caramel Budino/.

1. Funfetti Cake

Try a Funfetti Cake for a delicious and FUN treat!. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Bing Image) Try a Funfetti Cake for a delicious and FUN treat!.

Funfetti cake is a delightful dessert, usually made from vanilla cake batter, with rainbow sprinkles mixed into it. The finished cake is usually topped with a buttercream frosting and additional rainbow sprinkles, The cake's unique presentation, reminiscent of confetti, makes a fun addition to parties and celebrations for kids of all ages.

The most popular places to try out Funfetti Cake are Cake Life Bake Shop and Tiffany's Bakery.

2. Fried Cheese Curds

A state fair favorite, fried cheese curds add a new twist to fried mozzarella sticks. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (LauriPatterson Getty Image) A state fair favorite, fried cheese curds add a new twist to fried mozzarella sticks.

Instead of using aged, pressed cheese, fried cheese curds use the leftover solids from cheesemaking to make a mild, fresh-tasting treat. Fried cheese curds are served as both appetizers and main dishes. The curds are battered before frying and are served both alone and with a dipping sauce. Curds can be either white (mozzarella) or yellow (cheddar). Unfortunately, this tasty treat can be hard to find outside of Wisconsin, or other cheesemaking areas, since the curds are best when fresh.

The most popular places to try out Fried Cheese Curds are Bud and marilyn's, la peg and Fox & Son Fancy Corndogs.

3. Hoagie

Philadelphia's Giant Sandwich. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (LauriPatterson Getty Image) Philadelphia's Giant Sandwich.

While nearly every region has a variation and a name for a sandwich on a long split roll, the Philadelphia hoagie is one of the best known. It is most commonly packed with Italian style cold cuts such, cheese, lettuce, and sometimes condiments. The sandwich is piled high and makes for an entire meal.

The most popular places to try out Hoagie are Dayvi's Hoagies, Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagie, Cosmi's Deli and Cheesesteak & Wings.

4. Roast Pork Sandwich

slow-roasted pork in an Italian roll with cheeses, vegetables, and sauces. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Ma-no Getty Image) slow-roasted pork in an Italian roll with cheeses, vegetables, and sauces.

While Philadelphia's best known Italian-American sandwich is the cheesesteak, it can be argued that its lesser-known brother, the roast pork sandwich, is the best. Tender, slow-roasted pork is shaved or chopped, and layered with sharp provolone cheese in a long Italian roll. Other toppings like mustard, brown sugar, spinach, and even garlicky sautéed broccoli rabe, round out the dish.

The most popular places to try out Roast Pork Sandwich is John's Roast Pork.

5. Philly Cheesesteak

thinly-sliced, grilled beefsteak with melted cheese and grilled onions on a long hoagie roll. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Bing Image) thinly-sliced, grilled beefsteak with melted cheese and grilled onions on a long hoagie roll.

There is heated debate as to the precise origins of the Philly cheesesteak, but there is agreement that it was born in Philadelphia in the 1930's. A clear definition of the dish was not made until 1987, though, when it was described as "frizzled beef, onions, and cheese in a small loaf of bread". An even more heated debate revolves around whose cheesesteak is the best.

The most popular places to try out Philly Cheesesteak are Jim's South St. (Jim's Steaks South Street), Donkey's Place and John's Roast Pork.

6. Square Pizza

Classic recipe for pizza but with a thicker and crunchier crust. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Bing Image) Classic recipe for pizza but with a thicker and crunchier crust.

Square pizzas are composed just like normal round pizzas, but so much better. Square pizzas tend to have thicker and crunchier crusts, which make it keep its shape better while eating it. This also makes it possible to add more toppings without having to worry about your pizza falling apart. The square pizza is flavorful and perfect as both a snack and a meal.

The most popular places to try out Square Pizza are Pizza Gutt, Santucci's Original Square Pizza and Tony villas pizza.

7. Salted Caramel Budino

Philadelphia has a popular entree called Salted Caramel Budino/. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Staticflickr Image) Philadelphia has a popular entree called Salted Caramel Budino/.

Among a multiple amount of delicious treats, salted caramel budino is one Philadelphia delicacy that must be tried. It is a yeast doughnut made with croissant dough, swirled with caramel and cookies and coated in a magic shell with budino ice cream on top of an enormous amount of salted caramel.

The most popular places to try out Salted Caramel Budino is Barbuzzo.

8. Tomato Pie

Tomato pie is a part of Scilciy's cultural experience. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Photosimysia Getty Image) Tomato pie is a part of Scilciy's cultural experience.

Tomato pies are often referred to as a 'Pie with Tomatoes " or 'Southern Tomato Pie ". Tomato Pie originates from the Southern part of the United States. There are many different kinds of tomato pie, usually depending on the are that you are in. Sicilian Pie is very popular in the United States.

The most popular places to try out Tomato Pie is Stoltzfus Family Foods.

9. Cheesesteak Omelette

Cheesesteak omelettes are made of sliced marinated sirloin and served on a hoagie bun with provolone cheese. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Staticflickr Image) Cheesesteak omelettes are made of sliced marinated sirloin and served on a hoagie bun with provolone cheese.

Philly cheesesteaks are the best game day food! Thin sliced, marinated ribeye steak, caramelized onions and provolone cheese roasted to perfection with garlic cream cheese sauce. The West Coast modifies the original Philly Cheesesteak version to include bell peppers and mushrooms. The true Phillies only eat it with steak, onion and cheese on a roll.

The most popular places to try out Cheesesteak Omelette are Jim's South St. (Jim's Steaks South Street) and Philly Cheesesteak.

10. Buffalo Chicken Wings

American Buffalo wings are a popular way to serve fried chicken wings using spice and two sauces. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) American Buffalo wings are a popular way to serve fried chicken wings using spice and two sauces.

Buffalo wings, or hot wings, were invented in New York state in 1964. When truly served Buffalo-style, the wings include celery and carrot sticks with the blue cheese dipping sauce. Especially outside of New York, many variations are found. Instead of wings, the recipe can also be "boneless" (using breast meat), cut into fries, or made into nuggets. Many types of dipping sauces are used, with ranch as the most common alternative to blue cheese.

The most popular places to try out Buffalo Chicken Wings are Applebee’s Grill, The Rib Rack and Buffalo wings.

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