But enough of that. This is a food blog!
As I mentioned, when I lived in Philly before, I lived in the Northeast section, which is about 10 miles from where we are now. When I did come into the city, I normally stayed more in the Center City area because of its proximity to the train home. I tried the best I could to avoid driving into the city.
Where we live now is in the Graduate Hospital (aka G-Ho) area, south and a bit west of Center City. It’s not an area I was all that familiar with before, so it has been a fun adventure exploring all the restaurants in the area. This part of town is really up-and-coming and new places are popping up all over the place.
Before I secured the apartment, I came by after work to check out the neighborhood. I hung out for a while at Pub & Kitchen which is a block away from our building. When I lived in Vegas (technically in Henderson, NV which abuts Vegas), I lived in a restaurant and bar dead zone. There was only one bar in walking distance and it was terrible, so I was beside myself at the thought of living so close to a pub with an excellent beer list and great food. It can get a little crowded and loud at night, but it’s become a nice spot for us for early dinners or afternoon drinks. It was the first place we went to when we needed a break on move in day.
On a subsequent visit to the neighborhood, I checked out Jet Wine Bar a few blocks away and instantly fell in love. Holly and I had some favorite wine places back west, and I loved the idea of having an excellent wine bar in walking distance. Again, coming from a place with zilch in walking distance, having anything decent nearby gave me a thrill. Jet tends toward unusual and adventurous wines and the list changes pretty frequently. It is unarguably one of our go-to spots.
I mentioned a couple of times how happy I was to find good places within walking distance. This is important because Holly and I decided to embrace our urban lifestyle and forego having cars. I think I can say it has been a rousing success. I always found having a car stressful, and given our eatin’ and drinkin’ lifestyle, it’s nice to be able to enjoy ourselves and not have to deal with driving.
So it’s been an exciting year of learning all about our neighborhood, and we couldn’t be happier with it. Onward to part 2!
To see the rest of this post and Part 2, and to read more about eating locally in Philly, check out their blog.