“Foodie” Frenzy: Five Great Places to Grab Some Grub While at the PRSSA 2013 National Conference

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

Getting excited for the PRSSA 2013 National Conference in Philadelphia? If you’ve started researching your stay, you may have been overwhelmed with the abundance of unique restaurants and delicious eating out options the diverse City of Brotherly Love offers. The Conference Committee has done their homework and compiled a list of a few offerings conveniently located near the Loews Philadelphia that are bound to have your mouth watering.

Hard Rock Cafe
The Hard Rock Café is located a stone’s throw away from the Loews Philadelphia, making it extremely easy to find no matter how unfamiliar you are with the city. You are sure to be star struck by the ambiance as soon as you step foot inside – there is much to look at and admire with walls covered from floor to ceiling with rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. The Hard Rock Cafe offers a wide menu selection, varying from their legendary burgers to their one-of-a-kind salads.

Zio’s Brick Oven Pizza
At Zio’s Brick Oven Pizza, you can order your favorite pizza, sub, pasta, wings and more. Located just a few blocks south of the Loews Philadelphia, Zio’s is a great place for quality food and company. This isn’t your average pizza joint. Zio’s prepares all of their pizza, pasta and meats fresh every day and they pride themselves on their phenomenal customer service and low prices. If you’re a pizza junky with a taste palate that demands savory flavor, then head on over to Zio’s – you will fit right in.

Reading Terminal Market
Looking for a grab and go meal? Not a problem. Reading Terminal Market offers a wide variety of fresh ingredients and prepared food. Sprinkled throughout this assorted market, you can find freshly baked goods, fruits, vegetables, hand crafted jewelry, ethnic foods, flowers and much more! The historical Reading Terminal Market is the place to be if you’re looking for diversity and options as there is always something new and exciting to check out.

El Vez
Looking for a fiesta de Mexicano? Make a trip to El Vez for dinner and enjoy the “Mexican-American meets East L.A. in a Tijuana Taxi” food. Whether your order their cactus and crab salsa or the pasilla braised pork, your mouth will be overwhelmed with exceptional flavor. Not only does this spicy restaurant have some of the best flavors in Philadelphia, but it also offers an authentic atmosphere. Even better: El Vez is only a five minute walk from the National Conference hotel! Check out other local restaurants led by Philadelphia famed restaurateur Stephen Starr during your stay.

Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant
At the Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant where they not only brew their own beer, but also offer some of the best deals around, you are guaranteed to have a good time. Nodding Head is known as one of Philadelphia’s hidden gems. This restaurant has won more awards than their walls and trophy cases can hold and their prices for food and beverages can go unmatched. Try their top-notch burgers or mouth-watering Belgian mussels. On Sundays, you’ll find diners in the middle of a friendly game of Quizzo – try it out and put your trivial knowledge skills to the test.

There are many more options beyond this list in Philadelphia. Grab a few friends and explore new restaurants and places to go!

Have you eaten at any of these places listed above – if so, what did you think? Where are you excited to eat during your stay in Philadelphia? 

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Jessica Howard is a sophomore at Drexel University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in communication as well as a minor in fine arts. Howard is the communications director for the PRSSA 2013 National Conference.

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