Pepe’s Pizzeria in Connecticut and John’s Roast Pork in Philadelphia are both amazing, friendly, and worth visiting. 

As I’ve written before, I spent much of the summer traveling the US and trying new places to eat (great food was a collateral benefit of traveling all the time, not the purpose of the trips.) One result has been the Tripping Over the World US food map, which shows recommended restaurants that Laura and/or I have tried.

I have two new additions:

1. John’s Roast Pork in Philadelphia

John's Roast Pork in Philadelphia was delicious.

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A recommendation from one of my editors (and quite a few other locals as well), John’s Roast Pork is rightfully well-regarded in Philly. It’s really just a shack with some tables outside, set in the middle off scattered strip malls and industrial facilities.

I tried the mushroom cheesesteak, which was delicious but also too much food for me to eat in one sitting. If you’re going to Philly and want the city’s famous sandwich, this is the place to get it.

2. Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria, Connecticut


Another recommendation from one of my editors, Frank Pepe’s is a small local chain with a handful of locations in Connecticut and immediately adjacent states. I tried the Fairfield location and was not disappointed.

Pepe’s prides itself on its coal-fired oven, which ends up producing a thin and just-crispy-enough crust. It’s sort of like a hybrid of the fancy wood-fired pizza that has proliferated across America in the last decade or so and more traditional thin crust pizza.

Related reading: 

MAP: Here are our favorite restaurants across the United States

When looking for food, forget websites like Yelp

Why mid-sized cities have the best food

— Jim Dalrymple II



Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.

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