Governor and First Lady Wolf’s Philly Favorites

By: Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf

July 22, 2016

We’re so excited to welcome visitors from all over the United States to Pennsylvania for the Democratic National Convention! With visitors coming from every corner of the country, we’d like to share some of our favorite things to do while we’re in Philadelphia. Here’s a look at some of the best restaurants and attractions in the City of Brotherly Love:


  • Zahav

    Zahav, located at 237 St. James Place, serves modern Israeli cuisine and is owned by Chef Michael Solomonov, winner of the 2011 James Beard Award for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic,” and the 2014, National Chef of the Year by Eater. We love all of the food here, so we usually get the Tayim tasting menu so we can try a little bit of everything.

  • Relish

    Relish, located on Ogontz Avenue in Northwest Philadelphia, is one of our favorite spots for dinner because of the contemporary, homestyle southern cuisine and the outstanding jazz music. All of the entrees are delicious, but we always make sure to get an order of the 4 Cheese Mac & Cheese.

  • Ristorante La Buca

    Ristorante La Buca is italian dining at its finest. After a long week at the capitol or on the road throughout the commonwealth, we love to break bread with friends over a glass of wine at this cozy neighborhood spot. Their fresh seafood dishes are not to be missed and also try out the veal fiorentina and minestrone soup.

  • Zinc Bistro

    We can’t stop at Zinc Bistro without getting the steak frites! French chef and owner Olivier Desaintmartin’s opened this Parisian restaurant in 2007 on South 11th street. The authentic French cuisine can be attributed to Chef Desaintmartin’s studies at the hotel school in Paris and work with world renowned chefs in France.

  • Talula’s Garden

    Talula’s Garden was opened by Aimee Olexy in collaboration with Stephen Starr in April 2011 and is one of the most charming spots in the city. We love the Lancaster county free range roasted chicken and the split pea soup, but since their menu is seasonal, you may have to try one of their newest creations which will no doubt be just as delicious.

  • Hot Dog Cart on Sansom

    I (Tom) highly recommend the hot dog stand on the corner of Sansom and Broad street. When I was running for governor, I’d sneak out of the campaign office and run down the street to this hot dog cart for a quick lunch. My order? A hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut.


  • National Constitution Center

    As history buffs, we love spending time at the National Constitution Center. The Freedom Rising presentation is absolutely phenomenal – completely engaging and very informative. Visitors of all ages will enjoy strolling through Signers’ Hall where you can check out 42 bronze statues of the Founding Fathers. Also, make sure to check out their featured exhibits. Currently, they are running an exhibit called “Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights” where you can see the display of one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights!

  • Washington Square

    On a nice summer day, we love to take a walk through Washington Square and then sit on a shady bench while enjoying an ice cream cone. The park is always bustling with couples having picnics, children playing games, and friends enjoying each other’s company. In the early years of Philadelphia’s history, Washington Square was actually a burial ground. By the early 19th century, however, Washington Square was one of the five city squares that William Penn designated as a public park. It later became home to some of America’s oldest publishing companies.

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    As an artist, I (Frances) could spend hours roaming the halls of the Philadelphia Art Museum. In college, I majored in Asian studies at the University of London and we love to stroll through the South Asian Galleries. The museum hosts a world-renowned collection and is so diverse that there will be something that everyone can enjoy. Don’t forget to run the steps like Rocky!

  • Citizens Bank Park

    I (Tom) have been a lifelong baseball fan. When I’m home in York county, I enjoy spending time at a hometown York Revolution game. But when I’m in the city of Brotherly Love, catching a Phils game is one of my favorite pastimes. There’s nothing like a good hot dog and watching the Phillies win at home.

  • Race Street Pier

    What a place to catch a view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge! In May of 2011, the new Race Street Pier opened as part of the multi-phase revitalization of the Central Delaware Waterfront. It’s a perfect spot to go for a jog, have a picnic, or relax with friends. We love getting out and seeing the diversity and vibrancy of the city.

  • Ritz at the Bourse

    We love to catch a great flick! After dining at Zahav, we’ll swing over to Ritz at the Bourse for an evening movie. Recently, we’ve seen Spotlight and Brooklyn, both of which we thought were very deserving of their Oscar nods. We love that the Ritz has a number of independent films that you can’t see at most movie theaters.

  • Joseph Fox Bookstop

    We’re both voracious readers so a stop at Joseph Fox Bookshop on Sansom Street is one of our favorite ways to spend an afternoon. The staff there is always helpful in giving recommendations and there are endless choices of new literature and nonfiction and old classics. Last time we were there, we picked up The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War by Robert J. Gordon and The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson.


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