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At Long Last, Philly Dining Advice From Politico

"Don't come near a cheesesteak" and other helpful food tips from the politics-obsessed outlet.

We guess no one warned then-candidate Barack Obama not to come near a cheesesteak in 2008. What priceless cheesesteak and water ice photo ops will 2016 bring?
We guess no one warned then-candidate Barack Obama not to come near a cheesesteak in 2008. What priceless cheesesteak and water ice photo ops will 2016 bring?
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In the wake of news that Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, Buzz Bissinger drew up a local's guide to visiting Philly that includes advice on where to eat, and Eater Philly has finally found its first-ever reason to talk about Politico.

Among a number of non-food-related items that you can gloss over if you like (although, if you do, you'll miss choice words like "dickwit" and "douchejuice"), Bissinger shares the following guidance on eating your way through what he deems "America's most interesting and diverse culinary city."

1. Hit up some BYOBs and skip the cheesesteak altogether. In fact:

Don't come near a cheesesteak. They are gnarly and fundamentally deranged in conception. Until you eat one. Then they are almost worth the guilt you will inevitably feel because you just ate one and likely ingested fifty or sixty thousand calories.

2. Don't overlook Philly's delis, especially Famous Fourth Street or "close second" Schlesinger's.

3. Chestnut Hill is worth a look for post-Morris Arboretum shopping and eating — "just make sure you are dressed like it is the 1940s."

4. Reading Terminal Market is a must-visit for "incredible" food and an unmatched atmosphere Bissinger describes as "Crowded. Friendly. Pungent. Zesty."

5. Food trucks should be explored, but maybe steer clear of those street-vendor pretzels. "At the very least ask the vendor if the pigeon droppings have been wiped away," Bissinger cautions.

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