Most people know Nick Cannon as the "guy from Drumline." Though the 24-year-old looks like he's still in high school -- which is fitting because of his portrayal of a cop who goes undercover at a prep school in his new movie, Underclassman -- Cannon is now leaving his mark all over the entertainment industry.
Located on the street that bears its name adjacent to the Ellsworth-Federal subway stop on the Orange Line is a diner that separates itself from the pack in areas beyond its round-the-clock service.
Upon entering the diner, an unaccustomed visitor would wait for the host or hostess to seat the new arrivals.
Amidst the many vintage shops that adorn South Street is one vintage eatery: Johnny Rockets. With locations in 30 states and countries like the United Arab Emirates (gotta love globalization), this successful chain brings back the '50s diner atmosphere to the corner of Fourth and South streets.
For starters, options are limited to "Grease"y classics like French fries ($1.99), Chili Fries ($3.39), and onion rings ($2.99). Calorie counters beware, because traditional chocolate, vanilla and strawberry milkshakes ($3.39) are thick and thus irresistible.
Rockets' one-third pound burgers are a good 10 notches above McDonald's quality, yet comparable in price to fast food.
Just six blocks east of the river Seine (Schuylkill) between Ave. des Champs Elysees (Chestnut Street) and Rue du Rivoli (Sansom), Parisian expatriates in search of beloved homemade sweets find heaven in Yann Patisserie & Cafe.
Only a few blocks south of the heart of Center City lies a cozy eatery called the Warsaw Cafe. Since 1979, when Brezhnev's Communist regime controlled the Soviet Bloc, proprietor Marion Jarzemski and his mother Marie have been doling out traditional Eastern European dishes that would make even the most staunch commies consider immigrating to Philadelphia.