What's the best candy to get at Shane Confectionery? Who was the hot dog vendor who came up with the idea for a cheesesteak? And did you know Fante's Kitchen Shop in South Philly is the oldest cookware shop in the country?
Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia, a book by local author and publicist Irene Levy Baker, details the backstories of more than 90 bars, restaurants, bakeries and more. Published Aug. 22 by Reedy Press, it's a food lover's companion to Levy Baker's 2016 book 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die.
In addition to historical tidbits and lesser-known facts, the book also serves as a guide for navigating some of the city's best-loved dining establishments, including menu highlights and tips for getting reservations.
McGillin's Olde Ale House, one of the places mentioned in the book, is hosting a launch party Sept. 25 at 1310 Drury St. from 6 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.