Esquire names Philly tops in after-dark eats

JOANN LOVIGLIO Associated Press Published:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- If you're hungry and it's late at night, Philadelphia is the place to be.

So says Esquire magazine in naming Philly "The Late Night Capital of the United States" in its September issue, which hits newsstands Aug. 13.

For those not familiar with the city's culinary scene, it may come as a surprise that the ubiquitous cheesesteak isn't included in Esquire's summary of Philadelphia's finest after-hours eats.

The magazine cheers the city's "epic jukeboxes and random dartboards, roasted meat and melted cheese, super-hard-to-find beers and whiskey neat -- all served up without judgment in an American stronghold for going big into the wee hours."