Metro's Philadelphia Eater's Guide noted some of our favorite foodie destinations beyond cheesesteak purveyors... the often overlooked Philly is full of exciting new restaurant concepts and incredible chefs and dishes that don't often get the recognition that they deserve. So this week's tip? Eat up! Here's a few more places to check out next time you're in town:
In Northern Liberties and Point Breeze:
Circles is the beloved thai BYO that opened a location in Northern Liberties earlier this year, bringing the spice to another hot neighborhood. Try the seitan satay and the best pad thai in the city, then take a stroll over to the Piazza or Liberties Walk to cool off.
In Rittenhouse Square:
Vernick Food & Drink is worth checking out for their delicious "toast" creations, such as the fromage blanc and pickled cherries or the charred spinach and leeks. This bistro knocks out some beautiful dishes and craft cocktails, all with a great view of Walnut Street. Head to Rittenhouse Square or to the Franklin for an after-dinner cocktail.
Both Frankford Hall and Loco Pez rank high on our list for excellent scene-watching in the eclectic Fishtown neighborhood. And the food and drink are swell, too! The former is a funky beer garden with enormous pretzels and even bigger beers to work those biceps. The latter pumps out super cheap tacos and margs for a lively crowd. We recommend visiting earlier or on a weekday to get a seat, as wait times can be long on weekends. Then experience the 14 Reasons to Live in Fishtown.
So welcome! We hope you can squeeze in a visit to one of these essential Philly eateries on your visit.
Over the years, we've posted about all of the exciting developments in Fishtown, and this rockin' little neighborhood continues with the action. Here's a look at some of the newer businesses and shops to open (and a few on the way!) in Fishtown, which many are likening to the Meatpacking District of NYC. Except, Philly pride and all, we think it's even cooler.
Without further ado, our 14 New Reasons to Live in Fishtown. Got more, or want to expand on one of the reasons? Chime in below!
1) 20th Century by HKFA ,1311 Frankford Ave: Antiquity/art/lighting/cool furniture and more store
2) New restaurant concept from owner of Prohibition Taproom & Cafe Lift
3) Owner of Exhale Cigar Shop is opening a deli/Foodery type concept
4) Adorn Boutique, 1314 Frankford Ave: jewelry, clothes - Sarah Lewis has designed for Free People
5) New doctor's office opening
6) Fishtown Tavern, 1301 Frankford Ave, under new ownership
7) Lola Bean Coffee Shop, 1325 Frankford Ave
8) The Parlour, 1339 Frankford Ave: New hair salon
9) Art Machine Productions Tattoo Shop & Art Gallery, 1345 Frankford Ave
10) Hammarhead Industries, 1331 Frankford Ave: Motorcycle shop
11) Acropolis Diner was sold, new restaurant concept moving in
12) Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave: Beer hall/garden
13) Stephen Starr is backing a whiskey/smokehouse/BBQ concept from a restaurateur in Brooklyn, next to Frankford Hall
14) We hear that the Cold Storage building will be a hotel
It's First Friday in Fishtown! Check out the ever-growing lineup here.
It's also a great weekend to check out the newly revamped menu at Frankford Hall ($3 half-liters of beer with every burger or sausage ordered!) or saddle up to new Fishtown cantina Loco Pez (in the former Crazy Fish Saloon) which just got a bueno review in the City Paper (order the nachos de Kenzo).
While you're up to all of that, book a tour to see one of these Fishtown listings:
2608 Edgemont Street, $310,000
2327 E Sergeant Street, $154,900
1312 E Oxford Street, $225,000
709 Belgrade Street,$299,900
Contact the Somers Team to book your tour!