Christina’s guidebook - eating within walking distance

Christina

Christina’s guidebook - eating within walking distance

Food scene
A true gem that delivers an amazing value. Highly recommend for the delicious food, unique dishes, and cozy, intimate vibe. The staff is kind and thoughtful. It's BYOB so you're likely to save a few $s on drinks, too.
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Helm
1303 North 5th Street
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A true gem that delivers an amazing value. Highly recommend for the delicious food, unique dishes, and cozy, intimate vibe. The staff is kind and thoughtful. It's BYOB so you're likely to save a few $s on drinks, too.
A fun and delicious option just steps away.
Laser Wolf
1301 North Howard Street
A fun and delicious option just steps away.
Casual, BYOB, and delicious. It's right off 2nd Street, which is a key commercial corridor and fun to stroll.
Apricot Stone
Casual, BYOB, and delicious. It's right off 2nd Street, which is a key commercial corridor and fun to stroll.
Another favorite. Hits all the marks -- food, drinks, setting, staff. Recommend comparing and contrasting pizza here vs. Pizzeria Beddia. Like apples and oranges to some degree, but both delicious so a fun experiment. Besides pizza, we especially recommend: cauliflower app, hanger steak, and duck breast if available.
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Wm. Mulherin's Sons
1355 N Front St
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Another favorite. Hits all the marks -- food, drinks, setting, staff. Recommend comparing and contrasting pizza here vs. Pizzeria Beddia. Like apples and oranges to some degree, but both delicious so a fun experiment. Besides pizza, we especially recommend: cauliflower app, hanger steak, and duck breast if available.
They rotate a lot of interesting beers and food items, but I recommend their basic BBQ chicken sandwich. It's different and amazing.
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Standard Tap
901 North 2nd Street
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They rotate a lot of interesting beers and food items, but I recommend their basic BBQ chicken sandwich. It's different and amazing.
Local dive bar that will surprise you with good food. If you like calamari, this is a must try.
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Kostas Restaurant
15 West Girard Avenue
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Local dive bar that will surprise you with good food. If you like calamari, this is a must try.
All the hype is real and deserved.
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Suraya
1528 Frankford Ave
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All the hype is real and deserved.
Especially good option for vegetarians and vegans. I tend to prefer breakfast or brunch over dinner, but either way this is a solid spot with an excellent patio.
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Front Street Cafe
1253 N Front St
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Especially good option for vegetarians and vegans. I tend to prefer breakfast or brunch over dinner, but either way this is a solid spot with an excellent patio.
Fun bar with better than average food and great options for beer flights.
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Interstate Drafthouse
1235 East Palmer Street
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Fun bar with better than average food and great options for beer flights.
Small space and menu, but premium noodles and banh mi.
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Stock Restaurant
308 E Girard Ave
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Small space and menu, but premium noodles and banh mi.
Recently evolved to a seafood focused restaurant. We'll keep tabs on it, but given how much we loved them what they did before, we have high hopes. Plus the staff and patio are wonderful.
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Kensington Quarters
1310 Frankford Avenue
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Recently evolved to a seafood focused restaurant. We'll keep tabs on it, but given how much we loved them what they did before, we have high hopes. Plus the staff and patio are wonderful.
We love this spot for delivering an ambitiously large and tasty menu for a fairly small, local spot. If there is a major game on, they may set up a projector (and be less crowded than some of the more traditional sports bars).
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North Third
801 N 3rd St
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We love this spot for delivering an ambitiously large and tasty menu for a fairly small, local spot. If there is a major game on, they may set up a projector (and be less crowded than some of the more traditional sports bars).
Amazing artisan breads, justly famous shortbread pretzel cookies, and interesting innovations (pastries, tamale co-op projects). If the cafe space opens back up and the savory oatmeal is available, this is a must must.
Lost Bread Co.
1313 N Howard St
Amazing artisan breads, justly famous shortbread pretzel cookies, and interesting innovations (pastries, tamale co-op projects). If the cafe space opens back up and the savory oatmeal is available, this is a must must.
One of our favorite brunch options. It's popular and can be crowded, so go early. This one is a bit further than some of the other restaurants mentioned, about 3/4 of a mile.
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Honey's Sit 'n Eat
800 N 4th St
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One of our favorite brunch options. It's popular and can be crowded, so go early. This one is a bit further than some of the other restaurants mentioned, about 3/4 of a mile.
Spacious and hip with great coffee and pastries. If I recall correctly, they may not provide public wifi, FYI.
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La Colombe Coffee Roasters
1335 Frankford Avenue
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Spacious and hip with great coffee and pastries. If I recall correctly, they may not provide public wifi, FYI.
Fun and yummy tacos. Not the cheapest, but these are fancified tacos.
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Sancho Pistola's
19 West Girard Avenue
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Fun and yummy tacos. Not the cheapest, but these are fancified tacos.
Great spot to enjoy dinner and drinks with live music.
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Heritage
914 North 2nd Street
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Great spot to enjoy dinner and drinks with live music.
Great chicken (and sauces) and potato salad. Skip the slaw.
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Love & Honey Fried Chicken
1100 North Front St.
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Great chicken (and sauces) and potato salad. Skip the slaw.
Delicious soups and sandwiches. Limited hours and they frequently sell out of certain items, so check their IG before you go.
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Good Spoon Soupery
1400 N Front St
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Delicious soups and sandwiches. Limited hours and they frequently sell out of certain items, so check their IG before you go.
Hoagies for true foodies. Get one to share, or have leftovers for a second meal.
Liberty Kitchen PHL
1244 N Front St
Hoagies for true foodies. Get one to share, or have leftovers for a second meal.
For deep pockets or special occasions.
HIROKI
For deep pockets or special occasions.
Very good bagels.
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Philly Style Bagels
1451 E Columbia Ave
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Very good bagels.
The food is levels ahead of what you might expect with second hand decor, but the chef owner here is putting his efforts where it really matters. And he's done some amazing things for the community. Great spot to know you're supporting a thoughtful local business and getting a real neighborhood vibe. Highly recommend the lemon ricotta pancakes!
Sulimay's Restaurant
632 East Girard Avenue
The food is levels ahead of what you might expect with second hand decor, but the chef owner here is putting his efforts where it really matters. And he's done some amazing things for the community. Great spot to know you're supporting a thoughtful local business and getting a real neighborhood vibe. Highly recommend the lemon ricotta pancakes!
We love having a good Jamaican spot nearby. Recommend the brown stew chicken, oxtails, and curry shrimp.
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Reggae Reggae Vibes
517 West Girard Avenue
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We love having a good Jamaican spot nearby. Recommend the brown stew chicken, oxtails, and curry shrimp.
Delicious, beautifully prepared brunch. If you're comparing egg based breakfasts with other diners or casual restaurants, prices may seem high, but this menu is a step above. No reservations and long waits, so go early! This one is a bit further than some of the other restaurants mentioned, about 3/4 of a mile.
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Cafe La Maude
816 North 4th Street
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Delicious, beautifully prepared brunch. If you're comparing egg based breakfasts with other diners or casual restaurants, prices may seem high, but this menu is a step above. No reservations and long waits, so go early! This one is a bit further than some of the other restaurants mentioned, about 3/4 of a mile.
Lovely spot with a kind owner. It's fairly expensive, so I don't visit often...I'm just as happy with some more budget friendly choices. But their STRAWBERRY ice cream may be the best ice cream I've ever had. Wouldn't say that of other flavors, but the strawberry is amazing (assuming they've gotten good strawberries from farmers).
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Weckerly’s Ice Cream
9 W Girard Ave
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Lovely spot with a kind owner. It's fairly expensive, so I don't visit often...I'm just as happy with some more budget friendly choices. But their STRAWBERRY ice cream may be the best ice cream I've ever had. Wouldn't say that of other flavors, but the strawberry is amazing (assuming they've gotten good strawberries from farmers).
This is on my must-try list...they don't have seating though, which is partly why I haven't been.
PIZZA Shackamaxon
115 E Girard Ave
This is on my must-try list...they don't have seating though, which is partly why I haven't been.
Popular with the young drinking crowd, but also family friendly with a unique kids menu. We recommend the noodle dishes.
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Cheu Fishtown
1416 Frankford Ave
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Popular with the young drinking crowd, but also family friendly with a unique kids menu. We recommend the noodle dishes.
Sister restaurant to Cheu. They've sort of merged and you can order from either place from one collective menu now. The comments above re: Cheu apply to nunu :)
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nunu
1414 Frankford Ave
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Sister restaurant to Cheu. They've sort of merged and you can order from either place from one collective menu now. The comments above re: Cheu apply to nunu :)
Great environment and, from what I understand, very good meats. I don't eat red meat or pork and there is not a big variety of vegetable side dishes, so I don't go often. I do sometimes tag along for drinks!
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Fette Sau
1208 Frankford Avenue
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Great environment and, from what I understand, very good meats. I don't eat red meat or pork and there is not a big variety of vegetable side dishes, so I don't go often. I do sometimes tag along for drinks!
Excellent beer garden with a pretty good food menu. Highly recommend for a convivial place to hang out with your family and friends, though I might avoid primetime on the weekends when it can be very loud and crowded. I like to go in the late afternoon / early evening.
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Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Avenue
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Excellent beer garden with a pretty good food menu. Highly recommend for a convivial place to hang out with your family and friends, though I might avoid primetime on the weekends when it can be very loud and crowded. I like to go in the late afternoon / early evening.
I haven't actually eaten here, but I recommend if it you're looking for a place to watch games or hang out with friends. The outdoor seating area with board games (and, seasonally, heated lamps) can be a great place to hang out. Family friendly, too.
Urban Village Brewing Company
1001 N 2nd St
I haven't actually eaten here, but I recommend if it you're looking for a place to watch games or hang out with friends. The outdoor seating area with board games (and, seasonally, heated lamps) can be a great place to hang out. Family friendly, too.
I've never been in here. Candidly, I have received some not so welcoming vibes from regulars when I walk by. But on Saturday nights there is a (seemingly nice) guy cooking and selling some of the best Thai food in the city. You pick up from a side window so you don't have to go into the bar. Check IG for "Spicy Time Thai" and definitely get the paid see ew.
Les & Doreen's Happy Tap
1301 E Susquehanna Ave
I've never been in here. Candidly, I have received some not so welcoming vibes from regulars when I walk by. But on Saturday nights there is a (seemingly nice) guy cooking and selling some of the best Thai food in the city. You pick up from a side window so you don't have to go into the bar. Check IG for "Spicy Time Thai" and definitely get the paid see ew.
If you're looking for some simple breakfast or lunch sandwiches, this is a good and quick option.
3 J’s Food Market Fishtown
1140 Shackamaxon St
If you're looking for some simple breakfast or lunch sandwiches, this is a good and quick option.
I haven't tried the hoagies here, but they are on my list. (I just don't eat a lot of hoagies, otherwise I would have had them by now!) I have tried some of the desserts made by "Well Read Chef" on IG. Double thumbs up for her creations! Also, search for "Newman the Food Man" who offers tasty Mexican on some kind of rotating schedule.
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Castellino's Italian Market
1255 E Palmer St
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I haven't tried the hoagies here, but they are on my list. (I just don't eat a lot of hoagies, otherwise I would have had them by now!) I have tried some of the desserts made by "Well Read Chef" on IG. Double thumbs up for her creations! Also, search for "Newman the Food Man" who offers tasty Mexican on some kind of rotating schedule.
A neighborhood staple for affordable eats. I like Streetside for their simple, inexpensive banh mi. I don't eat beef so haven't tried the pho. My mom said it was a bit sweet.
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Streetside
165 W Girard Ave
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A neighborhood staple for affordable eats. I like Streetside for their simple, inexpensive banh mi. I don't eat beef so haven't tried the pho. My mom said it was a bit sweet.
A fun bar with good eats. If you attend a show upstairs, you might recognize the setting from the movie Creed.
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Johnny Brenda's
1201 Frankford Avenue
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A fun bar with good eats. If you attend a show upstairs, you might recognize the setting from the movie Creed.
It might be a little uneven, but worth a try and good to have nearby. My sister has had amazing ramen and then just okay ramen there (same dish, different visits). The curry katsu seems to be consistently good.
Hajimaru Ramen
200 E Girard Ave
It might be a little uneven, but worth a try and good to have nearby. My sister has had amazing ramen and then just okay ramen there (same dish, different visits). The curry katsu seems to be consistently good.
The cakes are beautiful and yummy, but the dessert bars, cookies, and pastries - pies especially - are even better, if you can believe it. Good coffee, too.
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Cake Life Bake Shop
1306 Frankford Ave
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The cakes are beautiful and yummy, but the dessert bars, cookies, and pastries - pies especially - are even better, if you can believe it. Good coffee, too.