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Interview: Jen & Andy Satinsky of Weckerly's Ice Cream

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About a year ago, people in West Philly/University City started seeing a sweet sight on certain afternoons: a table set up outside of the Green Line Cafe on Baltimore Avenue, with a smiley couple scooping out samples and little dishes of ice cream. Handmade in small batches, with flavors both traditional and fun, Jennifer and Andrew Satinsky comprise this up and coming business that's been keeping the neighborhood flush with scoops ever since. After the busy summer, we got a chance to ask the entreprenurial couple some questions about the growth of Weckerly's.

The Daily Meal: You two are a couple, right? How did you decide to go into business together?

Jen: I have always wanted to have an ice cream business. When I told Andy about my ambitions he was excited to support me. The more we talked about it the more the plan grew. I could not have done this without his help, and I am so glad we get to create together.

Andy: ...and yes, we are a couple and a married one at that. We are both very inspired by what Jen can do with food, ice cream in particular. It seemed like it would be a shame not to give it a go and build a fulfilling career together. Also, we wanted to conduct a social experiment and see what would happen if a married couple spent every waking hour within ten feet of each other.

"The simplicity and satisfying pop of trying black pepper ice cream for the first time is one of my fondest food memories."

Have frozen desserts always been your food passion? How did you arrive to the decision that ice cream would be what you build your business around?

Andy: Jen is the one whose food passion inspired the business. While she was still working as a pastry chef she would be making these crazy desserts, and all she would ever want to talk about was what ice cream she had just made or was going to make next. It was always eye opening to stop by the restaurant and try a few scoops of her ice cream specials. The simplicity and satisfying pop of trying black pepper ice cream for the first time is one of my fondest food memories.

Jen: Working as a pastry chef I learned many techniques. I love to bake and cook. Ice cream is different I am always excited to try new things. I think ice cream is comforting and innovative at the same time.

Where does the inspiration for your flavors come from? Any flavors you probably will never attempt? Were any flavors that you tried duds when you thought they'd be awesome?

Jen: I usually start with seasonal ingredients and try to showcase the flavor. I like to revisit classic flavor combinations and enhance them with new ideas. I will not make lobster ice cream, people have asked me to!

Andy: I have less say in the matter, but I second that. I once read an article about Il Laboratoria Gelato in New York. They are contracted by a lot of restaurant to make custom flavors. They have done foie gras, but said the only one they have refused is caviar because they would never be able to get the machines clean enough again. Lobster may have the same effect. If Weckerly's ever made sun-dried tomato ice cream I might have to dissolve the partnership.

Jen: We tried a mulled wine ice cream that I thought would be wonderful, but unfortunately not everyone liked it.

Andy: I wanted the mulled wine ice cream to work so bad, and in all honesty I thought it was pretty good, but it got panned for the most part. Rhubarb sorbet flopped this year, but an upgraded model is going to come back next year.

Where's one of your favorite places to eat in Philadelphia?

Jen L'Angelo in South Philly for a special occasion. I love so many of the little BYOBs, but I keep going back to L'Angelo. Santucci's is my favorite pizza, and you can't beat a good food truck. Yumtown and Don Memo's top my list.

Summer is over. Is it ever too cold for ice cream?

Jen: Its never too cold for ice cream! My Grandmother used to give my siblings and I ice cream every day. Winter ice cream flavors are some of the most creative flavors...beer, black pepper, bacon, so much fun!

Andy: No! I actually like ice cream best in the mid to late fall. It's not hot, so eating rich food is more enjoyable, but it's not so cold that you can't eat some ice cream outside. Plus, who doesn't like to be in a warm house eating ice cream and watching movies on a cold day - with that said, we deliver, especially on cold days.


Sweet Local Desserts

In late autumn of 2012, a little ice cream company was born in the Spruce Hill Community of West Philadelphia. Inside the kitchen at the Green Line Café, tucked away in a corner, veteran pastry chef Jen Satinsky began Weckerly’s Ice Cream. With careful preparation and reverence for each lovely ingredient, she slowly cooked, steeped, cooled, churned and froze rich French-style ice cream one small batch at a time.

A few years later that corner of a kitchen has grown into a micro creamery. Nestled in a restored textile factory among artists, craftspeople, chefs and bakers, Jen and her husband Andy continue to make ice cream slowly, one batch at a time. Each flavor is inspired by the seasons and crafted with local ingredients from small farms throughout South Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Each week organic cream from grass-fed cows is brought in from Seven Stars Farm in Chester County. Combined with free-range eggs from Sandy Ridge Farm and just enough sugar, this forms the custard base that defines Weckerly’s Ice Cream. Every flavor is built with a unique recipe and is made completely from scratch, never using a pre-made mix. This means that fresh heirloom blueberries can be their brightest the changing varieties of mint each have their moment to shine and all the while we never lose touch of the comforting golden cream.

Harvest Market now carries a handful of seasonal varieties of Weckerly’s Ice Cream Sandwiches. Located in our dessert freezer, and depending on the time of year, you will find flavors like:

  • The classic Black & White Sandwich, on chocolate chip cookies
  • Meadow Mint, featuring local organic mint with dark chocolate sea salt fudge, on chocolate cookies
  • The Rhurbarbarian, with local rhubarb butter and buttermilk ice cream, on soft honey grahams
  • Local Wildflower Honey and Lavender ice cream, on chewy chocolate cookies

To see more beautiful and inspiring creations from Weckerly’s, check out their website and Instagram feed.

MomPops Frozen Gourmet Popsicles

Driven to madness by the incredible heat of the Summer of 2010, mother and son duo, Sandy and Issa, sought to combat their discomfort with a tasty, refreshing creation, and thus MOMPOPS was born! Even now, each popsicle is handmade by Sandy and Issa, down the road in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Adults and kids can feel good about these popsicles because there is no added sugar or artificial flavors they are all made from easy to spell and pronounce ingredients, such as:

  • Interesting fresh fruit combinations
  • Organic agave nectar (a natural sweetener)
  • Cocoa
  • Coconut and coconut milk
  • Vanilla, and more…

Mompops are free from dairy, gluten, soy and peanuts, and are %100 vegan. All pops are under 100 calories and are perfect for people of all ages, especially kids! You don’t have to worry about giving your children “junk-food” or sugary snacks when you can reach for a Mompop!

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Watch: One Last Summer Hurrah with Weckerly's Ice Cream Sandwiches

It may be the first day of fall, but it is always ice cream sandwich season at Weckerly's. The Philadelphia-based ice cream company that supplies frozen treats to retailers and restaurants all over the region, Weckerly's was founded in 2012 in the kitchen at Green Line Cafe in West Philadelphia, where pastry chef Jen Satinsky was experimenting with ice cream. She and her husband Andy have since grown the company into what they call a "microcreamery," making each batch from scratch, one at a time, using local and seasonal ingredients — as well as organic cream delivered weekly from Seven Stars Farm in Chester County.

Weckerly's also makes its constantly changing menu of ice cream into geometrically precise sandwiches, featuring unique cookie varieties for each flavor. At a recent visit to its production facility, the Eater team watched the creation of two sandwich types: green tomato pie and honey plum. Watch the video above for a look into the Weckerly's process.


Interview: Jen & Andy Satinsky of Weckerly's Ice Cream - Recipes

We’ve been making Corn Ice Cream at Weckerly’s since year one (2012). Working in the kitchen behind the Green Line Cafe at 43rd and Baltimore Ave, we’d run across the street on Saturday morning to buy up armfuls of corn from the Clark Park Farmers’ Market. Those small batches were really something special. Initially making just a gallon at a time and eventually four gallons, the fresh cut corn kernels along with the cobs crowded the pots. The corn soaked up so much dairy that we’d spend half the time ringing all of the corn-infused sweet cream out of the swollen cobs.

With just a few weeks left to get your hands on sweet local corn and labor day just around the bend, we thought it would be fun to share our corn ice cream recipe. Please find all of the instructions below along with some downloadable recipe cards to keep on hand.

Sweet Corn Ice Cream (Makes about two quarts of corn ice cream)

3 Cups Heavy Cream
2.5 Cups Whole Milk
2/3 Cups Dry Milk Powder (optional)
10 Large Egg Yolks
1.75 Cups Granulated Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 Tiny Pinch Cayenne Pepper (our secret ingredient)
2 Ears of Fresh Corn

Prior to making ice cream freeze your ice cream maker bowl and the metal container you will be storing the ice cream in for at least 24 hours.

Shuck and clean corn. Cut kernels from the cob and break cobs into thirds. If you decide to add the dry milk powder to make the ice cream a bit denser, blend the powder into the whole milk cold.

Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan. Add the kernels, cobs, and cayenne. Heat until simmering around the edges, be careful not to scald. In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks, salt, and sugar. Gradually pour some of the hot liquid onto the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula or whisk.

After about two minutes, the custard should thicken enough to coat the spatula. Pour the custard with the corn into a heat resistant bowl and refrigerate overnight. Strain the custard, removing kernels and cobs. Squeeze any remaining liquid out of the cobs and into the custard. Follow the ice cream maker's instructions to churn ice cream. Pour frozen custard into a 9x5 bread pan cover & freeze overnight.

Consider adding a mix-in. Salted caramel sauce, raspberry jam, and toasted peanuts are some of our favorite options.


CNBNews

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA--Northeast of Center City, Philadelphia’s Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond—collectively known as the River Wards—are some of the city’s most rapidly changing neighborhoods. New restaurants, bars, music venues, art galleries and residents are quickly transforming the makeup of these formerly working-class sections along the Delaware River.

Philadelphians have found new, innovative uses for Fishtown ever since William Penn made peace with a local Lenape tribe in what’s now Penn Treaty Park.

The neighborhood is the only place in the city where, in the same evening, someone can buy a custom-made guitar (DiPinto Guitars), drink craft beer while playing Skee-Ball (Garage North), eat stellar Lebanese fare in a spectacular spot (Suraya), sample site-made craft whiskeys (New Liberty Distillery) and visit the world’s only pizza museum (Pizza Brain). Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor, home base for many of the city’s rising artists, hosts gallery openings on the First Friday of each month. From Fishtown, development and expansion has spread to the rest of the River Wards, bringing new energy.

As with many neighborhoods in Philly, the River Wards’ borders are subject to debate. General boundaries: Fishtown begins at the Delaware River on the east. To the west, it’s separated from Olde Kensington by Front Street. From Fishtown, Kensington picks up around Norris Street to the north, and Port Richmond is a bit north of that. There’s also East Kensington and Olde Richmond, depending on whom you ask. The River Wards begin two miles north of Old City and 2.5 miles northeast of City Hall.

From Center City, the River Wards are easily accessed via cab or car share, by biking or taking SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line to the Girard or Berks station. A restored trolley on Girard Avenue connects the neighborhoods to the city’s Fairmount section.

Casual Dining:

  • Andy’s Chicken – Crispy, crackling Korean fried chicken served with a variety of sauces stars at this popular, no-frills takeout spot. Chef Andy Choi’s Korean classics—bulgogi, kimchi and pork fried rice —round out the menu. 2001 Memphis Street, (215) 291-0700, andyschicken.com
  • Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen – This 50-seat, retro-American restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner with contemporary Southern soul. Alongside new takes on traditional dishes—tempeh Reuben, fried egg BLT—15 taps showcase a variety of American craft, German and Belgian beers and ciders. 2370 E. Norris Street, (215) 423-5400, cedarpointbarandkitchen.com
  • Cheu Noodle Bar – Taking after its sibling restaurants in Washington Square and East Passyunk, Fishtown’s Cheu serves dumplings and noodles in a variety of forms and snacks and drinks that make it a popular nighttime spot. 1416 Frankford Avenue, (267) 758-2269, cheufishtown.com
  • Cook and Shaker Reclaimed wood and exposed brick provide a backdrop for local beers, seasonal artisanal cocktails and locally sourced snacks, including Buffalo-fried Brussels sprouts, tater tots, pierogi and grilled kielbasa. 2301 Albert Street, (215) 426-2665, cookandshaker.com
  • Da Wa – Authentic sushi and ramen are the main draw at this mom-and-pop bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot. The menu changes with the availability of fresh fish and seasonal ingredients, but the much-raved-about pork belly and duck bao buns are staples. 1204 N. Front Street, dawafishtown.com
  • Eatalia – This affordable BYOB prepares classic northern Italian fare: caprese salads, veal piccata and homemade tiramisu. It’s even open for lunch Monday through Friday. 2723 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 423-6911, eataliabyob.com
  • Ekta Indian Cuisine – Popular Indian BYOB serves Kadai chicken, lamb saagwala and homemade cottage cheese cubes with spinach (saag aur paneer) from an expansive menu. Naan lovers choose from 16 different types, baked in a charcoal-fired tandoor. 250 E. Girard Avenue,(215) 426-2277, ektaindianrestaurant.com
  • Fette Sau Brooklyn’s notable barbecue restaurant has a second location for its house-smoked, dry-rubbed meats from local farms simple, elegant side dishes communal seating on wooden picnic tables nine beers and a cider on tap and 100+ North American bourbons and whiskeys. 1208 Frankford Avenue, (215) 391-4888, fettsauphilly.com
  • Front Street Cafe – This versatile spot opens at 7 a.m. to serve coffee and fresh juices to neighbors on their commute, then healthy, sustainable breakfasts, lunches and dinners with vegan and gluten-free options. At happy hour, the bar’s cocktail specials draw crowds in warm weather, so do the patio, garden and outdoor bar. 1253 N. Front Street, (215) 513-3073, frontstreetcafe.net
  • Gaul & Co. – Leave it to Port Richmond to deliver a kielbasa cheesesteak, the Wit or Witowski. The Polish take on the city’s iconic sandwich isn’t just hype it’s just as tasty as the bar’s other dishes, such as its many takes on fries. 3133 Gaul Street, (215) 423-7878, gaulandco.com
  • Good Spoon Soupery – This cafe stocks a rotating selection of four soups, sandwiches, salads and sides, all made with local, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. Fans know to check Instagram for the daily menu changes and extra treats like cookies, pastries and fresh juices that pop up throughout the week. 1400 N. Front Street, (267) 239-5787, goodspoonfoods.com
  • Green Eggs Cafe – This mini Philly brunch chain is famous for its decadent breakfast creations: cookie dough-stuffed French toast and breakfast egg rolls filled with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs and cheddar. 2327 E. York Street, (215) 644-8383, greeneggscafe.com
  • Hajimaru Ramen – Hakata-style ramen (made with thin noodles and pork-bone broth) is the specialty of this Fishtown newcomer, although pork belly rice bowls, curry chicken katsu don, pork gyoza and Japanese soft drinks are worth a try too. 200 E. Girard Avenue, @hajimaruramen
  • Heffe – With the motto, “tacos that don’t suck,” Heffe’s confidence in its menu more than makes up for what it lacks in space. Guests order creative tacos, burritos and quesadillas from the walk-up window and dine outside at the red picnic tables, where heat lamps keep them warm year-round. 1431 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-2309, heffetacos.com
  • Interstate Draft House – At the bar, restaurant and outdoor patio of this Southwest-style locale, people chow on alligator and beef chili, grilled seitan tips and burgers topped with applewood bacon and mac and cheese, and they wash it all down with refreshing brews. Tuesday nights rival weekends here, thanks to $1 tacos and $4 select draft beers. 1235 E. Palmer Street,
    (267) 455-0045, interstatedrafthouse.com
  • Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop – The staff at this cheesesteak spot have been slinging the classic sandwich since 1949 in Northeast Philadelphia. The Fishtown location stays true to tradition, serving the 70-year-old recipe with beef or chicken, along with milkshakes, ice cream sodas and egg creams. 1 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 423-5637, joessteaks.com
  • Johnny’s Hots – Fans swear by this popular breakfast-and-lunch joint. The simple menu relies on classics and one unusual combination: egg sandwiches, hot dogs, cheesesteaks and “surf and turf,” hot dog-and-fish cake sandwiches. 1234 N. Delaware Avenue, (215) 423-2280
  • Kostas A laid-back atmosphere, three pool tables and classic Greek food keep customers happy, while friendly bartenders and weekly drink specials keep them coming back. 15 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 639-2417, kostasfishtown.com
  • Little Baby’s Ice Cream – Local ingredients go into homemade super-premium ice cream—with a major fan base. Offbeat flavors include balsamic banana, cardamom caramel and non-dairy Earl Grey Sriracha. 2311 Frankford Avenue, (267) 687-8567, littlebabysicecream.com
  • Mad Rex – A post-apocalyptic theme means Mad Rex has dark décor, a virtual reality lounge and a Survivor’s Menu of meats prepared at the table on hot black rocks. 1000 Frankford Avenue, (267) 773-7566, themadrex.com
  • Mercer Café – Port Richmond locals often find themselves at Mercer for breakfast and lunch—and for good reason. Morning favorites include mascarpone French toast and a variety of pancakes midday brings salads, burgers and a long list of sandwiches: BLTs, cheesesteaks and roast pork. 2619 E. Westmoreland Street, (215) 426-2153, mercercafephilly.com
  • Nemi – Nemi’s menu follows the traditional flavors of Mexico complete with house-made tortillas, salsas, guacamole and ceviche. A full tequila and mezcal bar add to the authenticity. 2636 Ann Street, (267) 519-0713, nemirestaurant.com
  • Nunu New Japanese izakaya has a similar vibe to Cheu, its sibling restaurant next door. Cuisine approaches Asian flavors with unconventional ingredient choices, such as Filipino kare-kare fries with Japanese curry gravy. 1414 Frankford Avenue, (215) 278-2804, nunuphilly.com
  • Over Easy Breakfast Club – Brunch is served Friday through Sunday at a simple, sunny Fishtown destination with a French Laundry-pedigreed chef. The signature “dinosaur egg” comes encased in avocado and wrapped in bacon. The menu also includes crab melts, burgers and shareable monkey bread. 2302 E. Norris Street, (518) 369-6759, overeasybreakfastclub.com
  • Pizza Brain – This Fishtown pizzeria doubles as the world’s first—and largest, according to Guinness—pizza museum, complete with pizza-related vinyl records and pizza-bearing action figures, from Homer Simpson to Spider-Man. With pie names like “Forbes Waggensense” and “Felix Hupert,’ the brick-oven pies are also quirky. 2313 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-2965, pizzabrain.org
  • Poe’s Sandwich Joint Sandwiches are the main event at this tiny takeout. Standouts include the Mikey Mo, with sausage, peppers and sharp provolone and the vegan Guru with hummus, veggies and tapenade. For dessert: funnel-cake fries. 1429 Marlborough Street, (215) 201-5836
  • Sancho Pistola’s – Younger sibling of Jose Pistola’s in Center City, Sancho Pistola’s serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Patrons pile in for hip takes on Mexican classics, a raw seafood bar and a stellar beer menu. 19 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 324-3530, sanchopistolas.com
  • Sketch Burger Huge hamburgers and sandwiches—like the Cyclops burger topped with bacon and a fried egg, and the Dr. Pepper pulled pork sandwich with chipotle mayo—are the draw here, as are skin-on fries, thick milkshakes and house-made desserts. Diners can use paper and crayons to draw their odes to Sketch, which get taped on the walls. 413 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 634-3466, sketch-burger.com
  • SliCE – The BYOB Fishtown outpost of this local pizzeria is dedicated to organic, natural and hormone-free ingredients. Guests opt for whole-wheat dough, gluten-free or vegan pies, to eat in the petite dining room, or takeout. 431 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 425-1555, slicepa.com
  • Soup Kitchen Café Open seven days a week, Soup Kitchen Café draws a loyal following for its hearty foods: meatloaf, crab cakes and chocolate-chip cookies. Adding to the community vibe, the spot displays local art. 2146 E. Susquehanna Avenue, (215) 427-1680, soupkitchencafe.com
  • Stock – Small and minimalist, Stock takes pho seriously, with two varieties available: chicken or vegan mushroom. Green papaya salad, coconut chia seed pudding round out the tight menu.
    308 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 425-5307, stock-philly.squarespace.com
  • Streetside – Inspired by Southeast Asian street food, this casual, hidden BYOB gem serves authentic food with a twist. Diners can “soup it up” with hand-cut beef pho or indulge in the popular vermicelli bowl served with a choice of protein and two “crispy parcels,” also known as fried spring rolls. 165 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 737-9165, streetsideshop.com
  • Syrenka Luncheonette – Just like in Krakow, golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls), borsht, kielbasa, sauerkraut and potato soup, pancakes and pierogi are standard fare at this warm, casual, longtime operation, a staple in the Polish enclave of Port Richmond. 3173 Richmond Street, (215) 634-3954, kamilaflorczak.wixsite.com/syrenka
  • Tacconelli’s – Port Richmond residents would have preferred to keep this one a secret, but no luck, thanks to the incredible pies at this BYOB spot. The vibe is decidedly neighborhood: cash-only and a limit of three toppings per pie, and guests are encouraged to call ahead to reserve dough. 2604 E. Somerset Street, (215) 425-4983, tacconellispizzeria.com
  • Taila’s Mediterranean Restaurant & Grille – Hand-rolled bagels boiled in real New York water—yes, really—bring the bagel and breakfast sandwich lovers to this mostly takeout spot. Deli sandwiches, fresh muffins, Mediterranean dishes and wings satisfy everyone else. 122 Girard Avenue, (215) 413-9737, taliasgrille.com
  • The Dinner House – In proudly Polish Port Richmond, the Dinner House is, well, where it’s at for dinner (and lunch). This simple spot is known for the cuisine’s greatest hits, plus lesser-known gems such as zurek (fermented rye soup), pyzy (dumplings), fried fish and goulash-stuffed potato pancakes. 2706 E. Allegheny Avenue, (267) 596-7727
  • Vientiane Bistro – West Philly’s famed Vientiane Café takes on a second location in East Kensington. Like the original, the bistro serves Laotian fare: rice porridge with crispy tofu and grilled lemongrass sausages. 2537 Kensington Avenue, (267) 703-8199, vientiane-café.com
  • Weckerly’s – Husband-and-wife Andy and Jen Satinsky use organic milk and fruits and herbs from local farms to make French-style ice cream, ice cream sandwiches and nondairy sorbet. On offer: a rotation of six flavors. 9 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 423-2000, weckerlys.com

Fine Dining:

  • Aether – The team behind Mistral in King of Prussia and Elements in Princeton bring a romantic atmosphere—think champagne bottle light fixtures—to their newest location. On the menu: seafood towers, whole branzino, shellfish saffron risotto and lobster rolls.
    1832 Frankford Avenue, (267) 875-1832, aetherfishtown.com
  • Cadence Three chefs from High Street Market joined forces to open this sleek, modern BYOB focusing on serving the best regional ingredients a la carte and as part of a four-course tasting menu. 161 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 419-7537, cadencerestaurant.com
  • Helm – This popular BYOB’s chalkboard menu displays the evening’s dishes, all of which are made with local ingredients and fresh flavors. 1303 N. 5 th Street, (215) 309-2211, helmphilly.com
  • Kensington Quarters – This bi-level restaurant is known for incredible dishes, a welcoming bar, knowledgeable staff and the wine list. Kensington’s kitchen doesn’t waste animal parts (a common practice in the restaurant industry) its popular classes teach about homemade pasta, butchering and more. 1310 Frankford Avenue, (267) 314-5086, kensingtonquarters.com
  • Sarvida Chef Lou Boquila brings traditional Filipino flavors to modern dishes to his second BYOB. Dinner may include binagoongan made with pig tails, green mango and shrimp paste Sunday brunch means silog, the traditional side of garlic-fried rice and a fried egg. 300 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 273-1234, sarvidaphilly.com
  • Suraya – Named after two of the owners’ grandmother, the 12,000-square-foot Lebanese market/all-day cafe/restaurant/bar strives for a family vibe and good food, not to mention an Instagram-worthy look. The menu includes manoushe (flatbread), salads, sandwiches and house-made pastries. In the warmer months, the garden patio invites guests to bring the good times outdoors. 1528 Frankford Avenue, (215) 302-1900, surayaphilly.com
  • Mulherin’s Sons – A restored 19 th -century whiskey blending and bottling facility offers a dark wood ambiance, well-stocked bar, attentive staff and, most notably, elegant Italian fare. Melt-in-your-mouth pastas, wood-fired pizzas and meat and seafood dishes wow diners during dinner and weekend brunch. 1355 N. Front Street, (215) 291-1355, wmmulherinssons.com

Bars & Gastropubs:

  • Barcade – Combine a sizable craft beer list with more than 50 25-cent classic arcade games, and the result is Barcade. Based on locations in Brooklyn and Jersey City, the bar-arcade combo also offers a generous menu and outdoor space for those who can tear themselves away from Tetris and Donkey Kong. 1114 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-4400, barcadephiladelphia.com
  • Bonk’s Bar – What to expect at this Port Richmond corner pub: crabs, seafood, American fare and a solid, approachable draft list. What not to expect: frills. 3467 Richmond Street, (215) 426-2348, bonksbar.com
  • Bottle Bar East A 16-tap bar, 700 cans and bottles, dartboard, foosball table, local art installations and a menu of grilled cheese, tacos, burgers and sandwiches make this place a go-to Fishtown spot. It doubles as a retail shop, so patrons can fill up a growler or mix their own six-pack and take the party home. 1308 Frankford Avenue, (267) 909-8867, bottlebareast.com
  • Byrne’s Tavern – There are no fries at Byrne’s. There are, however, potato logs. Those thickly sliced delights, plus Byrne’s must-order wings and crabs have made this unassuming bar a neighborhood favorite since the 1970s. 3301 Richmond Street, (215) 423-3444, byrnestavern.net
  • The El Bar – Situated under SEPTA’s Market-Frankford elevated rail line (“the El”), this quasi-dive has a loyal following thanks to inexpensive beer and snacks, a pool table and live music on select nights. A large outdoor patio provides a perfect spot for enjoying a Kensington Happy Meal: two hot dogs, a bag of chips, a PBR and a toy, for $5. 1356 N. Front Street, (215) 634-6430
  • Fishtown Tavern – This corner pub sports a local feel. Neighbors and friends stop by for the bar food and selection of beers—from budget to pricey—and the handful of bike racks out front cater to the area’s cycling population. 1301 Frankford Avenue, (267) 687-8406, fishtowntavern.com
  • Fishtown Social – Wine novices and connoisseurs alike feel at home as they order wine that’s organic, biodynamic, natural or sustainable from interesting regions, small producers and less-known and rare varietals. Also there are specialty cocktails, mostly local beers and a menu of small plates, snacks and a rotating selection of charcuterie, cheese and a bottle shop. 1525 Frankford Avenue, fishtownsocial.com
  • Frankford Hall Build a modern German beer garden, and they will come. This indoor/outdoor hotspot offers 18 draft beers, most available in half- and full-liter helpings, and 20 more in bottles, along with large pretzels and bratwurst, an open-air picnic-table seating, and ping pong and shuffleboard tables. Three fire pits and heat lamps by every table keep patrons warm all year long. 1210 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-3338, frankfordhall.com
  • Garage Fishtown – Pool tables, shuffleboard, Skee-Ball, more than 400 canned beers and TVs throughout draw eager crowds to the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenues. Though it maintains a BYO food policy, Garage North also features a rotating lineup of guest chefs who take over the open kitchen. 100 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 515-3167, garagephilly.com
  • The International A casual, under-the-radar corner bar from the duo behind Johnny Brenda’s focuses on craft beer and cocktails made with local spirits. A menu of global bar snacks complements the drinks. 1624 N. Front Street
  • Kraftwork – This industrial-sleek bar pours 25 draft beers from around the world, specialty cocktails and wines while keeping food local yet diverse, including dry-aged burgers and Ahi tuna sandwiches. 541 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 739-1700, kraftworkbar.com
  • Lloyd Lloyd Coudriet, a retired science teacher from nearby Penn Treaty Middle School, heads his namesake whiskey bar in partnership with his son Scott. The menu features 150 rotating varieties of whiskey, signature and classic cocktails and a menu of long hot and chipotle pepper popcorn, chicken and waffle sliders, bourbon chili-glazed chicken wings, blackened catfish sandwiches and such. 529 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 425-4600, lloydwhiskeybar.com
  • Loco Pez – Mexican gastropub offers 10 kinds of tacos (carne asada, seitan and spinach, chorizo and potato) as low-priced singles, so eaters can try a variety. Other stars include monster nacho plates, crispy chicken sandwiches with habanero aioli and 36 sipping tequilas. 2401 E. Norris Street, (267) 886-8061, locopez.com
  • Martha – Kensington’s hip, ramped-up neighborhood bar has 24 taps for beer, wine, kombucha and cocktails and a pared-down menu of vegetables, charcuterie, cheese plates and sandwiches. A bocce court outside provides the perfect activity to work up an appetite. Adding to the vibe: a turntable, fireplace and patio. 2113 E. York Street, (215) 867-8881, marthakensington.com
  • Memphis Taproom – An epic bottled beer list is a highlight of this pub, which also pours 20 craft beers and offers vegan-friendly options at brunch, lunch and dinner, such as smoked coconut sandwiches and deep-fried pickles. In warmer months, there’s a beer garden and canned beer and hotdog truck. 2331 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 425-4460, memphistaproom.com
  • Murph’s Bar Murph’s is a delightful Fishtown anomaly, featuring $2 PBR drafts, an expansive craft beer list and an 18-seat dining room for Italian cuisine by chef Francesco Bellastelli, who takes yearly trips home to Puglia to come up with creations such as ricotta-pear fiocchi purse pasta in parmesan cream and black truffle tagliolini. 202 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 425-1847
  • Pineville Tavern Fishtown An offshoot of the historic Pineville Tavern in Bucks County features elevated pub food (signature fried chicken, ravioli), thoughtful cocktails and a Steinway grand piano. 2448 E. Huntingdon Street, (267) 534-5885, pinevillefishtown.com
  • R&D – Cocktails are the name of the game at this dark, 1950s-inspired bar. The menu is divided into Social Club cocktails (rusty nails) and Make Out Point drinks (sloe gin fizz)—best prepared at a tableside bar cart. 1206 Frankford Avenue, (215) 515-3452, rdphilly.com
  • Sergeant York – Cocktails named for Gritty and Nick Foles, local beer and cider on tap and hearty bar fare such as biscuit sandwiches, black bean burgers and fries make this Fishtown newcomer right at home. 2327 York Street, (215) 425-1424, @sgtyorkbar
  • Starboard Side Tavern – No ego, no credit cards. What else do you need besides a friendly bartender, a dartboard, TVs and flowing beer? That’s why this corner bar, tucked among residential rowhomes, wins over neighbors. 2500 E. Norris Street, (215) 634-1238
  • Sutton’s – Homey Kensington watering hole, as reimagined by Fergie’s bartender Niall Murphy, hews to a simple formula, serving draft beer, cocktails and straightforward bar food like fried pickles, burgers and wings. 1706 N. 5 th Street, (267) 534-4151, suttonsphilly.com

Coffee Shops & Bakeries:

  • Cake Life Bake Shop – Not your typical wedding cake shop, Cake Life serves sweet and savory pastries—cake slices, croissants, brownies, breakfast hand pies, sausage rolls—Rival Bros. coffee and espresso drinks. 1306 Frankford Avenue, (215) 278-2580, cakelifebakeshop.com
  • Coffee House Too Quality java is the priority here. Enthusiasts sip the brewed goodness that comes from fair-trade Dallis Brothers Coffee beans, grown 3,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level. The breakfast and lunch eats are just as impressive—and effective, in the case of the “hangover hoagie.” 2514 E. York Street, (267) 324-5888, coffeehouseco.com
  • Flow State Coffee Bar – Pastry chef Melanie Diamond-Manlusoc, wife Liz Diamond-Manlusoc and pal Maggie Lee left Chicago for Kensington, where they founded a business combining exquisite gelati, espresso, pastry, sandwiches and creativity. One difference here: Tables can be reserved in advance. 2413 Frankford Avenue, (267) 702-0280, flowstatecoffeebar.com
  • Franny Lou’s Porch – It’s about more than the $1 coffee. People come here from morning through late afternoon to support local and organic culinary practices, engage in community activism, connect with neighbors and enjoy menu items such as the “pro-love” (turkey sausage and egg sandwich). 2400 Coral Street, (215) 739-2357, frannylousporch.org
  • Hinge Cafe – The family-friendly vibe, Green Street Coffee Roasters coffee, cinnamon bun pancakes, challah French toast and chicken parmesan soup have made this spot a Port Richmond favorite. Guests can bring their own bottles to turn any breakfast, brunch or lunch outing into a celebration. 2652 E. Somerset Street, (215) 425-6614, hingecafe.com
  • La Colombe – The flagship for the specialty coffee roasting company fills a giant Fishtown warehouse that serves as a restaurant, bakery and cupping lab. Guests choose from the beverage menu of traditional blends, single-origin coffee or the revolutionary Draft Latte, a texturized true iced latte served on tap or in a can. 1335 Frankford Avenue, (267) 479-1600, lacolombe.com
  • Lost Bread Co. – Artisan baker Alex Bois has established his bakery as the spot for burnt barley baguettes, beetroot rye and other ancient grain loaves. He also gives away his proprietary sourdough starter for DIY use. 1313 N. Howard Street, (215) 739-2904, lostbreadco.com
  • Kopi Latte – People first come here for the Old City coffee concoctions, the variety of tea drinks and the satisfying breakfast and lunch options that are mostly healthy, vegetarian or vegan.
    530 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 551-1530, kopilatte.com
  • Milkcrate Cafe A cafe and a record store lets guests peruse new and used vinyl while enjoying La Colombe coffee, Le Bus pastries and menu options with music-inspired names: the Bagella Fitzgerald and Ike & Tina tuna. 400 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 909-8348, milkcratecafe.com
  • Philly Style Bagels – This tiny corner takeout bakes bagels in small batches the Philly way: boiled in a mixture of water and Yards ale. Traditionalists argue these bagels need nothing more than butter or a schmear of cream cheese, but the BLT with avocado is a favorite sandwich among the lunch crowd. 1451 E. Columbia Avenue, phillystylebagels.com
  • Ramona Susan’s Bake Shop The self-proclaimed tiniest bakery in Philadelphia isn’t short on sweets. Named for one of the founders’ mothers, the shop churns out home-style desserts with retro flair. 1255 Marlborough Street, (215) 203-1980, ramonasusansbakeshop.com
  • ReAnimator Coffee – The River Wards enjoys two locations of ReAnimator both feature rotating exceptional, single-origin coffees and blends. Both the industrial flagship/roastery/cafe and the cafe-only spot are known for skilled, friendly staff. Flagship, 310 W. Master Street, (267) 758-6264 cafe, 1523 E. Susquehanna Avenue, (215) 425-5805, ranimatorcoffee.com
  • River Wards Cafe – It’s no wonder people make this Port Richmond coffee shop their regular spot. It has ReAnimator coffee drinks, Center City Soft Pretzel Co. pretzels, locally made pastries and a garage-door window that retracts. 3118 Richmond Street, (215) 423-3118, com
  • Smooth ’N’ Pops – The handcrafted, artisanal treats here perfectly satisfy those in need of a refreshing or sweet snack. The smoothies are dairy-free, the popsicles are gluten-free and mostly dairy-free and many of the natural ingredients come from nearby. 315 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 457-2583, smoothnpops.com
  • Steap and Grind Steap and Grind touts itself as the first Philly outlet for Gimme! Coffee. This eat-in coffee-and-tea cafe offers an inviting atmosphere, coffee and tea wares and loose teas to brew at home. 1619 Frankford Avenue, (267) 858-4427, steapandgrind.com

Breweries & Distilleries:

  • Evil Genius Beer Company – In a 6,000-square-foot, 19 th -century former carriage house, this brewery produces and pours its beers with names such as Stacy’s Mom and I’ll Have What She’s Having. Games, a pet-friendly beer garden and a basic menu of charcuterie, cheese, nachos and sandwiches round out the anything-but-evil experience. 1727 Front Street, (215) 425-6820, evilgeniusbeer.com
  • Federal Distilling Room – With a full bar, this tasting room caters to all types of drinkers Wednesdays through Sundays. To get the full experience, visitors try cocktails made with Federal’s Stateside Vodka. Those interested in the activity inside the distillery, separated from the bar by a glass wall, can take a tour. 1700 N. Hancock Street, (215) 425-4200, statesidevodka.com
  • Fermentery Form – Down an unassuming alley, behind a green-lit door, drinkers in a small tasting room sample funky beers that have been brewed in oak barrels (some of which held wine at one point), made with yeast grown by the brewers and created with a re-fermentation process that produces carbonation. 1700 N. Palethorp Street, (267) 518-3676, fermenteryform.com
  • Fishtown Brewpub – The brewery uses local ingredients whenever possible for its small-batch beers, which are served alongside beers from other breweries, wine, cocktails and comfort food. Those who want to take home the brewpub tastes can purchase a to-go Crowler, a 32-ouce can. 1101 Frankford Avenue, (215) 990-1396, fishtownbrewpub.com
  • New Liberty Distillery – People come here Friday evenings to enjoy the tasting room and on Saturday and Sunday for tours, which include tastings. The distillery produces whiskey, bourbon, rye and vodka for its three brands—New Liberty, Maryland Heritage Series and Kinsey. 1431 Cadwallader Street, (267) 928-4650, newlibertydistillery.com
  • Philadelphia Brewing Company – A restored 19 th -century brewing facility in East Kensington has been supplying handcrafted ales and limited-run microbrews to the city and beyond since 2007. Every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., people pile in for guided tours and beer samples. 2440 Frankford Avenue, (215) 427-2739, philadelphiabrewing.com
  • Rowhouse Spirits – Owner Dean Browne proudly distills and bottles all his products on-site at what he calls his “limited distillery.” Thursday through Saturday, customers stop by East Kensington to purchase the available products, tour the 1,200-square-foot space and enjoy a tasting. 2440 Frankford Avenue, (267) 825-7332, rowhousespirits.us
  • Saint Benjamin Brewing Company – Named for arguably the city’s favorite Founding Father, this Kensington brewhouse and tasting room offers tours on Saturday afternoons, though patrons can order beers and food every day but Monday. Classic styles and newer creations flow within the facility, which was once the carriage house and stables of a 19 th -century brewery. 1710 N. 5 th Street, stbenjaminbrewing.com

Markets:

  • Castellino’s – This corner Italian grocery curates its oils, pastas, fresh fruit and veggies and offers sandwiches, cheeses and pastries. Kids and chaperones often stop by for afterschool snacks and supper supplies. 1255 E. Palmer Street, (215) 416-1187, castellinos.com
  • Czerw’s – This decades-loved, Polish family-run operation specializes in all manner of applewood-smoked kielbasa—made and smoked fresh daily—plus house-made pierogi and the sweets and breads to go with. Cash only. 3370 Tilton Street, (215) 423-1707, kielbasyboys.com
  • Greensgrow Farms This formidable non-profit farm is a go-to for local food devotees and gardeners. It’s also home to a farm-share program, food access and educational programs, a farm stand and a garden center. 2501 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 427-2780, greensgrow.org
  • Riverwards Produce Market – One of Philadelphia’s first fire houses is now home to a chef- and community-driven neighborhood market. Local and organic items take top billing, including produce from Lancaster County and meat and eggs from Primal Supply. 2200 E. Norris Street,(215) 678-4304, riverwardsproduce.com

Music & Nightlife:

  • The Barbary – This 200-person music venue presents rising local and touring indie acts, DJ dance parties, karaoke nights and comedy shows. Artists who have performed here include Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Ting Tings, Pink Skull and Paint It Black. 951 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-7400, barbarylive.com
  • The Fillmore Philadelphia – In a rehabbed factory outfitted with giant chandeliers, exposed brick and a merchandise stand in a VW bus, this Live Nation venue matches its cool space with cool music. A 2,500-person main stage brings in national acts the 450-person Foundry attracts DJs and local talent. 29 E. Allen Street, (215) 309-0150, thefillmorephilly.com
  • Johnny Brenda’s Showgoers take in great views from the balcony at this 250-person venue that hosts touring indie music acts. The three bars—downstairs in the restaurant/bar, upstairs on the concert floor and on the balcony—pour all draft, all local beers. The menu changes daily, depending on local purveyors. 1201 N. Frankford Avenue, (215) 739-9684, johnnybrendas.com
  • Kung Fu Necktie Low lighting, inexpensive beer and one of the best-sounding small rooms in the city attracts them early with pool (don’t understand). The 150-person capacity first floor hosts live music and DJs the 70-person second floor hosts more intimate acts. 1250 N. Front Street, (215) 291-4919, kungfunecktie.com
  • Punch Line Philly – This 300-seat comedy club encourages patrons to come early and stay after the shows to enjoy the bar, restaurant and outdoor patio. Still, stand-up comedians are the main draw, past acts include Dave Chappelle, Jay Pharaoh, Bill Bellamy, Marlon Wayans and Nikki Glaser. 33 E. Laurel Street, (215) 606-6555, punchlinephilly.com
  • SugarHouse Casino On the Delaware River, Philadelphia’s first casino houses an array of tables, slot machines, the Fishtown Hops beer garden, plus restaurants, special events, concerts and great views of the river to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. 1001 N. Delaware Avenue, (877) 477-3715, sugarhousecasino.com

Performing & Visual Arts:

  • The Art Dept – A gallery, art supply and vintage store, The Art Dept has monthly exhibitions by emerging artists, hosts artist workshops, carries local, handcrafted products and art and fiber supplies and invites shoppers to express themselves by diving into the past. 1638 Berks Street,(215) 739-4146, artdeptphilly.com
  • Art Machine Productions A shop, studio, gallery and tattoo parlor rolled into one, this 2,700-square-foot space provides plenty of working room for its popular roster of featured artists. 1345 Frankford Avenue, (267) 239-2724, artmachineproductions.com
  • Black Vulture Gallery – Pulling double duty as a gallery and tattoo parlor, Black Vulture has staff artists game for ink requests ranging from the traditional to the out-there. Live music often accompanies the art shows, which have been titled “Lord of the Flies” and “Merry Hex-Mas.” 208 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 423-3666, blackvulturegallery.com
  • Crane Arts – Contemporary art flourishes in a former plumbing warehouse bordering Fishtown and Kensington. In addition to housing a number of studios and arts organizations, the space also features events (InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor) and galleries (Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center). 1400 N. American Street, (215) 232-3203, cranearts.com
  • Little Berlin – This undefined exhibit space serves as the gallery for the artist-run collective of the same name. Each month, a member puts together a new show. Music and other fun events round out the offerings here. 2430 Coral Street, littleberlin.org
  • Mascher Space Cooperative – An artist-run dance co-op since 2005, Mascher supplies a space for both artists and companies to develop their work, as well as a location for classes, workshops and informal performances. 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, mascherdance.org
  • Philadelphia Argentine Tango School – Beginning to pro dancers learn the seductive art of tango at this studio, part of the Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor and home to group and private lessons, seminars, large events, festivals and performances from international tango stars. 2030 Frankford Avenue, (617) 291-3798, philadelphiatangoschool.com
  • Space 2033 – This artistic catchall differs from its contemporaries in its focus on wellness and earth spirituality. Reiki classes, meditation workshops and seasonal celebrations fit comfortably into its schedule alongside First Friday events and rotating local artist spotlights with poets, musicians, filmmakers and visual artists. 2033 Frankford Avenue, facebook.com/space2033

Shops:

  • Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse – This self-described celebration of geek culture is the East Coast’s first comic book store owned by a Black woman, Ariell R. Johnson. Along with comics, games and figurines, the shop presents Anime Wednesdays, Nerdy By Nature open-mic nights, author events, TV marathons and movie screenings—plus coffee and pastry to keep the fun going. 2578 Frankford Avenue, (215) 427-3300, amalgamphilly.com
  • At Home Modern – Interior designer and shop-owner Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher honed her talents sourcing objects for companies such as Anthropologie and J.Crew. Now, midcentury modern treasures, other vintages of furniture and modern art from the last 60 years decorate her showroom, housed in a former candy shop. 526 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 237-5413, athomemodern.com
  • Bikes-n-Beans – The one-stop bike shop tunes up and repairs mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, cruisers and more. Those in the market can purchase fixed-gear, single-speed and city commuter bikes from Tribe Bicycle Co., refurbished bikes and one-pound bags of Vermont Coffee Co. beans. 1321 N. Front Street, (215) 426-3474, fishtownbikesnbeans.com
  • Circle Thrift Selling gently used clothes, housewares, toys, books and furniture, Circle Thrift delivers quality goods and a nice experience. The inventory constantly changes, drawing savvy deal-hunters back for repeat visits and shopping sprees. 2233 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-1222, circlethrift.com
  • Craft Foundry Craft Foundry specializes in eco-friendly crafts and gifts: artisan jewelry, journals, organic skin care, soy wax candles, organic tea and clothing, mostly made by locals. The space doubles as a greeting-card workshop, and people also come by to learn basic bookbinding and silver or bronze clay jewelry-making. 701 Belgrade Street, (267) 977-8499, craftfoundry.com
  • Delicious Boutique – Shoppers step right up to this circus-inspired store, home to men’s and women’s clothes and an astounding collection of leather belts, pouches and accessories by independent designers from around the country. The space also hosts art openings, fundraisers and parties. 212 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 413-0375, deliciousboutique.com
  • DiPinto Guitars DiPinto Guitars began as a repair shop in 1995 before morphing into what it is today—a showroom for (sometimes bizarre) vintage guitars, as well as owner Chris DiPinto’s own creations. David Bowie, Jack White, Elliot Easton and Los Straitjackets have all owned and played DiPintos. 407 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 427-7805, dipintoguitars.com
  • Downerss Boutique – Just about everything at this women’s shop is less than $100, making it the perfect spot to pick up a cool-girl outfit, complete with bag, jewelry and skincare. New, up-cycled and local designs line the racks. 2026 Frankford Avenue, downerss.com
  • Field – Cacti, succulents, air plants and other living greenery populate the counters, walls, shelves and floor at this bright shop. Original pottery holds the leafy and prickly goods, and textiles and other goods by local makers are scattered around the space. 2032 Frankford Avenue
  • Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles – Full-service bike shop caters to urban cyclists with both custom and cargo bikes and accessories by brands such as Yuba, Xtracycle, Babboe, Gazelle, Linus, Pure Fix, Benno, Brompton, SE and Pure City. 1105 Frankford Avenue, (215) 425-4672, transportcycle.com
  • Fishtown Jewelers Dripping in diamonds and a friendly, neighborhood feel, this jewelry shop specializes in vintage pieces and impeccable service. Customers like the free cleanings and no-pressure sales staff. 1615 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-3277, fishtownjewelers.net
  • Franklin & Poe – Anti-fast fashion boutique sells items that transcend trends and will last years. All the men’s and women’s jeans, shirts, tees and shoes, plus accessories and personal care items, are made in the U.S.A. 1817 Frankford Avenue, (215) 821-9402, franklinandpoe.com
  • Ham + Bone – Shop sells accessories, treats, food and toys for both pups and cats and offers a DIY dog-washing station. 1824 Frankford Avenue, (267) 773-7094, hambone.com
  • Jinxed – The Fishtown outpost of this vintage furniture and antique store stocks secondhand mirrors, rugs, lamps, armchairs, books, décor, more, for good prices. Fans follow on Instagram to scoop up the latest hauls. 1331 Frankford Avenue, (215) 800-1369, jinxedphiladelphia.com
  • lululemon: The Local Fishtown – One of just a few of lululemon’s “Local” concepts in the country, the Fishtown outpost of the yoga apparel chain blends community and retail with neighborhood-focused events, yoga classes and local art shows. 1424 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-4170, lululemon.com
  • Made and Maker – This small shop packs its racks and shelves with vintage clothing and accessories, works by local artists, housewares and jewelry made onsite. 2021 Frankford Avenue,(215) 990-0494, madeandmaker.com
  • Minnow Lane More than just a kids’ store, this warm, charming storefront doubles as a gathering space for young families to participate in birthing, feeding and parenting classes and workshops and sells cute, natural, eco-friendly and socially conscious kid and baby gear, including toys and baby carriers. 2029 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-1875, minnowlane.com
  • Moderne Gallery – Art Deco antiques, Nakashima and Esherick originals, more precious 20 th – century furniture, lighting and accessories moved from Old City to The Showrooms at 2220, a 10,000-square-foot restored former mill in Port Richmond owned by Kamelot Auction Company, which holds auctions there. 2220 E. Allegheny Avenue, (215) 923-8536, modernegallery.com
  • Philadelphia Record Exchange – The record shop for Philly’s vinyl heads for three decades—one of the shop’s original partners is now the CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—moved from South Street in 2013. 1524 Frankford Avenue, (215) 425-4389, philarecx.com
  • Toile Women’s clothing store and showroom features ready-to-wear clothing, jewelry and accessories by local designers, along with in-house alterations by owner and designer Bianca DePietro. 1333 Frankford Avenue, (267) 587-7221, shoptoile.com
  • Two Percent to Glory Named for the percentage of profits donated to Lakota Nation, this vintage shop sells pre-loved boots, bags and even books—all artfully displayed on furniture created by the owner. 2031 Frankford Avenue, (917) 348-4477, twopercenttoglory.com
  • Ulises – The city’s first indie arts bookshop—meaning, all books are works of art or independent art publications—is right at home in this artful neighborhood. Set in a rehabbed garage, the warm, spare space hosts art exhibitions, lectures and other gatherings. 31 E. Columbia Avenue, ulises.us
  • Urban Exchange Project – Name-brand secondhand and vintage clothing for men and women from the 1960s to today plus a selection of jewelry and sunglasses round out the selection at this expansive store. 2050 Frankford Avenue, (267) 297-5915, urbanexchangeproject.com
  • Vestige – Vintage and artisan-made clothing, textiles, housewares and accessories come together in this boho-chic shop. 2041 Frankford Avenue, (267) 457-3088, shop-vestige.com
  • Wild Mutation Records – Punk fans spend hours sifting through the new and used records, CDs, cassettes and music memorabilia at this genre specialist. But that’s not to say that those who prefer classic rock, soul, pop, jazz, country, metal, hip-hop, folk, blues and reggae won’t get caught up in the collection too. 2223 Frankford Avenue, (215) 425-5066

Parks & Recreation:

  • Keystone Mini-Golf & Arcade It’s hard to not have fun at this 1950s Americana-themed 18-hole golf course, complete with old-school arcade games. The course is mostly indoors, while fire pits keep the outdoor holes toasty, so putters can bring the party all year long, making it an ideal spot for family outings, BYOB parties for people of all ages—or just a Saturday night. 161 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, (267) 627-4653, keystoneminigolf.com
  • Palmer Park – People come to this small park to relax, picnic and gather with friends and family. Just steps from Steap and Grind and Philly Style Bagels, it’s perfectly located when hunger or a caffeine craving strikes. Frankford Avenue & Palmer Street
  • Penn Treaty Park According to legend, Pennsylvania founder William Penn signed his peace treaty with the local Lenape tribe under an elm tree just off the Delaware River in 1683. Though the tree fell in a storm in 1810, the city officially opened Penn Treaty Park on the surrounding land in 1894. Today, a statue of William Penn greets everyone who visits the riverside park: picnickers, dog walkers and families. Throughout the year, people from all over the city come for special events and festivals. Delaware Avenue & Beach Street, penntreatypark.org
  • PlayArts – Focusing on the family community in Fishtown, this 4,500-square-foot space offers developmentally appropriate play and art classes for children and a mezzanine with coffee and Wi-Fi for parents. Drop-ins can enjoy the membership-based facility by purchasing a day pass or attending a class, space permitting. 1241 N. Front Street, (267) 225-8434, playartsphilly.com
  • Urban Axes – This ax-throwing club is perfect for big groups and, believe it or not, makes a great date night too. (Tip: Reserve ahead.) Here, people basically play darts, but with axes. Competitors can bring their own food, beer and wine. 2019 E. Boston Street, (267) 585-AXES, urbanxes.com

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Captain Kool’s Gives The Scoop On Ice Cream And Summer

CENTERLINE (WWJ) – It’s hard to believe, but the official end of summer is here, and this weekend many will be craving an ice cream treat or two.

WWJ’s Kathryn Larson stopped by Centerline’s Captain Kool’s and has more on how they’re preparing for the Labor Day Holiday.

Sean Hyland said for more than 30 years his family has run Captain Kool’s, stocking their ice box with thousands of different ice creams and popsicles, and selling the treats out of their fleet of nearly 20 ice cream trucks.

“It’s just a novelty of summer is what it is in Michigan, for sure.”

But, he said the hottest days are the sticky ones.

“The days that people think would be very good for ice cream because it’s so hot, people don’t come out of the air conditioning any more. Kids are playing video games, they don’t play outside like they used to. That’s a challenging thing to adapt to, that our drivers have to adapt to.”

Hyland said with so many families on a tight budget, he likes being able to provide them an inexpensive tasty treat.

“We try our hardest to do the dollar items, people love them it seems like.”

Any if you thought driving around all day, listening to the same ice cream jingle would be annoying – Ice Cream Truck Driver Vince Tross says you’re right.

“This one will drive you nuts after so long!” Tross exclaimed.

At the end of the day, it’s all about offering Metro Detroiters the taste of summer.


There Is Now an Ice Cream Sandwich Inspired by the Barnes Foundation

Here is some truly beautiful and delicious-sounding news that is going straight from my inbox to your screen: Philadelphia ice cream purveyor Weckerly&rsquos Ice Cream is offering a special sandwich, inspired by the Barnes Foundation, at a pop-up at that the museum from tomorrow, Wednesday, August 31, through Labor Day, September 5. The treat is named the Barnes Ensemble, and it appears to be wonderfully decadent and multifaceted&mdashtruly worthy of the Barnes name. I will now quote its description in full, with emphasis added:

Husband-and-wife owners of Wecklerly&rsquos Jen and Andy Satinsky drew inspiration for the &ldquoBarnes Ensemble,&rdquo from the myriad colors and textures present in the world-renowned Barnes collection, whose holdings of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early modern paintings and genres including metalwork, furniture, and textiles provoke new insights. Reflecting the eclecticism of the collection and launched in celebration of summer, the &ldquoBarnes Ensemble&rdquo is a Lemon Verbena Geranium Ice Cream Sandwich featuring two layers of lemon verbena ice cream, one swirled with local berries, the other swirled with house-made peach butter, sandwiched between crunchy granola and geranium shortbread.

If lemon verbena isn&rsquot your thing, the shop will also offer nectarine rosemary sorbet, caramel corn ice cream, and&mdashthis one sounds particularly lovely&mdasha flavor called Peaches + Cream + Pie.

The Barnes&rsquos executive vice president, CFO, and COO, Peg Zminda, provides some context: &ldquoAlthough best known for collecting the great modern masters, Dr. Barnes was also an avid supporter of artisan craft.&rdquo The release also notes that the term ensemble is borrowed from the museum&rsquos namesake, who used it to refer to the sundry artworks and decorative objects he grouped together in displays.

On a very tangentially related note, I will add here that I did a project about artists and their recipes for pastries earlier this summer, and though many artists have loved baking sweets over the years, very few were regular ice cream makers. (Which is perhaps understandable since it is relatively equipment- and time-intensive.) The great British abstract painter Ben Nicholson was a rare exception, though, and the wonderful 2003 cookbook The Artist&rsquos Palate included his recipe for Brown Bread Ice Cream. It follows below.

Brown Bread Ice Cream
Makes 4

&ndash 3 oz. (about 3 slices) whole wheat bread
&ndash 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
&ndash 2 tablespoons super-fine sugar
&ndash 1 tablespoon orange juice
&ndash 1/2 cup clear honey

Dry bread in an oven set at 200° F for about 30 minutes. Crumble the dried bread in a food processor or with a rolling pin until fine. In a bowl, whisk together the cream, sugar, and orange juice until sugar is dissolved. Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, warm the honey and stir in the bread crumbs. Refrigerate until chilled. Fold the honey mixture into the cold cream. Pure into a freezer-safe container with a lid and freeze until firm.

Haven&rsquot made it yet, but it sounds oddly tasty, like a tidy little breakfast turned into a frozen delicacy.

And now, below, a series of images of the Barnes Ensemble. Click to enlarge them.


CNBNews

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Northeast of Center City, Philadelphia’s Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond—collectively known as the River Wards—are some of the city’s most rapidly changing neighborhoods. New restaurants, bars, music venues, art galleries and residents are quickly transforming the makeup of these formerly working-class sections along the Delaware River. In case people want to spend leisure time at home with friends and family, bestgametables.com has nice option you can consider buying and keep in your backyard.

Philadelphians have found new and innovative uses for Fishtown ever since William Penn made peace with the Lenape Indians in what’s now Penn Treaty Park. It’s the only place in the city where, in the same evening, someone can buy a custom-made guitar (DiPinto Guitars), drink craft beer while playing Skee-Ball (Garage North), eat stellar Yugoslavian food (Jovan’s Place), sample site-made craft whiskeys (New Liberty Distillery) and visit the world’s only pizza museum (Pizza Brain).

Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor serves as home base for many of the city’s rising artists, and both residents and tourists can take in new gallery offerings every First Friday along the avenue and its environs. From Fishtown, development and expansion has spread to the rest of the River Wards, bringing new energy.

As with many neighborhoods in Philly, the River Wards’ borders are subject to debate. General boundaries: Fishtown begins at the Delaware River on the east. To the west, it’s separated from Olde Kensington by Front Street. From Fishtown, Kensington picks up around Norris Street to the north, and Port Richmond is a bit north of that. There’s also East Kensington and Olde Richmond, depending whom you ask. The River Wards begin 2 miles north of Old City and 2.5 miles northeast of City Hall.

From Center City, the River Wards are easily accessed via cab or car share, by biking or taking SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line to the Girard or Berks stations. Those in the Fairmount section of the city can take the restored trolley system that runs on Girard Avenue. Neighborhood tips, itineraries and maps are available at visitphilly.com/neighborhoods.

Casual Dining:

  • Andy’s Chicken – Crispy, crackling Korean fried chicken served with a variety of sauces—that’s the star at this no-frills takeout spot. Chef Andy Choi’s take on Korean classics such as bulgogi, kimchi and pork fried rice round out the menu. Regulars know to call ahead to reserve their chicken for dinner. 2001 Memphis Street, (215) 291-0700, andyschicken.com
  • Bait & Switch – This seafood eatery and bar lends a nautical, New England-y vibe to Port Richmond. Patrons eating both inside and on the patio can order the popular “Bait Bucket”—Old Bay fries and cheese curds topped with New England clam chowder in…well, a bait bucket. 2537 E. Somerset Street, (267) 639-5041, thebestseafood.com
  • Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen – This 50-seat, retro-American restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner with a dose of contemporary Southern soul. Alongside new takes on traditional dishes—kale burger, fried egg BLT—15 taps showcase a variety of American craft, German and Belgian beers. 2370 E. Norris Street, (215) 423-5400, cedarpointbarandkitchen.com
  • Cheu Noodle Bar – Taking after its sister restaurants in Washington Square West and East Passyunk (called Bing Bing Dim Sum), the Fishtown Cheu upholds the traditions of serving interesting takes on Asian dishes and not taking itself very seriously. Buns, dumplings and noodles come in a variety of forms, and the snacks and drinks make it a popular happy hour and nighttime spot. 1416 Frankford Avenue, (267) 758-2269, cheufishtown.com
  • Cook and Shaker – Cook and Shaker is festooned with reclaimed wood and exposed brick. On offer: local beers, seasonal artisanal cocktails and locally sourced snacks, including fried Buffalo Brussels sprouts, tater tots, pierogi and grilled kielbasa. 2301 Albert Street, (215) 426-2665, cookandshaker.com
  • Eatalia – This affordable northern Italian bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot offers classics such as caprese salad and veal piccata, along with homemade desserts made fresh daily. Guests who’d rather rekindle the spark at home—or in their hotel room—can opt for takeout. 2723 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 423-6911, eataliabyob.com
  • Ekta Indian Cuisine – Vegetarians and meat eaters alike find a lot to love at this Indian BYOB. Kadai chicken, lamb saagwala and homemade cottage cheese cubes with spinach (saag aur paneer) dot an expansive menu, and naan lovers, take heart: Ekta serves 16 different types, all cooked in a charcoal-fired tandoor oven. 250 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 426-2277, ektaindianrestaurant.com
  • Front Street Cafe – So much more than a cafe, this versatile space opens at 7 a.m., offering coffee and fresh juices to neighbors on their commute. The full-service restaurant serves healthy and sustainable breakfast, lunch and dinner with vegan and gluten-free options, while the bar draws happy hour crowds with cocktail specials. In warmer months, the patio, garden and outdoor bar turn into an urban oasis. 1253 N. Front Street, (215) 513-3073, frontstreetcafe.net
  • Gaul & Co. – Leave it to Port Richmond, Philadelphia to deliver a kielbasa cheesesteak—the “Wit or Witowski.” The Polish take on the city’s iconic sandwich isn’t just hype it’s just as tasty as the bar’s other dishes, such as its many takes on fries. 3133 Gaul Street, (215) 423-7878, gaulandco.com
  • Girard – This chic BYOB bruncherie serves breakfast and lunch all day. Dishes such as avocado toast and the daily $5 early-morning breakfast special have regulars and first-timers saying “oui oui,” and Elixir coffee, teas, fresh-squeezed OJ and pastries are available at the grab-and-go coffee bar. 300 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 457-2486, girardongirard.com
  • Good Spoon – Soup lovers rejoiced when this Philly wholesaler expanded to a cafe stocked with a rotating selection of four soups, sandwiches, salads and sides, all made with local, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. Fans know to check Instagram for the daily menu changes and extra treats like cookies, pastries and fresh juices that pop up throughout the week. 1401 N. Front Street, (267) 239-5787, goodspoonfoods.com
  • Heffe – With the motto, “tacos that don’t suck,” Heffe’s confidence in its menu more than makes up for what it lacks in space. Guests order creative tacos, burritos and quesadillas from the walk-up window and dine outside at the red picnic tables, where heat lamps keep them warm all year round. 1431 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-2309, heffetacos.com
  • Interstate Draft House – At the bar, restaurant and outdoor patio of this Southwest-style locale, people chow on alligator and beef chili, grilled seitan tips and burgers topped with applewood bacon and mac and cheese, and they wash it all down with refreshing brews. Tuesday nights rival the weekends here, thanks to $1 tacos and $4 select draft beers. 1235 E. Palmer Street, (267) 455-0045, interstatedrafthouse.com
  • Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop – The staff at this cheesesteak spot have been slinging the classic sandwich since 1949 at its mom-and-pop shop in Northeast Philadelphia. The Fishtown location stays true to tradition, serving the 68-year-old recipe with beef or chicken and alongside milkshakes, ice cream sodas and egg creams. 1 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 423-5637, joessteaks.com
  • Johnny’s Hots – Fans swear by this workaday breakfast-and-lunch joint. The simple menu relies on classics—and one unusual combination there are egg sandwiches, hot dogs, cheesesteaks and “surf and turf,” hot dog and fish cake sandwiches. 1234 N. Delaware Avenue, (215) 423-2280
  • Jovan’s Place – This family-operated neighborhood hang feels more like someone’s living room than a restaurant, serving authentic Yugoslavian cooking, right down to the chicken noodle soup. With ingredients picked up fresh daily, Jovan’s schnitzel, mom’s hand-rolled stuffed cabbage and dad’s bean soup always deliver. 2327 E. York Street, (215) 634-3330, jovansplace.com
  • Kostas – A laid-back atmosphere, three pool tables and classic Greek food keep customers happy, while friendly bartenders and weekly drink specials keep them coming back. 15 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 639-2417, kostasfishtown.com
  • Lil’ Lina’s Slices & Scoops – It’s right in the name. People come here for pizza: Trenton-style thin-crust and “Augustus Gloop,” topped with Nutella, graham cracker crumble, marshmallows and chocolate jimmies. The shop’s $4 “Milkshake Mondays” make the first weekday a little more bearable. 2513 Tulip Street, (215) 309-3342, lillinasphilly.com
  • Little Baby’s Ice Cream – Specializing in handmade, super-premium ice cream created with locally sourced ingredients, Little Baby’s has earned a major fan base in the city and beyond. The dazzling flavors, ranging from balsamic banana and cardamom caramel to non-dairy flavors such as earl gray Sriracha, taste as interesting and delicious as they sound. 2311 Frankford Avenue, (267) 687-8567, littlebabysicecream.com
  • Mad Rex – The post-apocalyptic theme isn’t just for movies and books anymore. Mad Rex brings it to the food world through dark décor, a virtual reality lounge and a “Survivor’s Menu” of meats guests cook at table over hot black rocks. 1000 Frankford Avenue, (267) 773-7566, themadrex.com
  • Medusa – In a former meatpacking warehouse turned BYOB, the Villico family serves wood-fired pizza, baked pasta, calzones, sandwiches, salads and pizza fritta, a deep-fried turnover. Espresso and desserts such as Nutella-stuffed pizzas and Sicilian cannoli finish the meal. 2327 Gaul Street, (215) 644-8383, medusapizza.com
  • Mercer Café – Port Richmond locals often find themselves at Mercer for breakfast and lunch—and for good reason. The a.m. favorites include mascarpone French toast and a variety of pancakes, while midday brings salads, burgers and a long list of sandwiches, such as the BLT, cheesesteak and roast port sandwich. 2619 E. Westmoreland Street, (215) 426-2153, mercercafephilly.com
  • Mugshot Diner – At this 5,000-square-foot corner eatery, vibrant colors and glowing neon set a retro tone that combines kitsch with style. Crowds frequent Mugshot for a wide selection of dishes, from filling breakfasts such as banana-stuffed French toast and creamed chipped beef to classic diner fare including the Reuben sandwich and Mediterranean chicken wrap. 2424 E. York Street, (215) 426-2424, mugshotdiner.com
  • Pizza Brain – Luckily for pizza fans, this Fishtown pizzeria doubles as the world’s first—and largest, according to Guinness—pizza museum, complete with pizza-related vinyl records and pizza-bearing action figures, from Homer Simpson to Spider-Man. With pie names like “Forbes Waggensense” and “Felix Huppert,’ the brick-oven pies are as quirky as their home. 2313 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-2965, pizzabrain.org
  • Pizzeria Beddia – Anointed “the best pizza in America” by Bon Appétit, Joe Beddia’s cash-only pizzeria serves a tiny menu of 16” pies, and when they’re sold out for the day, latecomers are out of luck. Regulars know to look for Beddia’s announcements of new ingredients, menu changes and the rare appearance of freshly baked loaves of organic bread made from extra pizza dough on Twitter. 115 E. Girard Avenue, pizzeriabeddia.wordpress.com
  • Sancho Pistola’s – Younger sibling of Jose Pistola’s in Center City, Sancho Pistola’s serves dinner and weekend brunch. Patrons pile in for hip takes on Mexican classics, a raw seafood bar and a stellar beer selection. 19 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 324-3530, sanchopistolas.com
  • Sketch Burger – Huge hamburgers—in seven griddled versions, one with bacon and a fried egg, and build-your-own and vegan options—are the draw here, as are skin-on fries, thick milkshakes and house-made desserts. Diners can use paper and crayons to draw their odes to Sketch, which get taped on the walls. 413 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 634-3466, sketch-burger.com
  • SliCE – The BYOB Fishtown outpost of this local pizzeria is dedicated to organic, natural and hormone-free ingredients. Guests opt for whole-wheat dough, gluten-free or vegan pies, to eat in the petite dining room, or takeout. 431 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 425-1555, slicepa.com
  • Soup Kitchen Café – Open seven days a week, Soup Kitchen Café draws a loyal following for its hearty food selection, including meatloaf, crab cakes and chocolate-chip cookies—all homemade. Adding to the community-oriented vibe, the spot also showcases a rotating display of local art. 2146 E. Susquehanna Avenue, (215) 427-1680, soupkitchencafe.com
  • Stock – Small and minimal, this spot takes its pho seriously, with two varieties available: chicken or vegan mushroom. Starters, including green papaya salad, and coconut chia seed pudding for dessert round out the small menu. 308 E. Girard Avenue, stock-philly.squarespace.com
  • Streetside – Inspired by Southeast Asian street food, this casual, hidden gem BYOB serves authentic food with a twist from its tiny menu. Diners can “pho it up” with hand-cut beef pho or indulge in the popular vermicelli bowl served with a choice of protein and two “crispy parcels,” also known as fried spring rolls. 165 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 737-9165, streetsideshop.com
  • Syrenka Luncheonette – Just like Krakow golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls), borsht, kielbasa, sauerkraut and potato soup, pancakes and pierogi are standard fare at this warm, casual, longtime operation, a staple in historically (and currently) Polish Port Richmond. 3173 Richmond Street, (215) 634-3954
  • Tacconelli’s – Port Richmond residents would have preferred to keep this one a secret, but no luck, thanks to the incredible pies at this BYOB. The vibe is decidedly “neighborhood”—cash-only and a limit of three toppings per pie—and people are encouraged to call ahead to reserve their dough. 2604 E Somerset Street, (215) 425-4983, tacconellispizzeria.com
  • Taila’s Mediterranean Restaurant & Grille – Hand-rolled bagels boiled in real New York water—yes, really—bring the bagel and breakfast sandwich lovers to this mostly take-out spot. Deli sandwiches, fresh muffins, Mediterranean dishes and wings satisfy everyone else. 122 Girard Avenue, (215) 413-9737, taliasgrille.com
  • TartAreperia 18.64 – Just under the Girard Station entrance to the Market-Frankford Line (“the El”), an unassuming shop churns out traditional Venezuelan food. The highlight: fried cornmeal arepas stuffed with a variety of fillings. Twice-monthly salsa nights bring beginners and talented dancers to the space. 1204 N. Front Street, (215) 982-1150, tartareperia.com
  • The Dinner House – If you’re in proudly Polish Port Richmond, the Dinner House is, well, where’s for dinner (and lunch). This simple little spot is known for the cuisine’s greatest hits, plus less known gems such as zurek (fermented rye soup), pyzy (dumplings), fried fish and goulash-stuffed potato pancakes. 2706 E. Allegheny Avenue, (267) 596-7727
  • Tierce –The team behind nearby BYOB restaurant Helm satisfy families before dinner with a changing but always just-right menu for breakfast, lunch and brunch. 2218 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-4367
  • Weckerly’s – Even before opening its brick-and-mortar home in Fishtown, Weckerly’s gained a loyal following for its French-style ice cream and ice cream sandwiches made with organic milk. Husband-and-wife owners Andy and Jen Satinsky keep the flavors simple and seasonal, preparing ice cream and sorbet with fruits and herbs they can get from local farms. At the shop, they scoop six rotating ice cream flavors, including a nondairy sorbet. 9 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 423-2000, weckerlys.com

Fine Dining:

  • Fette Sau – Brooklyn’s notable barbecue restaurant opened its second location in Philadelphia. All the characteristics that made the New York outpost a hit are accounted for: dry-rubbed, well-prepared meats from local farms that are smoked in-house simple and elegant side dishes communal seating on wooden picnic tables nine beers and a cider on tap and 100+ North American bourbons and whiskeys. 1208 Frankford Avenue, (215) 391-4888, fettesauphilly.com
  • Helm – The chalkboard menu showcases the evening’s dishes, all of which are made with local ingredients and fresh flavors. Guests often opt to share an assortment of items, and they kick back with the bottles of wine they brought as the kitchen works to create an enjoyable, relaxing meal. 1303 N. 5th Street, (215) 309-2211, helmphilly.com
  • Kensington Quarters – This bi-level restaurant is known for incredible dishes, a welcoming bar, knowledgeable staff and the wine list. Kensington’s kitchen doesn’t waste animal parts (a common practice in the restaurant industry) its popular culinary classes teach about homemade pasta, butchering and more. 1310 Frankford Avenue, (267) 314-5086, kensingtonquarters.com
  • Root – Wine may be the star here, but the various versions of gin and tonics, traditional cocktails with new spins, craft bottled beer and Italian-Spanish-American menu of small and large plates are not far behind. In the warmer seasons, the front floor-to-ceiling windows open up, and seating spills onto the sidewalk. 1206 Frankford Avenue, (215) 515-3452, rootrestaurant.com
  • Smooth ’N’ Pops – The handcrafted, artisanal treats here perfectly satisfy those in need of a refreshing or sweet snack. The smoothies are dairy-free, and the popsicles are gluten-free and mostly dairy-free, and many of the natural ingredients come from the nearby Philadelphia area. 315 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 457-2583, smoothnpops.com
  • Suraya – Named after two of the owners’ grandmother, the 12,000-square-foot Lebanese market/all-day cafe/restaurant/bar strives for a family vibe and good food, not to mention an Instagram-worthy look. The menu includes manoushe (flatbread), salads, sandwiches and house-made pastries. In the warmer months, the garden patio invites guests to bring the good times outdoors. 1528 Frankford Avenue, (215) 302-1900, surayaphilly.com
  • Wm. Mulherin’s Sons – Inside this beautifully restored building—a 19th-century whiskey blending and bottling facility—everything is just right: dark wood ambiance, well-stocked bar, attentive staff and, most notably, the food. Melt-in-your-mouth pastas, wood-fired pizzas and expertly prepared meat and seafood dishes wow everyone who walks in the door for dinner and weekend brunch. 1355 N. Front Street, (215) 291-1355, wmmulherinssons.com

Bars & Gastropubs:

  • Barcade – Combine a sizable craft beer list with more than 50 25-cent classic arcade games, and the result is Barcade. Based on locations in Brooklyn and Jersey City, the bar-arcade combo also offers a generous menu and outdoor space—for those who can tear themselves away from Tetris and Donkey Kong. 1114 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-4400, barcadephiladelphia.com
  • Bonk’s Bar – What to expect at this Port Richmond stalwart: the popular crabs, seafood and American fare and a solid and approachable draft list. Don’t expect: frills. 3467 Richmond Street, (215) 426-2348, bonksbar.com
  • Bottle Bar East – With a 16-tap bar, 700 cans and bottles, dartboard, foosball table, local art installations and a menu of grilled cheese, tacos, burgers, sandwiches and the like, this craft beer haven entices both Fishtowners and visitors. It doubles as a takeout retail shop, so patrons can fill up a growler or mix their own six-pack and take the party home. 1308 Frankford Avenue, (267) 909-8867, bottlebareast.com
  • Byrne’s Tavern – There are no fries at Byrne’s” There are, however, potato logs. Those thickly sliced delights, plus Byrne’s must-order wings and crabs have made this unassuming bar a neighborhood favorite since the 1970s. 3301 Richmond Street, (215) 423-3444, byrnestavern.net
  • The El Bar – Situated, as the name implies, under SEPTA’s Market-Frankford elevated rail line (or “the El”), this quasi-dive bar attracts a loyal following thanks to inexpensive beer and snacks, a pool table and live music on select nights. The enormous outdoor patio provides a perfect spot for enjoying a “Kensington Happy Meal”—a bar staple that includes two hot dogs, a bag of chips, a PBR and a toy—for $5. 1356 N. Front Street, (215) 634-6430
  • Fishtown Tavern – This corner pub sports a local feel. Neighbors and friends stop by for the bar food and selection of beers—from budget to pricey—and the handful of bike racks out front cater to the area’s cycling population. 1301 Frankford Avenue, (267) 687-8406, fishtowntavern.com
  • Fishtown Social – Wine bars don’t have to be inaccessible: That’s the thinking behind Fishtown Social, where wine novices and connoisseurs alike feel at home as they order wine that’s organic, biodynamic, natural or sustainable from interesting regions, small producers and less-known and rare varietals. Also there are specialty cocktails, mostly local beers and a menu of small plates, snacks and a rotating selection of charcuterie, cheese—oh, and a bottle shop. 1525 Frankford Avenue, fishtownsocial.com
  • Frankford Hall – Build a modern German beer garden, and they will come. This indoor/outdoor hotspot pours 18 draft beers, most of which patrons can order in half- and full-liter helpings, and 20 more in bottles, along with authentic German foods such as large pretzels and bratwurst, an open-air picnic-table seating, and ping pong and shuffleboard tables make for a memorable evening (or day) on the town. Three fire pits and heat lamps by every table keep patrons warm all year long. 1210 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-3338, frankfordhall.com
  • Garage North – Pool tables, shuffleboard, Skee-Ball, 400 beers (almost all in cans) and TVs throughout draw eager crowds to the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenues. Though it maintains a BYO food policy, Garage North also features a rotating lineup of guest chefs who take over the open kitchen. 100 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 515-3167, garagephilly.com
  • Kraftwork – This industrial-sleek bar pours 25 draft beers from around the world, plus specialty cocktails and wines. Kraftwork keeps the food local, serving diverse selections that range from the dry-aged burger to Korean BBQ pork tacos. 541 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 739-1700, kraftworkbar.com
  • Krakus Market – This half grocery, half cafe is the spot to go for Polish essentials in a historically Polish neighborhood, for food—smoked meats, hunter’s stew, white borsht, breads, candies, more—served fresh, frozen and to-go. 3150 Richmond Street, (215) 426-4336
  • Lloyd – Lloyd Coudriet, a retired science teacher from nearby Penn Treaty Middle School, heads his namesake whiskey-heavy bar in partnership with his son Scott. The menu features 150 rotating varieties of whiskey, an ever-changing list of signature and classic cocktails and a menu of tempting dishes to wash it all down (think long hot and chipotle pepper popcorn, chicken and waffle sliders, bourbon chili-glazed chicken wings and blackened catfish sandwich). 529 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 425-4600, lloydwhiskeybar.com
  • Loco Pez – Patrons at this Mexican gastropub swear by the 10 kinds of tacos (carne asada, seitan and spinach, chorizo and potato) offered as low-priced singles, encouraging eaters to try as many varieties as they can. Other stars include the monster helping of nachos, the crispy chicken sandwich with habanero aioli and 36 sipping tequilas. 2401 E. Norris Street, (267) 886-8061, locopez.com
  • Martha – In Kensington, Martha takes the idea of a friendly, neighborhood bar and ramps up the hipness. Twenty-four bar taps dispense beer, wine, kombucha and cocktails, while a limited kitchen offers a pared down menu of vegetables, charcuterie, cheese plates and sandwiches, and the bocce court outside provides the perfect activity to work up an appetite. Adding to the vibe: a turntable, fireplace and patio. 2113 E. York Street, (215) 867-8881, marthakensington.com
  • Memphis Taproom – An epic bottled beer list is just one highlight of this pub, which pours 20 craft beers and offers vegan-friendly brunch, lunch and dinner menus known for smoked coconut sandwich and the deep-fried pickles with horseradish. In warmer months, the beer garden and its accompanying canned-beer-and-dog truck draw outdoor (drinking) lovers. 2331 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 425-4460, memphistaproom.com
  • Murph’s Bar – The sign outside reads, “A comfortable place to be.” With $2 PBR drafts every day, an expansive craft beer list, live entertainment, and a solid menu (shrimp scampi pizza, baked eggplant patties) it’s tough to argue with that. 202 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 425-1847
  • Starboard Side Tavern – No ego, no credit cards. What else do you need besides a friendly bartender, a dartboard, TVs and flowing beer? That’s why this corner bar, tucked among residential rowhomes, wins over neighbors. 2500 E. Norris Street, (215) 634-1238

Coffee Shops & Bakeries:

  • Coffee House Too – Quality java is the priority here. Enthusiasts sip the brewed goodness that comes from fair-trade Dallis Brothers Coffee beans, grown 3,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level. The breakfast and lunch eats are just as impressive—and effective, if ordering the “hangover hoagie.” 2514 E. York Street, (267) 324-5888, coffeehouseco.com
  • Franny Lou’s Porch – It’s about more than the $1 coffee. People come here from morning through late afternoon to support local and organic culinary practices, engage in community activism, connect to neighbors and enjoy menu items such as the “pro-love” (turkey sausage and egg sandwich). 2400 Coral Street, (215) 739-2357, frannylousporch.org
  • Hinge Cafe – The family-friendly vibe, Green Street Coffee Roasters coffee and dishes such as cinnamon bun pancakes, challah French toast and chicken parmesan soup have made this a Port Richmond favorite. Guests can bring their own bottles to turn any breakfast, brunch or lunch outing into a celebration. 2652 E. Somerset Street, (215) 425-6614, hingecafe.com
  • La Colombe – The flagship for the specialty coffee roasting company fills a giant Fishtown warehouse that serves as a restaurant, bakery and cupping lab. Guests choose from the beverage menu of traditional blends, single-origin coffee or the revolutionary Draft Latte, a texturized true iced latte served on tap or in a can. 1335 Frankford Avenue, (267) 479-1600, lacolombe.com
  • Kopi Latte – People first come here for the Old City coffee concoctions, the variety of tea drinks and the satisfying breakfast and lunch options that are mostly healthy, vegetarian or vegan. They come back because of the unpretentious, relaxed vibe and the friendly staff. 530 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 551-1530, kopilatte.com
  • Milkcrate Cafe – Combine a quality cafe with a record store—that’s Milkcrate Cafe. Guests peruse new and used vinyl while they sip La Colombe, Le Bus pastries and the dozen menu options with musically inspired names, such as “bagella Fitzgerald” and “Ike & Tina tuna.” 400 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 909-8348, milkcratecafe.com
  • Philly Style Bagels – This tiny corner takeout joint bakes bagels in small batches the Philly way: pre-boiled in a mixture of water and beer for an extra malty flavor that draws lines of hungry breakfast-seekers on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Traditionalists argue the bagels need nothing more than butter or a schmear of cream cheese, but the BLT with avocado is a favorite sandwich among the lunch crowd, and Bon Appétit dubbed the classic lox sandwich the “Best New Sandwich in America.” 1451 E. Columbia Avenue, phillystylebagels.com
  • ReAnimator Coffee – The River Wards enjoys two locations of ReAnimator, both featuring rotating single-origin coffees and blends. At the industrial flagship/roastery/cafe and at the cafe-only spot, the exceptional coffee, friendly staff and skilled baristas draw raves. Flagship, 310 W. Master Street, (267) 758-6264 cafe, 1523 E. Susquehanna Avenue, (215) 425-5805, reanimatorcoffee.com
  • River Wards Cafe – It’s no wonder people make this Port Richmond coffee shop their regular spot. It features ReAnimator coffee drinks, Center City Soft Pretzel Co. pretzels, locally made pastries, Wif-Fi and a garage-door window that retracts for pleasant weather. 3118 Richmond Street, (215) 423-3118, riverwardscafe.com
  • Steap and Grind – Steap and Grind touts itself as the first Philly outlet for Gimme! Coffee. This eat-in coffee-and-tea cafe offers an inviting atmosphere and Wi-Fi, plus coffee and tea wares and loose teas to brew at home. 1619 Frankford Avenue, (267) 858-4427, steapandgrind.com

Breweries & Distilleries:

  • Evil Genius Beer Company – In a 6,000-square-foot, 19th-century former carriage house, this brewery produces and pours its beers with names such as Stacy’s Mom and I’ll Have What She’s Having. Games, a pet-friendly beer garden and a basic menu including charcuterie, cheese, nachos and sandwiches round out the Evil experience. 1727 Front Street, (215) 425-6820, evilgeniusbeer.com
  • Federal Distilling Room – With a full bar, this tasting room caters to all types of drinkers Thursdays through Sundays. To get the true Federal Distilling experience, visitors must try a cocktail made with the flagship Stateside Vodka. Those interested in the activity inside the distillery, separated from the bar by a glass wall, can take a tour. 1700 N. Hancock Street, statesidevodka.com
  • Fermentery Form – Down an unassuming alley, behind a green-lit door, drinkers in small tasting room sample funky beers that have been brewed in oak barrels (some of which held wine at one point) made with yeast grown by the brewers and created with a re-fermentation process that produces carbonation. 1700 N. Palethorp Street, (267) 518-3676, fermenteryform.com
  • Fishtown Brewpub – The brewery uses local ingredients whenever possible for its small-batch beers, which are served alongside beers from other breweries, wine, cocktails and comfort food. Those who want to take home the brewpub tastes can purchase a to-go crowler (32-ouce can). 1101 Frankford Avenue, (215) 990-1396, fishtownbrewpub.com
  • New Liberty Distillery – People come here Friday evenings to enjoy the tasting room and on Saturday and Sunday for tours, which include tastings. The distillery produces whiskey, bourbon, rye and vodka for its three brands—New Liberty, Maryland Heritage Series and Kinsey. 1431 Cadwallader Street, (800) 996-0595, newlibertydistillery.com
  • Philadelphia Brewing Company – Housed in a restored 19 th -century brewing facility in East Kensington, PBC has been supplying its year-round handcrafted ales and limited-run microbrews to the city and beyond since 2007. Every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., people pile in for guided tours and a generous number of beer samples. 2440 Frankford Avenue, (215) 427-2739, philadelphiabrewing.com
  • Rowhouse Spirits – Owner Dean Browne proudly distills and bottles all his products on-site at his East Kensington “limited distillery.” Thursday through Saturday, customers stop by to purchase the available products, tour the 1,200-square-foot space and enjoy a tasting. 2440 Frankford Avenue, (267) 825-7332, rowhousespirits.us
  • Saint Benjamin Brewing Company – Named for local (and international) hero Ben Franklin, this Kensington brewhouse and tasting room offers tours on Saturday afternoons though patrons can order beers and food every day but Monday. Classic styles and newer creations flow within the facility, which was once the carriage house and stables of a 19 th -century brewery. 1710 N. 5 th Street, stbenjaminbrewing.com

Markets:

  • Cake Life Bake Shop – This isn’t your typical wedding cake shop—though Cake Life regularly whips up Instagram-worthy masterpieces. Those not in the market for nuptial desserts come here for sweet and savory pastries (cake slices, croissants, brownies, breakfast hand pies, sausage rolls), Rival Bros. coffee and espresso drinks. 1306 Frankford Avenue, (215) 278-2580, cakelifebakeshop.com
  • Castellino’s – This corner Italian market offers a curated selection of grocery items (oils, pastas), along with sandwiches, cheeses and pastries. Kids who attend the elementary school across the street often stop in with their parents and caregivers on the way home to get a snack and last-minute dinner items. 1255 E. Palmer Street, (215) 416-1187, castellinos.com
  • Czerw’s – This decades-loved, Polish family-run operation specializes in all manner of applewood-smoked kielbasa, plus house-made pierogi and the sweets and breads to go with. 3370 Tilton Street, (215) 423-1707, kielbasyboys.com
  • Greensgrow Farms – This nationally recognized non-profit urban farm is a go-to spot for local food devotees and gardeners. It’s home to a farm-share program, food access and educational programs, a farm stand and a garden center where visitors shop for plants, sample greens grown onsite and say hello to Milkshake, the pig. 2501 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 427-2780, greensgrow.org

Music & Nightlife:

  • The Barbary – This 200-person music venue presents the latest in rising local and touring indie music, plus DJ dance parties, karaoke nights and comedy shows. Artists who have performed here include Spank Rock, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Ting Tings, Pink Skull and Paint It Black. 951 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-7400, barbarylive.com
  • The Fillmore Philadelphia – In a rehabbed former factory outfitted with giant chandeliers, exposed brick, a merchandise stand in a VW bus and the giant, photo-worthy “LIVE” sign at the entrance, The Fillmore matches its cool space with fantastic music. A 2,500-person main stage brings in national acts, and the more intimate 450-person Foundry space attracts DJs and local talent. 29 E. Allen Street, (215) 309-0150, thefillmorephilly.com
  • Johnny Brenda’s – Show-goers take in great views (and a bit of a break) on the balcony at Johnny Brenda’s, a 250-person venue that plays host to touring indie music acts year-round. The three bars—downstairs in the restaurant/bar, upstairs on the concert floor and on the balcony—pour all draft, all local beers. The menu changes daily depending on what the kitchen can get from local farmers. 1201 N. Frankford Avenue, (215) 739-9684, johnnybrendas.com
  • Kung Fu Necktie – Think low lighting, inexpensive beer and one of the best-sounding small rooms in the city. Concert early birds can shoot some pool before music performances and DJ events on the first floor (150-person capacity) or the second floor (more intimate 70-person capacity). 1250 N. Front Street, (215) 291-4919, kungfunecktie.com
  • Punch Line Philly – This 300-seat comedy club, Live Nation’s first outside California, encourages patrons to come early and stay after the shows to enjoy the bar, restaurant and outdoor patio. Still, the stand-up comedians are the main draw—think Dave Chappelle, Jay Pharaoh, Bill Bellamy, Marlon Wayans and Nikki Glaser. 33 E. Laurel Street, (215) 606-6555, punchlinephilly.com
  • Revolutions – This 52,000-square-foot, two-floor venue houses 26 bowling lanes, arcade games, a full-service restaurant and the Flair Bar, where bottle-flipping bartenders mix over-the-top cocktails. Bowlers don’t have to worry about missing the big game thanks to the huge TVs above the lanes. 1009 Canal Street, (267) 348-0544, penntreaty.revolutionsbowl.com
  • SugarHouse Casino – Located just off the Delaware River, Philadelphia’s first casino houses an array of tables, slot machines, the Fishtown Hops beer garden, plus restaurants, special events and great views of the Delaware River waterfront and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. 1001 N. Delaware Avenue, (877) 477-3715, sugarhousecasino.com

Performing & Visual Arts:

  • Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse – This self-described celebration of geek culture also holds the distinction of the East Coast’s first comic book store with a Black female owner, Ariell R. Johnson. Along with comics, games and figurines, the shop presents Anime Wednesdays, Nerdy By Nature open-mic nights, author events, TV marathons and movie screenings—plus coffee to keep the fun going. 2578 Frankford Avenue, (215) 427-3300, amalgamphilly.com
  • The Art Dept – Monthly exhibitions introduce emerging artists to the community, and this shop stocks boutique stocks local, handcrafted products and art and fiber supplies. Events and artist workshops continually engage people in new ways. 1638 E. Berks Street, (215) 739-4146, artdeptphilly.com
  • Art Machine Productions – A shop, studio, gallery and tattoo parlor rolled into one, this 2,700-square-foot space provides plenty of working room for its popular roster of featured artists. 1345 Frankford Avenue, (267) 239-2724, artmachineproductions.com
  • Black Vulture Gallery – Pulling double duty as a gallery and tattoo parlor, Black Vulture has staff artists who are game for ink requests ranging from the traditional to the out-there. Live music often accompanies the art shows, which have been titled “Lord of the Flies” and “Merry Hex-Mas.” 208 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 423-3666, blackvulturegallery.com
  • Crane Arts – Contemporary art flourishes at the Crane Arts building, a former plumbing warehouse on the edge of Fishtown and Kensington. In addition to housing a number of studios and arts organizations, the space also features events (InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor) and galleries (Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center). 1400 N. American Street, (215) 232-3203, cranearts.com
  • Little Berlin – This undefined exhibit space serves as the gallery for the artist-run collective of the same name. Each month, a member puts together a new show. Music and other fun events round out the offerings here. 2430 Coral Street, littleberlin.org
  • Mascher Space Cooperative – An artist-run dance co-op since 2005, Mascher supplies a space for both artists and companies to develop their work, as well as a location for classes, workshops and informal performances. 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, mascherdance.org
  • Philadelphia Argentine Tango School – Beginning to pro dancers learn the seductive art of tango at this studio, part of the Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor and home to group and private lessons, seminars, large events, festivals and performances from international tango stars. 2030 Frankford Avenue, (617) 291-3798, philadelphiatangoschool.com
  • Space 2033 – This true artistic catchall differs from its contemporaries in its focus on wellness and earth spirituality. Reiki classes, meditation workshops and seasonal celebrations fit comfortably into its schedule, alongside First Friday events and rotating local artist spotlights with poets, musicians, filmmakers and visual artists. 2033 Frankford Avenue, facebook.com/space2033

Shops:

  • Bikes-n-Beans – The one-stop bike shop tunes up and repairs mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, cruisers and more. Those in the market can purchase fixed-gear, single-speed and city commuter bikes from Tribe Bicycle Co., as well as refurbished bikes. Owner and mechanic JT is always on-site to offer suggestions, fit bikes and install accessories. The one-pound Vermont Coffee Co. bags for sale put the “beans” in Bikes-n-Beans. 1321 N. Front Street, (215) 426-3474, fishtownbikesnbeans.com
  • Blend – Shoppers browse two cozy floors to find women’s clothing and accessories, plus small collections of men’s clothing, housewares and art. It’s a great spot to find original gifts. 1860 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-4700
  • Circle Thrift – Selling gently used clothes, housewares, toys, books and furniture, Circle Thrift delivers quality goods and a nice experience. The inventory constantly changes, drawing savvy deal-hunters back for repeat visits and shopping sprees. 2233 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-1222, circlethrift.com
  • Craft Foundry – Craft Foundry specializes in eco-friendly crafts and gifts, such as artisan jewelry, journals, organic skin care, soy wax candles, organic tea and clothing—mostly made by locals. The space doubles as a greeting card workshop, and people also come to the shop to learn basic bookbinding and silver or bronze clay jewelry making. 701 Belgrade Street, (267) 977-8499, craftfoundry.com
  • Delicious Boutique – Shoppers step right up to this circus-inspired store, home to men’s and women’s clothes and an astounding collection of leather belts, pouches and accessories by independent designers from around the country. The space also hosts art openings, fundraisers and parties. 212 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 413-0375, deliciousboutique.com
  • DiPinto Guitars – DiPinto Guitars began as a repair shop in 1995 before morphing into what it is today—a showroom for (sometimes bizarre) vintage guitars, as well as owner Chris DiPinto’s own creations. David Bowie, The White Stripes’ Jack White, The Cars’ Elliot Easton and the band Los Straitjackets have all owned and played DiPintos. 407 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 427-7805, dipintoguitars.com
  • Downerss Boutique – Just about everything at this women’s shop is less than $100, making it the perfect spot to pick up a cool-girl outfit, complete with bag, jewelry and skincare. New, up-cycled and local designs line the racks. 2026 Frankford Avenue, downerss.com
  • Field – Cacti, succulents, air plants and other living greenery in populate the counters, walls, shelves and floor at this bright shop. Original pottery holds the leafy and prickly goods, and textiles and other goods by local makers are scattered around the space. 2032 Frankford Avenue, welcometofield.com
  • Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles – Offering city and cargo bikes and accessories, this full-service bike shop and showroom caters to urban cyclists. Featured brands include Yuba, Xtracycle, Babboe, Gazelle, Linus, Pure Fix, Benno, Brompton, SE and Pure City. Shoppers can also opt to have a bike custom-built by the shop’s owners. 1105 Frankford Avenue, (215) 425-4672, transportcycle.com
  • Fishtown Jewelers – Dripping in diamonds and a friendly, neighborhood feel, this jewelry shop specializes in vintage pieces and impeccable service. Window shoppers are often lured in with free cleanings and a no-pressure sales staff. 1617 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-3277, fishtownjewelers.net
  • Franklin & Poe – The anti-fast fashion boutique, Franklin & Poe sells items that transcend trends and will last years, if not decades. All the men’s and women’s jeans, shirts, tees and shoes, plus accessories and personal care items, are made in the U.S.A. 1817 Frankford Avenue, franklinandpoe.com
  • Ham & Bone – The DIY washing station brings dogs and their BFF owners who want to keep the sudsy, wet mess out of their house. Other highlights: accessories, treats, food and toys for pups and cats. 1824 Frankford Avenue, (267) 773-7094, hamnbone.com
  • Jinxed – The Fishtown outpost of this local vintage furniture and antique store fills its space with secondhand mirrors, rugs, lamps, armchairs, books, decor and the like, all in excellent vintage condition. Fans know to follow Jinxed on Instagram to scoop up the latest hauls at incredible prices. 1331 Frankford Avenue, (215) 800-1369, jinxedphiladelphia.com
  • lululemon: The Local Fishtown – One of just a few of lululemon’s “Local” concepts in the country, the Fishtown location of the yoga apparel chain blends community and retail. People can participate in neighborhood-focused events, yoga classes and local art showcases. 1424 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-4170, shop.lululemon.com
  • Made and Maker – This small shop packs its racks and shelves with vintage clothing and accessories, works by local artists, housewares and jewelry made on-site. The rotating selection means there are always new reasons to stop by. 2021 Frankford Avenue, madeandmaker.com
  • Minnow Lane – More than just a kids’ store, this, warm and charming storefront doubles as a gathering space for young families to participate in birthing, feeding and parenting classes and workshops and sells cute, natural, eco-friendly and socially conscious kid and baby gear, including toys and baby carriers. 2029 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-1875, minnowlane.com
  • Philadelphia Record Exchange –The record shop for Philly’s vinyl heads for three decades—one of the shop’s original partners is now the CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—moved from South Street in 2013, and the legend lives on at the Frankford Avenue location. 1524 Frankford Avenue, (215) 425-4389, philarecx.com
  • Toile – This women’s clothing store and showroom features ready-to-wear clothing, jewelry and accessories by local designers. Toile’s atelier offers in-house custom alterations by owner and designer Bianca DePietro. 1333 Frankford Avenue, (267) 587-7221, shoptoile.com
  • Two Percent to Glory – Named for the percentage of profits donated to Lakota Nation, this vintage shop sells high-quality vintage clothes and jewelry. Shoppers swoon over pre-loved boots, bags and even books, all of which are artfully displayed on furniture created by the owner. 2301 Frankford Avenue, (917) 348-4477, twopercenttoglory.com
  • Ulises – The city’s first indie arts bookshop—meaning, all books are works of art or independent art publications—is right at home in this artful neighborhood. Set in a rehabbed garage, the warm, spare space hosts art exhibitions, lectures and other gatherings. 31 E. Columbia Avenue, ulises.us
  • Vestige – Vintage and artisan-made clothing, textiles, housewares and accessories come together in this boho-chic shop. 2041 Frankford Avenue, (267) 457-3088, shop-vestige.com
  • Wild Mutation Records – Punk fans spend hours sifting through the new and used records, CDs, cassettes and music memorabilia at this genre specialist. That’s not to say that those who prefer classic rock, soul, pop, jazz, country, metal, hip-hop, folk, blues and reggae won’t get caught up in the collection, too. 2223 Frankford Avenue, (215) 425-5066, wildmutation.com

Parks & Recreation:

  • Keystone Mini-Golf & Arcade – It’s hard to not have fun at this 1950s Americana-themed 18-hole golf course, complete with old-school arcade games. The BYOB course is mostly indoors, while fire pits keep the outdoor holes toasty so putters can bring the party all year long, making it an ideal spot for family outings, parties for people of all ages—or just a Saturday night. 161 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, (267) 627-4653, keystoneminigolf.com
  • Palmer Park – People come to this small park to relax, enjoy a picnic and gather with friends and family. Just steps from Steap and Grind and Philly Style Bagels, it’s perfectly located when hunger or a caffeine craving strikes. Frankford Avenue & Palmer Street
  • Penn Treaty Park – According to legend, Pennsylvania founder William Penn signed his peace treaty with the local Lenape tribe under an elm tree just off the Delaware River in 1683. Though the tree fell in a storm in 1810, the city officially opened Penn Treaty Park on the surrounding land in 1894. Today, a statue of William Penn greets everyone who visits the riverside park—including picnickers, dog walkers and playground-loving families. Throughout the year, people from all over the city come for special events and festivals. Delaware Avenue & Beach Street, penntreatypark.org
  • PlayArts – Focusing on the family community in Fishtown, this 4,500-square-foot space offers developmentally appropriate play and art classes for children and a mezzanine with coffee and Wi-Fi for parents. Drop-ins can enjoy the membership-based facility by purchasing a day pass or attending a fun class, space permitting. 1241 N. Front Street, (267) 225-8434, playartsphilly.com
  • Urban Axes – This ax-throwing club is perfect for big groups and, believe it or not, makes a great date night too. (Tip: Make a reservation in advance.) Here, people pretty much play darts, but with axes, and competitors can bring their own food, beer and wine. 2019 E. Boston Street, (267) 585-AXES, urbanaxes.com

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1. Start a consulting business ($240K/year)

Akhil Suresh Nair from City of Westminster, England, United Kingdom started Xena Intelligence by Parzenn Partners about 3 years ago, a consulting business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: City of Westminster, England, United Kingdom

I had a couple of years of experience working for a large corporation back in India. I genuinely felt that I was just a cog in the wheel and that whatever I did had little to no impact in the real world.

We were at a crossroads at that time – filled with constant self-doubt about the career path we wanted to take. We could have easily applied for corporate jobs in the US or in India, but we chose to follow our hearts by continuing to work in our consulting business.

I reached out to a few small businesses I had developed good relationships during my corporate career and started helping them out on developing marketing strategy to scale their businesses and also to instill robust operational efficiencies in their business processes. I realized that I was able to add considerable value to their businesses and that I felt a sense of satisfaction in being able to make their lives better. I soon started consulting for over 20 small businesses in India.


Octopus and Beef Tongue — Ice Cream, Japan Style

Japan is known for being adventurous with snacks and deserts, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before beef tongue found its way into an ice-cream cup.

That is just one of the unusual flavors that will be available at an upcoming event to showcase the unusual varieties of ice cream from around the country.

Since 1964, May 9 has been designated "Ice Cream Day" by the nation's Ice Cream Association, something not many people know about. To spread the word, a shopping mall in Koshigaya, Saitama prefecture near Tokyo, will host the All Japan Ice Cream Collection from May 2, gathering over 100 ice cream flavors from around the country to coincide with the spring Golden Week holiday period.

In addition to beef tongue, there will be plenty of other odd ice cream flavors to choose from. For seafood lovers, there will be crab, eel and octopus. For tipplers of alcoholic drinks, there will be sake and shochu flavors.

And for those looking for something not found in Japanese-style pub restaurants, or izakaya, there will be Nagasaki castella ice cream cakes and more standard fruit and desert flavors. There will also be taste comparisons of ice creams from different dairy farms.


Watch the video: ice cream flavor mangoes (July 2022).


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