Outdoor garden at Little Nonna’s | Photo by Jason Varney
The Center City District now counts 412 outdoor dining cafes in just Philadelphia’s downtown area. Many a sidewalk has been turned over to eating al fresco. But if you’re looking to dine in the sunshine without the crowds, out of earshot of the SEPTA bus and away from the peering eyes of passersby, you’ve come to the right place. Here, our picks for the 12 best hidden outdoor dining spots in Philadelphia.
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If you’re living off the land, what do you do when overwintered vegetables—potatoes, carrots, turnips—begin to dwindle before the new crops in the field are ready to eat? You get creative. This period, called Spring Famine, or Sechswoche Noth (Six Week Privation), its Pennsylvania Dutch name, is the theme of a seven course menu this Sunday, May 22nd, at Kensington Quarters. It’s a collaboration between chef Steve Eckerd and farmer Alex Wenger from Field’s Edge, a research farm in Lancaster, PA. In a moment when “local” peas, rhubarb, and strawberries appear on “seasonal” menus long before they arrive at area farmer’s markets, this meal will instead showcase sustainable eating with ingredients that actually reflect the Midatlantic right now.
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Kensington Quarters chef John Boswell is cooking up something different at the restaurant tomorrow night. From 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., the upstairs loft space of the restaurant will become a Ramen pop-up.
The menu will include two Ramen dishes: pork Ramen ($14) and vegetable Ramen ($12). Aside from the soup, there will also be steamed buns and small charcuterie plates. For drinks, Kensington Quarters will be serving sour beer, Basque sidra, and natural wine.
No reservations are needed for the pop-up; simply walk on in and get your noodles.
Kensington Quarters [Foobooz]