- Neighborhood: Center City
- 1516 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-383-1200
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Meals Served: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
- Hours: Opening daily at 5 p.m.
Maybe you’re a freelancer with a few hours between meetings downtown and you want to keep up the productivity. Or there’s construction in your office building and you can’t get anything done with power tools grinding away upstairs. Or you work from home but you’ve reached the point at which you’ll freak out if you don’t leave the house today.
You need a spot to get work done — school, freelance, creative, or just catching up on email. You also need to eat, and as tasty as the croissants and cookies at most coffee shops are, they’re not exactly brain food.
We’ve rounded up some of Philly’s favorite spots to camp out for a few hours (or more), eat a real breakfast or lunch, crush your task list. For our purposes, we’ve stuck with Center City and adjacent neighborhoods; we also made free wi-fi for customers and an actual food menu (however brief) a requirement.
And for when the workday spans meals, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite trendy spots where you might spend a working lunch (and maybe happy hour afterwards) while chowing down on a more substantial, chef-driven menu.
So this has been a helluva week, huh? Long, gray, dark and ugly–both psychologically and meteorologically. Know what I’m thinking? We all need to have a little fun this weekend. Get out there, face-to-face with the world. Have a meal, a couple drinks. Now I’m no doctor, but if I was, that would be my prescription. A couple hours to relax. To eat and drink among friends. And that’s why, if I were a doctor, I’d be everyone’s favorite doctor.
But anyway, if you’re looking for just the right place to go, I can help you there, too. I’ve got a list below of the five places and/or things you should be eating this weekend. Now everyone get out there and have some fun, ok? And don’t worry. Everything will still suck when you get home.
Mission Taqueria (the Mexican restaurant and taco specialist that sits atop Oyster House on Sansom Street) has decided that a normal menu full of tacos and other taco-adjacent cuisine is not enough for them. So they’ve gone and created a “tasting menu”–although, really, what they’ve done is create a prix fixe taco menu with a few additional bells and whistles.
We’ve got the menu. Check it out below.