Field Guide: The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Fishtown and Kensington


We hope you’re hungry, and thirsty Photo by | Jeff Fusco

Maybe you think you know Frankford Avenue. You’ve met friends for table tennis, jenga and liters of German beer at Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall. You’ve gotten the high score on Asteroids at Barcade. Maybe even checked out the pizza and pizza museum that is Pizza Brain. But even 12 years after William Reed took over Johnny Brenda’s and made it the Avenue’s shining welcome beacon, the best days for the corridor are still ahead of it.

Our field guide takes you on an eating and drinking tour of the rest of the best on the food mecca that is the Frankford Avenue — a full day’s worth of delicious debauchery.

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Bottle Bar East and Joe’s Steaks Bring You Beer Floats

beer-floatsRoot beer floats are great. When you’re a kid and it’s summertime and it’s hot, there are few things better than that classic soda, ice cream combo. But when you’re an adult it can get better. What’s better than root beer? Real beer.

This is where the folks at Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop and Bottle Bar East come in with their timely collaboration: beer floats.

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Beer and Burlesque Happening Tonight

bottle-bar-east-burlesqueBottle Bar East at 1308 Frankford Avenue is hosting their monthly Beer and Burlesque night tonight with dancing and sideshows. The show happens on the first Thursday of each month and the festivities begin at 8 p.m.

The fun comes with a $7 cover charge but where else can you mix your striptease with fresh bottles Yards Cape of Good Hope?

Bottle Bar East [Foobooz]

More Cheese News: There’s Gonna Be A Cheese Curd Truck In Philly!


I want you to take a minute and think: What would be the best possible kind of food truck that could open next in Philly?

If you said anything to do with cupcakes, you’re wrong. Bacon? Get over it. Yakitori would be nice, sure. And so would some kind of mobile meatball-and-charcuterie operation that just followed me around all day dispensing meatball hoagies and salami sandwiches. But you know what the best thing would be? A truck that offered hot, battered and deep-fried cheese curds. Just big, heaping baskets of them, still steaming-hot, maybe topped with a little gravy or something…

So wait, is there a cheese curd truck coming to Philly or not?

Free First Friday Chimay at Bottle Bar East

We made our first stop at Bottle Bar East a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed the chill vibe and all those coolers full of beer to choose from. Tonight they’re offering a free Chimay tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. And the Frankford Avenue bar is following that up with live jazz from the Victor North Trio till 11 p.m.

Bottle Bar East [Official Site]

Bottle Bar East Introduces Food Menu

Bottle Bar East has launched its full food menu, so now you have something to soak up and pair with their delicious craft beers. The menu consists of soups and stews, pickles, grilled sandwiches, and selections of meats and cheeses.

These aren’t any flimsy bar snacks either, we’re talking the real deal, like a Grilled Philly Cuban with prosciutto cotto, prosciutto parma, pecorino crottonese, roasted pepper and pickles, cheese selections from around the world and a pickle menu that’ll impress, consisting of caramelized crimini onions, cumin mushrooms, and spicy green beans, just to name a few. They also feature a “local” section within their sandwiches, with all the ingredients hailing from within 168 miles.

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