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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Front Street Cafe Now Open All Day

front-street-cafe-940After gradually expanding its operations from breakfast into lunch/brunch, then into dinner, Fishtown’s Front Street Cafe celebrated with an official opening party last night.

The restaurant at Front and Thompson streets had been the subject of much buzz in the months leading up to its opening, and now that it’s open from wake-up call to last call, it’s already attracted a local following.

A Fishtowner of my acquaintance said that it was already “the place for meetings” in the area, which includes next-door South Kensington and Northern Liberties. The second-floor dining area, where sofas and armchairs keep the tables company, is well suited to handle such functions.

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Front Street Cafe: Proof a Healthy (and Delicious!) Grab-and-Go Breakfast Is Possible 

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This morning, I made my way over to Fishtown’s newly opened Front Street Cafe at the corner of Front and Thompson Streets, steps away from the subway, excited to feast on all sorts of healthy breakfast delights in the name of work (yeah, my job is pretty awesome sometimes). So when I got there, I was bummed to find out that they have yet to complete their menu (they just opened Monday), so until mid-October, they’re only slinging stuff from their juice and coffee bar — smoothies, made-to-order juices, tons of teas, lattes and such — along with pre-made fare.

But turns out, this limited selection actually led to a really useful discovery: Front Street Cafe has already mastered the art of the healthy grab-and-go breakfast, a truly difficult thing to get your hands on on those desperate mornings when you’re starving, short on time, and not trying to eat a Starbucks breakfast sandwich or a calorie-heavy bagel with cream cheese.  Read more »

Heaven for Healthy Food Lovers Opening in Fishtown 

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If you spend time in Fishtown on the regular, you’ve probably noticed a building under the El (at the corner of Thompson and Front) being transformed into what looks like a hip eatery with an awesome outdoor space, right? Well, our friends over on Foobooz have the scoop on what that space will be: It’s called Front Street Cafe, and it sounds like a sort of on-Earth heaven for the health-food-obsessed.

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Opening Soon: Front Street Cafe

Front Street Cafe Exterior

When it finally opens, Front Street Cafe promises to bring fresh, sustainable fare to the Fishtown neighborhood. The restaurant’s main goal is to nourish the community, which means a couple of things.

First, they’ll be open early serving juices, coffee, smoothies and grab-n-go meals for morning commuters (they’re located just a block away from Girard Station at the corner of Thompson and Front). Second, their brunch and dinner options will be organic, sustainable and focused on putting fresh, healthier spins on comfort food classics.

Nothing has been finalized yet (including the opening date and the full menu), but the people at Front Street have given us plenty to get excited about.

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