All You Can Eat Mussels in Manayunk

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Starting today and running every Wednesday through the summer, Derek’s in Manayunk is offering unlimited bowls of Prince Edward Island mussels of $19.95. You get to choose between a winey-buttery white sauce or their spicy red sauce (or have both). The mussels are served with baskets of Derek’s hand-cut French fries.

It was a harsh winter for Northern Atlantic fishermen, they’ve been shut out of their mussel beds for two months but that means bigger and meatier mussels for you.

Derek’s does warn that they can run out, so get there early and enjoy happy hour as well. Happy hour runs from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and includes $3 for all draft beers, $4 select glasses of wine and a $5 cocktail of the day.

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5 Best Spots to Watch and Celebrate the Manayunk Bike Race

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The annual Philly Cycling Classic could always use a little more cowbell. On Sunday, June 7th, thousands of professional riders from across the globe will gather in Manayunk to compete for a grand prize of $30,000. And this year, for the first time in the race’s 30-year history, women are taking center stage in the featured race of the day. The men’s race will start at 8 a.m., and the ladies take off at 12:30 p.m.

You’ll want to secure a good spot to witness this long-overdue history in the making, so we’ve rounded up a list of prime vantage points to view the race along the 12-mile circuit—from parties and prime picnic spots to a coveted position on The Wall.

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Schuylkill Wildlife Get Spotlighted in New Street Art Project in Manayunk

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Manayunk is getting a blue makeover this summer courtesy of one of Mural Arts’s largest installations ever.

“Waterways,” a collaborative effort between Philadelphia Water and Mural Arts, is a 50-piece outdoor project that begins at Pretzel Park, winds through the Main Street business corridor and finishes up at Venice Island. The exhibit is helmed by local artist Eurhi Jones, who is using a rare vinyl medium to create the vibrant works that will swim along the roughly 10 blocks comprising the installation.

Think of it as the Schuylkill meets Finding Nemo, but without the clownfish. Instead, the images, which act as stepping stones through the neighborhood, will feature Manayunk’s native wildlife, such as herons, shad and crayfish, and pay tribute to the area’s industrial history by incorporating wheels and cogs within the works.

The exhibit will be officially feted this Thursday, May 14th at 6 p.m. with a celebration at Main and Lock streets. The unveiling will include free ice cream and a tour of the entire installment, which ends with some fun time at Venice Island. According to a rep from Philadelphia Water, “Waterways” will be on display for 3 or 4 months, and possibly longer in certain locations. Check out more photos from the exhibit below:



 

Free Spin Classes for Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Runners

The Wall Cycling Studio | Photo by Kara Laufer

The Wall Cycling Studio | Photo by Kara Laufer

If you’re running the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K on Saturday, hold on to your bib after you cross the finish line. The Wall Cycling Studio in Manayunk is offering free indoor cycling classes to Hot Chocolate runners all next week, but you need your entry bib to score the deal.  Read more »

Six Pack: Food Events For Wine Week And Beyond

Manayunk's favorite foodie fest returns for a fall edition this weekend. StrEAT Festival brings over 40 Philly food trucks to Main street, serving up everything from BBQ to cupcakes, with an emphasis on a special seasonal ingredient: apples! Manayunk merchants will offer sidewalk sales and promotions, plus fresh fruits, veggies, and homemade spices, oils, and jams will be available to purchase from the farm stand and gourmet vendors. Kids will be entertained at Recess, a littles-only zone held at Canal View Park, complete with everything from a moon bounce to face painting. Plus, a pop-up beer garden will be the highlight of Cotton Street, offering samples of craft brews to compliment the food truck fare. Come hungry. Sunday, September 28th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Main Street, Manayunk.

Spring stirs up a celebratory air in this city, as festivals and events seem to be happening in every neighborhood all of a sudden. And no celebration is complete without an abundance of food and booze. From one last Wine Week blowout to a patio pig-out,  here are six upcoming food events that you shouldn’t miss this season.

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Spotted in Manayunk: Center City Style With a Four-Stop Elevator

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Chestnut Hill

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Chestnut Hill

Looking for a luxurious place in Manayunk? You might want to check into what’s going on over at Delmar Street. Mainstreet Development Company and Harman Deutsch (Remember Design Home 2014?) have teamed up on four high-end units and this one, located at 234 Delmar Street, is probably the top of the heap. Not to mention: It has a four-stop elevator.  Read more »

Forest & Main Beers at Beast & Ale This Week

beast-and-ale-940Manayunk’s Beast & Ale is offering a ridiculously good tasting menu this week. The sister bar/restaurant of all the Feliz restaurants is offering three courses and three beers from Ambler’s Forest & Main for just $18. They’re also offering the three Forest & Main beers for $10.

Among the beers is Forest & Main’s Petit Dubois, a dark saison aged in apple brandy barrels for six months.

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