Front Street Cafe, Fishtown
The scene: Sunup to sundown noshing
Out back, this all-day eatery has a covered bar, well-placed trees, and tables large enough for all of your friends. The menu has standouts (the tostada grain bowl, the grilled cheese), and there’s kombucha on draft. But the breakfast-until-three thing is why there are regulars. 1253 North Front Street, 215-515-3073. Read more »
Philadelphia ain’t exactly Miami Beach, but when the sun comes out, we’ve got no shortage of places to eat (and drink) outdoors. As a matter of fact, with the city’s recent beer garden obsession (like a million of them have opened in the past couple years) and projects like Morgan’s Pier (which opens for the season this week), there are now places where the ability to have a snack and a cold beer outside are the primary reason for them existing.
So with so many options available to you, how can you possibly choose? Don’t worry. We’ve assembled a list of new places and old favorites which have never let us down once the sun starts shining.
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.
For the first time since Mark Bee took over the Silk City Diner back in 2007, the silver diner is serving brunch every day. In addition to brunch served on weekends, Silk City is back in the breakfast game from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Brunch is served in the diner portion of Silk City and if the weather is nice, in the beer garden as well.
With outdoor dining and drinking season clearly upon us, La Peg has announced its patio menu for the season. The patio is serving up a menu of grilled items like pork chops, salmon and burgers, as well as chilled soups, salads and desserts.
The patio also serves up great views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Race Street Pier and $3 beers.
We first told you about William Street Common (the indoor beer garden in University City from Avram Hornik) back when it opened–toward the beginning of the year and well outside traditional beer garden season. We talked about it again when it’s tipping policy (and flat 20% service charge on all orders) made MSNBC.
But now the seasons have changed and the weather has officially warmed up (I heard my first person complaining about the heat a few days ago), so William Street has some announcements to make.
Add this to your list of summer outside venues: Brittingham’s in Lafayette Hill is opening their outdoor patios this Saturday, April 25.
The restaurant is throwing their second annual patio party, with BBQ sandwiches and specially priced drinks. Seamus McGroary is performing live beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the Secret Service.
The party begins at 4 p.m. and there is a $10 cover at the door. The restaurant has two outdoor areas with fire pits and bars.
Fergus Carey has announced across social media and good old email that he is doing what “all the cool kids are doing” and opening a pop-up beer garden next to his Fergie’s Pub on the 1200 block of Sansom Street. The garden opens at 5 p.m. and will serve food, beer, wine and cocktails.
Saturday, June 22nd from 1 to 5 p.m., Drury Beer Garden is kicking off summer with a sizzling barbecue. The outdoor garden behind Opa will be grilling summer favorites and serving refreshing beers and great drink specials.
The shindig will feature a whole slew of new dishes.
Drury Beer Garden Menu (PDF)