Best of Philly

2023 Roadside Snack

Carter’s Watermelons

In the 1940s, Georgia civil rights activist Dover Carter and his wife moved with their 10 kids to Philadelphia amid rising racial tensions down South and opened a watermelon stand in West Philly, where he continued to sell the sweetest watermelons around for more than 40 years. Nowadays, his descendants carry on the tradition of excellence seven days of the week, in season, in Southwest Philly, on the side of the road. There’s no stand — just watermelons sitting on a patch of grass along the road. Be sure to let one of the Carters pick out the watermelon you take home; they’re the experts.

84th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19153;