This Season’s Food and Drink Lineup at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park Returns | Photo via DRWC

Spruce Street Harbor Park Returns | Photo via DRWC

Spruce Street Harbor Park is opening earlier than ever this year, Friday, May 6th. The Delaware Riverfront destination is also expanding its summer restaurant collaborations, adding Chickie’s and Pete’s fries and a Little Fat Ham to a lineup that already includes Franklin Fountain, Federal Donuts, Frozen Delights and Garces Group.

Kevin Sbraga, who just announced a second Fat Ham at the King of Prussia Mall is bringing The Little Fat Ham to the riverfront park. The shipping container-sized Fat Ham won’t be offering hot chicken but will be have hot fish sandwiches, plus pulled pork, beef brisket, spicy pork rinds, corn on the cob, homemade Southern sweet tea and old-fashioned lemonade.

Chickie’s and Pete’s seasoned fries will be available on the Harbor Park’s boardwalk, as will cheesesteaks, crab pretzels and more.

Jose Garces is changing it up this season. His restaurant group has four concepts along the river. On the floating barges you’ll find Distrito Taco serving Mexican street tacos and fresh fruit margaritas. Garces’ food truck will go from tacos to burgers, offering a rotating selection of burgers, as well as fries and a house-made veggie burger. On the boardwalk, Garces’ Froman’s will offer hot dogs, sausages, provolone stuffed pork sausage, kielbasa burgers and Jersey cucumber and tomato salads. Joining Froman’s on the boardwalk will be a new concept, Papas Fritas. The fry stand will offer a selection of toppings including braised short rib, chorizo, chicken Ropa Vieja and queso sauce.

Federal Donuts is back with their runaway success, fried chicken sandwich and magical cinnamon sugar mini-donuts. Franklin Fountain will have two locations from which to serve their ice cream, soft serve custard and milkshakes. The new Franklin Sugar Shack will be a sugar fiend’s paradise with real fruit fancy ices, old-fashioned soft serve custard and tropical drinks made with fresh-pressed sugar cane. No, high-fructose corn syrup here. Daniel Rivera’s waterfront mainstay, Frozen Delights will continue to serve summer staples like ice cream, hot dogs, funnel cake and more.

Look for news on a summer-appropriate collaboration beer from Yards Brewing to be announced in the coming weeks.

Last summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park saw more than 750,000 visitors to its lazy hammocks, boardwalk and urban beach. With a three week head-start, it’s likely the park will trounce that number. The park will be open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, from 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

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