Six Takeout Options Perfect for a Delicious, Socially-Distant Fourth of July

The perfect barbecue, cheesesteaks, desserts and beers to help you enjoy the long weekend.

Musi’s Frizwit | Photo by Michael Prince

Indoor dining is not coming back this weekend, but the 4th of July is here, and with it the desire to get outside, eat, drink and be merry. We get it. Some people may join the hoards at the Jersey Shore, but those in the city require excellent libations to keep our spirits up. Here are five options for portable food and drinks that will make the holiday weekend feel special, even if it’s not quite what we expected.

Musi Frizwit
For a long time, Musi did their Frizwit pop-up only once a month and it regularly sold out. Starting July 3rd, they’ll be offering these locally-sourced, extremely delicious cheesesteaks for pick-up every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re headed out for a holiday hike, ask for your sandwich extra tightly wrapped and throw it in your backpack for a mid-hike recharge.

Hungry Pigeon Picnic
For $100, Hungry Pigeon’s 4th of July Picnic includes pork barbecue, chimichurri potato salad, panzanella salad, collards, potato rolls and a whole strawberry rhubarb pie. That’s right, a whole pie! Order online for pick-up on Saturday.


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South Jazz Kitchen 
Barbecue is a classic 4th of July choice, and honestly it’s pretty hard to do well, so it’s probably better to just leave it up to the experts. South’s special 4th of July picnic offers smoked chicken, brisket, andouille sausage, AND lamb burgers, plus sides — the whole package is about $115, but it feeds at least four. Plus, you can order cocktails to go.


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Cloud Cups
Cloud Cups ice cream is infused with CBD, which means it will make you feel relaxed — a highly coveted feeling these days. Flavors like Nutella, passion fruit, and virgin mojito feel super-summery, and the portable cups are easy to throw in a cooler for a picnic. Order online for pick up at locations across the city.


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Triple Bottom Brewing
No 4th of July celebration is complete without a beverage, preferably an alcoholic one.  Triple Bottom Brewery’s Blueberry Lemonade Sour Shandy is an ideal summer beer — low ABV, made with summer fruit and brewed to taste like water ice. Pick up a 32 oz. crowler (or two) on Friday or Saturday to pair with your picnic.


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Siddiq’s Real Fruit Water Ice
No Philadelphia 4th of July celebration is complete without water ice. Siddiq’s is made with, that’s right, real fruit, so it’s extra flavorful and refreshing. Check out their West Philly location, as well as their spot in Chester.


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