Al Fresco Summer Dining in Philadelphia
Best Restaurants to Dine Al Fresco in Philadelphia: West Philly
You might see the Schuylkill River as a boundary. But it’s a gateway to a leafier land, and one that’s finally cracking the open-air eating code. In keeping with University City’s longtime strength, one of the best new options is a food truck. Tyson Bees’ Korean short-rib tacos are good enough to eat in the shadow of Franklin Field (33rd and Spruce streets), or tote them across the street to the Penn Museum’s Warden Garden for koi-pond quietude and Tiffany-mosaic class.
Feeling beery? City Tap House (3925 Walnut Street, 215-662-0105) has got you covered—and not just with 60 taps and a killer open-faced brisket Reuben. Sit under a parasol, or around a fire pit, and gaze over a green-roof meadow of succulents and flowering forbs. Just don’t order dessert, because down on the ground-level patio Capogiro has sun-splashed tables, inspired gelato—and a bar stocked with Italian aperitivi.
To tap into West Philly at its most neighborly, grab a slice of Americana on the vast corner sidewalk in front of the Gold Standard Café (4800 Baltimore Avenue, 215-727-8247), where Roger Harman and Vince Whittacre overcame paint-bomb vandals in 2009 to turn their new location into a friendly bastion of comfortable diversity.
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