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Throwback Thursday: Starr’s Cafe

Way before there was a Stephen Starr and his twenty-one or so Philadelphia restaurants, there was a Starr’s Cafe. This 1917 photo of Margaret Street and […]

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Throwback Thursdays: 1983 Restaurant Festival

Night Market is a recent phenomena in Philadelphia but it isn’t the first food festival the city has ever seen. As this photo from 1983 demonstrates, […]

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Throw Back Thursdays: Di Bruno Bros

Long before Throwback Thursdays were a thing on Facebook and Twitter, we used to occasionally run a feature called Retro-raunts. But since Throwback Thursdays are […]

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30 Cent Drinks at McGillin’s … in 1933

If you’re looking for a cheap drink try McGillin’s Olde Ale House … circa 1933. A South Philadelphia resident recently found a bit of history from […]

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Retroraunt: Chinatown

While perusing the Library of Congress web site we stumbled upon this photo of 909 Race Street in Chinatown. We’re not sure of the date […]

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Cinderella Once Promoted Pat’s Chili Dogs

WXPN’s The Key posted a 1983 commercial for Pat’s Chili Dogs featuring hometown rockers Cinderella. Pat’s Chili Dogs had two locations, one at Route 420 […]

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Retroraunt: An Early Food Truck

University of Pennsylvania Archives and Record Center Though food trucks are currently taking the city by storm, they aren’t a new phenomena. Penn Current uncovered […]

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Retroraunt: Jose Pistola’s

Turns out those windows on the Latimer side of Jose Pistola’s have been bricked over since at least 1960 when the spot was Lorelei Lounge. […]

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The Trocodero Through the Years

Perusing the PhillyHistory web site as we’re prone to do we discovered these photos from the Trocadero’s colorful past. First up is this 1978 photo […]

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Retroraunt: Rusty Scupper

Before it was a failed Will Smith hotel project and an eyesore of a hole in the ground, New Market was a glistening complex full […]

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Retro-Raunt: Pub Tiki

Photo via Arkiva Tropika Drawing for Food visited the Pub in Pennsauken a bit back, a retro experience in and of itself but they also […]

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Retro-raunt: Locker’s Restaurant

Our favorite web site PhillyHistory.org has added 1,700 images from the collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The photos are primarily from the 1876 […]

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The Louis Bergdoll Brewery

In honor of Beer Weekend we thought we’d share this 1948 photograph of the Louis Bergdoll Brewery at 29th and Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart […]

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Some Things Don’t Change

At Foobooz we are consumed with what’s new and changing, so sometimes it’s nice to know there are places that stand the test of time. […]

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Old City Retro-raunt

We gave Old City a bit of a rough time this week but we have to give props. Congrats to the Middle East Restaurant (seen […]