Restaurants in Philadelphia's Fishtown: Where to Go, What to Eat
Come and delight your taste buds in the historic center of Philadelphia. Once an industrial center which has experienced many changes, the neighborhood is now buzzing with activity.
This is the quintessential bar and restaurant that perhaps best represents Fishtown. The food and drinks are locally sourced and the live music showcases Philly’s indie rock scene. This once dilapidated building reflected the town that existed in the past. But today it’s filled with a thriving atmosphere. The grilled octopus has received raving reviews, but be sure to try other items such as Johnny Brenda’s take on the Philly Cheesesteak, or the seafood or lamb kabobs. Be open to try anything as the menu changes frequently to reflect what’s fresh and in season.
Built on a philosophy of supporting the local Philadelphia community, Johnny Brenda’s is a bar, restaurant, and music venue featuring a world-class sound
Fette Sau (“fat pig” in German) is a barbecue place that serves dry-rubbed meats, which come from local farms and are smoked in-house. They like to keep things local. Fette Sau is originally from Brooklyn and after winning over the crowds there, it made its way to Philly. The menu changes daily, the sides include favorites like burnt end baked beans, broccoli salad, sauerkraut, and potato chips. The drink list offers nine beers on tap and a variety of North American bourbon and whiskeys.
Memphis Taproom offers craft beer from the states, Belgium, Germany, and England. And if you’re not into beer, check out the carefully selected wine list. Vegans and vegetarians will have their choice of specialties such as the smoked coconut sandwich or the deep-fried pickles with horseradish. There are many plates to choose for brunch, lunch, and dinner. During the warmer months you can enjoy your meal and drink outside.
Guinness World Records has named this place as the world’s first pizza museum, where you’ll find a collection of pizza memorabilia, including pizza-related vinyl records and pizza-themed action heroes. This quirky place offers favorites such as the Forbes Waggensense or the Queenie Delouche, which have been voted some of the best pizzas in Philadelphia and the U.S.
Bottle Bar East
This bar serves over 800 varieties of craft beer, but it’s also an art gallery that showcases local artists. The exhibitions are changed on the first Friday of every month, when Fishtown becomes an outdoor party. You can also enjoy sumptuous sandwiches such as the grilled Philly-style Cuban sandwich.
One of a kind establishment. Great beer selection of over 800 beers to go or for drinking at the bar. 12 beers on draft to enjoy or growler to go
This chic restaurant pours 25 draught beers from around the world, and you can also try signature cocktails and wines. Kraftwork offers locally grown food served up in a variety of ways such as Korean BBQ, tacos, and more. Enjoy sides such as the blue point and tomahawk oysters or the house-made salt and vinegar chips. Come for brunch or dinner—entrees include a burger served with bacon onion jam and Point Reyes blue or Grafton 2-year cheddar cheese; and mussels and fries in a garlic pilsner served with mustard aioli. Hungry yet?
East Girard Gastro Pub
A quaint, intimate pub that offers fresh local food, specialty cocktails, microbrews, an excellent wine selection, and more. Try the delectable happy hour mussels, deviled eggs, shrimp Gnocchi, and more. If you’re looking for dinner options, check out the Hanger Steak with Chimichurri sauce or the Lobster Mac and Cheese.
A fun friendly bar with something for everyone. If you crave tacos, come here for some of the best in Philly. If you happen to come on a Tuesday, you will enjoy more affordable prices. There are over 16 beers on tap which reflect the local diversity. Their burgers and sandwiches offer something for the meat eaters such as the slow roasted brisket, and po boys. If you’re a vegetarian, try the seitan cheesesteak or the veggie cheddar burger.
If you’re craving Mexican food, come down here to get your fill. You can have your chips with Grilled Fruit Guacamole, Spicy Tuna Guacamole, or the Pico de Gallo. If you’re yearning for something very fresh, try the octopus and cactus ceviche or the himachi tiradito. Want something to warm you up? The spicy pork tacos or the chicken tinga should do the trick. For libations, try their draught and bottled beer or signature cocktails, and if you’re brave enough, try the mezcal.
If you happen to be in town on the first Friday of the month, you'll be in the middle of a large block party. Take a stroll and check out the art galleries that are free on this day, listen to the live music, and enjoy the great beer and food.
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