If you’re interested in finding fresh places to dine near your Center City apartment this summer, check out this list of exciting, new restaurants in the area. Experience new menus, flavors with variety of options ranging from Mediterranean to Hawaiian to a summer staple: specialty corndogs.
Goldie, 1526 Sansom Street
From the culinary minds of Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook comes Goldie, a 100-percent vegan falafel shop. Seven days a week enjoy the no-frills, order-at-the-counter goodness of Goldie’s signature chickpea pitas, fries, and tahina shakes.
Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front Street
Evil Genius, the newest brewpub in Fishtown, recognizes itself as a beer “lab” that is constantly testing new flavor combinations. They pride themselves on offering “very serious beer with very silly names,” such as So This is What It Feels Like When Doves Cry and Purple Monkey Dishwasher. In keeping with the fun, industrial atmosphere, their kitchen keeps it simple with selections including Sloppy Joe Sliders, Hoagie Dipped Grilled Cheese, and Dessert Nachos. (Bonus: Enjoy the summer air with their 150-seat beer garden open during the warmer months.)
Poi Dog, 102 S. 21st Street
Haven’t made that trip from your apartment in Center City to Hawaii yet? Head over to Poi Dog Philly and enjoy hybrid Hawaiian-styled street food, which also pulls culinary influence from the Philippines, Japan, and Portugal. When the weather permits, you can also find the Poi Dog food truck roving around the Philadelphia region. Be sure to check out their truck schedule to find where you can get a taste on the go.
Verts Mediterranean Grill, 1601 Market Street
This unique chain specializing in Mediterranean cuisine emphasizes a do-it-yourself meal building layout. Diners start with their choice of pita, rice bowls, or salads, and then layer on the proteins, veggies, and sauce to their hearts content.
Fox & Son Fancy Corndogs, 51 N. 12th Street
Think it’s not possible to have a fancy corndog? Think again. One of the newest additions to Reading Terminal Market, Fox & Son offers delicious menu options from fresh cheese curds, funnel cake, hand cut fries, and specialty corndogs bringing the tastes of summer straight to the city. Their sweet potato or traditional corndogs can be paired with such toppings as poutine, chimichurri sauce, and peanut slaw.
Chick’s, 1807 Washington Avenue
A no-nonsense gastropub near Center City apartments, Chick’s matches classic comfort foods, such as pizza, burgers, and chicken parm sandwiches, with cocktails, wine, and specialty beers that rotate across their 24 taps. Chick’s also offers a fun and delicious brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that features eggs benedict, bananas foster waffles, and Chick’s Bloody Mary.
Spread your culinary wings this season and get out on the town to experience the area’s newest and most delicious delicacies.