Hawthorne makes up the narrow stretch between 11th Street to the east and Broad Street to the west, as well as South Street to the north and Washington Avenue to the south. It exists in the 19147 zip code.
In addition to being within walking distance of Italian Market, Avenue of the Arts and Center City South food-and-drink amenities, Hawthorne is recognized for its restaurants on South Street and South 11th Street – the bookends of the neighborhood.
On South Street, Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge remains a soul staple for both dine-in and take-out, infiltrating a three-floor space with the aromas of fried chicken, candied yams and mac ‘n’ cheese. Not to mention, the sounds of smooth jazz and the clang of ice in cocktail shakers in the warm atmosphere of its three bars.
Just around the bend, Cafe V serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a focus on healthy bites and vegetarian options. Paninis and other hot sandwiches are standouts, with a well-rounded breakfast menu that boasts the morning sweetness of lemon-blueberry ricotta pancakes and the savory indulgence of salmon eggs benedict.
Sansom Kabob House, also on South Street, is a reliable take-out dinner option, touting hearty vegetarian dishes like a cauliflower stew, plus all the kabobs – lamb to Afghani meatballs – a person could ever crave.
Hawthorne’s Beer Cafe, right on the border of Hawthorne and Bella Vista on 11th Street, maintains a refined dinner menu – classics like a crispy-skin salmon, but also General Tso’s cauliflower – to pair with dozens of beers on draft and available in bottles. To boot, it’s one of the few Philadelphia restaurants serving a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch chipped beef gravy for brunch.
The corner of Broad and South streets is the destination for dessert, meanwhile: Big Gay Ice Cream, a New York-originated outpost, delights with milkshakes and quirky themed cones like the Bea Arthur: a vanilla soft serve coated in wafer crumbs. For pastry cravings, the 24-hour City Diner is footsteps away for a late-night slice of pie or a satisfying nightcap.
Hawthorne is a desirable location for its hop-and-a-skip proximity to Avenue of the Arts, which contains the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Suzanne Roberts Theater and the Wilma Theater – which attract regional and national performing arts showcases and, at Kimmel, comedy acts.
Hawthorne Park is a well-kept square park with benches and plenty of grass for picnics or reading a book on a sunny day. Worth a visit is Hawthorne Community Garden, a shining example of urban gardening and easy entry point to get to know fellow neighbors with green thumbs.
The High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, on South Broad Street, is an architectural marvel to behold, a former library dating back to the 1870s.
Fitness buffs can sign up for classes at Sculpt Studio, where bodies twist like a pretzel in a sort of souped-up version of a pilates machine.
For kindergarten through eighth grade, public school students in the 19147 zip code may go to the George W. Nebinger School, the public-charter Christopher Columbus Charter School on the edge of Columbus Square. Andrew Jackson School, Eliza B. Kirkbride School, Vare-Washington Elementary School and William M. Meredith Middle School are other nearby schools to the east of the neighborhood.
For grades nine through 12, local students attend Furness High School, Academy at Palumbo at 11th and Christian streets, or the Creative and Performing Arts School on South Broad Street.
Hawthorne is footsteps away from Whole Foods and Acme Markets farther east along South Street, as well as a Rite Aid and Walgreens for pharmacy and last-minute needs. Save-A-Lot, a discount store, awaits at 13th Street and Washington Avenue.
Hung Vuong Supermarket at 11th Street and Washington Avenue, meanwhile, recalls the essentials of H Mart, keeping shelves stocked with East Asian products and a wide variety of produce – certainly enough options to craft a curry.
Recreational shopping is mostly contained to South Street, where shoppers can browse knick-knacks, vape supplies and other miscellaneous items.
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