Bars, Restaurants & Dining
A pot of gold for dining, Passyunk makes up a diverse collection of some of Philadelphia’s most high-rated eateries.
For breakfast, Green Eggs Cafe soaks big-as-your-face, decadent stacks of French toast; Black ‘N Brew blends power smoothies and scrambles; and Essen, tucked in a small building across from Acme Market, bakes morning breads – plus, rugelach – that pack more than enough carbs to energize a busy morning.
Essen is also where you’ll find Elixr Coffee, roasted in Center City. Down the street, too, is Rival Bros. – another homegrown Philadelphia roaster with seasonally-swapped brews and breads delivered from High Street on Market, all in a chic ’60s-inspired space.
The Tasty prepares vegan breakfast and lunch items in a kitschy diner setting, while Tiffin and Ratchada Thai scratch the itch for Asian bites for lunch and dinner.
Stateside has consistently won praise for its expert takes on everything from foie gras to whisky cocktails, and Brigantessa is a Passyunk staple for its Italian wood-fired pizzas.
Devil’s Den shines as the meeting ground during winter months, with its comforting fireplace, indulgent comfort foods and wide selection of craft brews. Meanwhile, the “POPE” (Pub On Passyunk East), hosts block parties in the summer and regularly welcomes folks from all corners of the neighborhood. During warm days, Garage, appropriately, opens its garage doors to welcome big crowds to pick from a book of brews rivaling The Dictionary in size.
La Veracruzana on Washington – for an under-the-radar option – has a reputation for some of the best tacos in town, and, to boot, is BYO.
Rounding all that out: Don’t let Triangle Tavern’s dark digs scare you off – it’s a welcoming locale for a drink and hearty eggplant parm. And for quaint, low-key dining experience of New American small plates, try Fond – just off Passyunk Avenue on Tasker Street.
Pick up after-dinner pastries – cannolis, Italian cookies and more – from Termini’s on Eighth Street. And, as a tip: The Lukoil at Broad and Washington carries pints of Bassetts Ice Cream.