Bars, Restaurants & Dining
Fishtown residents are fortunate to be able to start their day with two of the best coffee shops in town: ReAnimator Coffee, which roasts all sorts of flavorful beans for wholesale and by-the-cup at their Susquehanna Avenue shop, as well as nationally renowned La Colombe, which operates its largest shop – truly, its flagship – on Frankford Avenue, complete with a tasting room, full food menu and a selection of rums.
Lunch options are in abundance; grab a taco or burrito to-go from Loco Pez, munch on a burger and a beer at Johnny Brenda’s, or pop into Primo Hoagie’s for a quick-but-authentic Italian hoagie
Dinner options are properly indulgent, ranging from the smoked meats and comfort foods of Fette Sau to the near-confusingly casual Irish pub Murph’s, host to one of the finest Italian menus in the city. New to the neighborhood is the hard-to-miss, post-apocalyptic-themed Mad Rex, with a truck shooting flames just outside its doorstep to lure in patrons and a delicious meat-heavy menu to keep them there.
Bottle Bar East serves a comfort-food dinner, with a Philly cheesesteak with a homemade cheese sauce, plus burgers and cauliflower tacos. Just down Frankford Avenue are the well-rounded hotspots Frankford Hall, an indoor/outdoor bar & restaurant styled after a German biergarten, serving up cold brews, burgers and pretzels.
At the corner of Frankford Avenue and Girard Avenue, Garage North serves a seemingly endless selection of craft brews in a large indoor/outdoor space peppered with weathered automotive memorabilia.
Across the street is Joe’s Steaks, a popular spot for cheesesteaks, burgers and milkshakes. One block away is Sancho Pistola’s, where adventurous drinkers can brace themselves for the bite of a mezcal, followed up with a late-night-eats happy hour consisting of half-off tacos.
And if the sweet tooth is aching for a fix, the discreetly located Ramona Susan’s Bakeshop promises desserts just like mom made – only, debatably, even better.