Philadelphia is a “Top Green City”!

According to Organic Gardening Magazine, Philadelphia is  “An urban area working to make their neighborhoods (and the planet) healthier and more sustainable.”

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Philadelphia
Score: 15.686
Population: 1,450,000

Since 1974, Philadelphia Green, a pioneer urban greening program, has advocated for the development and care of community gardens and open spaces all over the city. The Mill Creek Farm has turned a once-vacant lot into a source of affordable organic food—and a model for sustainable living—in its low-income community in West Philadelphia. Helping to clean the Philadelphia air are the more than 25,000 residents that participate in PhillyCarShare, the world’s largest regional car-sharing organization.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the world’s largest indoor flower show. theflowershow.com.

 

University City— We aren’t kidding around when we say University City is a family-friendly neighborhood. With a wide array of attractions, University City can be a kid’s kind of place. This neighborhood boasts many beautiful parks, a myriad of family-friendly destinations, and countless entertainment opportunities that can be fun for kids and enjoyable for the whole family. And, don’t forget, just beyond our boundaries lies Bartram’s Garden, the Philadelphia Zoo and the Please Touch Museum. So grab the family and head to University City! -University City District.

Parks/Playgrounds:

Clark Park: Established in 1895, Clark Park is in the heart of Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood. With more than 300 trees, the park covers nine acres. The park’s boundaries are Baltimore Avenue, Woodland Avenue, 43rd Street and 45th Street.

Drexel Park:  Both Powelton residents and Drexel students flock to this 2.5-acre oasis for its walking paths, benches and open green space, where picnics, Frisbee games, reading and sunbathing are the main activities. And that view—it makes a typical day in the park visually stunning.

James G. Kaskey Memorial Garden: A densely-planted botanical garden with trees, shrubs, flowers, ground cover, and grass; mulched paths and slate steps; wood and iron benches; branches, railroad ties, Belgian block, is a green space named the James G. Kaskey Memorial Garden. The garden and pond was originally created under the direction of Provost Harrison as part of the great transformation of the campus in the 1890s.

Penn Park: Penn Park, located east of the Highline and stretching from Walnut Street to South Streets, features both passive and active recreation and athletic components. Formal and informal play fields are framed and subdivided by canopy trees, lawns, and meadows.

Camp:

Philadelphia Summer Camps: A blog dedicated to Philadelphia area summer camp programs.

Attractions/ Things To Do:

Shotokan Karate: South Philly Karate Classes for All Ages (222 South 45th Street)

University City Arts League: 40 classes for all age groups being offered including pottery nearly every day (for kids and adults), capoeira (for kids and adults) and a whole set of advanced classes for 4th graders and up.
For the fourth graders the advanced classes include Calligraphy, Graphic Design and Mixed Media and Collage. New classes for younger kids include yoga, and knitting and fiber arts. See the full After-school schedule. (4226 Spruce St.)

40th Street Summer Series: University City District, The Rotunda and Penn come together again this year to present the 40th Street Summer Series, a free family-friendly outdoor concert series in University City. For nine years, the Summer Series has hosted world-renowned performers on the green space at 40th and Walnut Streets, just behind the Walnut West Free Library. This year, the series will expand to five concerts on the last Saturday of May-September, complete with Give and Take jugglers, fire artists, face painting, balloon art, and more.

The Penn Museum: If you called its 12-ton Egyptian sphinx “one in a million,” you’d be right: it is just one in a collection of nearly a million objects at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (commonly known as the “Penn Museum”)—one of the world’s finest archaeological and anthropological museums.

University City Family Fun Card: a PDF with a number of family friendly options in U-City.

Kid Friendly Restaurants / Stores:

Hip City Vedge: 214 S. 40th St.

Little Baby’s Ice Cream: 4903 Catherine St.

Bliss Juices and Ice Cream: 4420 Walnut St.

Children and Infant’s Clothing Stores:

Happy Kid (200 S 52nd St)

Other Kid Friendly Stores:

Locust Moon Comics: (34 S 40th St.)

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University City District: All About University City

We always enjoy articles highlighting what kind of home a certain amount of money will buy you in a variety of  U.S. cities. This particular POST compares NY, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin and Chicago. We wanted to add some Philadelphia properties to that list, so here is what $500,000 will get you in our fair city:

 

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114 E. Moreland Ave. Philadelphia, Pa 19118

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520 Carpenter Ln. #2G, Philadelphia, Pa 19119

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7111 McCallum St. Philadelphia, Pa 19119

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440 S. Broad St. Unit 1504, Philadelphia, Pa 19146

 

History
University City is a name for the easternmost region of West Philadelphia. The University of Pennsylvania has long been the dominant institution in the area and was instrumental in coining the name University City as part of a 1950s urban-renewal effort. Today, Drexel University and The University of The Sciences in Philadelphia also call University City home.

The eastern side of University City is home to the Penn and Drexel campuses, several medical institutions, independent centers of scientific research, 30th Street Station and the Cira Centre. The western side contains Victorian and early 20th-century housing stock and is primarily residential.

Tree-lined streets, public gardens, and open green spaces make University City a verdant, livable community. Neighbors shop together for fresh produce at farmer’s markets, dine in cozy restaurants, and listen to open-air concerts and plays, all within blocks of the distinctive wide porches of the leafy residential areas.

University City grows each year, adding occupants, restaurants, world-class institutions, and programming, making it one of the most livable, well-kept, and friendly neighborhoods in Philadelphia. (Wikipedia / UniversityCity.org)

Boundaries
Schuylkill River to the east; Spring Garden Street, Powelton Avenue, and Market Street to the north; 52nd Street to the west; and Woodland Avenue, University Avenue, and Civic Center Boulevard to the south.

Zip Codes: 19104, 19139, and 19143

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History
South Philadelphia began as a satellite town of Philadelphia, with small townships such as Moyamensing and Southwark. During the Industrial Revolution, the area saw rapid growth, in part due to mass immigration from Ireland. Its urbanized border reached that of Philadelphia. Along with all other jurisdictions in the county, South Philadelphia became part of the City of Philadelphia proper with passage by the Pennsylvania legislature of the city/county Act of Consolidation, 1854. The area continued to grow, becoming a vital part of Philadelphia’s large industrial base and attracting immigrants from Italy, Ireland and Poland and many other countries during the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as Black American migrants from the southern United States during the Great Migration of the early 20th century. The immigrants and migrants became the basis of South Philadelphia’s unique and vibrant culture that developed over the next several decades.

Most of South Philadelphia’s communities are largely Italian American. There also continue to be many ethnic Irish Americans and African Americans. An increase in late 20th-century immigration has given South Philadelphia significant populations from Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand; as well as from Russia and Mexico, and smaller groups from dozens of nations across the world. Today, many vendors at the Italian Market are of Asian descent, and Vietnamese and Thai restaurants are interspersed with historic Italian ones in the Market area. The recent revitalization of Center City Philadelphia and the subsequent gentrification of adjacent neighborhoods has led to dramatic rises in prices of housing in the neighborhoods of historic Queen Village, Bella Vista, and some other parts of South Philadelphia.

Many of the community clubs that create the annual Mummers Parade every New Year’s Day have traditionally been from South Philadelphia, especially those located on the largely Irish American S. 2nd Street (“Two Street”) in the Pennsport neighborhood. (From Wikipedia)

Boundaries
The neighborhood is bordered by South Street to the north, the Delaware River to the east and south, and the Schuylkill River to the west.

Zip Codes: 19145, 19146, 19147, and 19148

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  • SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway services South Philadelphia and provides quick access to Center City and North Philadelphia.
  • A number of SEPTA bus routes also serve South Philadelphia, ferrying commuters to and from Center City and its immediate suburbs.

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When the weather gets hot, Philadelphia really comes alive! With more and more people coming into the city for the 4th of July Celebrations and the mounting summer festivals popping up, you should never be at a loss for something to do in the sweltering summer months! Here are a few hand-picked events happening in the upcoming months complements of VisitPhilly.com:

The Visit Philly Beer Garden Happy Hour Series: 12 Weeks. 6 Beer Gardens. Endless Good Times.

In order to take advantage of Philly’s wealth of awesome beer gardens, we’ve created a brand new rotating happy hour series called the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series. Launching on Friday, June 6 at Morgan’s Pier, and visiting a single beer garden each week through August, the pop-up happy hours will run from 4 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and include specials on food and local craft beer.

Spruce Street Harbor Park: A Pop-up Summertime Village on the Delaware River

From Friday, June 27 through Sunday, August 31, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation transforms the Penn’s Landing Marina at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street into a pop-up summertime village with a beer garden, restaurant and more. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s new jewel boasts all of the essential elements for a summertime revery — ample outdoor seating, local beer offerings and higher-end grab-and-go food available from a cargo container — and will be free and open to the public every day from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The pop-up spot also features a hammock garden, boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and a series of floating barges with lily pad water gardens.

Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens: Celebrate Summer in a beautiful setting with some jaw-dropping fountains and fireworks!

The entire family will enjoy Longwood Gardens’ light and sound spectacular, a summer tradition at the internationally celebrated gardens. These extravaganzas combine lavish fireworks, stirring music and the celebrated colorful illuminated fountains of the 1,050-acre horticultural showplace created by industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954). The result is an unforgettable display that lights the evening sky. Fireworks have been used at Longwood since at least 1907, the year after du Pont purchased the property. Each display typically attracts approximately 5,000 people. The fountains and fireworks are operated by carefully synchronized computer programs, and the music is chosen to complement the displays.

Wawa Welcome America! Fireworks: Celebrate Philadelphia’s biggest day of the year with some of the best fireworks you’ll ever see!

When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, nobody rocks it like Philadelphia, America’s birthplace, and 2014—the country’s 238th birthday—will be no exception thanks to festive happenings before, during and after the Fourth of July. Celebrate during the Wawa Welcome America! Festival from June 28-July 4, a week of festive events, including the largest free concert in America starring Philly hometown heroes The Roots.

It wouldn’t be Independence Day without fireworks and this year there are several explosive shows happening in Philadelphia during the week of July 4th. Get the best view with our guides to watching the fireworks displays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Delaware River, below.

PLEASE NOTE: All fireworks shows and events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.

Upcoming Fireworks Shows

Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks

Date: Friday, July 4 | Where to Watch Map – Parkway
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m.*
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
Concert: The week-long celebration culminates with the “Largest Free Concert in America” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Enjoy performances from The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande and Vicci Martinez before the explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Spectacular

Date: Saturday, July 5
Location: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing | Where to Watch Map – Penn’s Landing
Fireworks: Immediately following final performance, between 9:30-10 p.m.*
Concert: Enjoy a patriotic evening of music with the United States Army Marching Band “Pershing’s Own” followed by the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Celebration.

We all know that Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, but did you ever wonder how they were named? We found a pretty comprehensive list on Mentalfloss. Follow the link and enjoy!

 

Philadelphia has always been a world class city. For many years it has thrived in the areas of arts and culture, historical significance and architecture. However, until recently, Philly has never been known as a culinary hotbed.  Sure, there were a few heavy hitters, but nothing like it’s current offerings. These days, it seems Philadelphia gives cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco a run for their money in edible excitement. We are a city of neighborhoods filled with BYOB’s, Iron Chefs and Ethnic Delicacies.

The Old City/Society Hill area is one of the most dense, restaurant-wise, in the city of Philadelphia. Being ground zero of the birth of our nation, this area represents colonial charm with quaint cobblestone streets lined with dozens upon dozens of excellent restaurants and bars. Enjoy our summary of the best of the area!

ETHNIC:

Amada: (Spanish) The gorgeous rustic-chic restaurant and bar has embraced the rich traditions of Spanish gastronomy while incorporating avant-garde cooking techniques.

Morimoto: (Japanese) The restaurant’s namesake and head chef, Morimoto (of Food Network’s Iron Chef fame), has created a menu offering the very best in contemporary Japanese cusine. While regulars flock here for the exquisitely prepared sushi, Morimoto offers diners a broad spectrum of flavors that delve beyond nigiri and sashimi.

Buddakan: (Asian Fusion) The fare is top notch — appetizers include seared kobe beef carpaccio, endamme ravioli, miso tuna tartare and tea smoked spareribs. For the main course, delve into delicious dishes like Japanese black cod, wasabi crusted filet mignon, roasted ponzu chicken and collosal tempura shrimp. For dessert, the chocolate bento box will please just about anyone.

Cuba Libre: (Cuban) Dedicated to a continued exploration of Cuban heritage, art, music, flavors and traditions. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, upbeat Latin music and Concept Chef/Partner, Guillermo Pernot’s delectable menu of ‘Nuevo Cubano’ dishes and traditional favorites, make all of our restaurants a must-see, must-experience dining destination.

Zahav: (Middle Eastern) With the opening of Zahav, chef Michael Solomonov realized his dream of bringing the flavors of his native Israel to his. adopted city of Philadelphia.

Eulogy: (European) The restaurant features Philadelphia’s largest beer selection with an amazing menu of over 300 international and domestic craft brewed bottled beers and 21 draught beers are served every day. Ranked as the fifth best beer restaurant in the United States by ratebeer.com beer menu highlights include “Eulogy’s Busty Blonde” beer brewed by La Binchoise Brewery in Belgium exclusively for Eulogy Belgian Tavern. The Belgian owned restaurant features a full menu of award winning Belgian and casual dining American foods.

Spasso: (Italian) When you’re dining at Spasso, you can expect great food at a reasonable price. Spasso’s open kitchen produces a menu that combines a full array of fresh seafood and meat, an assortment of appetizers, fresh vegetables, and homemade pasta. All the desserts are made on the premises, so be sure to save some room.

Positano Coast: (Italian) For an extraordinary dining experience, savor mouthwatering inspired Italian cuisine, such as the Sea Urchin Pasta, Beef Tenderloin, Pan Seared Branzino, Gnocchi Gorgonzola, Grilled Octopus and of course, the must have Crudo. Positano Coast welcomes guests to sample delicious selections from the menu, including the freshest fish and seafood, the Crudo menu (the Italian version of sashimi) and creative variations of classic Italian dishes. With menu options for everyone in your group, including those seeking traditional Italian flavors and certainly for the adventurous palates, Positano Coast offers a dining experience unlike any other in Philadelphia.

Han Dynasty: (Chinese) Award winning Sichuan style Chinese restaurant.

Aqua: (Thai / Malaysian) With a passion for fine food, a gifted expert chef, and love of hospitality, Aqua Restaurant welcomes you to experience the best in Asian dining right here in Philadelphia. Their distinctive menu features entrées from South East Asia.

Plough and The Stars: (Irish) The Plough and The Stars is Philadelphia’s premier Irish Pub.

Zento: (Japanese) Contemporary Japanese Cuisine and Sake bar.

Kabul: (Afghan) This understated, long-running BYO sleeper takes you out of loud Old City via delectable Afghan dishes and a quiet setting that charms. There’s nothing more you can ask for besides an excellent value, and a staff that is as attentive as possible.

Ristorante Panorama: (Italian) A feast for the senses, Ristorante Panorama offers authentic trattoria-style dining in the heart of Old City. The flavors of the Northern region influence this Philadelphia Italian restaurant, featuring homemade pastas, authentic veal dishes, and fresh seafood specialties.

Kisso: (Japanese)  Come and enjoy the edible art here at Kisso Sushi Bar in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia. Kisso’s menu reflects the eclectic upbringing and taste of its chef and owner, Alex Park. BYOB.

Karma: (Indian) One of Philadelphia’s very best Indian restaurants.

La Famiglia: (Italian) An old world inspired menu, an exquisite wine list and flawless service to create the most romantic and memorable dining experience in Philadelphia.

La Locanda Del Ghiottone: (Italian) “You can smell the garlic a block away” from this “attitude”-filled Italian BYO in Old City, where “made-to-order” “classics” (mushroom crêpes, mussels) are slung with “panache” by “bossy”, “colorful” waiters who are quick to “dish out food as well as quips”; “you really feel like part of the family here”, so “don’t expect a quick meal” and don’t forget the cash. -Zagat.

European Republic: (European) A restaurant serving up fresh and healthy European wraps in the Philadelphia area!

Xochitl: (Mexican) While the food has its ambitious moments — like the deconstructed tamale served without its typical corn husk — there’s no pretension, simply a solid, modern play on classic Mexican fare. Both custom-ordered guacamole and ceviche serve as perfect starters, and from there, it can become a Tecate and taco night. Or you can make it a tequila flight, short rib and red snapper affair. Either way, prepare to leave wanting to return to Xochitl.

Pizzicato: (Italian)Since 1997, Pizzicato, the Olde City Landmark brings the robust flavors of Italy with hand crafted pastas, pizza, and truly authentic Italian cuisine.

Hibachi: (Japanese) Hibachi possesses all the qualities of a perfect dining experience. Enjoy the finest in steak and seafood skillfully prepared and presented with great flair by Master teppan-yaki chefs over an open flame on your table top grill.

Ariana: (Afghan) Experience the unique flavors of authentic Afghan cuisine. Traditional specialties, skillfully prepared and attentively served in a cozy environment.

Uzu: (Sushi) UZU, meaning “whirlpools” in Japanese, are known to produce some of the most fresh fish in the world.  At UZU, they aim to please every customer serving Grade-A sushi and sashimi, as well as some of the most creative rolls in the city.

Pagoda Noodle Cafe’: (Chinese) A simple, unassuming noodle bar.

Lucha Cartel: (Mexican) National Mechanics’ new Philadexican cousin Lucha Cartel is serving a tex-mex mix of apps and entrees at 2nd and Chestnut along with a bevy of beverages like mojitos, margs and a host of specialty cocktails. The decor is your typical rudos y tecnicos battling dia de los muertos monsters in a bloodbath of distressed bar stools, prickly cacti and evocative lighting. Your typical Mexican joint, basically.

El Azteca: (Mexican) Amigos abound for these “nothing-fancy” Mexican twins in Mount Laurel and Wash West that are “better than the big chains” with “authentic”, “consistently good” comida, “reasonable prices” and an offer to BYOT (bring your own tequila); the staff is “friendly”, the vibe is “comfortable, not uppity” and the decor? – well, “it’s one of those places you can’t judge by looks.” – Zagat

La Veranda: (Italian) Old School Italian Restaurant on the Waterfront.

Rosa Blanca: (Spanish) Rosa Blanca features a rotisserie in the kitchen, comfort food on the menu, and a take-out counter with a variety of Cuban coffee and pastries.

GASTROPUBS:

Triumph:  Always 9 or 10 Triumph brews on tap with a solid selection of pub food.

Race Street Cafe: Sit inside the low-key café and you’ll feel like you’ve settled into a rustic bistro: heavy wood beams hold up the ceiling, a wood stove warms the room, and a gas street lamp throws dim light on exposed brick. During the warmer months you are likely to find the large barn doors on the front of the building propped wide open looking out onto the sidewalk dining and passers by. Friendly bartenders and a broad selection of 15 beers on tap, with one hand pump, help you wet your whistle. The menu is simple but accomplished with a blackboard list of specials and a focus on seasonality of local products.

Cooperage Whiskey and Wine Bar: Gastropub meets southern soul, Cooperage: A Wine & Whiskey Bar combines southern bistro fare with an eclectic list of wine and whiskey.

PIZZA / CHEESESTEAKS:

LaScala: Since 2005, LaScala’s Restaurant and Bar has been serving up quality Italian-American home-style cuisine in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district.

Soho Pizza: Offers a wide selection of brick oven pizzas.

Pizzeria Stella: Combining Philadelphia’s love of pizza and Stephen Starr restaurants, the restaurateur has opened Pizzeria Stella, a gourmet-minded, neighborhood pizza shop.

Gianfranco Pizza Rustica: GianFranco Pizza Rustica has always given the people of Philadelphia quality food, fast delivery, and great customer service… all at a palatable price. Their pizza, pasta, and meats are prepared freshly daily in their kitchens.

Margherita Pizza: Pizza with a thin-crispy crust.

Pete’s Pizza Joint: Crispy crust and large prices.

Barra: Basic pizza place with a nice variety of pies.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Jones: (American) Shaggy, stylish décor and unfussy, upscale comfort food are the focus at this moderately priced, 70s-themed restaurant.

Continental: (American) The creative cocktails and imaginative décor at this diner-made-martini bar creates an atmosphere all its own, making it one of the hottest night spots in Old City.

Fork:(American) Ellen Yin’s elegantly casual New American bistro helped pave the way for Old City’s revival in the mid-1990s. Ever since, Fork’s consistent output of finely crafted and inventive cuisine has made it a neighborhood classic. With Chef Eli Kulp in the kitchen, Fork has continued to reinvent itself time and time again. Fork has a variety of menu options including a fixed price menu that offers diners the opportunity to choose from among Chef Kulp’s wealth of creative dishes and customize their own multi-course supper. Fork’s menu changes frequently throughout the year to showcase the region’s finest produce, seafood and meat.

Farmicia: (American) FARMiCiA is the conception of Kevin Klause (formerly of the White Dog Cafe), James Barrett and Wendy Smith Born (owners of Metropolitan Bakery), who share a vision of a restaurant that captures the pleasures of simply crafted food and excellent beverages served in a relaxed yet lively environment. The emphasis is on great tasting food and beverages crafted from local, organic, and artisanal producers.

City Tavern:(American) Est. 1773, City Tavern hosted the first July 4th celebration. Paul Revere stopped here on his midnight ride & the unofficial White House. Chef Walter Staib, host of PBS A Taste of History has recreated 18th century cuisine.

Wedge and Fig: (Modern American) A cheese-bistro in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia. If you like carefully chosen cheese, hearty soups or salads, and inspired sandwiches, you’ve found the right spot!

National Mechanics: (Pub Food) National Mechanics is the most authentic new bar Old City has seen in years. The space is large but feels very neighborhood-like. And with a menu full of delicious bar fare and more than 15 beers on draught, National Mechanics is a place you should add to your to-do list.

Khyber Pass Pub: (Creole, Cajun) Khyber Pass Pub is a historic Old City tavern that features a beautiful bar handcrafted in 1876. One of Philadelphia’s oldest bars and a ‘Philadelphia Magazine’ Best of Philly 2011 winner, the menu features an extensive selection of craft beers, authentic New Orleans specialties, hickory-smoked barbecue, and tasty vegan and vegetarian options.

Moshulu:(American, Seafood) Docked permanently on the Penn’s Landing waterfront, the Moshulu is a restaurant that deserves a spot on your must-visit list. Featuring an adventuresome contemporary American menu with a South Seas flair, the Moshulu was named one of the top 15 restaurants in Northeast America by noted food critic John Mariani and is the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award (2005, 2006). Dining on the Moshulu, one of the world’s grandest tall ships, will surely be a most memorable experience. The Moshulu’s private dining rooms and outdoor decks take full advantage of the unparalleled views of the city and waterfront.

Sonny’s Famous Steaks: (Steaks and Burgers) Hand sliced ribeye steaks and 100% angus beef burgers.

Sassafras: (American) A fixture on Second Street for over 35 years, Sassafras is the Grande Dame of neighborhood bars. Among the bright lights and crowds of Philadelphia’s Old City lies this old-world pub with modern flavor.

Campo’s Deli:(Steaks and Burgers) Campo’s Deli is the best place for authentic Philadelphia food. Located conveniently in Old City, Campo’s is only three blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Visitor Center. So after your visit to the historic sites in and around Independence Mall, take the short walk down Market Street to this charming corner deli for a delicious Philadelphia Cheese Steak. Campo’s specializes in two authentic Philadelphia sandwiches — Philly cheesesteaks and Philly hoagies. There are several varieties of each, so take your pick. Both of the classic versions, however, are consistently rated among the best in the city. Campos will even ship a Philly Cheese Steak or hoagie anywhere in the country.

Mac’s Tavern:(Pub Food) Mac’s Tavern is a true blend of comfort and quality. Whether you are looking for a fantastic sandwich, a unique beer and a ball game to watch, or just a friendly face… Mac’s is where you want to be. Located in historic Old City, Philadelphia, Mac’s offers a welcoming tavern aesthetic and experience… with a little something extra. Mac’s Tavern was formed by a small to semi-medium group of partners, comprised mainly of old friends. Mixed with a few national, local and (perhaps) cult celebrities – most notably, Rob and Kaitlin McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame – the dynamic is as unique as it gets.

Chloe: (American) A solid, unassuming BYOB in the heart of Old City.

Serrano: (International) Nestled in the heart of old city, Serrano’s motto is simple…serve great food at neighborhood prices. Executive Chef Gina Rodriguez has recently introduced new menu items such as ‘Serrano’ Pot Stickers, Frito Misto and Pistachio & Coriander Crusted Perch. She’s also given a new twist to classic dishes like the Serrano Meatloaf and Lamb Shank. The craft beer and boutique wine lists have been hand selected.

Revolution House: (American) The creative comfort food is the work of Chef Luca Sena Jr. He has created a menu of internationally influenced comfort food and inspired wood fired pizzas made in Revolution House’s custom pizza oven. Some signature items include savory cupcakes (like the mozzarella lasagna topped with a warm ricotta “icing” and fresh marinara sauce), housemade tater tots (the traditional tot with a twist), and fried calamari served with a mustard and pickle infused dipping sauce.

Bistro 7: (American) Bistro 7 is a modern French byob located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Old City section. Chef/Owner Michael O’Halloran relies on a network of local, organic farmers for the pristine ingredients that form the basis for his creative dishes, and the ever changing menu reflects the best that the season has to offer. The understated, minimalist décor features white linen tablecloths, filigreed heirloom flatware and graceful stemware, and the open kitchen provides an intimate glimpse of the chefs at work.

Nick’s Roast Beef: (Sandwiches) The first “Original” Nick’s Roast Beef opened in 1938 and is still a Philadelphia institution.

Buffalo Billiards: (Pub Food) Billiards, beer and pub food. Any questions?

Prime Stache: (American) American Comfort food, with a great fusion of spices that will tickle your palate.

DiNardo’s: (Seafood) DiNardo’s is the place to have your shell-cracking, claw-sucking, crab-eating feast…A Philly Tradition for 35 years, family-owned DiNardo’s flies fresh Crabs in daily, Served “Hot and Dirty” Baltimore Style or Sauteed Garlic Style, with the DiNardo’s family’s Secret Sauce. Award-winning Seafood Specialties, Grilled Juicy Steaks, Chicken and Pasta Dishes are also featured.

Morgan’s Pier: (American) At Morgan’s Pier Head Chef, George Sabatino (Philadelphia Magazine “Best Chef 2012” / Craig LaBan “Best New Chef”) has created a refined foodie picnic menu with fresh seafood snacks, creative bar bites, seasonal and locally-sourced veggie dishes and a variety of sammies.

Rotten Ralph’s: (Pub Food) A down to earth Philadelphia bar with pub food and solid beer selection.

Drinkers: (American) Bar and pub food. Party central on weekend nights.

Red Owl Tavern:(American) Cocktails hand-crafted with fresh squeezed juices, house-cured charcuterie, butcher shop cuts of steak. Red Owl has the roots of a true tavern – so ideas can be exchanged over a great meal and a cold drink. It manages to be old, new and free-thinking. Just like Philly.

There are also dozens of coffee shops, sandwich shops and other food options too numerous to list, and many new restaurants pop up almost daily. Bon Appétit!

The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition, Mt. Airy USA, and Elfant Wissahickon Realtors invite local realtors to visit Mt. Airy neighborhood schools.

MT. AIRY – January 2, 2014 – On Wednesday, January 8th, the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition, Mt.

Airy USA and Elfant Wissahickon Realtors invite local realtors to visit four neighborhood schools in northwest Philadelphia: Lingelbach, C.W. Henry, Houston, and J.S. Jenks.

Staff and volunteers at each school have planned a brief presentation that will highlight points of pride that make each school unique – such as the brand new tech lab where Houston students record weekly podcasts and the innovative STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at J. S. Jenks. The event is planned in collaboration with school staff and volunteers from each school’s Parent-Teacher, Home and School, or “Friends of” Associations.

School bus transportation will be provided to drive agents from school to school. Volunteers and staff will ride the bus with agents for additional Q&A’s en route.

For realtors, this first-hand knowledge will prepare attendees to better answer their clients’ questions about their local schools. “I think it’s important to get the agents inside the schools themselves. As Realtors, we’re looked to as a resource for information about the community; if you represent families with young children we should know what their options are,” says Christopher Plant of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, who helped to bring this event together.

Attendees will also receive information on resources that realtors and families can use to access additional information about school options in northwest Philadelphia.

“We know that realtors can have a major influence on someone’s first impression of a community and its schools,” says Abby Thaker, Director of Educational Partnerships at Mt. Airy USA, which has convened the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition in partnership with East and West Mt. Airy Neighbors. “We’re excited about this tour as an opportunity to realtors to have more firsthand knowledge about many of the positive things taking place in our local schools.”

The format for the tour is based on the “caravan” model; each week, real estate agents travel to see new home listings as they come on the market. For this event, the schools replace the new listings. The tour will begin with coffee and breakfast donated by local favorite High Point Café, at Lingelbach Elementary School at 8:45; agents will then travel to C. W. Henry and Houston and conclude the tour at 10:45 at J. S. Jenks.

All real estate agents in northwest Philadelphia are invited to attend and are asked to RSVP to katey@elfantwissahickon.com.

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors is the leading independent real estate brokerage in Philadelphia, operating three offices in the city with over 70 agents, all dedicated to the highest professional standards and committed to the communities they serve. Visit them at www.ewrhomes.com

Mt. Airy USA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, empower, and advance a vibrant and diverse community by stimulating development responsive to Mt. Airy. Mt. Airy, USA works towards its mission through four program areas: Housing Counseling, Real Estate Development, Commercial Corridor Revitalization, and the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition. For more information, call 215-844-6021 or visit http://gomtairy.com.

 

Philadelphia has always been a world class city. For many years it has thrived in the areas of arts and culture, historical significance and architecture. However, until recently, Philly has never been known as a culinary hotbed.  Sure, there were a few heavy hitters, but nothing like it’s current offerings. These days, it seems Philadelphia gives cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco a run for their money in edible excitement. We are a city of neighborhoods filled with BYOB’s, Iron Chefs and Ethnic Delicacies.

West of Center City lies University City, the hub of higher learning in our fair city. People from all over the world come to Philadelphia’s prestigious colleges, and with many of them come appetites for more than learning. Thankfully there are a plethora of delicacies available for any taste.  From the hip upscale gastropub to the hole in the wall falafel shop, University City has it all! So much, in fact, that there is no way to list every restaurant in the area. So, we’ve centered in on a bunch that will keep you busy for quite some time. Enjoy!

ETHNIC:

Abyssinia Restaurant and Bar: (African) The authentic Ethiopian cuisine served at unbelievably affordable prices (most entrees under $10)!

Pod: (Japanese) Philadelphia’s futuristic sushi establishment!

Aksum: (Mediterranean) A bright Mediterranean menu that focuses on simple and fresh ingredients, with accents from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Vientiane Cafe’: (Thai / Lao) A small family run business serving authentic Lao and Thai cuisine and vegetarian friendly menu.

Aloosh Hookah Bar: (Middle Eastern) Middle Eastern Cuisine, Hookahs and cocktails.

Koreana: (Korean) Quick, tasty, and affordable Korean food.

Arabian Breeze BBQ and Grill: (Indian) Indian food and Hookah bar near Drexel University.

Kabobeesh: (Indian, Middle Eastern) The oldest Pakistani restaurant in Philadelphia. Serving the students, families, and workers of University City for over 10 years.

Beijing Restaurant: (Chinese) For over 25 years, Beijing Restaurant has been making every dish from scratch. In additional to the traditional menu, they make Chengdu Sichuan cuisine with authentic imported spices.  For health conscious and gluten sensitive customers, they have a Gluten-free menu.

Greek Lady: (Greek) Solid Greek cuisine. Serving University City Since 1982.

Pattaya Grill: (Thai) Authentic Thai cuisine with a hint of French influence.

Dahlak: (African) Renowned Eri- Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar feeding the community by hand for over 25 years.

Cafe Renata: (Mediterranean) Cafe, restaurant, BYOB. Gourmet Mediterranean cuisine, fresh squeezed juice, gourmet coffees and teas, homemade baked goods and cheeses.

Lemon Grass Thai: (Thai) A wide variety of authentic Thai specialties.

Pho Cafe Saigon: (Vietnamese) Vietnamese soup, appetizers and entrees.

Wah- Gi- Wah: (Pakistani) Wah-Gi-Wah means ‘spectacular’ and that is the taste experience aimed for. They specialize in bringing authentic Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi Cuisine to West Philadelphia.

Tandoor India: (Indian) Traditional Indian, Eat in, take out and buffet.

Han Dynasty: (Chinese) One of CNN’s Top Chinese Restaurants in the nation! Come taste what all the buzz is about. Dan Dan Noodles are amazing and spicy, so watch out!

Kami: (Korean) No list of University City cuisine would be complete without the mention of at least one food truck. Kami serves up traditional Korean food on Drexel’s campus. Try the Korean Taco!

Gigi and Big R: (Caribbean) Caribbean and Soul Food in West Philadelphia. Gets high marks for the Jerk Chicken.

Mad Mex: (Mexican) They spin an American food mashup of Mexican, Southeast Asian, and Spanish. Made fresh daily with great drinks.

GASTROPUB:

City Tap House: With a focus on Craft Beers in the bar & creative American pub fare in the restaurant, City Tap House is one of the best bars for Craft beer in Philadelphia.

Drinker’s West: Pub grub, DJs and beer.

Smokey Joe’s Tavern: Smokey Joe’s is “the Pennstitution.” It is the Premier Penn Bar, serving Penn’s residents for more than 60 years

PIZZA:

Allegro Pizza: Brick oven pizza. Serving University City since 1982.
Claims to have the largest beer selection in University City.

Enjay’s Pizza: Lots of specialty pies and sandwiches.

Axis Pizza: Pizza and famous for their 80 ingredient salad bar.

California Pizza: Pizza, pasta, and meats are prepared fresh daily.

Pizza Rustica: Nice selection of pizzas. The margherita is a clear favorite with reviewers.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Hip City Veg: (Vegan) Awesome vegan quick serve hot spot!

Abner’s: (Cheesesteaks) According to many reviewers, gives the time square of grease (pats and geno’s) a run for their money.

Baby Blues: (BBQ) Tons of BBQ, sandwiches, seafood and sides. Combination selections are plentiful.

Distrito: (Mexican Upscale) Distrito is a vibrant celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City, with a menu focused on the diverse street foods served in what is known by locals as the “Distrito Federal (D.F.)”

Green Line Cafe:  (Cafe’) The first Green Line Cafe opened in 2003 at a the corner of a major intersection in West Philadelphia’s vibrant University City neighborhood.  Co-owners and brothers-in-law Daniel Thut and Douglas Witmer transformed a neglected historic storefront property into a bustling community hub. Since then they have transformed two more West Philadelphia storefront properties into neighborhood coffeehouses. In 2011 they opened a coffee kiosk inside the Ryan Veterinary Hospital at The University of Pennsylvania, and in 2012 established a coffeehouse in Center City. As a local, family-owned business they strive to be a positive presence in the community where they live and work. The Green Line name comes from the trolley systems that fan out through the West Philadelphia neighborhood.

Harvest: (Organic / Farm to Table) A high quality, farm fresh menu created with the healthiest ingredients local farmers and purveyors have to offer. For discerning families who have become increasingly educated in food and very health conscious. An upscale-casual, welcoming atmosphere to relax with friends and feed the family.

Landmark Americana: (American) American finger foods and a late night happy hour.

White Dog Cafe:  (American Contemporary) Award-winning American contemporary restaurant, specializing in environmental sustainability and community interaction. A legendary University City establishment.

There are also dozens of coffee shops, sandwich shops and other food options too numerous to list, and many new restaurants pop up almost daily. Bon Appétit!