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Aug 29 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Graduate Hospital

Graduate Hospital goes by many names (Center City South, South of South, G-Ho), which is fitting for a neighborhood that draws its personality from the people inside it: young transplants, born-and-raised neighbors, hip urban professionals, craft beer crowds and more. In recent years, the area stretching from Lombard Street to Washington Avenue and from Broad Street to Gray’s Ferry Avenue has accumulated a healthy dose of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and markets that reflect the area’s residential and cool vibe.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has picked this ’hood for its summertime PHS Pop Up Garden three years in a row. The seasonal South Street destination draws neighbors, people from across the city and out-of-towners with its beautiful landscaping, flowing craft beers and the fun, laid-back vibe that perfectly matches Graduate Hospital.

Neighborhood tips, itineraries and maps are available at visitphilly.com/neighborhoods.

Restaurants & Bars:

  • Aprons Soul Food – Aprons keeps ’em coming all day long with delectable Southern dishes. Think chicken and waffles (of the sweet potato or red velvet variety) for breakfast all day; fried tilapia, turkey meatloaf and baked macaroni and cheese for lunch or dinner; and peach cobbler that’s worth saving room for (or wrapping up for later). 2617 Grays Ferry Avenue, (215) 560-8837
  • Bob & Barbara’s Lounge – The Citywide Special—a shot of Jim Beam and a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon for $4 ($3 during happy hour)—may have originated at this beloved dive, but it’s only a part of what makes the place so fun. Thursdays bring the drag show, Friday and Saturday nights are all about jazz, and Sunday karaoke ends the weekend. 1509 South Street, (215) 545-4511, bobandbarbaras.com
  • The Cambridge – This gastropub showcases an impressive menu, from the short rib mac and cheese with fontina and sharp cheddar to the 24-hour-brined, hand-ground Porker Burger. Nearly 25 craft beers on tap, Fleet Street wines and original cocktails mean there’s something to quench everyone’s thirst. 1508 South Street, (267) 455-0647, cambridgeonsouth.com
  • Chick’s – Spanning two properties, this 4,000-square-foot restaurant features a dining room and 24-tap bar on one side and a take-out pizza shop on the other. Pizza maven Jennifer Choplin creates the pies; Fred Ryan (Devil’s Den, Silk City, Moshulu) whips up the rest of the gastropub fare. 1805 Washington Avenue, (215) 546-2233, chicksphilly.com
  • Devil’s Pocket Food & Spirits – The brunch and dinner menus include well-loved staples, such as cheeseburgers and mac and cheese. Rotating craft beer selections in can and draft form go with every meal. 2425 Grays Ferry Avenue, (215) 735-2202, devilspocketphilly.com
  • Doobies – Many Philly bars and restaurants have great beer selections, but Doobies sets itself apart with its killer jukebox, vegan food and board games. Dogs love the outdoor seating and complimentary treats. 2201 Lombard Street, (215) 546-0316
  • Founding Fathers – This grown-up sports bar offers daily specials that complement a menu of appetizers, sandwiches, flatbreads and wings. With 20 beers on draft and a wide selection of bottles, the craft beer lineup stars some of Philly’s most loved local breweries, such as Yards and Victory. 1612 South Street, (267) 519-0253, foundingfathersbar.com
  • Grace Tavern – Beer lovers rave about this haunt, founded by the minds behind brew haven Monk’s Café. Patrons who don’t sample the varied food selection—fresh oyster po’ boy, sausage sandwiches and blackened green beans—are missing out. 2229 Grays Ferry Avenue (23rd & South Streets), (215) 893-9580, gracetavern.com
  • Jet Wine Bar – Jet aims to please both wine connoisseurs and novices by pairing vino from around the globe with a revolving menu of small plates of meats, cheeses and sandwiches. Happy hour pleases palates every day, and on Tuesdays, patrons build their own flights of wine for just $12, or sip half-glasses for half-price. 1525 South Street, (215) 735-1116, jetwinebar.com
  • Los Camaradas – The friendly Mexican restaurant/bar enjoys a loyal following with fantastic tacos (tip: get the veggie), more than 50 100% agave tequilas and mezcals and a neighborly atmosphere. From the outdoor tables, people take in the sights and sounds of Julian Abele Park while sipping margaritas. 918 S. 22nd Street, (215) 309-3727, loscamaradas.com
  • Lou Bird’s – This ultimate neighborhood restaurant gets its name from its owners’ daughter—and its menu from longtime Garces chef de cuisine Natalie Maronski. Regulars go for daring yet downhome dinners of sorghum-glazed pork belly and French onion oxtail soup with bone marrow mustard, and long, luxurious weekend brunches. 20th & Lombard Streets, (267) 804-7977, loubirds.net
  • My Thai – This lovingly decorated eatery has everything people expect of a pad Thai restaurant: big portions, budget-friendly prices, neighborly service and very spicy dishes. 2200 South Street, (215) 985-1878
  • Pub & Kitchen – Dishing out restaurant-quality fare, Pub & Kitchen has established itself as a must-visit for gastropub enthusiasts thanks to raved-about burgers and a must-try brunch. A short but discerning draft list and sports-tuned TVs draw a loyal bar crowd. 1946 Lombard Street, (215) 545-0350, thepubandkitchen.com
  • Rex 1516 – Grilled pimento cheese, crawfish potpie, pan-fried fish, fried chicken—Southern cuisine inspires Rex 1516. Open daily for dinner and weekends for brunch (shrimp and grits, bananas foster French toast), the 35-seater welcomes the hungry crowd, along with those craving a craft beer, cocktail or whiskey. 1516 South Street, (267) 319-1366, rex1516.com
  • The Sidecar Bar & Grille – The bartenders at this two-floor gastropub pour from a large, constantly evolving beer list. On the weekends, brunch means quiche du jour and Bloody Marys starting at 9 a.m., during warm weather, the outdoor tables are coveted. 2201 Christian Street, (215) 732-3429, thesidecarbar.com
  • SouthGate Philly – This corner bar elevates its menu by serving Korean-American food (read: Korean fried chicken) alongside its craft beer and whiskey selections. Seasoned chef David Feola, an alumnus of Philly’s Vernick Food & Drink and New York’s Jean-Georges, heads the kitchen. 1801 Lombard Street, (215) 560-8443, southgatephilly.com
  • Ten Stone – Resembling an English pub, this bar and restaurant serves light fare that pairs perfectly with imported beers and domestic microbrews. After eating, diners can stick around to watch a game or play pool or darts. The few outdoor tables welcome warm-weather gatherings. 2063 South Street, (215) 735-9939, tenstone.com
  • Tio Flores – From the food and beverage experts behind Hawthornes Biercafe and The Cambridge, Tio Flores sates Mexican cravings with four flavors of guacamole and a slew of taco options. Flavorful margaritas, an impressive beer list and a weekday happy hour keep the seats filled at this colorful South Street spot. 1600 South Street, (267) 687-2220, tioflores.com

BYOBs:

  • Ants Pants Cafe – This Australian-inspired cafe dishes out sumptuous brunch options every day, which means there’s always time to enjoy the collection of Aussie drinks and sweet potato fries. Neighbors covet the almost-secret back patio on those lovely 70-degree days. 2212 South Street, (215) 875-8002, antspantscafe.com
  • Balkan Express Restaurant – This family-run BYOB serves up Mediterranean fare that’s both wallet-friendly and healthy. Many dishes, including the salads and stews, use ingredients from the restaurant’s own garden, including the acclaimed stuffed cabbage rolls. Note: This spot enjoys a long summer vacation each year. 2237 Grays Ferry Avenue, (215) 545-1255, balkanexpressrestaurant.com
  • Bistro La Baia – The familial service and the lobster ravioli are just two of the many reasons this cozy Italian BYOB has been a neighborhood mainstay for nearly 20 years. 1700 Lombard Street, (215) 546-0496, bistrolabaia.com
  • Bistro SouthEast – The husband-and-wife team here want to share their memories of southeast Asia through meals that combine traditional and new dishes. The BYOB tempts diners with pho, chicken wings, spring rolls and seafood combos—and a family-friendly atmosphere. 1824 South Street, (267) 758-2838, bistrosoutheast.com
  • Cafe Ynez – Weekday patrons gather here for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Saturdays are limited to dinner. The Mexican spot offers a rotating selection of drink mixers in carafes for those who bring their own bottle, plus Mexican coffee drinks and horchata. On the food menu: rotisserie chicken, tacos and fajitas. 2025 Washington Avenue, (215) 278-7579, cafeynez.com
  • Entrée – This BYOB offers American dishes on a seasonal rotation, ensuring its patrons are treated to the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Those in the cocktail mood can add the spirit of their choice to the refreshing mixes. 1608 South Street, (215) 790-0330, entreebyob.com
  • Honey’s Sit ’N Eat – This South Street corner draws a large, hungry crowd waiting for weekend brunch. Honey’s diner-esque menu sports items such as country-fried steak and gravy, and challah French toast sandwiching Lancaster County double-smoked ham and Swiss cheese and topped with two sunny eggs (also known as the “Honey Cristo”). Any day of the week, people can tote their own alcohol for breakfast/brunch, lunch or dinner. 2101 South Street, (215) 732-5130, honeyssitneat.com
  • Jamaican Jerk Hut – With its spicy jerk chicken and generous portion sizes, this tiny Caribbean BYOB has become a classic Philly establishment. For three years running, the seasonal PHS Pop Up Garden next door has introduced the island dishes to the beer garden masses. 1436 South Street, (215) 545-8644, jajerkhut.com
  • Kei Sushi – The co-owners of this Japanese restaurant put the concept of family into everything they do—a big reason why they moved their small, close-knit staff to this friendly neighborhood. Kei’s menu features a wide assortment of appetizers, basic and specialty rolls and rice- and noodle-based warm dishes. 1711 South Street, (215) 309-2925
  • Indian Restaurant – At this BYOB restaurant, the staff is attentive, the menu is fresh, healthy and vegetarian-friendly, and the portions are perfect for leftovers. 1634 South Street, (215) 964-9451, indianrestaurantpa.com
  • Mattei Family Pizza – Father and son Angelo and Mariano Mattei specialize in pizza with crispy crusts and thin centers—their native Molise style—including an amazing fontina, pear and sage pie. The BYOB also offers calzones, wings, arrosticini and live music, courtesy of Mariano, who is also a musician and producer. 1260 Point Breeze Avenue, (215) 336-1010, matteifamilypizza.com
  • Miles Table – Michael Lynch, a graduate of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and a neighborhood resident, named his casual eatery after his son. For breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, simple and flavorful dishes (omelets with home fries and toast, avocado BLT and burgers of the beef, turkey and falafel variety) use local ingredients. 1620 South Street, (267) 318-7337, milestable.com
  • On Point Bistro – Chef-owner and Garces alum Juan Lopez Fernandez offers casual, inventive American fare—cheesesteak omelets, challah French toast, breakfast burgers and a sweet potato waffle with fried chicken, poached eggs and maple syrup dubbed “The Clucker” to this chill BYOB. On Tuesday evenings, burgers and falafel burgers are half price. 1200 Point Breeze Avenue, (267) 639-3318, onpointbistro.com
  • Pumpkin – Local and seasonal ingredients play a major role in Pumpkin’s cuisine, so it’s no surprise that the menu of this small, relaxed New American establishment changes constantly—all without compromising value. 1713 South Street, (215) 545-4448, pumpkinphilly.com
  • Sawatdee – The neon green interior may be the first thing people notice about this cozy Thai BYOB, but it’s not the last. They come back to taste the mix of dishes and take advantage of the three-course lunches. 543 S. 15th Street, (215) 790-1299, phillysawatdee.com
  • Tico’s Tacos Tex Mex – With heaping portions, a wide assortment of tacos and burritos (including tofu options) and complimentary chips and salsa, Tico’s prides itself on serving only fresh, homemade dishes. Customers bring wine or beer to enjoy a sit-down experience, or take advantage of the restaurant’s free delivery service. 1627 South Street, (215) 546-2122, ticostacostexmex.eat24hour.com
  • So Crêpe – Inspired by the crêperies of France (where the owners hail from), this BYOB and coffee shop serves authentic sweet and savory crêpes made with fresh and simple ingredients and pours local La Colombe coffee. Many regulars double up, beginning with a dinner crêpe such as the So Smoked—smoked salmon, avocado, sour cream and chives—and finishing with a sweet crêpe smothered in homemade salted caramel sauce. 1506 South Street, (267) 761-9310, socrepe.com
  • Thai Square Restaurant – The Thailand-native owner ensures that the dishes here are true to their roots. Neighbors dine on dumplings, thung tong, nam tok salad, papaya salad, crispy duck red curry, drunken noodles and pad Thai in an indoor-outdoor setting. 2521 Christian Street, (215) 454-6683, thaisquarephilly.com

Strictly Food:

  • The Baker’s Jar – Featuring baked goods such as tres leches, banana cake and mud cups (chocolate pudding and gummy worms mixed with chocolate cake), this sweet shop serves each treat in its own mason jar. The packaging and the taste make them the perfect choice for party favors, dessert tables or a simple afternoon indulgence. 625 S. 16th Street, (267) 519-0609, bakersjarphilly.com
  • Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant – For a different take on Philly’s signature food, patrons order Govinda’s raved-about vegetarian chicken cheesesteak, complete with soy chicken and grilled rainbow peppers. A vegan dessert selection includes brownie cheesecake and butter pecan ice cream. 1408 South Street, (215) 545-5452, govindasvegetarian.com
  • The Igloo – People come here for some seriously interesting (and even some healthy) takes on cold treats. On the menu: vanilla and chocolate custard, water ice, gelato pops (made fresh daily), espresso and salted caramel shakes, affogatos and salted caramel gelato that comes straight from Italy. 2223 Grays Ferry Avenue, (267) 858-4290, igloodesserts.com
  • Lazaro’s Pizzeria & Grill – Dishing out monstrous single slices and pizza pies that range from 14 to 26 inches, Lazaro’s does thin-crust pizza right; same goes for the impressive, two-foot cheesesteaks. 1743 South Street, (215) 545-2775, lazarospizzagrill.com
  • Magpie – Specializing in seasonal sweet and savory pies, Magpie changes its menu multiple times throughout the year—ensuring only the freshest fruits and vegetables are used. Best known for its decadent dessert pies (get the butterscotch bourbon), the artisan spot also does savory potpies right—and even offers pie-making classes. 1622 South Street, (267) 519-2904, iluvmagpie.com
  • Phoebe’s Bar-B-Q – BBQ lovers can indulge in Oklahoma-style barbecue food without hopping on a plane. For more than 20 years, Graduate Hospital residents have patronized this take-out spot for ribs, sandwiches, candied yams and mac and cheese. 2214 South Street, (215) 546-4811, phoebesbbq.com
  • The Quick Fixx – This delivery joint dishes out chef-inspired cuisine at takeout prices. Bargain hunters indulge in the 10 Spot Lunch—meals that cost a grand total of $10 (and most include a side salad or fries and a beverage). Favorites include the gnocchi lasagna and the flatbread pizzas. 1511 South Street, (267) 273-1066, thequickfixx.com

Cafes & Markets:

  • Café Lutecia – Neighbors and visitors choose this quaint, French-inspired nook for its substantial soup-and-sandwich combo, pleasant staff, sizable cups of coffee and coveted sidewalk tables. 2301 Lombard Street, (215) 790-9557
  • Fitzwater Street Philly Bagels – Fifth-generation bagel maker Aaron Wagner recently added a Graduate Hospital location to his family’s doughy empire. Bagels are sold individually, by the dozen and as specialty sandwiches. Hot and cold-brew coffee is also offered. 2001 Fitzwater Street, (267) 534-5995, fitzwaterstreetphillybagels.com
  • Green Aisle Grocery – People shopping for the essentials (bread and milk) or looking for something a little more luxurious (Mast Bros. chocolate bars, Dizengoff hummus, Stumptown Coffee) find what they crave at this boutique grocery. Dedicated to conscious sustenance, Green Aisle stocks its shelves with fresh, local produce, dairy and its own line of pickles, preserves and nut butters. 2241 Grays Ferry Avenue, (267) 687-2398, greenaislegrocery.com
  • La.Va Cafe – This comfortable venue serves Israeli-style treats along with pastries and coffees. Regulars rely on the La Colombe coffee and the burekas, which look a lot like the Amish soft pretzels Philadelphians know so well. 2100 South Street, (215) 545-1508, lava-cafe.com
  • Little Spoon Café – Little Spoon caters to breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack patrons, as well as a loyal and sizable brunch crowd. Blueberry lemon oatmeal, breakfast burritos and an extensive coffee list make it the perfect spot to stop. In-the-know neighbors ask for a relaxing patio seat. 1500 South Street, (267) 587-6559, littlespooncafe.com
  • Nam Son Bakery – Fans of Vietnamese cuisine come to this unassuming take-out spot for what many loyal customers claim to be one the best banh mi productions in town—perfect for a modern urban picnic. The secret: house-made bread. 1601 Washington Avenue, (215) 545-3888
  • OCF Coffee House – This community-centric coffee shop, owned and operated by neighborhood real estate agency OCF Realty, serves La Colombe coffee, Premium Steap loose-leaf teas and seasonal lunches. 1745 South Street, (215) 454-2196, ocfcoffeehouse.com
  • Rival Bros. Coffee Bar – Offering drip coffee and a variety of espresso drinks, Rival Bros. brews quality java using its own beans, which are roasted daily at its roastery in the Frankford neighborhood. The storefront features collaborations with Machine Shop Boulangerie and High Street on Market for pastries and fresh breads—as well as whole leaf loose teas from Philadelphia House of Tea. 2400 Lombard Street, rivalbros.com
  • Ultimo – True coffee drinkers know there’s coffee, and then there’s coffee. Ultimo specializes in the latter: mostly house-roasted blends, hand pours and espresso drinks prepared in the highest quality machines with milk from nearby Lancaster County. Fun fact: It’s located just underneath Counter Culture’s Philadelphia Training Center. 2149 Catharine Street, (215) 545-3565, ultimocoffee.com

Shops:

  • Bicycle Therapy – If bikes needed therapy, the staff here would be serviceable shrinks. After 25 years in the neighborhood, the store and repair shop has built an impeccable reputation among cycling enthusiasts and casual peddlers. 2211 South Street, (215) 735-7849, bicycletherapy.com
  • Doggie Style Pets – One of several locations in the city and surrounding area, Doggie Style packs its shelves with pet basics and pampering indulgences for dogs, cats, birds, fish and reptiles, and it offers store-to-door delivery. Bonus: That dog in the window can be rescued for a small fee. 101 South Street, (267) 687-8051, doggiestylepets.com
  • Kater Street Bicycle – City commuters rave about this repair-only bike shop. Since 2011, owner Joe Lambros and his team have provided speedy turnaround on repairs and quality customer service, all with low pricing and no appointments required. 609 S. 16th Street, (215) 545-1711
  • Loop – This one-stop shop for all-things yarn began as an online store before establishing a beloved brick-and-mortar shop. Patrons looking to hone their hand-knitting craft can join a group class or sign up for a private lesson. 1914 South Street, (215) 893-9939, loopyarn.com
  • M Concept Shop – This bright, modern space houses a curated offering of clothing, jewelry and accessories from more than 35 Philly-based independent labels, including those of the founder. Selected gifts, home products and a small selection of vintage designer items complete the shopping experience. 1540 South Street, (215) 839-9154, mconceptshop.com
  • The Philly Pack – Dog owners in need of advice can turn to The Philly Pack. The staff brings years of experience to its leash-training and social-conditioning sessions. 1715 McKean Street, (215) 459-3539, thephillypack.com
  • Workshop Underground – Ruben Luna, former head of product design and merchandising at Metropolitan Museum of Art, presides over this shop’s thoughtful collection of jewelry, accessories, art and home décor. Prices range from $10 to tens of thousands of dollars. 1544 South Street, (215) 987-3534, workshopunderground.com

Parks & Public Spaces:

  • Catharine Park – This pocket park has a small playground for the little ones and benches too. It also serves as a reminder of what neighbors can do when they band together: They raised funds to build the park in a formerly run-down space. 22nd & Catharine Streets, southofsouth.org
  • Grays Ferry Triangles Plaza – Local businesses—Grace Tavern, The Igloo—surround this pedestrian plaza, which attracts neighbors looking for a spot to read, chat or enjoy the fresh air. The space hosts a variety of events throughout the summer, including a summer concert series that features a different band and food truck each week. 23rd & South Streets, southofsouth.org
  • Julian Abele Park – Named for an architect of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the park welcomes picnickers, dog walkers and people who just want to hang out. The Jamz at Julian Music Series entertains on Wednesdays in the summer. 22nd & Carpenter Streets, (215) 683-3679, julianabelepark.org
  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk – This 2,000-foot-long, over-the-water boardwalk extends the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. Overlooks and benches offer spots to relax and take in the city view, and solar-powered overhead lights mean pedestrians, runners and bikers can use the boardwalk all times of day. Entry points are located along the South Street Bridge and at 25th and Locust streets. schuylkillbanks.org

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