As more people continue the move to downtown Philadelphia, areas that were not in the best of shape have now become the city’s hotspots. One of them is Fishtown. Located North and East of center city, it was a working-class neighborhood for many years until it began its slow decline as people moved out to the suburbs. Now the area is one of the fastest-growing and most expensive areas to live and features several great restaurants and coffee shops. One that I love is the Front Street Café.
It is located – surprise, surprise – on Front Street, tucked right underneath the elevated subway line that runs from Center city up to the Northeast. If you have a vegetarian or vegan in your group, this is a good place to go. The Front Street Cafe specializes in a farm-to-table menu, featuring such dishes as a Vegan Cheesesteak and Pomegranate Salad. However, if you are not the adventurous type and tend to keep it basic, you will find such down-home items like spaghetti and meatballs and fried chicken. I tend to go for the black bean burger, which features a delicious dill-cucumber aioli topping.
In addition to the large and inviting first-floor dining area, there is a spacious outdoor patio featuring a working bar. If you find your way to Fishtown when visiting the city, don’t miss the Front Street Café.