PRE-SALE BRUNCH + COFFEE
PHILLY STYLE BAGELS - .4 miles
1451 E Columbia Avenue
The Classic Lox Sandwich at Philly Style Bagels has recently been crowned the best new sandwich in America! I haven't even tried it, but I'll have to assume Bon Appetit knows their sandwiches, and Philly Style Bagels is close to the warehouse. So, check it out and let me know what you think! Insider tip: Avoid bagel blue-balls, and check the hours to make sure it's open, before you show up.
FRONT STREET CAFE - .6 miles
1253 N. Front Street
For a quick in and out - you can grab coffee, fresh squeezed juice + smoothies, and pastries, or sandwiches from the Cafe in front. For a more involved, deeply healthy and delicious lunch, take a seat in the dining room or garden, and try their Eggs Benedict, Quinoa Oatmeal Porridge, or Vegan Taco Tofu Scramble.
LA COLOMBE FLAGSHIP CAFE - .8 miles
1335 Frankford Avenue
Toto, I've a feeling we're not in "Philly" anymore. Prepare to be blown away by an incredibly beautiful, huge, and bustling cafe at the Flagship cafe for La Colombe coffee roasters. Here are just a few highlights of man: Latte on draft, sugared brioche pouf, pain au chocolate, a proper boulangerie, and a HUGE operational rum distillery on site.
POST SALE SHOPPING
THE RESOURCE EXCHANGE
Our next door neighbor is a non-profit organization which salvages surplus materials from film and theater sets and redirects them to Philadelphia's creative community. They have art supplies, fabric, lighting, construction materials, and more. It's a guaranteed fun and creative shopping experience.
Our friends at Jinxed are down the street on Frankford Ave. All you have to do is check out their world famous Instagram feed to understand why a trip to Jinxed must be part of your Sunday Fun-Day.
POST SALE FUN TIMES
The popular Canadian sport of axe throwing has made it's home in Philly. Throw 1.5lb hatchets at wooden targets marked with bullseye and score points based on where on the board your axe sticks. Safety precautions yada yada. Check the website before you go for walk-in sessions and book ahead for groups.
It's about 10 blocks South, but here is a great post-sale activity. Bowling, tots, cocktails, and tunes at Northern Liberties North Bowl Lanes.
POST-SALE DINING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Philly Magazine calls Martha "an important bar". We are not sure exactly what they mean by this, but we do know that we agree with their sentiment whole-heartedly. Some interesting observations that may pique your interest. Fresh flowers, Johnny Depp's "Sleepy Hollow" playing in cool eating niche, bocce court, and customer operated record player. "Philadelphia's one and only destination for microbial terroir-based eating and drinking." WTF does that mean? The creator of Martha gathered Philly's best bakers, brewers, fermenters, cheesemakers, and butchers to bring you one of the most thrilling eating and drinking experiences in the hood.
GOOD SPOON SEASONAL FOODS
A teeny tiny shop serving fresh artisanal soups like Senegalese Chicken and Peanut Stew, Mushroom Veloute, and Turkey and White Bean Chili. We lunch here at least once a week.
WM. MULHERIN'S SONS
Chef Chris Painter (Ill Pittore) has brought people flocking to this impressive new restaurant in the neighborhood. Aesthetically speaking, the place knocks it out of the park. Very impressive restoration work went into building out this former whiskey bottling facility. Highlights: Wood fire tallegio pizzas, dry aged porterhouse for two, porcini dumpling pasta, and the Four Corners cocktail. Open kitchen - snacks, small and large plates.
Dry rubbed meats, smoked in house, small local farms, Pulled pork, St. Louis Ribs, brisket, mac and cheese, pecan pie, craft beer, and over 100 North American bourbons and whiskeys . Don't plan on a drive back to NYC after this one. Consider if you have a AirBNB for post meal naptime.
Drinking and snacking at Root means fried chick peas, cheese and salumi plates from Italy, Spain, Holland, and Vermont. I will leave you with a few descriptive words found in the aforementioned section: earthy sweet, caramelly + crystalline, course ground, slighty smoky, rich nutty, soft + creamy, buttery + pungent. air dried. hard. cow. blue. goat, sheep. Lots more food options, as well as an extensive wine and beverage list.
HERITAGE JAZZ BAR BRUNCH
If you can walk or drive 10 blocks south right up 2nd Street, you will hit the epicenter of Northern Liberties. Here you will find a perfect brunch option in Heritage, which is an restaurant, open garden, and jazz bar. Now it's bluegrass brunch this Sunday with the Keystone Mountain Boys. Bluegrass brunch - it just doesn't get any better. I would be there if I were not working the sale!