Take a bite out of eccentric burgers at Lucky’s Last Chance, or savor tacos, burritos, nachos and more at Taqueria Amor just across Main Street. You’ll find one of the city’s newest and most in-demand pizza shops, Pizza Jawn, further east on Main Street, but be sure to place your order well in advance – orders go live on their website one week out. Savor Sichuan dishes from Han Dynasty or warm up with a bowl of pho at Main Street Pho. Dine outdoors in a once vacant lot turned garden oasis at the lush PHS Pop-Up Garden. Cool down in the summer months with water ice and ice cream from Chloe’s or C&C Creamery (affectionately referred to by locals as The Custard Stand). Other local favorites and neighborhood staples include Winnie’s Manayunk and the Couch Tomato Bistro and Café.
You’ll also find a collection of bars and craft breweries throughout Manayunk that are open late into the evening. The Goat’s Beard serves a new American menu with an impressive mix of local ingredients, beer, and spirits. The unsuspecting Union Tap House just off Main Street is known for its wings and fantastic draft beer list. The aptly named Manayunk Brewing Company churns out a rotating selection of craft beer to complement an expansive menu of pizza, sandwiches, soups, sushi, and more, all of which can be enjoyed inside the massive taproom or on the outside patio overlooking the canal.
Venture to neighboring Roxborough for a cheesesteak from Dalessandro’s, which is widely regarded as one of the city’s best by cheesesteak connoisseurs. Just across the street from Dalessandro’s, Chubby’s serves as another great cheesesteak option, often with shorter lines. Nearby, you can enjoy handmade pierogis from The Pierogie Kitchen or grab a drink at Henry James Saloon or Ridge Avenue microbrewery New Ridge Brewing Company. Pick up a tomato pie — a local Philadelphia delicacy — from Marchiano’s Bakery or grab hoagies from T&F Farmer’s Pride.
Cover photo: Taqueria Amor. Photo by Melissa Kelly Photography.