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Attention Foodies: Old City Eats is Debuting This Summer with 32 Participating Restaurants!

Attention Foodies: Old City Eats is Debuting This Summer with 32 Participating Restaurants!

Old City District showcases its thriving dining scene with the debut of the largest restaurant program in at least 20+ years. Old City Eats debuts June 16 and runs every Thursday through August 25, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Thirty-two participating restaurants and bars will offer a selection of small plates for half off, plus five dollar drink specials, off-menu dishes, seasonal cocktails and even chef collaborations. The full list of participating restaurants, along with their menus, is found at

farmarciaOld City Eats will spotlight the best of Old City and historic Philadelphia’s culinary scene, that now includes over 80 restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other eateries. From ever popular mainstays like Buddakan, Amada and Continental, to notable newcomers like The Olde Bar, The Little Lion and Common Wealth Old City, to neighborhood corner bars like Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Nick’s Bar & Grille and Sassafras, to constant trendsetters like Fork, High Street on Market and Han Dynasty, to summer destinations like Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar and Keating’s Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen, Old City Eats feature food, cocktails and atmospheres that that will appeal to every taste.

Offerings are designed to appeal to neighborhood locals, to business people looking to enjoy sips with their co-workers, and to visiting tourists exploring America’s most historic square mile.

“Our focus for Old City Eats is spotlighting the neighborhood’s impressive and evolving list of dining options,” said Old City District Executive Director Job Itzkowitz. “With 32 restaurants and bars participating, there’s something to appeal to every palette, including Szechuan, Thai, Afghani, Italian, Cuban, British and other global cuisines. We have as diverse of a culinary scene as anywhere in the city! Whether you visit an old favorite or experience something new, Old City Eats will take you on a culinary journey that will last all summer long.”

Old City Eats makes its debut at the 32 restaurants listed below every Thursday, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, through August 25, 2016. All will offer two or more half-priced appetizers and at least one specially priced five dollar beverage. During the summer, restaurants are encouraged to offer off-menu specials and specialty seasonal cocktails. Old City District is also working with restaurants on chef collaborations that will pop-up in July and August.

Participant List – (as of June 14)



217 Chestnut Street

Appetizers: Lomo Embuchado, Piquellos Rellenos

Drink: Red & White Sangria


Bierstube German Tavern

206 Market Street

Appetizers: Belgian Frietjes and pretzels bites

Drink: TBD



325 Chestnut Street

Appetizers: Edamame Dumplings, Cantonese Spring Rolls

Drink: House Sake


Common Wealth Old City

319 Market Street

Appetizers: $1 Buck a Shuck Oysters, $5 Mussel Pots

Drink: a $2 beer (their choice week to week) and a $4 drink special


Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar

138 Market Street

Appetizers: Hummus and Pita, Steamed Chicken Dumpling

Drink: Old Fashioned


Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

10 S. 2nd Street

Appetizers: Empanadas, Chicharrones

Drink: Cuba Libre


DiNardo’s Famous Seafood

312 Race Street

Appetizers: Mussels Fra Diablo, Clams in White Sauce, Mozzarella Sticks n Jalapeno Popper Sampler

Drink: Seasonal Sangria


Eulogy Belgian Tavern

136 Chestnut Street

Appetizers: Belgian Frietjes and pretzels bites

Drink: TBD


Farmicia Food & Tonics

15 S. 3rd Street

Appetizers: Pork Belly appetizer (spicy charred asparagus, seared pork belly confit, sweet rhubarb, dijon) and meatballs (plum tomato sauce, basil pesto, sauteed watercress)

Drink: Farmicia Punch



306 Market Street

Appetizers at the bar: Artic char crudo (chile, lime, peanut), pork and crab arancini (crab fat aioli)

Drink at the bar: Rotates each month, starts in June with sparkling wine


The Gaslight

120 Market Street

Appetizers: Chef’s daily taco, pickled veggies, fresh baked soft pretzel bites, crispy chicken nuggets, cornbread, cheese fries, single patty Gaslight burger

Drink: $5 Old Fashioned, two $5 house cocktails, $3 drafts


Han Dynasty

123 Chestnut Street

Appetizers: Dan Dan Noodles, Spicy Crispy Cucumbers

Drink: Gin Smash (Gin, Grenadine, Lemon and Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, Top with tonic)


High Street on Market

308 Market Street

Appetizer: Hummus, daily breads and spreads

Drink: Rotates each month, starts in June with sparkling wine


JJ Bootleggers

35 S. 2nd Street

Appetizer: White Lightenin’ Wings, Mashed Potato Balls

Drink: Moonshine Sangria


Jasmine Rice

224 Market Street

Appetizers: Crispy Spring Rolls, Thai Basil Meatballs, Spicy Whisky Wings

Drink: N/A BYO


Kabul Restaurant

106 Chestnut Street

Appetizers: TBD

Drink: TBD


La Famiglia Ristorante

8 S. Front Street

Appetizers at the bar: Gamberi con fava, Paccheri alla Scarpariello

Drink at the bar: Prosecco, Pinot Grigio Wine, Pinor Noir Wine


La Peg

140 N. Columbus Boulevard

Appetizers: Cheese kurds with marinana, Tomato salad with basil oil and sheep’s milk cheese

Drink: “The Esprit” (vodka, ginger, lime, curacao)


The Little Lion

243 Chestnut Street

Appetizers: Fried Green Tomatoes (Bacon Tomato Jam, Buttermilk Ranch, Pimento Cheese), BBQ Chicken Thigh Sliders (Sour Slaw, Potato Rolls, Bread & Butter Pickles)

Drink: Raspberry Sangria (Red Wine, Raspberry Shrub, Apricot Brandy), plus other specials that will vary by the week


Lucha Cartel

207 Chestnut Street

Appetizers: Chicken, shrimp or mushroom empanada, queso fundido

Drink: House margarita, sangria


National Mechanics

22 S. 3rd Street

Appetizers: Plantain chips and guacamole, and TBD

Drinks: Cocktails with house-infused liquors


Nick’s Bar & Grille

16 S. 2nd Street

Appetizers: Pulled Pork Nachos, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Cherry Pepper Aioli

Drink: Rowhouse Spirits Gin Cocktail


The Olde Bar

125 Walnut Street

Appetizers: Fried Oysters & Oysters Belmont

Drink: Jockey Club Shrub



14 N. Front Street

Appetizers: 50% off all regular price appetizers

Drink: Select red or white wine


The Plough & the Stars

123 Chestnut Street


Drink: Old City Ice Tea


Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor

Appetizers at the bar: Focaccia Calda (Tuscan style bread, heirloom tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella), Quinoa Salad (Edamame, corn, cherry tomatoes, baby arugula, sherry vinaigrette)

Drink: The Kensington – Stateside Vodka, Muddled Blackberries, Agave, Fresh Lemon


Prime Stache

110 Chestnut Street

Appetizers at the bar: Macaroni & cheese with or without pork belly; Edemame Ravioli, Cheesesteak eggrolls, friend green tomatoes

Drink: Long Island, Well drinks


Revolution House

200 Market Street

Appetizers: Pork shank dry rub; house-made slaw / Firecracker shrimp

Drink: Local drafts from local breweries


Keating’s Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen

201 S. Columbus Boulevard

Appetizers: Cheesesteak Landing Eggrolls, Urban Fried Calamari

Drink: Classic Red Sailor Sangria



48 S. 2nd Street

Appetizers: Fried pickles, Sassafras wings

Drink: TBD


Silence Dogood’s Tavern

216 Market Street

Appetizers: 6 Different Tater Tot Options: Plain, Whiz, Whiz & Bacon, BBQ Chicken, Spicy, Pizza

Drink: Market Street Margarita


The Victoria Freehouse

10 S. Front Street

Appetizers: ½ priced pub snacks (Bacon Wrapped Dates, Scotch Egg, Pickled Beetroot Deviled Eggs, Welsh Rarebit, Sausage Roll, Curried Cheese Chips) and Buck-a-shuck oysters

Drink: $5 select drafts, $5 house wine

Old City Eats dining options may be updated during the summer by participating restaurants. Please check Old City’s website, as well as with the participating restaurant, for any changes.

“Old City is home to more than just iconic attractions, we also have 80+ restaurants that continue to be a destination all on their own,” added Itzkowitz. “Restaurateurs such as Ellen Yin and Jose Garces have doubled-down on Old City, opening new restaurants (High St. on Market and The Olde Bar) to complement their longer-term hits (Fork and Amada). We have also seen a recent influx of new restaurants, such as The Gaslight and Little Lion, as well as gastropubs like Common Wealth Old City and Victoria Freehouse. We’re proud that Old City continues to be a premier Philadelphia dining destination.”

For a list of activities and attractions to pair with Old City Eats, visit, follow @oldcitydistrict on Twitter and Like Old City District on Facebook.

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