No frills near passyunk square
I just moved from center city down to the passyunk sq area. I like the highly regarded expensive restaurants just as much as the dark bars, ethnic spots, or plastic 'chair' establishments.
I would love for some recommendations on neighborhood spots whether it be a cafe, bar, cheese shop, bakery, or restaurant. Keep the recommendation to places that wouldn't necessitate a reservation. Thanks!
Welcome to the neighborhood! You will not go hungry, that's for sure! Here's a few recs:
Marra's - pizza only, eat in or take out; ask for it cooked well done
Stogie Joe's - pizza and traditional Italian/bar food; service is slow, I recommend take out instead
Mancuso's Cheese Shop - divine homemade ricotta...and get a lemon water ice while you're there
Francoluigi's - pizza and Italian food; very good, big portions
Circles - excellent Thai
Cosmi's - great corner hoagie/cheesesteak joint
+1 Hardena and Artisan Boulanger
Chhaya for brunch
Franco Luigi's (takeout/delivery side) -- definitely try their tomato pie and the Nonna's Homestyle.
Stogie Joe's -- for pizza. Rest of the food is kind of meh.
Bottle Shop -- you can drink there, and they have taps.
The takeout tofu/snack Vietnamese place next to Nam Phuong
On Monday night, I went to Hardena for the first time (Indonesian food). My friend and I both had the rice platter. There was a selection of 9 different dishes, and we could choose 3 served over rice. I had a tofu/eggplant stew, a jackfruit stew, and fish curry. A little drop of hot sauce on the side was too hot for my taste, but could liven up the meal for those who enjoy some heat. Very simple arrangement, with 4-5 tables, disposable utensils, and a self serve cooler of water. A lot of food for a very reasonable price, and a friendly atmosphere.
I also like to buy fresh ricotta from Mancuso Cheese Shop. It is a crowded narrow space, old school, no frills. The fresh ricotta I eat instead of ice cream as a dessert!