New for Summer: @OldCityDistrict Eats!

Say it Rah-shay By Jun 15, 2016 3 Comments

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


Old 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.

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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 Sakebuudakan

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

common wealth

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

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

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  1. jeff says:

    Continental’s décor is so much fun!

  2. Grace Hodgin says:

    What fun and love they do this for an extended time so one can plan rheir summer outings around it.

  3. monicastable says:

    We were just saying we need to visit Philly! You named all of our favorite restaurants. We need to go soon – maybe this weekend!!!!

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