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The Spicy Belly, owned by brothers Jason and Jimmy Mills, fuses Korean and Jamaican cuisine and is a reflection of the Mills brothers’ culture—their mother is Korean and their father is Jamaican.
The inventive menu features items like Korean-style wings in a spicy barbecue glaze; Jamaican beef patty; codfish fritters; curry goat stew; grilled pork belly tacos with kimchi; Mo-Bay Bimbap with bulbogi, kimchi, chayote and beans over rice; and a Cubano sandwich served with seared pork belly, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, pickle, mustard and hot sauce. They also serve a brunch menu that includes jerk shrimp and grits, Seoul chicken and waffles and potato hash topped with grilled pork belly, a sunny side up egg and served with a side of kimchi.
The Spicy Belly has a large craft beer draft and bottle list, wine offerings from several Pennsylvania wineries and several signature cocktails.
3847 Terrace St., Manayunk, (215) 484-2095, Manayunk, (215) 484-2095, www.thespicybelly.com.
Tubby Robot Ice Cream Factory
When you’re ready to satisfy that sweet tooth, head over to Manayunk’s new dessert spot. The ice cream is made on-site in the shop, using local ingredients, and the menu flavors change frequently. Current offerings include Mexican chocolate, raspberry chocolate chip and strawberry cheesecake.
Tubby Robot is owned by native Philadelphians and longtime friends Chris Maguire and Steve Wright Jr. They also have a love of video games and are utilizing a custom-built projection system to beam arcade images from inside the building onto the adjacent alley wall. While sitting inside the shop, you can play head-to-head games like Pacman, Frogger and Donkey Kong while eating delicious ice cream.
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12–9 p.m. and Sunday from 12–5 p.m.
4369 Main St., Manayunk, (267) 423-4376, Manayunk, (267) 423-4376, www.tubbyrobot.com