Lucky’s Mac Attack Burger//photo by steve legato
Bar Snacks: Beast & Ale
Sure, you can grab a beer after work and nosh on some stale peanuts and pretzels. Or you can head to Beast & Ale and chow down on something special. The team behind Mexican favorites Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz and Taqueria Feliz doesn’t disappoint when it comes to great snacks. We highly recommend the pork-belly fries and the fried green beans.
4161 Main St., Manayunk, (267) 437-3936, www.beastandale.com.
Burger: Lucky’s Last Chance
Is there anything Lucky’s won’t top a burger with? Apparently not. Peanut butter, mac-and-cheese, shredded buffalo chicken, and fried egg have all make the cut. We’ll leave the rest to your imagination. And be sure to order a side of tots.
4421 Main St., Philadelphia, (215) 509-6005, www.luckyslastchance.com.
Coffee Shop: Volo Coffeehouse
Volo has everything a coffee shop should: ample seating, free Wi-Fi, and a super-comfortable atmosphere—not to mention great coffee. You’ll find about six La Colombe varieties at any one time, plus an impressive selection of tea, espresso and hot chocolate.
4360 Main St., Manayunk, (215) 483-4580, www.volocoffeehouse.com.
Gluten-Free Pizza: Couch Tomato Café
It isn’t just the gluten-free crust that makes this Manayunk mainstay’s build-your-own pizza so good. The comfy café also offers a vast selection of gluten-free sauces, ranging from classic tomato to an inventive ancho-honey. Time to get creative.
102 Rector St., Manayunk, (215) 483-2233, www.thecouchtomato.com.
Pint with a View: Conshohocken Brewing
Love to people-watch and drink good beer? This is the perfect place for you. Pull up a stool and grab a house brew from this year-old taproom, which is perfectly situated just above the Schuylkill River Trail. You won’t be bored.
739 E. Elm St., Suite B, Conshohocken, (610) 897-8962, www.conshohockenbrewing.com.
Restaurant Expansion: Below Deck Bottle Shop
Flanigan’s Boathouse already had a lot going for it—a solid menu, a loyal audience, great food. So the decision to install an authentic beer-lover’s destination on the ground level was a welcome surprise. The aptly named Below Deck Bottle Shop’s many options include Allagash Curieux, Ballast Point’s Grapefruit Sculpin, and Maine Beer Company’s Mean Old Tom.
Flanigan’s Boathouse, 113 Fayette St., Conshohocken, (610) 828-2628, www.flanboathouse.com.