15 places to eat and drink near the Flower Show at FDR Park

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This weekend the Flower Show returns to South Philadelphia, relocating to the expansive grounds of FDR Park for a second year. And while visitors can find plenty of restaurants within the show, this part of town is home to one of the city’s liveliest food scenes: you might as well explore a little while you’re down there.

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Where does South Philly begin? Some will argue it’s somewhere south of South Street, others will say it’s south of Washington Avenue; Some die-hards advocate an even lower limit. For hungry Flower Show-goers, we’ve rounded up some of the Inquirer’s favorite restaurants along and south of Snyder Avenue — nearly a mile and a half north of FDR Park — and near the Broad Street Line.

This brunch spot fills up quickly on weekend mornings, but it’s worth the wait. Order an Oaxacan hot chocolate and the huevos revueltos migas – fluffy scrambled eggs on crispy tortilla chips, topped with chopped ham, onions and serrano pepper and served with a side of creamy black beans. Ask for red and green salsa. 1532 Snyder Avenue, 267-639-4506, www.cafeychocolate.com

The pandemic has reduced the once extensive menu at Melrose, but breakfast basics remain, as does always-efficient service. Get a pork roll. 1501 Snyder Avenue, 215-467-6644, melrosediner.com

Indulge in a hand-guided breakfast at this Oregon Avenue eatery, specializing in Hong Kong-style pastries, steamed buns and bubble teas. Start savory with char siu puffs, pork sponge rolls and pizza buns, then go sweet with an egg tart, red bean twist or almond butter milk pie. 2653 S. 11th St., 215-820-9804, dodobakery.co

This brunch/lunch spot with Port Richmond roots recently reopened at the Navy Yard, another sprawling South Philly spot to explore. Challah French toast, grilled cheese and soup, and chicken salad sandwiches are on the menu. 4920 S. 15th St., 267-457-5585, facebook.com/Mercercafenavyyard

Voters in The Inquirer’s hoagie category named this deli’s Italian hoagie third overall and the best in this corner of town, beating out nearby Pastificio Deli, P&S Ravioli Co. and Lil’ Nick’s Deli. Craig likes the Italian inferno (layered with long hots) and the cutlet hoagies. 2300 p. 16th St., 215-271-5545, mipalsdeli.com

The centerpiece of this family-run eatery’s menu might be bún bò huế (spicy central Vietnamese noodle soup), but other hits include banh mi with house-smoked pork belly, chicken wings in fish sauce, and chicken braised in lemongrass. Fancy Vietnamese for dinner instead? Head to the Pho Cyclo Cafe – open until 9:30pm – around the corner near Broad and Snyder. 1606 W. Passyunk Ave., 215-551-2407, www.cafenhanphilly.com

This corner cantina offers colorful scratch-off cocktails, a plentiful mezcal selection, and a small but excellent menu of authentic Mexican dishes, including aguachile verde and Oaxacan tlayudas. The Al Pastor Tacos are one of Craig’s favorites. 1551 W. Passyunk Ave., 215-515-3276, lalloronaphilly.com

One of South Philly’s friendliest neighborhood bars, this spot owned by two Temple grads is home to darts tournaments, quiz nights and karaoke. Daily specials $5 Tater Tots on Thursdays and a four-hour happy hour (4-8pm) on Fridays. 2535 S. 13th St., 267-314-5937, southhousephilly.com

This corner bar with an artistic flair (one of the co-owners is a Moore College of Art graduate who curated the shows at Dirty Franks) just celebrated its sixth birthday. Toast it with a hickory-smoked Sazerac and a plate of homemade pierogi. 2654 p. 12th St., 267-519-3574, blackcattavernphilly.com

This family-run BYOB went viral in early 2020, shortly after opening. It weathered the pandemic thanks to a menu that mixes crowd-pleasers (quesadillas, burritos, birria nachos) with more traditional fare (blue corn tlacoyos, huitlacoche-stuffed chicken, lengua tacos). 1429 Jackson Street, 215-645-9392, taqueriamorales.com

When it opened in 2019, this compact BYOB turned heads with its perfectly juicy octopus – voted the best in town by Craig. The octopus is still there, but chef Bobby Saritsoglou has continued his Mediterranean inspiration, adding fried stints, soujouk and falafel to his menu, which is rounded off with wood-fired pizza and Turkish pides. Reservations are a good idea. 1705 Snyder Avenue, 215-337-3455; stinapizzeria.com

For a traditional South Philly Italian dinner, you can’t go wrong with this BYOB on the corner. Family recipes are still the origins of concoctions such as sausage and figs, stuffed artichokes, gnocchi, gorgonzola and, according to Craig, perhaps the best clam casino in town. 2500 S. Broad Street, 215-468-3900, scannicchio.online

This 90-year-old institution is a Craig LaBan favorite started during the Great Depression, when Filippo “Pop” Italiano started rolling a cart through Marconi Plaza selling fruit-flavored shaved ice cream. Today’s menu features classics (black cherry, lemon, mango) and new-school flavors you’d expect (root beer, mint chocolate chip). There’s also hand-dipped and soft serve ice cream. 1337 West Oregon Avenue, 215-551-7677, popsice.com

These seasonally flavored gluten-free donuts can be found at many bakeries and coffee shops across the city, but they’re baked at this Snyder Avenue store, which opened a window in late 2020. Flavors for June include sweet honeycorn, chocolate blueberry, and peach matcha. 1439 Snyder Avenue, 267-237-3786, okiedokiedonuts.com

The outpost of Italian bakery Packer Avenue offers cannoli, biscotti and cookies for a snack over coffee when you need an afternoon pick-me-up. Stop by Celebre’s next door for another slice of the neighborhood: It doesn’t get more authentic than South Philly Pizza Pizza. 1538 Packuer Avenue, 215-336-1001, Termini.com

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