Map 1, L1 North­ern Lib­er­ties & Fish­town

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CAKE LIFE BAKE SHOP— Bak­ery. The duo be­hind this all-day cafe and bake shop claims a “Cup­cake Wars” vic­tory. In ad­di­tion to top-notch cup­cakes, look for sweet and sa­vory pas­tries and cakes (by the slice). The cafe also serves Ri­val Bros. cof­fee and has a BYOB pol­icy. B, L ( Tu-Su), D ( Tu-Sa). www.cake­lifebakeshop.com. 1306 Frank­ford Ave., 215.278.2580. $ FRANK­FORD HALL— Ger­man. This open-air Ger­man beer gar­den may be the liveli­est spot in Stephen Starr’s em­pire. Counter ser­vice, long com­mu­nal ta­bles and al­fresco ping-pong cre­ate a downto-earth back­drop for en­joy­ing huge steins of tra­di­tional Ger­man and craft beers. Fill up on ca­sual fare like sauerkraut, schnitzel, spaet­zle, bratwurst, weis­s­wurst and käsekrainer. L (Sa-Su), D (daily). www.frank­ford­hall.com. 1210 Frank­ford Ave., 215.634.3338. $ FRONT STREET CAFE— Amer­i­can. Health-con­scious, on-trend dishes are on the menu at this light-filled, rus­tic-chic spot that aims to sat­isfy all needs with a sit-down restau­rant, cof­fee shop, juice/smoothie bar, beer gar­den, out­door ter­race and even two full bars. Try acai break­fast bowls, turkey burg­ers, kale Cae­sar sal­ads, tostada grain bowls, black­ened cu­lotte steak and spaghetti squash with lentil meat­balls. B, L, D (daily). www.frontstreet­cafe.net. 1253 N. Front St., 215.515.3073. LA COLOMBE— Cof­feeshop. Founded by lo­cals, this Euro-style café pours top-notch cof­fee fol­low­ing five prin­ci­ples: fair­ness, longevity, op­por­tu­nity, wa­ter and strict earth con­scious­ness. The Fish­town HQ of­fers a hip, ware­house-like vibe and friendly staff for re­lax­ing with a cuppa and tuck­ing into tasty pas­tries. B, L, D (daily). www.la­colombe.com. 130 S. 19th St., 215.563.0860. $ Map 1, G5; 1414 S. Penn Square, 215.977.7770. Map 1, G5; 1335 Frank­ford Ave., 267.479.1600; 100 S. In­de­pen­dence Mall W., 267.479.1650. LOVE & HONEY FRIED CHICKEN— Amer­i­can. Todd and Laura Lyons’ tem­ple to fried chicken of­fers lo­cally sourced, hu­manely raised and pro­cessed birds (read: no an­tibi­otics or hor­mones). The re­sult is back-to-ba­sics good food with fix­ins’ in­clud­ing mac and cheese, corn­bread muffins and potato salad. Save room for pie (sweet potato, ba­nana

pudding, fla­vor of the month). L, D ( W-Su). www. love­and­honeyfried­chicken.com. 1100 N. Front St., 215.789.7878. Map 1, L1 PIZZA BRAIN— Pizza. This so­cially and en­vi­ron­men­tally aware pizza shop is the world’s first pizza museum and has a claim to fame in the Guin­ness Book of World Records with the largest stock of pizza mem­o­ra­bilia. The restau­rant also has vegan op­tions and de­liv­ery. L, D (daily). www.piz­z­abrain. org. 2313 Frank­ford Ave., 215.291.2965. $ WM. MULHERIN’S SONS— Ital­ian. Set in a re­stored 1890s whiskey blend­ing and bot­tling fa­cil­ity, this well-re­garded spot serves hearty Ital­ian clas­sics, wood-fired piz­zas and strong drinks. The restau­rant has three rus­tic, yet beau­ti­ful rooms: a bar, a din­ing room with a fire­place and a sec­ond din­ing room fea­tur­ing an open kitchen with a wood-fired oven and grill, so you can watch the magic as you eat. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.wm­mul­herinssons.com. 1355 N. Front St., 267.291.1355. $$$

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