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  • 2nd Street Brewhouse

    Stay awhile on Two Street

    Mom-and-pop tap houses abound down on Two Street, so the Brewhouse decided to do something a little different — its comfy-chair feel encourages drinkers to stay awhile and taste through their always-rotating selection of a dozen drafts.

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  • Ba Le Bakery

    Viet hoagie time

    A huge and almost unfairly cheap selection of banh mi, or Vietnamese sandwiches, are what Ba Le is best-known for, but they also brew a mean bubble tea and fry up some killer sesame-studded Viet doughnuts and pastries.

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  • Brown Chicken Brown Cow

    Run hot and cold with coffee and ice cream

    This cafe with the inspired name (say it out loud fast) is a coffee shop at first blush, but the real scoop is its large ice cream selection, featuring local dairy from Shady Brook Farm in Bucks County, Pa.

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  • Caffe Valentino

    Italian comfort food and hospitable, homey environs

    Smells of authentic Pugliese cuisine waft through this newly expanded BYOB. Even with the addition of a second floor, Caffe Valentino retains a warm, homey atmosphere, complementing comfort dishes such as risotto with sautéed mussels, shrimp and calamari in white wine sauce. Outdoor seating tempts passersby in warmer months, and each Tuesday, guests enjoy a wallet-friendly four-course dinner.

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  • Dickinson Square Park

    A neighborhood green space frequented by seasonal picnickers

    A sunny day at Dickinson Park in Pennsport.

    Basketball courts, swing sets, a jungle gym and three acres of trees and green space define this neighborhood park. In the warmer months, residents come here for picnic lunches—easy, thanks to the availability of delicious food in the area—and a seasonal farmers’ market.

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  • El Gallo Pinto

    Home-cooked Nicaraguan and Central American fare

    Primarily a grocery store and bodega, El Gallo Pinto offers a small amount of seating to sit and enjoy home-cooked Nicaraguan and Central American fare — uncommon in this part of town. Don’t miss the house-specialty nacatamales, deeply flavorful masa bombs wrapped in banana leaves.

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  • Federal Donuts

    Line-up for donuts, fried chicken and coffee

    Next level coffee and donuts at Federal Donuts.

    The lines out the door explain it all; people across the city crave deep-fried joy. The original location for Federal Donuts in Pennsport has perfected the combination of Korean-style fried chicken and delectable donuts, selling out regularly since opening in the fall of 2011.

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  • Gold Star Park

    Go for green space gold

    This pocket park close to the western edge of Pennsport, Gold Star earns a gold star for cleanliness and approachability.

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  • Gooey Looie’s

    Seriously stuffed hoagies and cheesesteaks await in an unassuming, no-frills shop within the gated Pennsport Mall. Gigantic creations with enough deli meat and cheese to cover many more normal-sized sandwiches have kept locals full and content for years.

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  • Grindcore House

    Rock out to heavy metal tunes, coffee and vegan treat in hand

    Grab a cup of fair trade coffee at Grindcore House in Pennsport.

    This all-vegan, metal music-themed coffee house delivers fair-trade coffee and an extensive cafe menu.

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  • Herron Park Sprayground

    Water world

    Wide-open Herron Park is equipped with a series of sprinklers and jets, making this “sprayground” the perfect play for kids on a hot day.

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  • Jefferson Square Park

    The community gathers in this 19th-century green space

    This classic 19th-century strolling park sat outside of Philadelphia’s boundaries when it was established. Because of its proximity to ports and saloons, it later would be used by the Union Army as an encampment site. Today, people enjoy the relaxing green space and fun events, such as movie screenings and concerts.

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  • Khmer Kitchen

    True Cambodian

    This area has a large Cambodian population, and their cuisine is well-represented by Khmer Kitchen, a small family-run BYO.

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  • Manton Street Park and Community Garden

    Room to grow

    Another example of a wisely designed pocket park for Pennsport, Manton Street also offers a chill space for residents of the Dickinson Narrows sub-neighborhood. A 10-plot community garden encourages plenty of activity during planting season.

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  • Mekong River

    Viet soups, sweet setting

    Offering a more upscale and polished atmosphere than most nearby Vietnamese restaurants, Mekong does right by pho, roast quail, vermicelli noodle dishes and more.

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  • Mummer’s Museum

    Experience the iconic New Year’s Day parade any day of the year

    The Mummers Museum in Pennsport.

    Discover Philadelphia’s signature tradition at the Mummers Museum, which preserves the uniforms, songs and memorabilia of the past and explains the customs of the Mummers clubs.

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  • Pho Ha

    Amazing soup lies behind an unassuming storefront

    Located in a super-busy Asian shopping center, Ha is one of South Philly’s most popular stops for pho, soul-affirming Vietnamese noodle soups.

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  • Rizzo Rink

    An indoor ice rink beneath I-95

    Hockey is a way of life for the regulars at Rizzo Rink, but casual skaters are welcome to don their blades and round the ice for public hours, Wednesday through Sunday.

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  • Sacks Playground

    Outdoor recreation for all

    Just across 4th Street from Jefferson Square Park, Sacks Playground satisfies the neighborhood’s active crew with a pool, baseball fields, basketball courts.

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  • Shank’s Original

    Classic Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies on the South Philadelphia waterfront.

    Shank's Original

    Visit Shank’s Original for a highly reputed cheesesteak and an old-school South Philly experience transplanted to the waterfront. The tradition of Shank’s dates back to 1962 when Shank’s and Evelyn’s (“Shank’s”) opened its doors to the Italian Market near 10th and Catherine Streets. In 2009, Shank’s closed it’s original location and opened a new location on Columbus Boulevard. The new location is right at the base of Pier 40 on the Delaware River.

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  • The Industry Bar

    An ode to hospitality-industry insiders where all are welcome

    With 12 taps, an adventurous menu and a 20% discount for restaurant industry workers, this Pennsport newbie has established itself as a neighborhood hotspot. Late on Saturday nights, the kitchen prepares a special “staff meal:” hearty, simple fare priced just right.

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