Manayunk may be a short train trip from the center of Philadelphia but the food scene is in a league of its own. From modernized twists on Mexican favorites, to feel-good burgers and dogs, it is no surprise why college students, young professionals, and growing families alike are flocking to this delicious and extremely laid-back Classic Town.
4161 Main Street.
For fresh tacos, hand-crafted margaritas, flavorful guacamole, and pressed tortas, look no further than Union Taco in Manayunk to be serving it all up. The original location lived in its first home for three years until moving into its newest multi-story address to offer a full tequila bar and spacious layout. The new building offers an open-air patio for outdoor seating, takeout counter, and funky decor for a dining experience that is unique yet comfortable. Owner Nick Farina is confident that the blend of Mexican street food with an American edge seamlessly fits with the easy-going Manayunk lifestyle. From daily happy hours to Taco Tuesday and BOGO Burrito Wednesdays, there’s always something happening at this popular hangout.
4421 Main Street.
When you think comfort food, you’ll definitely consider Lucky’s Last Chance as offering some of the best in the game. This Manayunk spot is a favorite for meat connoisseurs and craft beer aficionados. It was the first serious burger joint in town and has kept its spot at number one for six years. The cozy space comes with all the familiarity of your favorite hometown bar with dishes that are anything but ordinary. Lucky’s has everything you’re used to when it comes to burgers and hot dogs, and a lot of things you probably haven’t tried. The artistic sandwiches come with toppings like their famous mak & cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and shredded chicken. Sides like crinkle-cut fries, gourmet tots, and rotating local beers complement any dish perfectly. Manayunk residents and visitors alike flock to this Main Street gem for a low-key atmosphere, great music, and spirited food.
4369 Main Street.
We were extremely excited to stop in for a snack at the newly opened and highly anticipated Tubby Robot Ice Cream Factory. Owners and childhood friends Chris Maguire and Steve Wright have been in the process of unveiling their unique shop for two years now, paying close attention to every detail to give the neighborhood a craft, handmade ice cream parlor that uses local ingredients and homemade sauces. Along with customer-requested flavors, you’ll find a variety of fixings that pair magically with freshly made Belgium waffles for a custom sundae unlike any other around Philadelphia. The friends also made sure to include one of their favorite hobbies into the store: video games. They hope guests of all ages can enjoy the old-school games, quality ice cream, and a united, community environment.
2 Rector. Street
Our tasteful tour of Manayunk was rounded out with apps and drinks at Bourbon Blue. Owner Brendan McGrew has been with the restaurant since 2002, first as a line cook and Sous Chef. Since taking ownership in 2008, he’s transformed the town staple into an obvious choice for dinner. The menu at Bourbon Blue is considered American cuisine with a New Orleans twist, something that was seriously lacking from the Philly food scene. Guests with all tastes will find something of their liking, whether it’s signatures like the cheesesteak eggrolls, seafood jambalaya, or the southern fried chicken. The restaurant’s focus on quality food, unwavering commitment to good service, and emphasis on making lasting connections is what keeps customers coming back again and again.