Foodie Itinerary: Comfort Food Feast

Photo: Bourbon Blue

Photo: Bourbon Blue

Northwest Philadelphia has one of the largest selections of comfort food in the greater Philadelphia region, so picking our favorites was no easy task! But if you’ve got Southern cuisine on your mind, you really can’t go wrong by starting your food tour with lunch at Victoria’s Kitchen at 7304 Ogontz Avenue in West Oak Lane, where BBQ meats and Mac & Cheese are piled high enough to share. Why split such deliciousness? So you can also take a short walk to Uptown BBQ & Grill, a few blocks away at 8010 Ogontz Avenue for ribs or one of their delish homemade desserts. And if your trip brings you to the neighborhood at night or on a weekend, Relish at 7152 Ogontz Avenue has an all-you-can-eat soul food brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and live jazz music most nights of the week during and after dinner. 

Just a few minutes in the car will bring you to the heart of Germantown, where you’ll find Jamaican takeaways, more live music and an impressive selection of vegetarian options. We’re particularly crazy about The Nile Cafe at 6008 Germantown Avenue, for their plentiful portions of vegan and vegetarian soul food, that even meat-eaters will be drooling over. And for crab cakes and turkey wraps to write home about, look no further than Tymeka’s Soul Food Restaurant. And when it’s time for a coffee, Uncle Bobbie’s Books & Coffee serves theirs with a large selection of books by independent authors, with regular readings, lectures and other events in the shop.  

This is probably also a good time to stretch your legs, and luckily, you’re just a few blocks from some of the most important historic sites in Philadelphia. Take a guided tour of a home, sign up for a lecture, or make your own itinerary with Historic Germantown. And, if you still need one more stroll before dinner, the beautiful Wissahickon Valley Park is just a short drive away - and don’t be fooled, while the only sounds you’ll hear are the rolling creek and chirping birds when you’re fully immersed in its beauty, you’re definitely still in Philadelphia!

When your tummy starts to rumble again, a short drive or bike ride to Manayunk will bring you to Deke’s Bar-B-Que, a rib shack at 4101 Ridge Avenue. There, they’re serving up amazing BBQ, wings, smoked meats, and yummy sides. And, if you’d like to linger a little longer, Bourbon Blue, at 2 Rector Street on the peaceful Manayunk Canal, offers a New Orleans twist on hearty American fare, like southern fried chicken, even better with one of their creative cocktails, with live music almost every night of the week.