Hiya friends! Where my fellow foodies at? I had the pleasure of doing the Philly Foodies Tours in Fishtown this past Saturday, and lemme tell ya – I didn’t know Fishtown had so many great food choices! From delish pizza to dessert, to ‘Philly-style bagels’, Fishtown has it all. Below are the places we went to on the tour, but believe you me – I’ll be back in Fishtown to try all the other places that caught my eye along the tour!
Our tour started as a huddle right outside of our first spot. Luis Serrano, owner of Philly Foodies Tour with his wife, Katy Kenslow, introduced himself and also had all of us introduce ourselves, so we could get to know our fellow ‘foodies’. 🙂
Then, Luis went over some safety instructions, as well as a brief overview and history of our first spot. Luis was really knowledgeable about all of the tour spots, as well as the overall history of Fishtown!
1. Pizza Brain
Any tour that starts off with a pizza stop is a tour I can get behind! 😉 Loved the vibe of this pizza joint, def great for a quick bite when you’re craving pizza. They also hold a Guinness World Record for the largest pizza memorabilia (photos below for proof)…the owner has a tat of a slice of pizza on his back!! Talk about a true pizza lover.
We got to try the ‘Jane’ (and the ‘Forbes’, but I didn’t try this one since I couldn’t eat the pepperoni on it), and it was good! However, I didn’t find anything unique about it and thought it was pretty much your typical margherita pizza. Overall, I gave Pizza Brain a 7.5 out of 10 on the tour.
Our second stop was at a produce market. This solid cast iron building dates back to the 1800s, and started off as building for a French Insurance Company. It housed many different businesses before reaching it’s current produce market stage.
This market is awesome because it also sells B-grade produce, which means if a tomato isn’t perfectly round, or if a cucumber isn’t perfectly straight, it can still be sold to someone – no discrimination against the produce! They also have gorgeous flowers, and pretty much all your basic grocery needs.
We got to try some cherries here and they were actually a lot sweeter than they looked! Really delish. Overall, I gave Riverwards Produce Market a 6.0 out of 10 on the tour.
The next stop was a bagel joint, an man…I haven’t had a bagel in a hot minute, and I’d forgotten how good they are. Esp from this place! We tried the ‘Everything’ bagel, and it was so delish. Very flavorful, which we learned is probably thanks to the amazing fusion of beer and water that they use in their bagels for a special malted flavor. Mixing in Philly’s love for beer into a bagel – love it! Overall, I gave Philly Style Bagels an 8.5 out of 10 on the tour.
Next we went to my favorite spot on the tour – a soupery. Not quite a concept I’d heard of before, but having a special spot for comfort food and soups in particular, I knew I was going to love this place. We got to try the ‘Curried Carrot Ginger soup’ which was made with coconut milk, and absolutely delicious. I will definitely be going back there for that soup on a sick day…
Overall, I gave Good Spoon Soupery a 9.5 out of 10 on the tour.
To follow up the soup with a sweet treat, we walked over to Ramona Susan’s Bake Shop, which is apparently Philly’s smallest bakery! We got to meet sweet Ellie, who is part owner with Betty. The bakery is named after Betty’s mom, Ramona Susan. ❤
Here we tried their two crowd favorites: the Rainbow Cookie and Butter Cake. While I felt a little overdosed on my sugar intake after trying these, they both were very delicious and flavorful. Overall, I gave Ramona Susan’s Bake Shop a 7.0 out of 10.0 on the tour.
Our next and final stop was at Kensington Quarters, which had one of my favorite vibes. Really cool spot (see: photos), and although I couldn’t try the mixed charcuterie (which looked really good!), their menu had a wide assortment of great options that I’ll be sure to stop back for one day. A neat plus to Kensington Quarters is their wine, butcher, and pasta making classes that they offer throughout the year as well. Overall, I gave Kensington Quarters an 8.0 out of 10.0 on the tour.
The tour was really fun overall, and a great experience! The tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays, and you can book yours now on their website!