A Food Hall for All

There’s something quite special about Franklin’s Table, the 8,000-square-foot food hall turning out sweet and savory selections from seven of Philly’s most exciting chefs.
Far from an old school food court, Franklin’s Table is one of retail district Shop Penn’s undeniable hot spots. The community hub became a University City staple seemingly overnight and brings together an eclectic crowd (think graduate and undergraduate students, university faculty, young professionals, hospital staff, business owners, area workers, and out-of-town visitors) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. With stalls catering to every craving, seating for 175, a global gamut of cuisines, and an impressive number of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, this is the dining destination everybody’s talking about.
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What better place to start choosing your own eating adventure. If exquisitely prepared fish and rice make your eyes light up, stake out a spot at DK Sushi, a new fine casual experience from Michael Schulson, behind Center City’s Double Knot (not to mention Sampan, Harp & Crown & Monkitail). Sit bar side for a crash course in what’s affectionately known as “Sushi School” and enjoy traditional Japanese omakase, a phrase that translates to “I’ll leave it up to you.” Whether you go with an individual roll or a specialty box (shout-out to “Eat Your Salmon”), take it from the hordes of people touting DK’s sleek, gift-like boxes: it’s hard to go wrong here. For a wallet-friendly option, consider the $5 roll. We have it on good authority the salmon, soy, and ginger and the shitake, ume, and shiso are great bang for your buck. Oh, and did we mention DK delivers? You’re welcome.

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Believe the hype.  Vegan and kosher falafel shop Goldie is the brainchild of the CookNSolo Restaurant Partners, which also includes such faves as Zahav, Federal Donuts, and Dizengoff, among others.  The no-frills menu features falafel, fries, and tehina shakes, and makes a compelling argument for keeping it simple.  Crunchy-yet-fluffy, emerald green falafel balls are fried fresh to order and can be tucked into a Dizengoff pita or used to top a salad unlike one you’re about to whip up at home on a weeknight.  Their creative condiments (Spicy Schug! Earthy Harissa! Funky Amba!) and shawarma-spiced fries can’t go without mentioning, and make sure to save room for one of their signature shakes.  Available in flavors like Turkish coffee, mint chocolate, and banana, you won’t believe something so rich and creamy could be dairy-free.

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Team Savory or Team Sweet?  At High Street Provisions, a new concept from the beloved High Street on Market in Old City, you won’t have to choose.  The adorable offshoot of the original café uses the same locally-sourced, sustainable products from area farmers to create their delicious pastries, breads, sandwiches, and market salads, each of which looks (and tastes) better than the last.  This is the place to get your avocado toast.  Made from High Street’s Toasted Keystone Ground, the Millennial mainstay is piled high with braised greens and showered with an appealing array of fresh herbs.  

Other noteworthy savory dishes we hope are here to stay: “The Forager” (shiitake mushrooms, braised kale, scrambled farm egg, and provolone cheese on a homemade brioche bun) and the charred broccoli salad (with almonds, sweet and sour onions, and a creamy herb vinaigrette).  On the crusty, buttery, and sugary side, where pastry Chef Aaron Manuyag reigns supreme, we suggest the Dirty Chai Kouign Amann.  Almost too pretty to eat, the swirly, crackly cake begs to be chased with a cup of Rival Brothers coffee.  Since pastry pickings sell out fast, grab one for now and one for later.

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Hop on the bandwagon: here’s your chance to drink well and do good.  The Juice Merchant brings their 100% organic juices, smoothies, and acai bowls to University City for the first time at Franklin’s Table.  With locations in Narberth and Manayunk, they are committed to making nutritious food convenient and accessible.  The family-owned, neighborhood business actively supports urban farmers, champions efforts to eliminate food waste, and consistently donates a portion of sales to Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization.  Juices and smoothies come with creative names like Beet It, Twisted Apple, Kale with a Kick (jalapeno, spinach, cucumber, apple, and lime), Cool Blue, and Hawaiian Delight.

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It wouldn’t be a food hall without a burger joint, would it?  The chefs at Fishtown’s Kensington Quarters (and Cafe Lift, Bufad, and Prohibition Taproom) decided their burger was so delicious (and popular!), it needed its own home — and that’s where KQ Burger at Franklin’s Table comes in.  While the fried chicken sandwich (with cheddar, pickles, ranch dressing, and seasonal greens on local bread) caught our eye coming out of the kitchen, we can confirm: the classic burger is classic for a reason.  If a slab of melted cheddar, a tangle of roasted red onions, a smear of slurp worthy KQ sauce, and a side of freshly cut fries sounds right up your alley, you know where to go and what to order.  Between the friendly counter service and the steady stream of sustainably sourced meats, we won’t blame you if you’re slow to give up your seat.  

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Two words: Pizza. Night.  Or, depending on what kind of day you’re having: pizza lunch!  You may recognize the name Pitruco from their treasure of a pizza truck — or perhaps from the nighttime bites at Smokey Joe’s (where they go by the name Enjay’s).  The two childhood friends from northwest Philadelphia landed one of the coveted slots inside Franklin’s Table for their first brick-and-mortar shop, and can be seen slinging affordable, award-winning, wood-fired pies with an ideal sauce to cheese to crust ratio.  

You don’t need to be a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur to appreciate the beauty in their from-scratch, cut-no-corners approach.  All of their sauces, doughs, veggies, and toppings are done in-house.  Most meats and cheeses (like the ones dressing up the photogenic flavor bomb otherwise known as the Soppressata) can be traced back to local farms and are prepped daily by staff.  In spring, one-offs like lamb sausage with fava beans, pecorino, and mint, asparagus with ramp brown butter and burrata, and braised short rib with fontina, fried onions, and cauliflower fondue may grace the menu board.  Make sure you visit often, as specials change continuously, not just seasonally!

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Eyes on the prize.  Whether you tried a bit of everything at Franklin’s Table or committed to just one meal, you’ll need to finish it off with something sweet.  Little Baby’s Ice Cream was born on the back of a tricycle and serves “hand-made, small batch, super premium” ice cream and non-dairy frozen desserts in compostable cups and cones.  (Also compostable: their napkins and spoons!)  Needless to say, this isn’t your average ice cream shop.  Or your typical menu.  Little Baby’s has some of the most inventive flavors around, with both sweet and savory options changing regularly.  If you’re having trouble deciding between flavors, ask for the Double Baby Scoop — two flavors packed into a single four-ounce serving.  Your tale of two scoops can begin with the smoked cinnamon speculoos and vanilla cardamom cream, but if neither of those is in circulation when you stop in, just ask for what’s good.  (It’s all good.)

Whether you’re making a beeline for soft serve or searching for a green drink (both of which have their place!), Franklin’s Table is sure to please.  Share the social experience of good food and conversation around a farm-style table, or bring your laptop and snag 1). a stool by the window or 2). a quaint spot on the back patio. If the weather’s warm, we recommend taking your selection to go and soaking up the sun on a bench near Woodland Walk one of the many green spaces on Penn’s beautiful campus.  The options abound here. Outstanding smorgasbord of eats aside, thanks to the picture-perfect backdrop of choice Benjamin Franklin quotes covering the walls, you’re more than likely to leave with fresh fodder for your Instagram feed.  And to really get into the spirit of it all, take a leaf out of Ben’s book: “Do not put off until tomorrow what you can [eat] today.”

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