For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, Tri-State Indie founder Stephanie Seiple shares her top five Philadelphia businesses.
Since we (TSI, Rich and Myself) recently moved to East Kensington / Fishtown in 2012 – here’s my top five Philly local businesses in our new hood:
Loco Pez - This place looks like your dad’s basement from 1979. The decor is awesome and the food is addicting. We go here sometimes once a week. It’s super cheap, but always packed, so the good thing is that it’s a fast turn around for tables. It’s more traditional Mexican rather than Americanized, which is awesome, and you can tell everything is made on site. I’ve tried many things on the menu, but my go to is the Carne Asata tacos ( small soft tacos) and a bowl of red rice, along with a bunch of homemade hot sauces.
Groove Hound - Great dog grooming. We have a 13 year old basset hound (Winston) who hates baths, so we are picky about groomers because of his age and since his is terrified of the whole experience. The owner really cares about animals and is also a dog trainer. They know how to check for ear infections and fleas, and Winston always comes home super soft, clean, and actually happy. And the best part, it’s super cheap! $24 for wash, nail trim, ear clean, and dry, along with a handsome scarf.
Pizza Brain – By now everyone has heard about this iconic pizza shop/museum, right? It’s pretty cool to have something so unique right in our hood. For those of you who don’t know- it’s the 1st ever pizza museum and the owner holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most pizza memorabilia, which is all on display in the shop. And, yes, they sell pizza. Eat in or take out. The owner is there frequently, is super friendly and lots of times ringing you up/taking your order behind the counter, which is refreshing. They also have employees draw custom pieces of art on the underside of pizza box lids. So when you get home you might be in for a treat beside the pizza by winning a slice free slice and a free piece of art on your box.
Atlantis (The Lost Bar) – This place is a small neighborhood joint that’s got a great selection of beer for cheap. Each time we go the door guy is the same, and he always greets you with “Welcome to The Lost Bar” as if you are entering a magical place. Not magical, but clean, new’ish, table and bar seating, TV’s and a pool table. Not only having a great beer selection with super reasonable prices, they also make a kick ass bloody mary.
Greensgrow Farm - It’s like a little piece of the country right in the city. Originally being from the cow country of South Jersey, I love that this place is only a few blocks away. They have mostly everything you would look for at a country side road stand; tons of veggies, lawn and garden decor and gadgets, home made items, local honey, fall pumpkins, x-mas trees, wreathes (seasonal of course). For the winter months, they offer a co- op for fresh produce and they also grow hops for the Philadelphia Brewing company. They host a Fall Fest every year with street venders and bands, and a big favorite here is Milkshake – the awesome pig who you can pet.