Sure, having a few drinks on the patio or seeing an outdoor movie can be fun, but the most memorable thing about summer is... that time she dressed up like Wonder Woman for Seth Cohen, obviously. Well, either that or these 11 Philly foods you should totally eat before summer’s over:
Red Owl Tavern (address and info) Old City All the summer you could fit in one stew includes shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, Maine lobster, fingerling potatoes, and tomatoes confit, all in a tomato-lobster broth.
Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House (address and info) University City Every Monday, all day long, you get exactly what it sounds like: oysters to shoot back at just a dollar a piece. You can also order off the raw bar menu for variations on the Doc’s classic dish with cocktail sauce or jumbo shrimp.
Pulled duck & seared tuna sliders
Uptown Beer Garden (address and info) Center City The summertime pop-up beer garden from the people behind BRÜ Craft & Wurst is one of the city’s most spacious, and it doesn’t mess around when it comes to sliders: get the tuna with thai basil & wasabi aioli, or pulled duck with apple slaw and porter plum sauce.
Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar (address and info) Northern Liberties This may not be New England, but few things are more evocative of summertime than a bucket of crawfish enjoyed with a cold beer. The only place for this is Crabby’s, where the pub fare is outshined every summer by the menu’s premium seasonal items.
Hazelnut S’more Ice Cream
Little Baby’s Ice Cream (address and info) Spruce Hill & East Kensington Really any ice cream here is a good idea, but it’s one of the newest releases that will have you in search of a campfire to sit next to, especially if you opt for the ice cream sandwich version to get the complete graham cracker-chocolate-marshmallow experience.
Lemon water ice & a pretzel
John’s Water Ice (address and info) Bella Vista Nothing tastes more like a Philly summer than the sweet-and-savory combo of a freshly baked, still-warm soft pretzel alongside a fresh cup of water ice, which is why John’s is not to be missed during its summer season hours.
Big Gay Ice Cream (address and info) Washington Square West Now that one of New York’s most fabulous ice cream shops finally found a home in Philly, it’s only appropriate to try the ongoing specials while the sun is high and the sweat’s dripping down your back. The quintessential serving? A cone of this vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, and vanilla wafer blend.
Duroc St. Louis ribs
Fette Sau (address and info) Fishtown There are plenty of places to score great barbecue in Philly any time of year, but few offer indoor-or-outdoor seating along with naturally raised meats and classic BBQ sides like smoked corn on the cob, potato salad, and dill chips, like Fette Sau does.
Rex 1516 (address and info) Graduate Hospital The dimly lit cocktail bar isn’t only good at getting you tipsy in the classiest of matters, it also rocks an excellent summer menu, complete with this starter of whole chicken wings and your choice of seasonal molasses chipotle, maple mustard, or Nashville hot dill.
Fresh fish of the day
Devon Seafood Grill (address and info) Rittenhouse You can’t go wrong with any of the seafood at Devon, whether you opt for jumbo lump crab or fresh shrimp -- but it’s the fish-of-the-day specials that will have you splurging on the season’s best catches. Plus, the Rittenhouse outdoor seating isn’t bad either.
Luke’s Lobster (address and info) Rittenhouse Sourced from Maine and doused in garlic and lemon butter, the lobster on a toasted bun is the perfect thing to eat while sprawled on a blanket in the park.
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Marielle Mondon is a Philly-born editor and freelance writer, who’s not that worried about fitting in a bikini. Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @MarielleMondon.