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June 15, 2016

Old City to get supped-up version of Center City Sips

'Old City Eats' starts this Thursday

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Old City Eats Handout Art/Nick's Bar & Grille

Pulled pork nachos and a gin cocktail from Nick's Bar & Grille.

Starting Thursday, June 16, Old City District will work with area restaurants to launch "Old City Eats," what is essentially a much broader and more meal-focused version of neighboring Center City Sips.

The specials include half-off small plates, $5 drink specials and a varying amount of off-menu dishes and chef collaborations spread among 32 restaurants. The specials run every Thursday through August 25, 5 to 8 p.m.

The work-in-progress list of restaurants with their specials is below. 


217 Chestnut St.

Appetizers: Lomo Embuchado, Piquellos Rellenos

Drink: Red & White Sangria

Bierstube German Tavern

206 Market St.

Appetizers: Belgian Frietjes and pretzels bites

Drink: TBD


325 Chestnut St.

Appetizers: Edamame Dumplings, Cantonese Spring Rolls

Drink: House Sake

Common Wealth Old City

319 Market Street

Appetizers: $1 Buck a Shuck Oysters, $5 Mussel Pots

Drink: A $2 beer (their choice week to week) and a $4 drink special

Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar

138 Market St.

Appetizers: Hummus and Pita, Steamed Chicken Dumpling

Drink: Old Fashioned

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

10 S. Second St.

Appetizers: Empanadas, Chicharrones

Drink: Cuba Libre

DiNardo’s Famous Seafood

312 Race St.

Appetizers: Mussels Fra Diablo, Clams in White Sauce, Mozzarella Sticks n Jalapeno Popper Sampler

Drink: Seasonal Sangria

Eulogy Belgian Tavern

136 Chestnut St.

Appetizers: Belgian Frietjes and pretzels bites

Drink: TBD

Farmicia Food & Tonics

15 S. Third St.

Appetizers: Pork Belly appetizer (spicy charred asparagus, seared pork belly confit, sweet rhubarb, dijon) and meatballs (plum tomato sauce, basil pesto, sauteed watercress)

Drink: Farmicia Punch


306 Market St.

Appetizers at the bar: Artic char crudo (chile, lime, peanut), pork and crab arancini (crab fat aioli)

Drink at the bar: Rotates each month, starts in June with sparkling wine

The Gaslight

120 Market St.

Appetizers: Chef's daily taco, pickled veggies, fresh baked soft pretzel bites, crispy chicken nuggets, cornbread, cheese fries, single patty Gaslight burger

Drink: $5 Old Fashioned, two $5 house cocktails, $3 drafts

Han Dynasty

123 Chestnut St.

Appetizers: Dan Dan Noodles, Spicy Crispy Cucumbers

Drink: Gin Smash (Gin, Grenadine, Lemon and Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, Top with tonic)

High Street on Market

308 Market St.

Appetizer: Hummus, daily breads and spreads

Drink: Rotates each month, starts in June with sparkling wine

JJ Bootleggers

35 S. Second St.

Appetizer: White Lightenin’ Wings, Mashed Potato Balls

Drink: Moonshine Sangria

Jasmine Rice

224 Market St.

Appetizers: Crispy Spring Rolls, Thai Basil Meatballs, Spicy Whisky Wings

Drink: N/A BYO

Kabul Restaurant

106 Chestnut St.

Appetizers: TBD

Drink: TBD

La Famiglia Ristorante

8 S. Front St.

Appetizers at the bar: Gamberi con fava, Paccheri alla Scarpariello

Drink at the bar: Prosecco, Pinot Grigio Wine, Pinor Noir Wine

La Peg

140 N. Columbus Boulevard

Appetizers: Cheese kurds with marinana, Tomato salad with basil oil and sheep's milk cheese

Drink: "The Esprit" (vodka, ginger, lime, curacao)

The Little Lion

243 Chestnut St.

Appetizers: Fried Green Tomatoes (Bacon Tomato Jam, Buttermilk Ranch, Pimento Cheese), BBQ Chicken Thigh Sliders (Sour Slaw, Potato Rolls, Bread & Butter Pickles)

Drink: Raspberry Sangria (Red Wine, Raspberry Shrub, Apricot Brandy), plus other specials that will vary by the week

Lucha Cartel

207 Chestnut St.

Appetizers: Chicken, shrimp or mushroom empanada, queso fundido

Drink: House margarita, sangria

National Mechanics

22 S. Third St.

Appetizers: Plantain chips and guacamole, and TBD

Drinks: Cocktails with house-infused liquors

Nick’s Bar & Grille

16 S. Second St.

Appetizers: Pulled Pork Nachos, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Cherry Pepper Aioli

Drink: Rowhouse Spirits Gin Cocktail

The Olde Bar

125 Walnut St.

Appetizers: Fried Oysters & Oysters Belmont

Drink: Jockey Club Shrub


14 N. Front St.

Appetizers: Half off all regular price appetizers

Drink: Select red or white wine

The Plough & the Stars

123 Chestnut St.

Appetizers: TBD

Drink: Old City Ice Tea

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

212 Walnut St., 2nd floor

Appetizers at the bar: Focaccia Calda (Tuscan style bread, heirloom tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella), Quinoa Salad (Edamame, corn, cherry tomatoes, baby arugula, sherry


Drink: The Kensington – Stateside Vodka, Muddled Blackberries, Agave, Fresh Lemon

Prime Stache

110 Chestnut St.

Appetizers at the bar: Macaroni & cheese with or without pork belly; Edemame Ravioli, Cheesesteak eggrolls, fried green tomatoes

Drink: Long Island, Well drinks

Revolution House

200 Market St.

Appetizers: Pork shank dry rub; house-made slaw / Firecracker shrimp

Drink: Local drafts from local breweries

Keating’s Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen

201 S. Columbus Boulevard

Appetizers: Cheesesteak Landing Eggrolls, Urban Fried Calamari

Drink: Classic Red Sailor Sangria


48 S. Second St.

Appetizers: Fried pickles, Sassafras wings

Drink: TBD

Silence Dogood’s Tavern

216 Market St.

Appetizers: Six Different Tater Tot Options: Plain, Whiz, Whiz & Bacon, BBQ Chicken, Spicy, Pizza

Drink: Market Street Margarita

The Victoria Freehouse

10 S. Front St.

Appetizers: Half-priced pub snacks (Bacon Wrapped Dates, Scotch Egg, Pickled Beetroot Deviled Eggs, Welsh Rarebit, Sausage Roll, Curried Cheese Chips) and buck-a-shuck oysters

Drink: $5 select drafts, $5 house wine