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June 06, 2019

Check out the food and drink vendors at Piazza Pod Park in Northern Liberties

Pods surrounding Bebot will serve things like tacos, dumplings and frozen cocktails

Food & Drink Northern Liberties
Piazza Pod Park in Northern Liberties Courtesy of/Society Hill Films

Piazza Pod Park in Northern Liberties is ready to open Saturday, June 8.

In April, all the details on Piazza Pod Park were first announced and now the outdoor dining destination in Northern Liberties has an opening date.

Piazza Pod Park, with that cute Bebot sculpture from Burning Man waving from the middle, will officially open on Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m.

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Bebot at Piazza Pod Park in Northern LibertiesCourtesy of/Camille Mola

Bebot stands in the center of Piazza Pod Park in Northern Liberties.

The first thing you'll notice when visiting will definitely be Bebot, but look to the semi-circle of recycled shipping containers, aka pods, surrounding the massive robot to find all the food and drink options.

We created a quick guide to the vendors below, and listed what's exclusive to Piazza Pod Park.

Dim Sum House's Lil' Sum Sum

Jackson Fu is bringing the popular University City brand to Northern Liberties. Along with classic offerings – and lots of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options – there will be Piazza Pod Park exclusive menu items.

Exclusive items: 

• Vegetable gluten-free dumplings – mushroom, carrot, bok choi, bean curd in tapioca flour
• Chicken Siu Mai – open-faced steamed dumplings filled with chicken and mushrooms
• Garlic Noodles (plain or with chicken) – egg noodles with garlic mixed in special seasoning

Spread Bagelry

The Montreal-style bagel shop is a Philly favorite. After boiling the bagels in honeyed water, Spread bakes them in small batches throughout the day in wood-fired ovens.

Urban Village Brewing Co.

The brewery is only across the street but you'll also find Urban Village brews at a mini beer garden in the park.

Exclusive items:

• Pod Park Pils – a collaboration with Mainstay Independent Brewing Co.
• Craft cocktails made with local spirits

Tiki Tako

Tiki Tako at Piazza Pod Park in Northern LibertiesCourtesy of/Kory Aversa

Grab a tropical drink at Tiki Tako this summer.

Tiki Tako will serve tacos and classic tiki drinks, perfect for sipping on during the hot summer months.

Exclusive items:

• Machete Mai Tai cocktail
• Blue Hawaiian cocktail
• No. 1 Bang Bang Shrimp
• Crispy Pork Chinatown Style

Wine Bar

Urban Village is also bringing a wine bar to the park with offerings from local wineries. The menu will have seven different varieties offered by the glass and there will be frosé and sangria during the summer, too.

Craft Beer Concepts Inspired by BRU Craft & Wurst

The BRU-inspired pod will feature craft beers.

Exclusive item:

• Monetized Art from The Futurist – an American IPA brewed for Pod Park

Essen Bakery

Essen Bakery, a Jewish bakery in South Philly, is bringing baked goods to Northern Liberties. Essen Bakery will also brew Elixir coffee and will offer espresso drinks and cold brew.

Exclusive items:

• "Not Everything is Black or White" Cookies – debuted at James Beard Foundation dinner earlier this year

French Toast Bites by Lokal Artisan Foods

Hungry customers can add toppings and syrups to the not-just-for-breakfast snacks that come with crispy bacon, or can be made vegan. The pod will also sell fresh squeezed lemonade.

Craft Cocktail Concepts Inspired by Blume

It's a spinoff of the brand-new, floral-filled restaurant and bar in Rittenhouse.

Exclusive items:

• Frozen cocktails  – White Whiskey Mango Margarita or the Espresso Colada
• Draft cocktails – G&Tea, Water of Life, Junglefowl and Icebox Cake

Empanada Box

Empanada Box will serve savory pastries, plus Mexican street corn brushed with mayo, then topped with cheese and spices.

Exclusive items:

• This is a brand new concept not available anywhere else!

Mama Maria's Italian Ice

This will be Mama Maria's Homemade Italian Ice's second location in Philadelphia. Try the signature "Mama Flavors" with real fruit chunks or go for one of the plain, chunk-free flavors.

Exclusive items:

• BeBananaz Water Ice – inspired by Bebot and made with banana, caramel, chocolate chips and topped with granola

Saturday, Piazza Pod Park will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature food samples, a DJ, kids activities and more. After the opening day, the park will open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. It will stay open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Note that the pods will have their own hours of operation.

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