Philadelphia, PA: Weekend-must-tries – Food Trucks Compete; End of Philly Beer Week

By Michael Klein  |


The Vendy Awards will assemble 18 of the city’s best food trucks and vendors for a friendly showdown at Penn Treaty Park from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. It’s a benefit for The Food Trust. And I can get you a discount: Tickets are $55 until 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, but if you use the promo code klein, it’s $10 off. There will be a limited number of tickets at the door for $60. A ticket gets you unlimited food and beverages.

John Bucci of John’s Roast Pork – who beat cancer – is holding a bone-marrow registry drive and fund-raiser auction from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the luncheonette, 14 E. Snyder Ave. Registrants get $5 off a sandwich, which is donated to the cause. For contributions, go here. To see his remarkable story, go here.

As it’s the last day of Philly Beer Week, Sunday, June 9 will bring numerous kick-the-keg events. Andy Farrell, beer steward and general manager of City Tap House (3925 Walnut St.) will host the Great Growler Auction featuring prized beers, with all proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. A live silent auction will begin at 3 p.m. Farrell plans to auction several varieties from City Tap House’s lines including: Allagash FV-13; Goose Island’s Sofie Paradis and Bourbon County Coffee; and Firestone Walker Parabola. Other area bars and restaurants, such as Iron Abbey, Pennsylvania 6 and London Grille, have already donated growlers to the fundraiser.

Saturday hours. Bisou, the French bistro in Manayunk, is now open on Saturday afternoons from noon to 3 p.m. for lunch – though the specials have a brunch-y feel. Recent lunch specials have included four-eggs omelette with Swiss and fine herbes; fried egg with hash of chicken liver, caramelized onions & fingerling potatoes; and oeufs en meurette (yep, poached eggs) with bacon, cippolini onions, mushrooms & red wine sauce. 

Trax Restaurant & Café, the BYOB along the train tracks in Ambler, is now open on Saturdays starting at 7:30 a.m., a good thing if you’re headed to the Ambler Farmers Market. Early birds can get pastries (by slice & whole), coffees from Chestnut Hill Coffee Company (by the mug & pound), house-smoked salmon on bagels and “to go” dinners. 

Weekend deals. West Conshohocken’s Gypsy Saloon offers 1 1/2-pound snow crab legs with Old Bay fries and coleslaw for $25 per person on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Also in West Conshy, Stella Blu’s Lobster Lovers Menu allows folks to mix and match two courses, each with lobster (e.g. poached lobster, lobster spring rolls), on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Labor Day.

Southern Cross Kitchen in Conshohocken offers two Sunday family-style dinners ($25) for four or more. One is based on snow crab legs and other is based on buttermilk fried chicken.