Nom Noms in NoLibs: Top Kid-Friendly Picks for Northern Liberties Restaurant Week
Mask up and make your reservations for the first-ever Northern Liberties Restaurant Week.
Just in time for perfect outdoor dining weather, Northern Liberties is debuting its first-ever Restaurant Week from Friday, April 9 to Sunday, April 18. Over 20 restaurants will offer two-course lunches for $10 or $15, and three-course dinners for $15, $20, or $25. Options include indoor dining, outdoor dining (in some pretty creative streeteries), and even take-out so you can participate at any level of comfort and contact.
“Our restaurant scene has grown tremendously in the last year. We have seen grand openings, creative pivots, expanded streeteries, embellished outdoor dining, ghost kitchens, and many other things that have helped our eateries survive the pandemic. As we looked ahead to the spring weather coming, and more grand openings on the way, a brand new restaurant week was a win-win that will support our growing and adapting culinary scene, while helping us offer socially distanced and safe programming on and around N. 2nd Street,” said Northern Liberties Business Improvement District Executive Director Kris Kennedy.
With a brand new culinary playground to explore, it can be a little overwhelming. Where to go with your kids to experience the food and deals while navigating the peace of your fellow diners and the wrath of your tiny picky eaters? We’ve scoured the spots and their prix fixe menus to give you our top picks; so mask up, pack extra hand sanitizer, tip well, and let’s get started!
1001 N. Second St.
True to a place that opened in the midst of the pandemic, Añejo has ample outdoor seating in its sidewalk cafe, plus tented seating in the Piazza Courtyard. Along with the atmosphere, kids will like the chips and salsa starter, and main courses like tacos, quesadillas, and empanadas. If you come for dinner, you’ll also get churros for dessert. And while dining out, parents can add on some signature margaritas. Lunch is $15; dinner is $25. Available for dine-in or takeout.
1029 Germantown Ave.
While Germantown Garden Grill’s deals are available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery, we fell in love with this spot for its fun poolside igloos (and princess brunches), so reserve one for your family! The $15 lunch menu is more appealing to kids, with items like burgers and fried chicken sandwiches; though there is also a three-course $25 prix fixe dinner menu that adds on tasty desserts!
705 N. Second St.
Even your pickiest eaters don’t stand a chance, and they’ll get enough food that you’ll probably have leftovers for another meal, too! For the $15 lunch you can choose entrees like Shells & Cheese, chicken cheesesteaks, and burgers plus sides like fries and onion rings. The $25 dinner option gets you salad, chicken tenders, and pizza from Instagram darling Pizza Gutt. Both meal options are available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. While you’re at it, takeout cocktails and beer are also available for pickup.
1040 N. Second St.
This neighborhood favorite has great cocktails, plus an expansive streetery with heated seats. $25 dinner and $15 lunch are both available for dining in and takeout, but the lunch menu (and atmosphere) is most likely best for families. Don’t miss the fried avocado tacos, trust us!
909 N. Second St.
Where else can you get dinner deals and family fun? For dining, North Bowl has an expansive outdoor patio area, sidewalk seating, and streetery. But here’s why your kids will be excited to come here: bowling is back open! So plan an entire night around the $25 meal (including tots, burgers, tacos, mac n’ cheese, and many other kid-pleasing choices), save room for funnel cake fries or s’mores skillet for dessert (also included in the price), and finish up inside with bowling on one of the alley’s 17 lanes.
722 N. Second St.
For something a little adventurous, healthy, and the most food for the value price, check out Hello Vietnam. The $15 lunch combo is extremely generous: a banh mi half hoagie, roll or skewer, soup or salad, and passionfruit drink. The $25 dinner adds the freedom to pick any entree on the entire menu! Available for takeout, delivery, or dining in their colorful outdoor eatery.
Bonus: Takeout Picks
1100 N. Front Street
Love and Honey are offering delivery and takeout only, but their fried chicken is a must-eat! For $15 (lunch or dinner) you get your choice of white or dark meat, plus a side (like tater tots or their cornbread with honey butter), sauce, and dessert (our favorites are banana pudding and sweet potato pie). Order online only; no walk-ups or walk-in orders.
1040 N. Second Street #601
This Mediterranean spot is one of the best restaurants in the city, and is offering a $25 three-course prix fixe dinner for Restaurant Week. And while the deals are available to dine in, we’re more excited to make it an at-home date night with their takeout option. So light some candles, pour some wine, and enjoy your khatchapuri and kufteh while you hand your toddler a PB&J– everyone wins!
Lead photograph by Society Hill Films.