Thursday was Philly’s 5th Night Market in Northern Liberties.
We arrived about a quarter of 7 and were able to get our first picks on food. The lines can get really long, so it really pays to stop by your favorite truck (or one you’ve been dying to try) on the early side…even if you have to wait for them to open.
First up was Lucky Old Souls [jazz & burgers]. Like I’ve also mentioned before, my one friend and I split everything so we don’t get too full. However, this was one item I definitely wouldn’t have minded eating alone. The mini burger came with their special sauce, pickled tomato & sauteed onions. We also decided to get the hand cut fries with roasted garlic mayo. I actually really wanted to try the salted caramel milkshake, but since this was our first truck I knew I would need to save room. Next time for sure!
The Night Market extended down a half mile! It was packed with trucks, local restaurant booths, beer stands & tons of people. Looked like they had a great turn out. I even ran into Alison [YummyBites]! I also spotted Steve Ward of VH1s Tough Love. At first I was just staring at him wondering how I knew him, but then it totally clicked. He also gave me one of those Yeah-I’m-Exactly-Who-You-Think-I-Am nods. Awkward…
Another truck I really wanted to try was Zea May’s [native american cuisine]. We opted for the sweet potato empanada. I’m pretty sure I ate my half in record time. It was, in short, amazing.
I just recently heard about Lil’ Pop Shop and their homemade popsicles. All of their pops are made with fresh local ingredients and their flavors are so unique! If you know me at all you’ll know it’s really no surprise that I went with the chocolate with salted caramel brownie. The best part? CHUNKS OF BROWNIE. It was really good.
& what street festival is complete without music? The live bands were a great touch.
I don’t usually stop at the restaurant booths because I know I can always try them. But, I walked by Rustica and I knew I had to have that pizza. It was a white pizza with arugula, artichoke & balsamic. There was a good chance I could have eaten several slices. Also, I used my LevelUp with them and got the slice for $2 instead of $4!
& last, but not least, we stopped at YumTown for their Edgar Allen Potato taco. The taco was packed with fried sweet potatos, grilled tofu, cheddar cheese, black bean hummus, cilantro, red onion & scallions. Their food is seasonal so their menu is always changing.
The next Night Market is Thursday June 28th at 9th & Washington ave. What a great start to your July 4th weekend!
i didn’t ask why.