One of the things we were hoping to accomplish during our Staycation was to explore parts of town we hadn’t gotten to before. We successfully accomplished that with our trip to Mt. Airy on day one and with a trip to Fishtown on day two.
We had a short list of places we wanted to try that were open for lunch on a weekday and settled on trying Kraftwork. We know someone who used to work there who speaks highly of it, so we had a nice insider tip. For the most part, the experience lived up to our expectations. The beer list was excellent and although the wine list was small, it was better than you would expect to find at a place more known for their beer. Holly was able to enjoy a favorite Rosé she doesn’t often see.
We started by sharing an order of crispy pierogies, which were excellent. I’m actually a big fan of pierogies and don’t get them often enough, so this was a big treat. Holly ordered the beer can chicken sandwich, which she really enjoyed. I ordered the mussels, which were good overall, but not among the better I’ve had in the city. Given how good everything else was and how much we enjoy the food at The Sidecar Bar & Grille, their sister restaurant, I’m sure we’ll be back.
We needed to walk off our lunch, so we made our way to Penn Treaty Park. Neither of us had been there before and we were impressed with how nice it was.
After sitting by the river for a while, we hiked back over to Barcade for another round of beers and some old school video games. The beer list was very impressive. I had a Wild Devil by Victory Brewing Company and Holly had a Fisherman’s Pepper II by Cape Ann Brewing Company. Both beers were delicious and new to both of us.
We ended day two by heading back toward home and going to the PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden on the 1400 block of South Street. This was a perfect opportunity to finally get to the Pop-Up Garden because not only was one of our favorite food trucks, Spot Gourmet Burgers, providing the food, but he also had his wonderful sloppy joes. It was a great way to end our fun day.