FYI Philly discovers new restaurants Nonna & Pop’s, Grandma’s and La Chingonita

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Nonna & Pop’s, La Chingonita and grandma add to Philadelphia’s food scene

Three new spots from proven tastemakers have hit the Philadelphia food scene.

Nonna & Pop’s is a new concept from the third generation of Termini Brothers Bakery co-owners, Vincent Jr. and Joseph Termini.

The neighborhood cafe with pastries and ice cream honors Vincent Termini, Sr. and his wife Barbara, and was named by their grandchildren. The sons have crafted an intimate vibe, with all the baked goods made right across the street at the Termini Bros. flagship store.

La Chingonita is a play about the Mexican colloquialism, ‘la chingona’ – a woman who manages her affairs.

Owners Omar Martinez and Rebecca Baez started the original company of the same name as a food truck, calling it “la chingonita” due to the small size of their vehicle – it was actually a food cart.

But the little cart developed a big following, and now they have their first brick-and-mortar in Fishtown. They continue to serve what was popular on their food truck – tacos of all kinds, huge tortas (sandwiches) and other Mexican and Puerto Rican dishes.

Grandma’s is the latest addition to Donrutai ‘Chef Locket’ Jainon, owner of South Philly’s staple for Thai and Laotian cuisine, Ratchada.

At her new spot, Chef Locket says she’s bringing Philadelphia’s first “Thai tapas” — small plates meant to be shared, with dishes inspired by her grandmother’s recipes.

Everything from duck to curries to exotic desserts is cooked to order and each month guests will receive a special gift with their meal as a token of appreciation from Chef Locket herself.

Nonna & Pop’s / Termini Bros. Bakery | instagram

1514 S. 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


The Chingonita | Instagram | Facebook

413 E. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125


At Grandma’s | Facebook | instagram

1304 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Essie’s is a taste of the ‘South’ with live music

Essie Restaurant & Lounge is a new, upscale venue in Clementon that’s family-run, with family-friendly recipes, rooted in Cajun-Creole American foods.

Small plates like popcorn butter hush puppies are top sellers. For something different, try the alligator bites or the fan-favorite seafood gumbo.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Chrie Tribble and her husband, Mike Gillespie. Their son Michael is an employee.

The place opened in June and is named after their late Aunt Essie, the family matriarch, who loved to host.

The family also has roots in the Harlem Renaissance through Dizzy Gillespie and music runs in the family.

Essie’s has a house band stage that features live music with karaoke every Tuesday night, and they have a live music artist spotlight series that runs on select Saturdays.

It’s in the upstairs seating area, where you can order small plates like wings with homemade bourbon sauce.

And check out their creative drinks menu, culminating in a drink inspired by Essie’s favorite color, emerald.

esses | Facebook

1 Garfield Avenue, Clementon, New Jersey, 08021

A father-daughter team prepares a new version of Korean cuisine at Crunchik’n

Korean fried chicken is the original specialty of the father-daughter duo behind Crunchik’n.

When John Choi retired from academia, he turned his cooking hobby into a business – later convincing his daughter Jennifer to join him in the business.

The fast-casual chain offers Korean-style fried chicken that’s marinated, dipped in batter, then double-fried for extra crispiness.

Then the chicken is glazed in the customer’s hand-prepared sauces, with flavors like honey soy, sweet chili, Korean barbecue and more.

Other items on the menu include bowls of rice, glass noodles and their version of Korean street food they call The Crunch Dog – a hot dog on a stick, rolled in batter and a bit of sugar, then coated in panko and fried for a crunchy crispy taste.

They have locations in downtown, near Temple University and Ocean City, NJ.

Crunchik’n | Facebook | instagram

212 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Surreal Creamery serving surreal treats in University City

Surreal Creamery is known for two things: The colorful Flotea: part bubble tea, part soft serve ice cream; and Mason Jar Ice Cream that comes in six signature flavors or make your own option.

The base is a soft serve ice cream of your choice with flavors like Vietnamese coffee and Earl Gray every day.

Then you can add four toppings made from syrups, cereals, cookies, whipped cream, boba and chocolate straws.

The Surreal Creamery is a franchise, but Claudia Nguyen and her family fell in love with the concept of mixing bubble tea with ice cream. Claudia’s mother is the owner and a nurse in the operating room. Claudia trained the employees – many of whom were parents – and has just started medical school.

Soft serve swirl is an art with each dessert typically four to five swirls high.

The menu was designed for the Instagram crowd, with Taro and Matcha Flotea among fan favorites.

They also make milkshakes, lattes, granitas and fruit teas.

Whatever you choose, come hungry and prepare to get creative.

Surreal Creamery | Facebook | instagram

3816 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Order a mason jar and you can keep the jar then bring it back for a dollar on your next mason jar order

Munchie’s Ice Cream serves snacks and frozen treats even late

Munchies Ice Cream is a snack bar that stays open until midnight most nights of the week.

Not far from Philadelphia’s sports complexes, this classic South Philly spot was opened by 23-year-old Alyssa Cuculino with winnings from a 50-50 game of chance in an Eagles game in 2019.

Now her mother Elexis helps run the operation, along with other family members and close friends.

In addition to traditional splits, sundaes and scoops, they create their own snacks, like Nutella Wontons and Eggroll S’mores.

A rare commodity for South Philly is an added convenience – parking spaces right out front, reserved only for their guests.

Ice Cream Munchies | Facebook | instagram

2654 S. Sartain Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148


Local gifts: salty paws

Rittenhouse Square is home to Salty Paws, an ice cream shop for dogs and dog lovers.

They offer a variety of flavors, lactose-free and goat’s milk options, with options like vanilla maple bacon.

salty paws

211 South 17th Street, Philadelphia PA 19103

Corridor Contemporary features Philadelphia-based artists in new exhibit

At the Corridor Contemporary in Fishtown, you can see the works of artists from around the world.

Now, the second floor of the gallery is permanently dedicated to Philadelphia artists.

The recently unveiled group exhibit is called Philadelphia Featured.

It’s a space dedicated not just to showcasing local artists, but to uniting them.

Artists Elizabeth Bergeland and O’Neil Scott are both deeply rooted in the Philadelphia art scene.

“It’s important for galleries like this to support local artists, as it also brings in local collectors,” says Elizabeth.

“It brings artists together and gives a voice to the community,” says O’Neil.

The exhibition presents a varied and dynamic selection of works of art.

Everything from hyperrealism to portraiture and abstract art.

“We can create really interesting conversations and dialogues by putting things side by side that you wouldn’t normally expect,” says gallery director Damian Munoz.

The original gallery is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and its owners are Israeli.

This means that you can see the work of Israeli artists in the Fishtown gallery and the work of artists from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv.

Contemporary Corridor | Facebook | instagram

1315 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125


Derrick Adams: Sanctuary exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

The African American Museum of Philadelphia offers a traveling exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the history of road tripping for black American travelers.

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary transforms the “Negro Motorist’s Green Book” into large-scale installations.

The exhibition is inspired by the Green Book of postman Victor Hugo, first published in 1936.

The first edition only covered New York State, but the Green Book has grown to guide black travelers safely through much of North America.

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary on display until August 28.

African American Museum in Philadelphia | Facebook | instagram

701 Arch Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

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