Happy Hour in Old City Tonight: Old City Eats Thursdays

August 4, 2016


Here is a fact about me that all my friends know- I HATE Center City Sips. I hate it deeply. Little sweaty babies in their first suit their mom helped pick out or in heels only appropriate in NYC run rampant, making getting a drink at the bar a nightmare. Yes, naturally, the older I get, the more the hatred grows. 


But I do like a good deal and I do like a good happy hour. Old City launched Old City Eats in June. Over 30 restaurants will be offering two or more half-priced appetizers and at least one five dollar drink every Thursday from 5 to 8:00pm.


I toured around with Old City district, sampling at a few of the participating restaurants. 


At the new Old City location of Jasmine Rice, I recommend the Thai Basil Meatballs. 


Jasmine Rice

224 Market Street


Appetizers: Crispy Spring Rolls, Thai Basil Meatballs, Spicy Whisky Wings








I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the cheesesteak eggrolls at Prime Stache. We found that here are a lot of spring rolls offered during Old City Eats and these may be the best. They weren't greasy and the meat inside had a great Philly, actually capturing the essence of a cheesesteak in a more reasonable size. 


Prime Stache

110 Chestnut Street


Appetizers at the bar: Macaroni & cheese with or without pork belly; Edemame Ravioli, Cheesesteak eggrolls, friend green tomatoes

Drink: Long Island, Well drinks



Revolution House nailed the pork shank wings, really meaty. 


Revolution House

200 Market Street


Appetizers: Pork shank dry rub; house-made slaw / Firecracker shrimp

Drink: Local drafts from local breweries



I finally got to try Buddakan's  heavenly edamame dumplings. 




325 Chestnut Street


Appetizers: Edamame Dumplings, Cantonese Spring Rolls

Drink: House Sake


Other offerings that I have on my radar: 


High Street on Market- daily breads and spreads


Fork- pork and crab arancini (crab fat aioli)


La Famiglia RistoranteGamberi con fava, Paccheri alla Scarpariello


The Olde Bar- Fried Oysters & Oysters 


The Victoria Freehouse-Welsh Rarebit, 


The full list of participating restaurants is here. Old City Eats lasts through August 25, 2016.  That means you still have a few Thursdays left, how about tonight?  


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