Shake Shack Opens on 20th and Sansom!

If you walked by 20th and Sansom Street in Center City anytime in the past few months, you probably noticed a striking vertical garden on the corner opposite Capo Giro. Philadelphians in the know remembered that Shake Shack — restaurateur Danny Meyer's burger joint — was slated to open in the spring of 2012.

Well, it's spring and it's here: Philly's very own Shake Shack officially opened at 20th and Sansom yesterday, June 6th. The lines at this hotly anticipated new addition to Philly's dining scene were predictably long yet surprisingly efficient, helping Shake Shack fans quickly get a taste of the restaurant's burgers, floats, shakes, fries, and frozen custards.

Don't know Shake Shack? Originally opened in New York City in 2004, the 14-restaurant chain now spans as far as Dubai, bringing its special brand of burgers and shakes to appreciative diners. The new Philadelphia Shake Shake brings delicious comfort food within walking distance of apartments in Rittenhouse Square, Fitler Square, and Fairmount. It's just one more great reason for renters to call Philadelphia home!

Drinks with a View at XIX

For one of the best city views in town, head to XIX Restaurant & Bar at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Tucked away on the 19th floor, both the bar and restaurant offer spectacular panoramic vistas of Philadelphia – and you’ll feel like you’re “in the know” just for finding the space! For a well-mixed cocktail, head to the bar – decorated with chic leather banquettes, sleek dark wood tables, comfortable chairs, and dimly lit to create an oh-so-perfect cocktail-sipping ambiance. If you enjoy eats with your sips, the bar also offers tasty small plates – such as gourmet flatbreads, lump crab cakes, and artisan cheese plates – all of which perfectly compliment your cocktail or glass of wine. For a real treat, indulge in one of their luscious signature cocktails. Would you care for a Sorrento Lemon Martini or a Basil Pomegranate Margarita? The specialty cocktails change seasonally to highlight the freshest ingredients, so if you find one you like, enjoy it while you can! Mondays through Fridays, stop by between 5 and 7pm to enjoy XIX’s happy hour where you can order up a $6 cocktail or $4 draft beer – truly reasonable prices for a chic center city watering hole!

Besides mixing up delicious drinks at the bar, the Café at XIX serves up a fabulous weekend brunch as well as a great (and reasonably priced) lunch. And, for a truly stunning dining experience, XIX Restaurant knows how to impress. The much sought after window tables offer unparalleled city views, and if you can peel your eyes away from the city, you’ll find yourself in one of the most breathtaking spaces in the city – vaulted ceilings arch upward, and oversized pearls hang from the center of the ceiling, descending over the raw bar. Known for serving up some of the best oysters, clams, mussels, and shrimp from the East Coast, the raw bar itself is a stunning art piece of ivory mosaic tiles.

Whether you’re in need of a happy hour drink to fight off the Tuesday night blues, or are looking for the quintessential romantic locale for a special date night, an evening at XIX will be a truly memorable one.

Visit their website or Facebook page for more information about events and specials.


XIX Restaurant



Hyatt at the Bellevue, 19th floor

Broad and Walnut Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck

Philadelphia has one of the best dining scenes in the country. The city's innovative culinary creations span cuisines from around the world at price points ranging from "very" to "not very" expensive. Sure, pricey places by restauranteurs like Stephen Starr and Jose Garces offer delightful dishes. But for Philadelphia apartment dwellers on renters' budgets, the city's got another not-so-hidden dining gem: the ever-increasing number of Philly food trucks.

Because they're comparatively inexpensive to get up and running (their owners don't have to rent space in chic neighborhoods like Rittenhouse Square or Northern Liberties), food trucks can bring wonderful, adventurous recipes to market in much less time than it'd take to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Along with trucks offering falafel, bulgogi, and tacos there are mobile kitchens making confections like macarons and cupcakes and trucks vending organic, locavore fare.

Among the latter is the Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck, which offers burgers, fries, and milkshakes made from carefully-chosen, locally-produced ingredients. The star of the menu is, of course, the burgers. They're grass-fed and come with the toppings of your choice. The LOS Burger comes with bacon, smoked cheddar, sauteed onions, and a special sauce. On weekends, the truck offers breakfast sandwiches including the Breakfast Burger, topped with fried eggs, bacon, habanero cheddar cheese, and blueberry jam. Yes, blueberry jam; yes, it's delicious.

Want to visit the Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck? Like LuckyOldSouls on Facebook or follow @LOSBurgerTruck on Twitter for the latest info about its locations and hours. As of this writing, it's open for business

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Love Park at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard in Center City.
  • Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 33rd Street and Arch Street on the campus of Drexel University near Powelton Village.
  • On the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Chestnut Hill Growers' Market located at Germantown Avenue and Winston Road.
  • Sundays from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at 43rd Street and Chester Avenue in West Philly's Clark Park.

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