FYI Philly Checks Out New Restaurants Nonna & Pop’s, Grandma’s and La Chingonita

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nonna & Pops, La Chingonita & Grandma’s Contribute to Philly’s Food Culture

Three new spots from time-tested seasonings have hit the Philadelphia kitchen scene.

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


The neighborhood coffee shop with pastries and ice cream honors Vincent Termini, Sr. and his wife Barbara, and was named by their grandchildren. The sons have designed a homey atmosphere, with all the baked goods across the street at the flagship store Termini Bros.

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

Owners Omar Martinez and Rebecca Baez started the original business of the same name as a food truck, calling it “la chingonita” because of the small size of their vehicle — it was basically a food cart.

But the little cart gained a large following and now they have their first brick and mortar store 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 from Donrutai ‘Chef Locket’ Jainon, owner of Ratchada, South Philly’s staple for Thai and Laotian food.

At her new place, Chef Locket says she’s bringing Philly’s first “Thai tapas”—small plates meant for sharing, featuring dishes inspired by her grandmother’s recipes.

Everything from duck to curries to exotic desserts is made fresh to order, and each month guests receive a special gift with their meal as a token of appreciation from Chef Locket himself.

nonna & Pops / Termini Bros. Bakery | Instagram

1514 S. 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


The Chingonita | Instagram | facebook

413 E. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125


Grandmas | Facebook | Instagram

1304 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


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

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

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

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

Opened in June, the place is named after their late Aunt Essie, the matriarch of the family, who loved to host.

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

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

That’s in the upstairs lounge, where you can order small plates such as wings with homemade bourbon sauce.

And check out their creative drinks menu, which leads with a drink inspired by Essie’s favorite color, Emerald.

Essies | facebook

1 Garfield Avenue, Clementon, New Jersey, 08021

Father-daughter team cooks up new take on 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 developed his hobby of cooking into a business – later convincing his daughter Jennifer to join him in the venture.

The fast-casual chain offers Korean-style fried chicken that has been marinated, dipped in batter, then fried twice for extra crispiness.

The chicken is then glazed in the customer’s chosen homemade sauces, with flavors such as honey-soy, sweet chili, Korean barbecue, and more.

Other menu items include rice bowls, 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 little sugar, then covered in panko and deep-fried for a crunchy crunchy snack.

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

Crunchik’n | Facebook | Instagram

212 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Surreal Creamery serves surreal treats in University City

Surreal Creamery is known for two things: The colorful Flotea: part bubble tea, part soft serve ice cream; and the ice cube trays which come in six signature flavors or create your own option.

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

Then you can add four toppings of syrups, cornflakes, cookies, whipped cream, boba and chocolate straws.

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 an operating room nurse. Claudia trained the employees – many of them relatives – and just started medical training.

The soft swirl is an art where each dessert is usually four to five swirls high.

The menu is designed for the Instagram crowd, with the Taro and Matcha Flotea being a fan favorite.

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

Whatever you choose, come hungry and be prepared to get creative.

Surreal creamery | Facebook | Instagram

3816 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

*Order a glass jar and you can keep the jar and then return it for a dollar off your next glass jar order

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

Munchies Ice Cream is a laid-back snack stop that stays open until midnight most nights of the week.

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

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

In addition to traditional splits, sundaes, and scoops, they also make their own snack creations — such as Nutella Wontons and S’mores Eggrolls.

A rare good for South Philly is added convenience – parking spaces right outside the door, reserved only for their customers.

Munchies Ice Cream | Facebook | Instagram

2654 S Sartain Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148


Local gifts: Salty Paws

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

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

Salty Paws

211 South 17th Street, Philadelphia PA 19103

Corridor Contemporary shows artists from Philadelphia in new exhibition

At Corridor Contemporary in Fishtown you can see the work of artists from all over the world.

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

The newly unveiled group show is called Philadelphia Featured.

It is a space dedicated not only to displaying local artists, but also to uniting them.

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

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

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

The exhibition offers a diverse and vibrant selection of art.

Everything from hyper-realism to portraits and abstract art.

“We can create really interesting conversations and dialogue by juxtaposing things that you wouldn’t normally expect,” says Gallery Director Damian Munoz.

The original gallery is located in Tel Aviv, Israel, and the owners are Israeli.

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

Corridor Contemporary | Facebook | Instagram

1315 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125


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

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

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary turns “The Negro Motorist Green Book” into large-scale installations.

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

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

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary on view through August 28.

African American Museum in Philadelphia | Facebook | Instagram

701 Arch Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

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