Soak Up Summer Eats Near East Falls
Warm weather means finding an excuse to do just about anything outdoors, including meeting friends or family for a meal!
And in the East Falls area, residents from The Overlook have their pick of fantastic spots to grab a bite. Home to well-loved chains as well as local establishments you can’t find anywhere else, the restaurant scene is alive and well, and continually growing to accommodate more locales perfect for casual or fine dining, any time of day.
So while the sun is still out and the kids are winding down their breaks from school, be sure to check out some of our staff’s favorite restaurants and eateries that have outdoor seating for parties of varying sizes.
If you missed out on that European tour this summer, we’re here to recommend a taste of Southern Italy! It may not be a luxurious vacation, but we promise your taste buds won’t know the difference between cuisine offered across the pond and In Riva’s authentic interpretations of the classics. Rich tomato-based sauces and perfectly balanced spices accentuate the wood-fired delicacies and house-made pastas listed on the menu, and what could be better than taking in the Schuylkill River with a full glass of wine in hand?
Billy Murphy's Irish Saloon
When craving the hometown familiarity of a neighborhood bar, this is one of the places that our residents like to go! Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon goes by many names – The Saloonery, Murphy’s, and even The Green Door Bar – but everyone who’s been inside or enjoyed its outdoor patio knows that it’s got great selections. From its pub-style food to an impressive selection of beer, this local hotspot doesn’t disappoint.
Cross over into the Fairmount area to find yourself on the rooftop of Trio, a converted rowhouse serving up the best pan-Asian cuisine around! This restaurant asks that you bring your own bottle for dinner, but the view from the upper-level deck is well worth it. If you’ve been looking out for your new favorite Thai place, we think your search might just be over.
Feel like venturing a little further away from the neighborhood for the evening? Or, maybe a friend is celebrating a special occasion and you want to see about hosting a small party somewhere fun. Either way, The Gaslight is a great option for pleasing different palates and getting everyone outdoors during mealtime! Known for its American gastropub-inspired menu, this restaurant keeps regulars coming with its casual atmosphere and a rotating selection of craft brews, as well as indoor and outdoor seating options.
Planning a spectacular date or a night out on the town with some close friends requires just the right setting. At Louie Louie, a French-inspired American bistro located less than 20 minutes from The Overlook, you can sit back, browse the wine list, and people-watch to your heart’s content. Open for everything from brunch to dinner, with a special menu just for diners who prefer to visit the lounge, Louie Louie captures the relaxed vibe of a leisurely summer afternoon or evening, whether you choose to sit inside or outdoors.
So, are you hungry yet? Check out these and other great hotspots in our neighborhood, and stay tuned for more of The Overlook’s favorite locales!