Last night, I went to the first Night Market of the season in Old City. I’m a bit food truck-obsessive due to the sheer amount of bangin food truck’s on Drexel’s campus. As such, the Night Markets are some of my favorite events in the city. The markets are organized by the Food Trust, an incredible organization working to expand the availability of healthy food, to celebrate food and community. Last night’s event was centered around the intersection of 3rd and arch with trucks and stands stretching for a block in each direction (read: a lot of trucks and stands!) With the concentration of incredible food comes hoards of people so I highly recommend for going earlier rather than fashionably late!
PPMy only purchase for the night came from Lil Pop Shop, a personal favorite of mine. Not only does Lil Pop Shop have a physical location in West Philly [265 S. 44th St.], but they have a roving truck that seems to be just where I want it in the summer heat and humidity. I had the Mango Chili which is made of ripe pureed mangos with a kick from Honest Tom’s house-made spicy Habanero salsa! Delish and so refreshing during a super humid night! My BF also got the mango but wasn’t prepared for the kick! His brother got the Chocolate with salted caramel brownie and judging by how fast he ate it I’m assuming it was just as good! My friend Fernando got the Coconut Hibiscus which he raved all night. It was just a beautiful lavender color! I wish I snapped a pic!
Speaking of coconuts, Fernando also snagged a rum filled coconut from Cuba Libre. The best part was being able to scrape out the rum-infused coconut flesh after finishing the drink! A friend of mine from elementary school was working the Cuba Libre stand and does their restaurant marketing. I love how small Philly feels and how there is a familiar face where ever I go!
The lines for the trucks were insane by the time we made our rounds and the boys were starving so we opted to grab food from National Mechanics [22 S. 3rd St.] around the corner. We were content with just grabbing snacks from the market. The best part of my meal was definitely the jalapeño margarita! Warning: not for the faint of heart or delicate taste buds!
The next Night Market will be June 9 at 72nd and Ogontz in the West Oak Lane section of the city! Following that, Lancaster Ave and 35th St on August 21st, and Chinatown on October 2nd.