Mash note to East Passyunk declares it city’s restaurant row

Over at Table Matters, writer and neighborhood resident Joy Manning managed to cram all that has happened in the neighborhood in the past five years into a tight 2,000 words or so.

Photo by Michael Bucher, via Table Matters

As her love for the hood spews forth, she proclaims that Walnut Street is, like, totally over, and that EPA has ascended to become the city’s premier dining destination.

Walking the blocks of my neighborhood in 2010, I couldn’t believe my luck. Most of those places I loved in Queen Village had closed, and some of my new favorite restaurants were right outside my door. East Passyunk now boasted its own location of the Philly-based but world-renowned Capogiro gelato shop. In March, The New York Times even profiled the neighborhood as a new dining hotspot, noting an “influx of fresh, hipster-ready cafes.” People were calling it a mini restaurant row. Little did anyone know the real restaurant boom was just getting started.

Though there’s not much new information, we’re jealous how she was able to put into words what we’ve been thinking. Definitely worth a read.