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July 26, 2021- Summer is blazing up, so we’ve rounded up our go-to refreshing hot weather-friendly dishes in Philadelphia for those days when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. 

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A Mano, the acclaimed seasonal Italian BYOB from the Townsend Wentz Restaurant Group (TWRG), offers an extensive selection of satiating dishes ideal for the summer season. Foodies may indulge in the Insalata Di Mare ($16) composed of chilled shellfish, fennel, and cured lemon, the Panzanella ($14) crafted with fresh heirloom tomatoes, lemon yogurt, and marinated cucumbers, and last but certainly not least, Honey Grilled Peaches ($14) prepared with Stracciatella, prosciutto, and whole wheat sesame crackers. 

Hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from 5 – 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 5 – 10:30pm, and Sunday from 5 – 9:30pm.  

2244 Fairmount Ave | (215) 236-1114 |  

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Fond, the acclaimed French-focused restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue, knocks it out of the park with a delectable Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho prepared with a fresh and flavorful shrimp and cucumber salad. Folks can revel in Chef Lee Styer’s exceptional offerings in the expansive indoor space, and al fresco on the sweeping patio at 11th and Tasker.  

Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 10 pm. 

1537 S 11th St. | 215.551.5000 | 

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Forsythia, Old City’s contemporary French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, boasts a mouthwatering New Jersey Corn Soup ($12) crafted with fresh Crab Salad, Coconut, and Sunflower Granola. This delightful small plate is just one of many superb summer dishes available for dinner service.  

Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 4 – 10 pm. 

233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395 |     

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Oloroso, Philadelphia’s premier Spanish restaurant, is a go-to for traditional tapas-style dishes, with seasonal, carefully-curated menus. For summer, guests may enjoy the crowd-pleasing Boquerones ($10) prepared with White Anchovy, fresh Salsa Verde, and Castelvetrano Olives, which pairs perfectly with the extensive Spanish wine selection.  

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 12 – 9 pm. 

1121 Walnut Street | 267-324-3014 |   

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Sor Ynez, a Mexico City-inspired veg-focused restaurant, boasts an elevated take on the classic ceviche dish with the refreshing Shrimp Ceviche ($15) composed of flavorful poached shrimp, cucumber, red onion, lime juice, and Valentina hot sauce, served with tasty tostadas and fresh salsa botana. Executive Chef Alexis Tellez’s exquisite dishes are available for outdoor seating on the new patio or for indoor dining. 

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 4 – 9 pm, Saturday from 12 – 9 pm, Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. 

1800 N. American Street | 215-309-2582 |   

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Stella of New Hope, Bucks County’s modern American restaurant overlooking the Delaware River, offers a slew of summer-inspired dishes including Beet & Strawberry Salad ($14) crafted with delicious honey whipped chevre, beet ash, bee pollen-oat streusel, and toasted sunflower seeds, and Heirloom Tomatoes ($15) prepared with house-made Stracciatella, fresh corn, baby basil, toasted pine nuts, with a tasteful sherry-shallot vinaigrette. Guests may enjoy these dishes while taking in waterfront views of the Delaware River in the outdoor dining area, or indoors in the expansive space.  

Hours of operation are Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 4 – 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 4 – 10pm, and weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 2pm.  

50 S Main Street | 267.740.2691 |  

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Royal Boucherie, Old City’s lively neighborhood bistro, offers a variety of seasonal menu items ideal for cooling off in the scorching heat, such as the summer staple Prosciutto & Melon ($14) crafted with Arugula and Banyuls vinegar, as well as the savory Steak Tartare ($16) prepared with Parmesan and bottarga. Seafood lovers may indulge in the icy Lobster Cocktail ($21) from the robust raw bar and the Plateaus De La Mer ($48), consisting of fresh shellfish such as shrimp, lobster, oysters, and crudo. 

Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 4 – 10 pm. 

52 S. 2nd Street | 267.606.6313 |    

 Royal Boucherie Lobster Cocktail






-Rachel Neerenberg