Main St. in Manayunk is the perfect place for anyone looking to escape the limitations of a mundane menu. These five eateries provide unique offerings for Philadelphia’s more adventurous food lovers.
Tacos de Chapulines at Taqueria Feliz
These grasshopper tacos are exactly what they sound like. The crispy insects have a taste similar to roasted pumpkin seeds and are served with onion, cilantro and guacamole. Assistant manager Francisco Antunez provides advice for customers with reservations about the dish.
“Close your eyes and don’t think grasshoppers,” he said. “You’ll enjoy them.”
Peanut Butter and Bacon Burger at Lucky’s Last Chance
Chris Barnes, managing partner of Lucky’s Last Chance, said that he and partner Sandra Barnes had tasted peanut butter burgers all over the country, but they always felt each one needed something more in order to “bring it to life.” That’s how this bacon cheeseburger, slathered in creamy peanut butter, came to be served with a side of grape jelly, made perfect for dipping.
In 2013, the savory and sweet combo earned the restaurant the Philly Burger Brawl People’s Choice Award.
Mimosa Cupcakes at Sweet Elizabeth’s Bakeshop
Allison Dilfer, front house manager at Sweet Elizabeth’s, said the bakeshop offers monthly cupcake flavors to keep customers coming back.
“We like to keep it fun and push the envelope a little bit,” Dilfer said.
This month, customers can enjoy the mimosa cupcake, made with orange pound cake and champagne butter cream.
Cactus Taco at Union Taco
Union Taco owner and renowned Philadelphia-area chef Nick Farina said the cactus taco gives his customers at his self-described Americanized taco joint “a nice alternative vegetarian option.” The marinated cactus is served with hearty sweet potatoes and onions, all covered with a spicy chipotle aioli.
Beet It at The Juice Merchant
This juicery and café strives to provide its customers with a wide variety of organic foods and beverages that are both nutritious and convenient, such as the “Beet It.” This fresh pressed juice offsets the earthy taste of beets with the sweetness of pineapple, while also blending ginger, carrots and turmeric into the mix.
-Text and images by Kevin Barr and John McGuire.