For many coeds, college is a period defined by greasy late night pizza, microwaved ramen, and fried everything from the dining hall. But since Philly has become a foodie’s paradise, the University of Pennsylvania has decided to step up their meal plan game with Franklin’s Table Food Hall at 34th and Walnut. Yeah, Penn students are about to see their food court get a serious upgrade with a little help from some big names.
Get fala-full on juice and sush!
Almost a year ago, chef and restaurateur Michael Solomonov expanded his eatery empire when he surprised the city with Goldie, a vegan-friendly spot directly above his retro Rooster Soup Company. The menu was simple — falafel, fries, and the creamiest (completely vegan!) shakes in the city. And now, he’s bringing the concept to the table (Franklin’s Table, that is).
Eat your fish. That’s what Michael and Nina Tinari Schulson of Center City’s Double Knot say, and they’re ready to put their Maki where your mouth is with DK Sushi. And for the students and staff looking to get their vegetable fix in liquid form, Manayunk’s popular Juice Merchant Juicery and Cafe will have an outpost serving their signature juices and smoothies.
Classic college fare — elevated
Don’t worry — Franklin’s Table won’t be all falafel and fish. Fishtown’s Kensington Quarters is scaling down their masterful meat menu to KQ Burgers, perfect for chowing down with buddies. And it wouldn’t be campus without pizza, so Pitruco Pizza’s opening their first brick-and-mortar establishment slinging wood-fired pies for the masses (they’re not putting the brakes on their food truck, though, so you’ll still be able to enjoy their spicy soppressata on the move.)
Looking for a little sugar to end your meal? Look no further than the Philly favorite, Little Baby’s Ice Cream. Known for wacky flavors from pizza to pickles to popcorn, the Little Baby’s bunch will be serving up their premium dairy and non-dairy scoops in the Food Hall. Plus, Old City’s High Street on Market, home to some of the best baked goods in town, will have a satellite shop serving their signature savory and sweet treats.
Hungry yet? Well, you don’t need a student ID to get your hands on these dishes! Franklin’s Table Food Hall, which had its soft opening on March 12, will be open to the public, so whether you’re visiting friends, working at Penn or CHOP, or just in University City for some quality eats, you can enjoy a taste of the city all under one roof!