Trending: Philly's Fast-Food Invasion

By Caroline Russock  |  March 17, 2016

Brace yourselves, folks. There’s a whole lot of fast food coming to town. But we’re not talking mega-chains; we’re talking small upstarts that bring the kind of fun, quick-serve establishments Philly wants. Here’s a look at what’s on the horizon.

Shoo Fry
The folks behind this top-it-yourself french fry bar are coming to Rittenhouse this spring, offering a chance to customize your choice of potato (curly, wedge, thin-cut, etc.) with a whole roster of toppings. Poutine and cheesesteak (pictured below) are only the beginning. Shoo Fry’s menu features all sorts of wild combos like peanut butter and jelly (yup, grape jam, peanut butter sauce and whole peanuts), truffle fries finished with a runny egg and Jamaican-inspired spuds with jerk chicken.

132 S. 17th St.

Destination Dogs
With eyes set on a summer opening, Philly’s depleted hot dog scene is getting a boost from this New Jersey meats specialist. The menu is broken down into foreign and domestic categories, with regional favorites like a Chicago dog, two Hawaiian variations (pictured below) and a corn tortilla–wrapped New Mexico one. International sausages like a multisauced Colombian and latke-wrapped Israeli dog are also on the menu, along with plans for a full bar.   

1111 Walnut St.

This new Rittenhouse sandwich shop is upping the cheesesteak game with a menu full of variations on the classic. Cleavers serve sliced rib-eye, grilled or breaded chicken cutlets and veggie variations (portobello, spinach) offered as sandwiches or carb-conscious bowls. For toppings, choose between pizza sauce, fried onions, mozzarella, cherry pepper relish and Sriracha aïoli — or plum tomatoes and balsamic glaze. A full menu of fried sides, spiked shakes and a cooler full of beer finish the experience.

108 S. 18th St.; 215-515-3828

University City’s pretzel-crusted chicken tender (pictured at top) has made its way to Midtown Village. Mac 'n' cheese, sides, sweet potato–studded grain salads and sweet-and-sour slaws round out the quick-serve menu — along with individual-size pies in flavors like apple, raspberry-lemon cheesecake and pecan with whiskey peaches and caramel.

210 S. 13th St.