Restaurant Review: Grindcore House, Philadelphia

Sunny day outside on S. 4th Street

Grindcore's front room
Friendly staff

The Backroom

The Tree Hugger

The Seitan Sandswich on sourdough.

Iced Chai Latte on some fun reading.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie

The sweets and drink case. Look, a gluten-free vegan cake!
This review may be a bit positively tainted as I may have been high on life when we went to Philly on Saturday. The sun was shining, the air was refreshing and sweet, there were flea markets everywhere and my kids were with my wonderful in-laws. Mr. Scissors and I were blissful in our lack of parental duties.

We stopped at a Phila Flea Market event at Jefferson Square and decided to take a stroll down to a place that I had been wanting to visit for awhile, Grindcore House, a vegan coffee shop in the Pennsport neighborhood of Philadelphia. Walking down South 4th Street, you realize you're in one of those areas where you can see its potential, but it's like the city just gave up on it. Grindcore House is an unlikely beacon of light in a ankle-twisting, crushed sidewalk neighborhood.

I was pleasantly surprised when we walked into the coffee shop. The inside is bright and clean and is topped with a white tin ceiling. Charm without that weird, grimy patina that normally coats independent coffee shops. The backroom was sun filled and airy, with artwork lining the walls and bookcases filled with vegan and anarchist offerings.

The menu has several simple sandwiches, bagels, fruits and a salad, along with non-dairy coffee drinks and vegan desserts (by Vegan Treats and local vegan bakeries). We ordered the Seitan Sandswich (no, that's not a typo), the Tree Hugger salad, an iced chai with almond milk and a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie. Everything was pretty yummy and priced very fairly.

To be honest, I really liked being at Grindcore. The ladies behind the counter were super friendly and personable, the place was upbeat and everyone seemed super happy to be there. People relaxed outside, neighbors came in for a quick bite or coffee, and there was not a tinge of that obnoxious "more in the know than thou" vibe you normally get at hipster locales. It's also great that the owners did not comprise their beliefs and went totally vegan. They also host art shows, book signings and, I've read, movie viewings and musicians. It's that type of energy that revitalizes neighborhoods and makes me really want to leave the suburbs.

I plan on visiting Grindcore many more times. You can make a day in South Philly. Hang out at Grindcore, take the kids to the playground at Dickinson Square (Grindcore has a PB and J!) then take a stroll to East Passyunk for some shopping, people watching and a vegan ice cream at B2. Perfect!

Oh, and yes, they play grindcore.

Grindcore House
1515 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

BTW: Read a nice article on Grindcore here and here.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you were in my 'hood, doing all the things I did on Saturday. Love Grindcore!


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