When Helen and I moved to Port Fishington, or Flat Iron as it’s properly known, from the hustle and bustle of Two Street, we were in for a rude awakening. There was practically nothing here! Want a bite to eat? Our neighbors recommended Applebees! Good pizza? Key Foods!
Yuck. Stranger, there was just one coffee option for the bulk of Fishtown: the dreaded Rocket Cat. Now, Rocket Cat brought coffee right into the heart of Fishtown, located at the corners of Frankford and Norris, which is about as great a location as you can have in this neck of the woods. It’s a shame they serve bad coffee at premium prices with service that will ruin your day. Top it off with the shop’s west Philly vibe and you’ve got the trifecta of awful.
Last year we welcomed Milkcrate Cafe to Fishtown. It’s been out go-to spot when convenient. They serve La Colombe coffee, which is the gold standard of Philly coffee. Major upgrade over Rocket Cat, although they claim to have followed suit as customers rejected their watery organic blend. Bonus, right? It is, but Milkcrate is quite a hike, unless I’m headed to Penn Treaty Park with Charlie on a Sunday morning. The coffee’s good, the price is right and the service is wonderful, but I just don’t get over their often enough for it to be my regular spot. Wouldn’t hurt if they did something about the seating, too.
Enter the Lola Bean, which opened Saturday, right on Frankford just a block from Johnny Brenda’s. I’ve already been twice! The coffee’s great and the service is lovely. It’s a great addition in the heart of what will soon be a burgeoning strip of new businesses. I’m really excited to see what happens next!
Best part about the Fishtown coffee “problem?” We have options! It’s a luxury we didn’t have just three years ago. Love local folks investing in the neighborhood!