Where to eat near the Museum of the American Revolution

The “Hamilton Steak” special at Little Lion in Old City in honor of the opening of the Museum of the American Revolution.

The Museum of the American Revolution opens on Wednesday, April 19, and in the meantime, guests might want to start figuring out how to make their hunger history when they head to Old City for a visit.

Luckily for them, there are plenty of options. From the Founding Father-themed sweet treats at Shane Confectionery to the historical “Hamilton Steak” special at The Little Lion, Old City eateries and shops will have Revolution-themed treats.

Here, we’ve rounded up eateries and stores near the Museum of the American Revolution that are welcoming it to the neighborhood with special promotions marking the museum’s opening:

Cross Keys Café

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The Cross Keys Café is inside the Museum of the American Revolution.

Named after a long-gone 18th-century tavern formerly located near the site of the Museum of the American Revolution, the Cross Keys Café will have available items from Brûlée Catering. History-influenced options include snapper soup, potted smoked trout, chicken pot pie, and bread pudding, plus grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.

Cross Keys Café, 101 S. 3rd St., 215-309-8791, amrevmuseum.org.

The Little Lion

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Fried chicken at the Little Lion in Old City.

Now opening at 8 a.m. seven days a week - that means breakfast, too - the Little Lion takes its name from Alexander Hamilton’s 18th-century nickname. Situated about 25 feet from the Museum of the American Revolution, the restaurant will offer free mini-hoecakes for museum ticket holders, as well as a “Hamilton Steak,” complete with pickled red onions and green tomatoes, in honor of the museum opening.

The Little Lion, 243 Chestnut St., 267-273-0688, thelittlelionphilly.com.


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Owner Stephanie Reitano at Capofitto in Old City.

Just across the street from the museum, Capofitto is the place to go for pizza and gelato. To mark the museum’s opening, the pizzeria and gelateria will offer a gelato flavor inspired by a “Great Cake” recipe from Martha Washington. Think sherry, candied currants, and orange and lemon zest.

Capofitto, 233 Chestnut St., 215-897-9999, capofittoforno.com.

City Tavern

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City Tavern chef Walter Staib cooks in Old City.

Chef Walter Staib brings restaurant-goers back in time with famous, historical items like West Indies pepperpot soup, turkey pot pie, and history-inspired beers from Yards’ Ales of the Revolution series. Guests who present a ticket stub from the museum will receive a complimentary glass of Madeira in honor of the museum’s opening.

City Tavern, 138 S. 2nd St., 215-413-1443, citytavern.com.

Shane Confectionery

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Vicki Liantonio holding apple cider caramel candy at Shane Confectionery in Old City.

Shane Confectionery owners the Berley Brothers have a few Revolution-inspired treats available to celebrate the opening of the Museum of the American Revolution. Options include gingerbread cookies and chocolate bars, as well as “Thomas Jefferson’s Chocolate Nightcap” — a drinking chocolate based on the Founding Father’s own recipe.

Shane Confectionery, 110 Market St., 215-922-1048, shanecandies.com.

Franklin Fountain

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Franklin Fountain in Old City has ice cream treats for museum-goers with a sweet tooth.

The Berley Brothers didn’t stop at candy for the museum opening celebration. Their Franklin Fountain will also have history-laden flavors like Washington Vanilla, Jefferson Chocolate, and Creme de Lafayette (vanilla ice cream with blueberry and raspberry compote) available in their store, as well as the Cross Keys Café.

Franklin Fountain, 116 Market St., 215-627-1899,  franklinfountain.com.

2nd Story Brewing Co.

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2nd Story Brewing Co.'s dining room in Old City.

Museum curator Mark Turdo teamed up with 2nd Story for Drinker’s Table Beer, a history-inspired brew named after Philly’s Drinker family. Starting April 18, history buffs — and regular folks, too — can get a taste of the brew, which is made with brown malt, flaked oats, and smoked malt, at 2nd Story.

2nd Story Brewing Co., 117 Chestnut St., 267-314-5770, 2ndStoryBrewing.com.

Revolution Diner

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Revolution Diner at 239-241 Chestnut St..

Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Revolution Diner should be available to museum-goers, no matter what time of day. Having reopened to the public earlier this month following renovations, the diner will honor the museum opening with items like Revolution Wings and Colonial BLT Burgers. Ticketholders will receive 20 percent off on April 19.

Revolution Diner, 239 Chestnut St., 215-238-6900, revolutionphilly.com.

Art in the Age

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Art in the Age will offer 20 percent off to ticketholders.

Home bartenders might want to swing through Art in the Age, which will offer 20 percent off AITA-branded merch in the store, including a George Washington mug that is a replica of an original located in the museum. The shop also offers workshops, tastings, and mixology training.

Art in the Age, 116 North 3rd St., 215-922-2600, artintheage.com.

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