A new pop-up has opened up in Center City and will be taking over one familiar spot. Salty’s Seafood & Ice Cream Shack recently opened earlier this month and is calling the Spanish tapas hotspot Jamonera home until this fall. The new pop-up comes from restaurant connoisseurs Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran who have spent the better part of the last two decades building their own foodie and merchandise empire on 13th Street with a few of their hotspots including Lolita, Barbuzzo, Bud & Marilyn’s, Verde and Marcie Blaine.
For their latest venture, both Turney and Safran wanted to find a way to bring the sun-kissed season to the city without having to drive down the shore—and what says summer more than seafood and ice cream?
A statement from Safran Turney Hospitality reads: “We’re officially in summer-mode and we’re excited to share that we’ve transformed Jamonera, our restaurant located at 105 S. 13th Street, into Salty’s Seafood & Ice Cream Shack. This special summer pop-up will feature summer shack classics, including lobster rolls, steamers, hoagies and ice cream! We’re taking reservations for our expanded 70-seat, socially-distanced outdoor dining area and the menu also features a full selection of cocktails, wine and beer. We plan to keep Salty’s open through September, so we hope to see you there this summer!”
Salty’s will be operating for pick-up and delivery on top of having outdoor seating available by reservation (available through their website or on OpenTable.)
Food-wise Philadelphians can find a slew of different enticing options that boast flavors of the season. For appetizers, selections include corn and scallion hush puppies (served with pimento cheese and dill), crispy calamari (served with cornmeal dredge, smoked garlic aioli, smoked paprika and lemon), Peel N’ Eat Shrimp (served with backyard spice mix, lots of garlic, drawn butter, cocktail sauce and lemon) plus a few unique options including Stuffies (made with half dozen virginia cherrystone clams, smoked bacon, cracker crumb and warm bacon fat vinaigrette).
On the main side of the menu, Philadelphians can also sink their teeth into a few different roll options including the Original Lobster, New England Style Lobster and a Shrimp Roll. For burgers and sandwiches, Philadelphians can pick up a variety of options including the Shack Smash Burger (served with aged cheddar, lettuce and tomato, shack sauce, pickles and a buttered potato bun), which also comes in a veggie patty version, a Nashville Fried Chicken Sandwich (made with pickled carrot slaw, buttermilk ranch, pickles and a buttered potato bun) and more. Hoagies, another shore staple, will also be on the menu with options including Blackened Salmon (made with dilly yogurt cucumbers, hoagie lettuce, heirloom tomato, avocado and pickled tomato dressing) and the Peacemaker (made with half crispy oysters/half crispy shrimp, remoulade, hoagie lettuce, heirloom tomato and long hot choppy chop).
There will also be large plates available including grilled swordfish, pan-seared crab cakes, pan-fried soft shell crabs and a fish fry. All plates are served with Old Bay cracked n’ crispy potatoes, summer corn salad and shack sauce.
On the sweeter side of things, the ice cream portion of this pop-up is just as enticing. Philadelphians can order up classic vanilla and chocolate ice cream parfaits, root beer floats, plus vanilla oat milk iced coffees and ‘After Dinner Drams’ such as Pedro Ximenez — El Maestro Sierra, Salty’s Housemade Limoncello and Ramazzotti Amaro.
Patrons can also indulge in the spirited side of the menu while at Salty’s as well. The pop-up will be serving up a few summertime cocktails including Summer in the City (boasting gin, lemon sorbet, prosecco and mint), the Gulf Side (boasting tequila, guava, smoked chili honey and citrus) Capt. Jack’s Daiquiri (boasting puerto rican white rum, grapefruit, fresh squeezed lime, luxardo and maraschino) and more. Salty’s will also be serving up spirited pouches (such as the Salty Dog made with gin and the Lighthouse made with rye), wine (with rosé, red and white options by the glass and bottle), margarita slush pops (traditional, white peach, blackberry and watermelon—or get all four flavors with the Shack 4 Pack) beer and cider.
Philadelphians can also head to Salty’s for Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.
To learn more information and to reserve a table at Salty’s Seafood & Ice Cream Shack, visit saltysphilly.com