Sweet and SpicyManayunk Magazine Cover Profile

Winnie Clowry the owner and friendly face behind Winnie’s Manayunk has teamed up with her long time executive chef John O’Brien to bring us Main Street's newest fare; Smokin’ John’s Barbeque. It’s comfort food at its finest, we’re talking pulled pork, ribs, brisket and amazing maple smoked turkey, all paired with traditional sides of macaroni and cheese, mashed sweet potatoes, creamed spinach and baked beans just to get started. For the vegetarians, vegans or health conscious there’s smoked salmon, seitan ribs and their spin on a broccoli slaw. As for the culture, it’s classic Winnie all the way – comfortable, warm, and a place you can easily sit back and relax in. Oh yeah, and if you’re in a rush it’s grab and go style so you can be out of the door in five minutes with a full meal in your hands.

We sat down with Winnie and John to chat more about how this dynamic duo got their start.

Pets: The Complete Guide to Philly’s Best Dog Parks

Manayunk: Pretzel Park - 4300 Silverwood Street.
The vibe: A petite dog run that’s mainly dirt and wood chips — a state the locals are working to improve. Best for: “Well-trained dogs who aren’t going to try to make a break for it,” says local dog walker Kat Lambert. The wall around the run is low, and it’s easy for pups to leap over and escape. The scoop: Make Pretzel Park one stop on a tour of the neighborhood. Lambert recommends the nearby Manayunk Towpath for a stroll, then dining alfresco at pooch-friendly Winnie’s Manayunk, where the staff puts out water bowls.


It’s all about the food here. Vegetarian, vegan, locally sourced, it all can be found at Winnie’s. Walking by you’ll surely feel the comforting vibes of this neighborhood spot. Customers can always be found enjoying a bite at the outside tables or grabbing a drink at the inside circle bar under a rowing skull that hangs from the ceiling paying homage to the numerous athletes in the area that dine here. Rowers, bikers, and runners can all attest to the health and quality of the food at Winnie’s. Beautiful paintings by local artist Tony LaSalle hang in the dining room on exposed brick walls beneath the original restored wood beams.

Where 12 Philly Fitness Pros Grab a Healthy Lunch Around Town

Quinoa Arugula Salad at Winnie’s LeBus Manayunk

“With every bite of this salad, you get the perfect balance of all the right ingredients: edamame, corn, raisins, quinoa, chickpeas and grape tomatoes, tossed in a giant bed of fresh, peppery arugula.” — Juliet Sabella, The Wall Cycling Studio

The Area’s Best Bike TrailsThe Manayunk Towpath

The Manayunk Towpath
Best for: Bikers looking for a nice day ride—with a lunch stop at one of Manayunk’s adorable restaurants or cafes.
Why: The Manayunk Canal runs parallel to Main Street and you can stop to refuel at one of Manayunk’s great lunch spots, like Winnie's LeBus or Derek’s. Its surface varies between boardwalk, gravel, and hard ground.
Length: A portion of the 22-mile Schuylkill River trail, the Towpath parallels the Canal and the Schuylkill River and is 4.25 miles long.
Access: The Towpath is accessible from numerous access points along Manayunk’s Main Street, including Canal Park, Lock Street, Rector Street, and Green Lane.

Philadelphia Brunch Restaurants55 places to eat Philly’s new favorite meal

The intoxicating aroma of doughy treats fresh from the mini bakery and plates of oversized banana walnut pancakes remind you why it’s worth waiting, even with restless kids, for a table to open up at this popular Manayunk institution. Good thing there are toys and books by the benches to keep them occupied. Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. 4266 Main Street, Manayunk, 215-487-2663,

Best Restaurants in ManayunkLocal favorites in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood.

Not fancy but always a pleasure, this casual, moderately priced Manayunk New American offers the chance to eat healthy or indulge via delicious vegan, vegetarian and meat eater's offerings that coexist nicely (and "oh, the bread!" – it's famous for a reason); at the popular weekend brunch, it can get very crowded, which may slow the otherwise efficient service.