Modern supermarkets are riot zones of feral runaway shopping carts and crackly PA announcements coded with subliminal messages ordering your body to gain weight. Today's Groupon returns you to a time of simpler goods-getting: for $15, you get $30 worth of salads, sandwiches, groceries, or catering from Cornerstone Market & Produce in Fishtown, the city's number-one hangout for the ghosts of shad fishermen.
Cornerstone Market & Produce taps into the orchards and ovens of the Philadelphia area to offer fresh produce and baked goods from local vendors such as Weavers Way. Cornerstone also sells assorted frozen items, including seafood from Otolith Seafood and Ben & Jerry's ice cream (they go surprisingly well together), as well as canned goods and cartonned essentials. And to cover your family's next birthday party or UN-sanctioned nuclear missile test, Cornerstone Market & Produce offers extensive catering options—including a deluxe sandwich platter ($8.95 per person) and a cheese platter of the mozzarella, brie, and cheddar variety ($49 for the ten person small order).
If you're not in the mood to make your own sandwich from the Cornerstone deli's full line of Boar's Head meats and cheeses, you can buy the Jamie, a corned beef and melted cheddar sammy on toasted rye ($6.50), or a Waldorf Chicken Salad ($9.99 for full size) from Cornerstone's prepared food menu. Vegans can partake of the deli's three soyshakes ($2.99), while patrons who love bagels and eggs but hate the Man telling them when they can eat breakfast can opt for the Sriracha scrambler ($3) from Cornerstone Market's all-day breakfast menu. You won't have to worry about a bad purchase, though. Unlike those snobs at the tattoo parlor, Cornerstone Market & Produce lets customers sample their wares before buying, and local delivery is free on both groceries and takeout food orders. And in response to last year's simultaneous inventions of coffee and The Internet, Cornerstone Market has just added a small café section with free wi-fi access and not-free java ($1.75 for a large coffee).
Philadelphia City Paper lists Cornerstone Market as the Best Place to Pick Up Lip Gloss, a Loaf of Bread and Fancy-Pants Ice Cream on the Way Home, and Not For Tourists sing the praises of the store's sandwiches:
- Cornerstone Market is Fishtown’s Room of Requirement. Need some organic canned pumpkin, a quart of milk and a Metropolitan baguette? They can handle that. Weaver’s Way produce and Chilly Philly Ice Cream with a side of cruelty-free lip balm? No problem. And, they’re all-around good people who keep it real with the check-out candy, so we’re assuming they won’t mind the Harry Potter reference. – Monica Weymouth, Philadelphia City Paper
- But oh, the sandwiches. The sandwiches are so worth it. Like this guy here: he's mozzarella, tomato, pesto and artichokes served on fluffy multigrain bread. The Italian hoagie comes with basil leaves criss-crossing the top. Guys, listen: get a Cornerstone sandwich. – Meg Favreau, Not For Tourists
Eight Yelpers give Cornerstone Market a solid 3.5 stars:
- The staff is always friendly and helpful. The store is really clean and organized. Not a TON of stuff, but all the basics. Makes shopping a delightful experience... – Sarah S.
Northern Liberties/ Fishtown
19 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123Get Directions