Philadelphia’s Fairmount is a largely residential neighborhood of families and young professionals, with the hub of activity taking place on Fairmount Avenue near Eastern State Penitentiary. Read ahead for our guide to the best casual dining restaurants in this low key section of Philadelphia.
The Moroccan-inspired Mediterranean BYOB, tucked away in Fairmount, exudes a warm homey feeling. Hummus is complimentary with extra flat bread and service is friendly and accommodating. Figs creates mild dishes of salmon over plum sauces that hints at Morrocco without being overpowered with the spices. Also, they’re aptly known for their fig ice cream. It’s cash only.
Address & phone number: 2501 Meredith St Philadelphia, PA 19130 215-978-8440
The humble-looking Greek tavern serves authentic dishes that pair well with BYOB options. Everything on the lunch menu is $10 or under that makes this casual and romantic experience. For dinner try their gyro platters. The cooking here is homestyle, so you get well-crafted traditional meals. Locals also know them for cooking their meats to tender perfection. The rustic interior will make you feel relaxed, and Zorba’s family-run business is sure to make you feel at home.
Address & phone number: 2230 Fairmount Ave Philadelphia, PA 19130 215-5978-5990
The wood-fired, custom-made pizzas make Pizzeria Vetri . Almost everything is made in-house, with the pies changing seasonally. Their Renato oven also roasts salads, calzones and the critically-reviewed Rotolo. The list of eight pizzas can be washed down with decently-priced bottled and canned beers or wines. Also, check out their dessert menu. Cooked to perfection, Pizzeria Vetri will have you craving its treats for days.
Address & phone number: 1939 Callowhill St Philadelphia, PA 19130 215-600-2629
Another Marc Vetri creation, this upscale Italian restaurant features dishes inspired form osterias in Northern Italy. Since 2007, Osteria has become one of the most critically-acclaimed Italian restaurants in the city. The industrial decor bodes well with dim-lighting. Choose from fresh seafood dishes like the octopus, authentic Neapolitan and Roman-style pizzas, and the mouthwatering desserts.
Address & phone number: 640 N Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19130 215-763-0920