Graduate Hospital, in Philadelphia, is an upcoming neighborhood that is growing in popularity The restaurant scene too is rapidly changing, and each year more and more quality restaurants are flocking to the area. We list some of the best here now,
Lazaros Pizza House
Lazaros Pizza House serves up some of the best pizza in the entire city of Philadelphia. This South Street eatery’s strength lies in its pepperoni and cheese pizzas, but offers a variety of other menu items such as chicken wings and hoagies. Pizza is sold by the slice and in whole pies with daily deals that are hard to beat.
1743 South St Philadelphia, PA 19146 (215) 545-2775
Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian
Govinda’s has established itself as a haven for all vegan and vegetarian guests by offering substitutes for all meat or animals products. The soy chicken cheesesteak is their bestselling item and is extremely popular among regulars. Govinda’s also offers gluten free products, and the dessert menu is 100 per cent vegan.
1400 South St Philadelphia, PA 19146 (215) 985-9303
The Sidecar Bar & Grille
Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, $$$
The Sidecar Bar & Grille
Sidecar Bar and Grille is one of the main catalysts for the revitalization of the Graduate Hospital section of Philadelphia. Sidecar is consistently busy, and has the perfect mix of locals and tourists, plus, they appeal to a wide array of customers by offering vegetarian options of each dish. This gastropub offers outdoor seating in the warmer months, and creative dishes such as Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Fingers and Beer Can Chicken.
2201 Christian St Philadelphia, PA 19146 (215) 732-3429
Restaurant, BBQ, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
This small, take-out only barbecue restaurant offers platters big enough for two that with quality ingredients. Looks can be deceiving, as Phoebe’s offers no seating and minimal space, but it does offer numerous deals on all menu items. Phoebe’s biggest deals can be found in its family platters that are freshly made to order.
2214 South St Philadelphia, PA 19146 (215) 546-4811
Large portions and casual settings can be found at The Cambridge located on South Street. In the warmer months, this eating establishment offers patio dining and a rotating list of summer ales. The short rib mac n’ cheese and the nachos are their most popular items, with portions of each being large enough to feed three people.
1508 South St Philadelphia, PA 19146 (267) 455-0647
Jamaican Jerk Hut
This BYOB spot offers outdoor dining in the summer with Jamaican and reggae influences designed to give patrons an authentic dining experience. Jamaican Jerk Hut managed to gain national attention with an inventive menu. The burger patties are among the best in the city, and are offered in beef, chicken, and veggie. Be sure to try the 100 per cent Natural Juices and beverages.
1436 South St Philadelphia, PA 19146 (215) 545-8644
The Igloo is the perfect end to any summer night in Philadelphia. This frozen yogurt shop offers various flavors, from cake batter to orange cream, with a seemingly endless assortment of toppings. The location of The Igloo is ideal, as it’s just a few blocks away from various restaurants and numerous bars. The Igloo encourages patrons to bring their dogs, and has dessert options for four-legged friends.
2223 Grays Ferry Ave Philadelphia, PA 19146 (267) 858-4290
The cozy atmosphere and modern Mediterranean dishes make Balkan Express one of the best restaurants in Graduate Hospital. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own alcohol as Balkan Express is BYOB, with the suggested beverage being wine. The dining room is based on traditional Eastern European décor, and specialty dishes for dinner are available Thursday-Saturday.
: 2237 Grays Ferry Ave Philadelphia, PA 19146 (215) 545-1255
Bistro La Baia
Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Bistro La Baia
This casual Italian BYOB is serving classic Italian food with great service to match. Located just blocks away from Center City, Bistro La Baia is in the hub of Philadelphia’s retail district. Bistro La Baia has been a neighborhood mainstay for the past 15 years, and has revolutionized the restaurant scene in Graduate Hospital.
1700 Lombard St Philadelphia, PA 19146 (215) 546-0496
Fine dining at an affordable price is the main calling card of Meritage. The menu at Meritage is New American with Asian and French influences, offering a combination of small and large plates, with the ‘Meritage Burger’ as its bestselling dish. Meritage is currently developing a Chef’s tasting menu with a wine pairing to match each dish. Stop by on Saturdays during the summer for Meritage’s special dinners.
500 S 20th St Philadelphia, PA 19146 (215) 985-1922