South Philadelphia, a perennial haven for those seeking cheesesteaks and pretzels, has expanded its culinary scene quite a bit over the last decade. Read ahead for our guide to South Philadelphia’s best restaurants.
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Tucked away in Philadelphia’s beautiful Washington Square West is Talula’s Garden, a chic and cozy restaurant that boasts intimate indoor as well as spacious and elegant outdoor seating options. This single floor restaurant offers patrons fresh ingredients and dishes by utilizing farm to table dining. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to try cheeses from around the world by ordering one of their artisanal cheese plates. On Sundays, Talula’s offers a decadent brunch from 10am to 2pm.
Address & Phone Number: 210 W Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 (215) 592-7787
Honey's Sit 'N Eat
Restaurant, Diner, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food, $$$
Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat
Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat has been an an institution on the Fitler Square restaurant scene for the past two years. Named the Number One breakfast spot in Philadelphia in 2013, Honey’s continues to deliver sensational food at affordable prices. This cash only BYOB is a community mainstay and caters to both vegetarians and carnivores. Breakfast deals are also available for early risers, starting from 7am.
Address & Phone Number: 2101 South St Philadelphia, PA 19146 +1 (215) 732-5130
South Street Diner
Diner, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dessert, $$$
South Street Diner
The South Street Diner, located at the end of Philadelphia’s most iconic street, serves up single portions that are big enough for two. Breakfast is served all day, and homemade desserts are available for those with a sweet tooth. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the diner is situated in a prime location, with Old City, Penn’s Landing, and Spruce Harbor Park just a short walk away.
Address & Phone Number: 40 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 (215) 627-5258
Cafe, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Coffee, Tea , $$$
Located in the historic Italian Market, Sabrina’s Cafe puts a new spin on breakfast. Sabrina’s is known for its brunch and for its vibrant atmosphere, where you can find homemade mugs and local art decorating its walls. Sabrina’s prides itself on fresh produce, and the stuffed Challah French Toast is the uncontested favorite on the menu. Reservations are a must on the weekends, when lines can sometimes stretch around the corner.
Address & Phone Number: 910 Christian Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 (215) 574-1599
American Sardine Bar
Bar, Pub, American, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Fast Food, $$$
American Sardine Bar
Located in the up and coming Point Breeze neighborhood, American Sardine Bar is re-defining the term “gastro-pub.” Serving artisanal sandwiches, great bar food and locally produced microbrews, American Sardine Bar is a major asset to the Point Breeze community. During the summer months, the pub offers outdoor seating with a mix of individual and community style dining. Their signature Sardine Sandwich is a must-try for all newcomers.
Address & Phone Number: 1800 Federal St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 +1 (215) 334-2337
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Caribbean, $$$
There’s no shortage of Latin flavor at this two story Washington Square restaurant. Mixto serves an array of Latin inspired dishes within a casual atmosphere. Be sure to stop by Mixto during its happy hour to order one of their signature margaritas!
Address & Phone Number: 1141 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 +1 (215) 592-0363
Restaurant, American, Contemporary, Fast Food, Dessert, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
Located on East Passyunk Avenue, Fond, a new American restaurant that excels by using simple ingredients, is in constant competition with multiple fine dining establishments and is known for its extensive wine list. Voted 2015’s 17th Best Restaurant by Philadelphia Magazine, Fond continues to impress, and this single level South Philadelphia establishment has the ideal intimate setting for any romantic evening.
Address & Phone Number: 1537 South 11th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 (215) 551-5000
French cuisine comes to life at Bibou. Voted the Best French Restaurant by Philadelphia Magazine three years in a row, Bibou continues to impress with its sophisticated representations of traditional French fare. Head chef Pierre Calmels was a 2014 James Beard semi-finalist for best Chef Mid Atlantic, and the recent switch to a prix fixe menu allows patrons to sample a multitude of French inspired dishes. Bibou is a cash only BYOB, which encourages its patrons to pair their meal with red wine.
Address & Phone Number: 1009 South 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 (215) 965-8290
Canteen, Food Stall, Food Stand, American, Vegetarian, Fast Food
Paesano’s is a serious contender for the best sandwich shop in Philadelphia – and it’s got some stiff competition. Winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2009 and 2010 Best Sandwich Shop award, its Lasagna Bolognese is giving the cheesesteak a run for its money for best sandwich in Philadelphia. Located in the historic Italian Market, Paesano’s is regularly filled with tourists as well local residents. Paesano’s also offers gluten free bread options, and dessert to accompany your lunch and dinner entrees.
Address & Phone Number: 1017 South 9th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 (215) 440-0371
Chickie's & Pete's
Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
Chickie’s & Pete’s
There is no restaurant in South Philadelphia that better represents Philadelphia’s sports culture than Chickie’s and Pete’s. Constantly packed with people, this South Philadelphia institution continues to draw people in with its world famous Crab fries. Located just down the street from Philadelphia’s professional sport stadiums, it is the best place to watch any home game besides going to the game itself. The atmosphere is electric, and the open layout allows for large groups.
Address & Phone Number: 1526 Packer Ave Philadelphia, PA 19145 +1 (215) 218-0500