Welcome to the Wonderful World of Philly Food


Philadelphia has become one of the premier destinations for Fine Dining on the east coast. Restaurant connoisseurs and "foodies" travel here for award winning gastronomic experiences. 

Equally, if not more acclaimed, is Philly "street" Food:

Cheesesteak  -  beloved by the natives, who obviously do not observe kashrut or care about their cholesterol intake.  For those who must partake, the places to go are: Pat's Steaks, 9th St. and Passyunk Ave (open 24 hours); Gino's Steaks, 1219 S. 9th St, (open 24 hours) and Jim's Steaks, 400 South St.

Hoagie -  Sort of antipasto on a roll where you can make your own selections, within reason. Not hard to find; all the cheesesteak places and sandwich shops serve them. For the best, one might have to travel to Atlantic City or a Phillies game. 

Soft Pretzels (with mustard) -  found everywhere

Water Ice - (Fat Free and Delicious!)  Rita's Water Ice - Suburban Train Station concourse, 1511 Spruce St, 239 South Street  (100 years ago South Street was the hub of Jewish immigrant life), Italiano's Water Ice 2551 S.12th Street (12th and Shunk Streets)

Highly recommended in the "Philly Food" category would be lunch at the Reading Terminal Market, an operating Farmers Market since 1892. There you will find food representing almost all of Philadelphia's ethnicities plus vegetarian and a variety of food from the Pennsylvania "Dutch" area in Lancaster county.  See the restaurant guide below (under Markets and Takeout) for contact instructions.

Restaurants and Other Places for Food

To help our conference visitors sort out the vast and complex Philadelphia restaurant scene we have called upon one of our members, who is himself an acclaimed restaurant owner, to provide a recommended list of dining choices based on convenience, location and quality.  This guide was put together for the attendees of the conference with their special needs in mind, and is not a complete guide of all Philadelphia restaurants.

Quick & Close to the Conference Hotel
Capriccio at Cafe Cret,  16th & Ben Franklin Pky,  215-735-9797,  www.CapriccioCafe.com,  Cafe & Espresso bar
Comcast Center,  1700 JFK Blvd,  Upscale Food court,  Lunch Only
Corner Bakery Cafe,  1701 Market St,  215-569-2533,  www.cornerbakerycafe.com,  Sandwiches
Marathon Grill,  1818 Market St,  215-561-1818,  www.marathongrill.com,  American
Potbelly Sandwich Works,  1635 Market St,  215-564-6221,  www.potbelly.com,  Sandwiches
Rex Pizza,  1526 Race St,  215-557-9555,  Pizza

1-2 blocks from the Conference Hotel
Asia on the Parkway,  1700 Ben Franklin Pky,  215-988-9889,  www.asiaontheparkway.com,  Asian fusion
Elephant and Castle,  1800 Market St,  215-751-9977,  www.elephantcastle.com,  Pub
Mexican Post,  1601 Cherry St,  215-568-2667,  www.mexicanpost.com,  Mexican
Mission Grill,  1835 Arch St,  215-636-9550,  www.themissiongrill.com,  Southwestern
Philips Seafood,  Sheraton Hotel,  215-448-2700,  www.philipsseafood.com,  Seafood
Public House,  1801 Arch St,  215-587-9040,  www.publichousephilly.com,  Upscale American Bar
TGI Fridays,  1776 Ben Franklin Pky,  215-665-8443,  www.fridays.com
The Plaza at Comcast,  1700 JFK Blvd,  American,  Outdoor Dining Only

3-5 blocks from the Conference Hotel
Aya's Cafe,  2129 Arch St,  215-567-1555,  www.ayascafe.net,  Egyptian
Cherry Street Tavern,  129 N. 22nd St,  215-561-5683,  Sandwiches and Beer
Continental Midtown,  1801 Chestnut St,  215-567-1800,  www.continentalmidtown.com,  Hip, Trendy Diner
Devil's Alley,  1907 Chestnut St,  215-751-0707,  www.devilsalleybarandgrill.com,  American Comfort Food
Di Bruno Bros.,  1730 Chestnut St,  215-665-9220,  www.dibruno.com,  Gourmet Grocery, Eatery and Prepared Foods
Goodburger,  1725 Chestnut St,  215569-4777,  www.nygoodburger.com,  Burgers
Kite & Key Tavern,  1836 Callowhill St,  215-568-1818,  www.thekiteandkey.com,  Gastro Pub
Mama's Vegetarian,  18 S. 20th St,  215-751-0477,  www.mamasvegetarian.com,  Kosher Falafel and Middle Eastern, Kosher
Oyster House,  1516 Sansom St,  215-567-7683,  www.oysterhousephilly.com,  Oyster Bar and Seafood
Rose Tattoo Cafe,  1847 Callowhill St,  215-569-8939,  www.rosetattoocafe.com,  New American Comfort Food
Sabrina's Cafe,  1802 Callowhill St,  215-636-9061,  www.sabrinascafe.com,  Comfort Food, Large Portions

Highly Recommended
Amada,  217 Chestnut St,  215-625-2550,  www.amadarestaurant.com,  Spanish Tapas
Audrey Claire,  276 S. 20th St,  215-731-1222,  www.audreyclaire.com,  Mediterranean
Buddakan,  325 Chestnut St,  215-574-9440,  www.buddakan.com,  Asian Small Plates
Capital Grille,  1338 Chestnut St,  215-545-9588,  www.thecapitalgrille.com,  Steak House
Cuba Libre,  10 S. 2nd St,  215-627-0666,  www.cubalibrarestaurant.com,  Cuban
Devon Seafood Grill,  225 S. 18th St,  215-546-5940,  www.devonseafood.com,  Seafood
El Vez,  121 S. 13th St,  215-928-9800,  www.elvezrestaurant.com,  Mexican
Fork,  306 Market St,  215-625-9425,  www.forkrestaurant.com,  New American Bistro
Jones,  700 Chestnut St,  215-223-5663,  www.jones-restaurant.com,  American Comfort Food
London Grill,  2301 Fairmount Ave,  215-978-4545,  www.londongrill.com,  American Pub
Melograno,  2201 Spruce St,  215-875-8116,  Italian
Osteria, 640 N Broad St, 215- 763-0920,  www.osteriaphilly.com, Tuscan & Gourmet pizza
Oyster House,  1516 Sansom St,  215-567-7683,  www.oysterhousephilly.com,  Oyster Bar and Seafood
Parc ,  227 S. 18th St,  215- 545-2262,  www.parc-restaurant.com,  French Bistro
Pietro's Pizzeria,  1714 Walnut St,  215-735-8090,  www.pietrospizza.com,  Pizza
Rouge,  205 S. 18th St,  215-732-6622,  American
Tinto,  114 S. 20th St,  215-665-9150,  www.tintorestaurant.com,  Spanish Tapas
Tria,  123 S. 18th St,  215-972-8742,  www.triacafe.com,  Wine Bar and Cafe
Zahav,  237 Saint James Place,  215-625-8800,  www.zahavrestaurant.com,  Israeli cuisine  (see important note below)

Markets,  Prepared Food & Takeout
Trader Joe's,  2121 Market St,  215-569-9282,  www.traderjoes.com,  Market
Whole Foods,  2001 Pennsylvania Ave,  215-557-0015,  www.wholefoodsmarket.com,  Market w/Prepared Food
Coventry Deli,  2000 Market Street,  215-972-8310 Fax: 215-972-8312,  www.coventrydeli.com,  Cafeteria style/Takeout, Free Delivery, Breakfast & Lunch only
Reading Terminal Market,  12th & Arch Sts. - entries on 12th St. and on Arch St. across from the Convention Center, www.readingterminalmarket.org  Farmers Market, many local cuisines including Pennsylvania Dutch from Lancaster County, Eat-in & Takeout 

Jewish Deli
Famous 4th Street Deli, 700 S. 4th St, 215-922-3274
Hershel's East Side Deli Market 51 N 12th St (Reading Terminal Market), 215- 922-6220
Kibitz Room 1521 Locust St, 215- 735-7305

Kosher

Hamifgash Restaurant,  811-13 Sansom St,  215-925-3550,   Closed Shabbat Meat- Glatt Kosher
Kingdom of Vegetarians ,  129 N. 11th St,  215-413-2290,   Open 7 days
Maccabeam,  128 S. 12th St,  215-922-5922,  Closed Shabbat
Mama's Grill,  630 South St.,  215-922-0300,  Open 7 days
Mama's Vegetarian,  18 S. 20th St. ,  215-751-0477,  Closed Shabbat
Maoz Vegetarian,  248 South St. ,  215-625-3500,  Open Shabbat
New Harmony Vegetarian,  135 N. 9th St.,  215-627-4520,  Open Shabbat
New Samosa Multicultural Vegetarian Restaurant,  1214 Walnut St,  215-546-2009,  Open Shabbat
Singapore Kosher Vegetarian,  1006 Race St,  215-922-3288,  Open Shabbat
17th Street Falafel,  17th and Market St.,  267-738-5732,  Street corner Vendor,  Lunch only. Closed Shabbat


We in Philadelphia are pleased to note that Zahav restaurant, which features Israeli cuisine, was ranked #1 in Philadelphia Magazine's recent rating of the city's 50 Best Restaurants. 

Zahav is equally pleased to support the 2009 IAJGS conference. Opened in May 2008, Zahav is Philadelphia's only modern Israeli restaurant. In 2009, Chef/Owner Michael Solomonov was nominated for the James Beard Foundation's prestigious "Rising Star Chef" award. The restaurant has been featured frequently in national publications including Bon Appetit, Esquire, Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure"