Delicious Spots to Pump Up Your Lunch Game in Philly

Whether you're working in Philadelphia, touring in Philadelphia, visiting in Philadelphia or living in Philadelphia, you've got to slow down and have lunch in Philadelphia at some point. With the huge variety of eateries located here, that choice can be intimidating and maddening. 10Best helps you sort out the duds from the gems, and find a place or two that make you truly look forward to your midday meal. Great little hotspots exist all over the city, from Matt & Marie's in Center City to Cafe La Maude in Northern Liberties to Picnic in University City, there's a place for all kinds of tastes. Stop in to your old favorite and grab a tried-and-true entree or introduce yourself to a place you've never been to and see what all of the fuss is about. You may discover a whole new lunchtime experience just out of your comfort zone. Mixing things up adds spice to the humdrum in life. Now may be the time to set aside that usual burger habit and sample something from the hummus family. Or trade the same-old, same-old Italian for some healthy vegetarian options that will change the way you see veggies. No matter what you're craving or the crowd you're with is in the mood for, there's a spot for you in the maze of lunchtime offerings here. We'll help you find your way through.

This eatery continues to garner great reviews both for its breads as well as its mealtime options. Basically a bakery, it does not offer patrons a huge amount of space to sit and eat (ok, there's basically none), but what it lacks in space...  Read More

Treat yourself to the delicious reality that Jose Garces knows how to do food. This eatery offers up flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups and pastas to perk up your midday meal. For a treat, try the house-made mozzarella or pasta e...  Read More

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Vegetarian fans rejoice: Philadelphia has great options for those who do veg only, and this eatery is high on the list of delicious venues. Swing in for lunch and sample an old favorite, or be daring and try something new and tasty. HipCityVeg...  Read More

Paesano's is intimate, attracts a crowd, is cash-only, and offers up not much in the way of seating. That being said, you'll still want to come here, experience the Italian Market, order up a sandwich and sink your teeth into something...  Read More

University City

Since 2001, this small eatery has been catering (quite literally) to the folks in their University City neighborhood and beyond. Its emphasis on local products and farms makes eating here a great experience all the way around. Fresh ingredients...  Read More

Barbuzzo Restaurant

The decor here at Barbuzzo may be refreshingly spare at this modern Mediterranean restaurant but the menu is anything but. Pastas, pizzas, charcuterie boards, small plates, big plates all compete for attention alongside an equally long list of...  Read More

Before James Beard chef Michael Solomonov opened the only upscale Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia, he took his entire staff to Israel to give them a taste of the land, the spirit and the food. The result is a very modern experience that draws...  Read More

Cafe La Maude offers Northern Liberties the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch, brunch or just beverages and pastries. During warmer months, sit outside and enjoy the nice weather. All year, feel free to dine and savor the French-Lebanese...  Read More

This wonderful Israeli hummusiya in Center City will have you rethinking what you thought chickpeas were capable of. Situated next to Abe Fisher, this cozy eatery has seating inside as well as some tables outside in warmer weather. Lunchtime...  Read More

This new restaurant takes Italian sandwiches and brings them to a whole new level. Reimagined and recreated gems of food euphoria are what visitors to this eatery will find. Perfect for eliminating lunchtime boredom. Matt and Marie serve up a...  Read More


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