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 Dizengoff near Logan Square 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.



Front Street Cafe brings heathy, fun, interesting food to the Fishtown neighborhood, and they do it quite well. Stop into this warm and friendly, farm-to-table eatery for delicious new American food combinations put together from locally-sourced...  Read More



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

Washington Square


An open kitchen and a garden add to the homey Italian vibe of this Washington Square West eatery. Chef Marcie Turney churns out pasta dishes and traditional Italian entrees that satisfy and comfort. Treat yourself to a dish such as their...  Read More



This dining venue features one incredibly delicious advantage over other great city restaurants: the divine breads created by head bake Alex Bois. While chef Eli Kulp is no slouch in the kitchen, designing and creating dishes around pieces that...  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

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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



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



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

The Little Lion
Photo courtesy of Sharon Rigney


Lunchtime can leave you wanting something more, and something a step above the same old choices. This recent addition to the restaurant scene in Old City delivers on taste, ambiance and atmosphere. Patrons like the attractive decor that although...  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