When you're in the mood for food (and when is that not happening) and you're in the vicinity of the Philadelphia sports complex, McFadden's is a place that lets you be a sports fan to the fullest. Watch the game on one of the many TVs, and pick from game-day food options like soup, salads, sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, cold beverages and even beer. The place does get very boisterous during busy times, but many think that adds to the vibe and excitement. It's a great place to bring friends or coworkers or any small group. It's open late in case your dinner turns into late-night, too.
Just a hop, a skip and a jump from the Italian Market, this brunch-time favorite exudes equal doses of charm and good-natured quirkiness. In fact, Sabrina's is loved by many. Find the place (it's close by on Christian Street) and you'll see for yourself: on any weekend morning you'll likely see folks queued up on the sidewalk, eagerly waiting for a table to open. Once you land a seat, your dedication is rewarded by some of the tastiest challah-stuffed French toast you'll find anywhere, as well as other top-notch menu choices throughout the day. Reservations are accepted for dinner only, so get here early.
A restaurant that has been serving its neighbors for more than 60 years has got to be doing something right. Celebre's Pizza knows what South Philadelphians (and anyone else smart enough to stop in for a bite)like. They offer up a variety of signature pizzas complimented with a soda or a cold beer if you so desire. Pair this with the ability to head to the game afterwards and you've got a winning deal! Celebre's offers both take-out and in-restaurant seating, so you can stay or go as your time dictates. Fans rave about the stromboli and the Pizzaz pizza, so make it a point to try one of them!
In addition to having their own parking lot, which is helpful anywhere in Philadelphia, Popi's offers guests a large bar and lounge, outdoor seating and a decent-sized banquet facility. Grab a seat by the windows and people watch, or sit near the bar and enjoy the ambiance. The decor is inviting, alcohol is served, the service is done with a smile, and the food keeps visitors coming back. From appetizers like fried calamari and clams casino, to salads and entrees like homemade ravioli, chicken marsala, and grilled lamb chops to dessert galore, Popi's has got you covered for a delicious Italian dinner in South Philly.
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 from recipes cooked since ancient times. Innovative drinks, a small-plates approach and one of the largest Israeli wine lists outside of the Middle East make Zahav an ideal place to go to learn about an unfamiliar cuisine or return again and again for old favorites. The restaurant Esquire rated a Top 20 Best New Restaurant in 2008 is romantic, intimate and lively enough to be provide a welcoming setting for couples, families and friends.
It's best to know your P's and Q's before visiting this South Street cheesesteaker, where the grillmen take their choice top round very seriously. At Jim's, all steaks come with onions (that's just how they come, simple as that); subsequent "extras" range from "Whiz" and provolone to roasted bell peppers and mushrooms. Hoagies, soups, salads and even a few breakfast items round out the menu. Even if you're not in Philly, you can still enjoy a bite from Jim's â" They'll send a sandwich wherever FedEx delivers in the US.
When you're in the mood for Italian food, Pastificio does not disappoint. Its got quality South-Philadelphia service coupled with good Italian-style food and a charm all its own. It's also got free on-site parking, which is a treat in the area. Regulars rave about the chicken cutlet diablo, the meatball parm, the choices at the deli counter and the mouth-watering breads! Within walking distance of the Philadelphia stadiums and close to the Navy Yard, this place offers a solid choice to anyone looking to grab a quick and affordable bit to eat. Sample their homemade pastas, sauces, meatballs and cheeses - satisfaction guaranteed!
If you're looking for a tad more upscale dining experience in the area of Citizen's Bank Park that's still casual and sporty, The Spectrum Grille will be right up your alley. This is the only restaurant in the complex that accepts reservations, although tables are usually easy to get if you stop in. It's a great place to grab a burger or sandwich with friends, neighbors or coworkers before a Philly sporting event. There's a bar here, plenty of TVs to catch the action, and a fun and lively atmosphere to keep you laughing. They also feature a notable wine list if beer is not your thing.
With EPSN calling it the #1 Sports Bar in North America, Chickie's and Pete's has certainly had success pleasing people. This Philadelphia mainstay opened in 2003 and has been delivering great food, great atmosphere and great beer to Philadelphian's and visitors to Philadelphia ever since. Chickie's and Pete's also delivers on convenience, being within walking distance from the Philadelphia Sports Complex. With plenty of tables, and TVs to catch the Phillies, Flyers, 76ers, Eagles and more, the sports bar is happening on game nights. Treat yourself to the crab cake burger, or the crab nachos! Or if you're feeling fancy, order the mussels. Then sit back and enjoy the game!
First-timers to Tony Luke's may ask, "What's an 'Old Philly Style Sandwich?'" The answer is right here, just a stone's throw from the I-95 over-pass. Once visitors get a taste of these sandwiches, they know why the place attracts such dedicated regulars. Tony Luke's has garnered accolade after accolade over the years, and its walls are adorned with the faces of celebs who've dined here and enjoyed every last bite of their CheezWhiz-covered steak and Italian pork sandwiches. Of course, the place has never ceased to connect with its more blue-collared customers â" the reasonable prices and good-natured staff see to that.