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Unveiling Philly's Top 45 Black-Owned Eateries: Feast Your Way

Craving a culinary adventure? Dive into Philadelphia’s vibrant food scene with our guide to 45 must-visit Black-owned restaurants that promise flavors as rich and diverse as the city itself. Get ready to feast!

Tobi Miles
September 8, 2022

Philadelphia is known for a lot of things: the birthplace of American democracy, Benjamin Franklin, the team everyone loves to hate in the Eagles, and the famous Rocky Stairs in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The big, beautiful city is also known to be home to some incredible culinary options.

Philadelphia is a town with a large Black population, but also a city where Black business owners are still a far lower proportion than they should be, given the population size. Supporting Black-owned restaurants in Philadelphia while you’re traveling is an easy way to help boost the community and help make a change, all while feasting on some incredible meals.

We pulled together a long list of the 45 best Black-owned restaurants across the Philadelphia metro area. There is a little bit of everything on this list, and some of these restaurants are award-winning in their categories. Whether you’re looking for a Philly Cheesesteak, want to try the crab fries that are famous to the region, or looking for an incredible breakfast, you’ll find it on this list! 

1. Pretty Girls Cook

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Address: 1016 N Marshall St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 | Phone Number: (215) 278-2260

This is a black-woman-owned eatery featuring traditional American fare and comfort food. Located in the Ludlow neighborhood near Girard Ave.

What To Eat At Pretty Girls Cook

There is something on this menu for everybody, and all the dishes are prepared with love. The Sinful Salmon and Ladies Love Salmon twists on a grill salmon entree are great takes on a fan favorite. 

They have some incredible comfort food options, like baked mac & cheese or a hashbrown casserole that will fill you up, and then some. Their lamb chops are tender, fall off the bone, and are absolutely mouth-watering as they come out of the kitchen.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

The ambiance of the restaurant is cozy and comfortable, welcoming and inviting to everyone. The restaurant is family friendly and a great spot for either a date night out for two, or a large group or family gathering. It’s located a few blocks north of Franklin Music Hall, in a great central location.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Aquarius Jawn
Cuisine: American (traditional), American (new)

2. South 

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Address: 600 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 | Phone Number: (215) 600-0220

Part restaurant, part jazz club, South is a unique experience all on its own. Located right off Hwy 611, near the Mural Arts Philadelphia campus.

What To Eat At South

Start your meal by ordering a freshly baked skillet of cornbread for the table, and perhaps an order of Creole Deviled Eggs. Enjoy some Gulf Catfish & Shrimp with Creole tomato sauce, or hear about the fresh catch fish of the day - a rotating special based on the kitchen’s available fresh seafood for the day. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

If you love jazz, good food, and signature cocktails, this place is heaven. They book live jazz musicians Thursdays through Saturdays every week. They have a very impressive whiskey list and very talented bartenders who know what to do with that.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$$
Specialty Dish: Fresh Fish of the Day
Cuisine: Southern, Jazz and Blues Bar

Related Read: 17 BEST Bottomless Brunch Spots in Philadelphia, PA

3. Amina

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Address: 104 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | Phone Number: (267) 324-3745

A beautiful location with exposed brick walls and and cozy atmosphere. Located near the Delaware River in Penn’s Landing neighborhood.

What To Eat At Amina

The kitchen at Amina loves trying out new dishes. From Braised Oxtails to Southern Hot Fried Cauliflower Wings, you’ll find something you’ve never tried before on their menu. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Amina is owned by award-winning chef Darryl Harmon, who is no stranger to the Philly culinary scene. Amina is one of the newest additions to Philly’s culinary scene and is well worth the trip. A central location makes this a perfect addition to your travel itinerary, it’s right in the heart of downtown Philly.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 ½
Cost: $$$
Specialty Dish: Grilled Lamb Lollipops
Cuisine: Southern

4. Chef Reeky’s Cafe & Juice Bar

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Address: 6517 Elmwood Ave #2816, Philadelphia, PA 19142 | Phone Number: (215) 921-9915

Casual dining brunch spot with a warm and welcoming environment. Located near Conwell Park on Elmwood Ave.

What To Eat At Chef Reeky’s 

This is the best place in town for grits and/or hash. Pineapple upside down pancakes are too good to pass up. Their big breakfast features a bone-in steak with eggs, and every plate has huge portions.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

For a decadent breakfast or brunch, this is the place to be. The restaurant also offers a variety of sandwiches and grab-and-go items in addition to the main menu offerings.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Notorious Big Breakfast
Cuisine: American (new), Breakfast and Brunch

Related Read: 20 Best Restaurants in King of Prussia, PA 

5. Soulfedphilly

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Address: 6424 Castor Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149 | Phone Number: (215) 544-3269

Family-owned business built from the ground up, with a great family-friendly atmosphere and the best seafood dishes in Philly. Located in northeast Philadelphia, in the Oxford Circle neighborhood. 

What To Eat At Soulfedphilly

You absolutely must try the seafood fries, a unique menu item you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re a crab lover, you can get whatever type of crab you’d like at Soulfedphilly. They also offer mussels and shrimp, and offer some seasonal specialities.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

This is simply the best shellfish spot anywhere in Philadelphia. If you love crab, shrimp, and/or mussels, check out Soulfedphilly. 

Their homemade butter sauce is put on basically everything, and it adds flavor you simply can’t find anywhere else. They are *the* crab experts in Philly.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 ½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Seafood Fries
Cuisine: Seafood, Bars

6. Booker’s Restaurant and Bar

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Address: 5021 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143 | Phone Number: (215) 883-0960

Upscale, but casual, restaurant and bar featuring signature cocktails and American grub with southern influences. Located on Baltimore Ave. in the heart of Philly. Open for brunch and dinner.

What To Eat At Booker’s

Both small plates and large entrees are available at Booker’s. Try the Creole Vegan Jambalaya for a flavor explosion of healthy veggies. 

The Jerk Oxtail is an excellent version of the Caribbean favorite. They offer a phenomenal cioppino, a hearty stew of clams, mussels, and shrimp in a spicy saffron sauce served over pasta.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

The kitchen staff is well-prepared to cater to your every need. The dining area is big and capable of handling large groups, but cozy and quaint enough for an intimate dinner for two. Live music and weekly specials are offered, so check their calendar before visiting.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 ½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Cioppino
Cuisine: American (traditional), Creole, Breakfast and Brunch

7. Sky’s Place

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Address: 2841 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130 | Phone Number: (267) 324-5383

Family-friendly restaurant with unique twists on classic dishes. Just a few blocks north of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Open for lunch and dinner.

What To Eat At Sky’s Place

For lunch, check out the stuffed salmon for an innovative take on the popular protein. For dinner, try the deconstructed stuffed chicken breast and pair it with garlic mashed potatoes for a belly busting flavor explosion.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Sky’s Place is located in the Brewerytown area, near the banks of the Schuylkill River. It’s just a couple blocks away from the Glendinning Rock Garden, surrounded by things to do. If you’re visiting Philly this is a great part of town to enjoy a meal and a night out.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Salmon Alfredo
Cuisine: Soul Food, American (new)

Related Read: Best Time To Visit Philadelphia

8. Lorraine’s Taste of the South

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Address: 36 E Baltimore Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050 | Phone Number: (610) 624-9200

A hub for home cooked Southern style cuisine. Located on Baltimore Ave. in the West Philly neighborhood of Landsdowne.

What To Eat At Lorraine’s Taste of the South

Traditional Southern fare is available: fried chicken, ribs, fish, and a whole mess of different platters to choose from. Try out their mud wings, or indulge on some of Mama’s Meatloaf that will transport you back to your childhood. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Family friendly environment with a menu that is sure to please anyone you’re with. Every dish is cooked with love and care, and portion sizes here are huge - so bring your appetite!

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ½
Cost: $$ 
Specialty Dish: Stuffed Salmon Platter
Cuisine: Southern, Soul Food, American (traditional)

9. 48th Street Grille

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Address: 310 S 48th St, Philadelphia,  PA 19143 | Phone Number: (267) 244-4764

Casual and colorful restaurant, 48th Street Grille features Jamaican and Caribbean-inspired dishes in a warm and welcoming environment. Located in the Garden Court neighborhood of downtown Philadelphia. 

What To Eat At 48th Street Grille

This place is known for their Rasta Pasta, penne pasta tossed in a tomato-basil spicy scream sauce that you can customize and add whichever protein(s) you’d like. They also offer classic Jamaican dishes such as braised oxtail and curried goat. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Recognized as one of the best Cajun and Caribbean restaurants, 48th Street Grille offers modern twists on classic Caribbean meals. Chef Carl has spent his entire life in the hospitality industry and has brought his passion for serving others to his own business. Vegetarian options are available and the kitchen staff can be flexible with any request.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Rasta Pasta
Cuisine: Caribbean

10. LesbiVeggies

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Address: 112 W Merchant St, Audubon, NJ 08106 | Phone Number: (856) 369-4446

Located on the other side of the river in New Jersey, just a short drive from downtown Philly. Open for brunch and dinner.

What To Eat At LesbiVeggies

Try the Eggplant Terrine to get started, a crispy eggplant dish with almond ricotta and a house made marinara sauce. For an entree try the Birria tacos, featuring stewed jackfruit, mozzarella, and authentic consomme dipping sauce. The coconut curry noodles with firm tofu is a mouthful of flavor.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

An eclectic vegan restaurant featuring food made from the freshest ingredients. Everything on the menu is packed with spice and flavor. Be sure to ask about specials as they rotate and change pretty frequently. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Coconut Curry Noodles
Cuisine: Cafe, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free

Related Read: 40 Best Things to Do in Lancaster

11. Farina Pasta & Noodle

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Address: 132 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | Phone Number: (267) 930-3928

Thai-inspired pastas and noodles, with traditional Italian dishes available as well. Located in the Center City West neighborhood.

What To Eat At Farina Pasta & Noodle

They are obviously known for fantastic pastas and noodle dishes. Try their twist on the classic Dan Dan Noodles, made with their special Joe Joe sauce, minced pork, and fermented mustard greens. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

The dining area is warm and welcoming and the restaurant is in a suburban setting. Casual Italian dining, Farina is a family-friendly environment perfect for a night out or a quick bite at lunch time. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $
Specialty Dish: Thai Peanut Butter Noodles
Cuisine: Italian, Noodles, Gluten-Free

12. Cafe Gabi

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Address: 339 N Broad St Suite B, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Phone Number: (215) 377-9407

Authentic all-day French cafe located in the heart of downtown Philly on Broad St. Located right next door to the Philadelphia Ballet. 

What To Eat At Cafe Gabi

You really can’t go wrong here, and it’s a great idea to explore a little bit outside of your comfort zone at this restaurant. Try the Trout Rillettes to start. 

Any of the several duck preparations for your main course will leave you wanting more. They offer a vegetable tart that is packed full of flavor, sure to please any vegetarian. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

The menu is really diverse and features a wide variety of sandwiches, small plates, and side dishes. Its central location makes it a perfect stop if you’re in Philly travelling. The atmosphere is styled after 1930s French Art Deco making for a unique dining experience you can’t find anywhere else in town. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Duck Confit
Cuisine: French, Cafe

13. Veganish

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Address: 1214 N 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19131  | Phone Number: (215) 477-1153

Casual counter-service style restaurant with two locations in the Philadelphia area. Laid-back casual dining focused on providing healthy and delicious food.

What To Eat At Veganish

While the menu focuses on vegan dishes, there are some seafood options as well. Try their plant-based bacon cheeseburger that some say is better than the meat-eater version. 

Their crab cake sandwich is fan favorite. No matter what you get, pair it with their crispy fried brussels sprouts for a culinary delight. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

They have a wide array of sandwiches to choose from, and quite the repertoire of ingredients they use to build them. Even if you’re not vegan you’ll enjoy the tasty treats on this menu. They have two locations in Philly, so check to see which one is closest to you.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Seeded Flatbread
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Burgers, Seafood

14. Sweet T’s Bakery

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Address: 51 North 12th, 1136 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Phone Number: (267) 319-1819

Sweet T’s Bakery is a historical location, known for being the first black owned bakery in Philadelphia.

What To Eat At Sweet T’s Bakery

Dessert-lovers will be excited to see the vast sweet options on the menu at Sweet T’s. Try their pre-made cupcakes or spring for a delicious custom cake.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Sweet T’s is not only a source of delicious bakery treats, but also a landmark location. Drop by to experience the rich history contained in this quaint establishment.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ½
Cost: $$
Speciality Dish: Cupcakes and custom cakes
Cuisine: Bakery and Dessert

15. Welcome Home Cafe

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Address: 307 Old York Rd, Jenkintown, PA 19046 | Phone Number: (215) 277-1244

Cozy breakfast cafe with a large number of options on their menu. Located in North Philly in the Wyncote neighborhood.

What To Eat At Welcome Home Cafe

One of the best chicken and waffle plates in the area. They also have a phenomenal eggs Benedict, the Wake Up Bennie, and a quiche to die for. For something a little lighter try the crab and shrimp rolls. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

It’s hard to find a better spot in Philly for delicious and decadent breakfast options. The menu offers a little bit of everything, and you can eat as healthy as you like, or indulge as much as you like. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: French Toast Casserole
Cuisine: Cafe, Breakfast and Brunch, Juice Bars and Smoothies

16. FoodChasers Kitchen

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Address: 7852 Montgomery Ave, Elkins Park, PA 19027 | Phone Number: (215) 758-2078

This restaurant began as a childhood dream and slowly, over time, the two owners eventually came to start their own restaurant - and boy are we happy they did. Located in the Elkins Park neighborhood, right next to High School Park. 

What To Eat At FoodChasers Kitchen

This place is all about the cheesesteaks. Of course there is going to be at least a few cheesesteak shops in an article about Philly restaurants. But this one has some incredible twists on the Philly favorite. 

Try them all at some point, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t leave without trying the Dusse Banana Foster for dessert, though.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

There are a million cheesesteak shops in Philly. There are none like this one. If you enjoy the Philadelphia classic, and want to try a new spin on the sandwich, this is the place to go.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Salmon Cheesesteak
Cuisine: Cheesesteaks, Sandwiches

17. Aksum Cafe

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Address: 4630 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143 | Phone Number: (267)275-8195

Aksum cafe is both a delicious eatery and a live music and event venue. Located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, down the street from Clark Park. Open for brunch and dinner.

What To Eat At Aksum Cafe

Chargrilled Lollipop Lamb Chops are as good as they sound, served with crispy and spicy string beans over a butternut squash puree. Their Moroccan Spicy Shrimp is packed full of flavor and spice. The Mediterranean Style Red Snapper is fried and steamed, served with marinated lemon pepper seasoning and a host of veggies. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

They have all sorts of events, so check their calendar ahead of time. They also run different specials and happy hours throughout the week.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Chargrilled Lollipop Lamb Chops
Cuisine: Mediterranean, American (new), Vegetarian

18. Level Up Bar & Lounge

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Address: 1330 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Phone Number: (215)545-1959

Featuring shisha and finger foods, Level Up is also an event venue and night club after hours. Located in the middle of Center City, blocks away from City Hall. 

What To Eat At Level Up Bar & Lounge

This place has your typical pub grub and finger foods available. Of particular note is their cheesesteak egg rolls and buffalo chicken egg rolls. These are some really great twists on the fan favorite and they go great with a long night of partying. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

This place is fun any time of day, but at night it turns into a non-stop party. Enjoy hookah and well-stocked bar at night. At night the Level Up turns into a great gay bar night spot. Put on your dancing shoes and join the fun!

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Cheesesteak Egg Rolls
Cuisine: Sports Bars, American (traditional), Gay Bar

19. Saudia Shuler’s Country Cooking

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Address: 2836 N 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19132 | Phone Number: (267) 625-3664

Family run Southern kitchen in the northern downtown area of Philadelphia, near Reyburn Park. A true Philadelphia treasure and a staple of the community.

What To Eat At Saudia Shuler’s Country Cooking

The Kickin’ Bourbon Chicken is a dish known far and wide. Their steaks are perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked every time. If you are a cheesesteak fan, try their rendition: the Better Than Philly Steak Sub.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Everything on this menu has Saudia Shuler’s love and heart all over it. From their steaks to seafood, even their sandwiches - they are all carefully constructed and perfectly cooked to order. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Kickin’ Bourbon Chicken
Cuisine: Soul Food

20. Rock N’ Rolls

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Address: 1308 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123 | Phone Number: (267) 206-8208

A caterer specializing in egg rolls and every variation thereof. They have two locations in Philly where you can get their deliciousness. 

What To Eat At Rock N Rolls

Egg rolls! They have both savory and sweet varieties. They also have a host of other friend items, such as shrimp and chicken wings. Check out their salmon burger combo meal for something a little bit different.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Supporting this business is supporting a great cause: Rock N’ Rolls is heavily involved in cancer patient advocacy. They are a community staple and a family-owned business. There is a lot of heart and soul in this kitchen.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Egg Rolls
Cuisine: American (new), Caterers, Fast Food

21. Angry Deekin Ribs

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Address: 1019 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 | Phone Number: (215) 769-7427

Located right between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Delaware River, in the heart of downtown Philly. A staple of the Callowhill neighborhood.

What To Eat At Angry Deekin Ribs

Barbecue, barbecue, barbecue. This is one of the best BBQ joints in Philly. The ribs are tender and fall off the bone. The beef brisket is perfectly cooked, moist, and flavorful. They have a good selection of sides to choose from as well.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Right downtown Philly, this centrally located BBQ spot is a great stop for lunch or dinner. They have fresh made BBQ all day long and you’ll never be disappointed with your order.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Ribs
Cuisine: BBQ

22. Imperial Caribbean & Seafood

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Address: 725 N 42nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | Phone Number: (215) 645-9458

Classic Caribbean and Jamaican fare prepared with love and care. Located in the Belmont neighborhood, a few blocks west of the Schuylkill River.

What To Eat At Imperial Caribbean & Seafood

The Jerk Chicken and Curry Chicken platters are loaded with flavor and spice as is the Honey Jerk Chicken. For seafood choices, try the Baked Salmon or the Fried Fish Platter. They have quite a few comfort food sides to pair up with your meal.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Great homestyle cooking and comfort food. It has a great central location downtown, making it the perfect addition to your travel itinerary if you’re in town. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Beef Oxtail
Cuisine: Seafood, Caribbean

23. Suya Suya West African Grill

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Address: 400 Fairmount Ave #2808, Philadelphia, PA 19123 | Phone Number: (267) 704-9033

One of the only African cuisine restaurants in Philadelphia, and definitely the best. Great location right downtown, just a few blocks northeast of Franklin Square.

What To Eat At Suya Suya West African Grill

The suya bowls are definitely the highlight at Suya Suya West African Grill. Choose from steak, chicken, brussels sprouts, or shrimp. Choose from one of the flavorful rice bases. 

Pair it up with a side, and you have a full meal unlike anything you’ve had before. If you love seafood, try their traditional stewed fish offering.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Suya is loosely defined as “protein” and can refer to a variety of different meats, which are generally prepared on a skewer, smoked and spiced. If you’ve never had traditional African food, particularly from North Africa, give it a try. The dishes are loaded with flavor and you’ll likely find something to fall in love with.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Suya Bowls
Cuisine: African

24. Relish

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Address: 7152 Ogontz Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19138 | Phone Number: (215) 276-0170

Located in North Philly, near the Ogontz and 72nd Ave intersection, Relish is a delicious choice for any meal. 

What To Eat At Relish

Try the Pan-Fried Chicken Livers to start, served with caramelized onions, peppered-turkey bacon and a hearty gravy. For an entree, make sure to check their daily specials as these are often the highlights of the menu. The Grilled Mango Glazed Salmon is a great dish for seafood lovers, or the All Night Braised Short Rib for those who aren’t. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Relish is open for brunch and dinner, and has happy hour specials. Their menu is a celebration of both traditional and contemporary Southern cuisine. 

They have some incredible desserts, as well as some unique twists on homemade lemonade. A really unique spin on Southern cooking.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Red Snapper with Crabmeat Bearnaise Sauce
Cuisine: Southern, Seafood, Desserts

25. Lou and Choo’s Lounge

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Address: 2101 W Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140 | Phone Number: (215) 228-7281

A laid-back lounge style restaurant with great entertainment options. Located in Upper North Philadelphia, near the Hunting Park Ave and 22nd St. intersection.

What To Eat At Lou and Choo’s Lounge

They are known for their incredible seafood, particularly their crab dishes. The Fish and Shrimp Combo gives you a little bit of a sampler for what the kitchen can do. Definitely give their fish fries a try, these are french fries smother with catfish or whiting, coleslaw, pickles, and a cheese sauce.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

The menu has a lot of variety to it. You can enjoy a number of different hoagies and sandwiches, or indulge in one of the many stuffed meals. Portion sizes are great so make sure you bring an empty stomach. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Alaskan Crab Legs
Cuisine: Seafood, Lounge

26. Alena’s Cafe

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Address: 6669 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119 | Phone Number: (267) 437-2152

A quaint breakfast, coffee, and sandwich shop located in the historic Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. 

What To Eat At Alena’s Cafe

Dine-in for breakfast and indulge on the Tuscan Omelette prepared with fresh mozzarella, diced tomatoes, and spinach. For lunch try the Vegan Chicken Salad Sandwich, a plant-based alternative prepared with a creamy, delicious dressing. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

After you’ve finished your meal, check out the pastry case. They have a large array of baked goods you can purchase to take home with you. The restaurant also recently opened a second location, and expanded their hours so you’ll be able to enjoy their culinary creations a little bit later into the day.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Belgian Waffles
Cuisine: Cafe, Sandwiches, Breakfast

27. Drop Squad Kitchen

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Address: 928 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801 | Phone Number: (302) 984-2773

Fresh vegan soul food made from scratch, reflecting a multicultural approach to preparing meals. Located right on the Christina River in Wilmington, DE - just a short drive from Philadelphia.

What To Eat At Drop Squad Kitchen

They offer some really interesting sandwiches; the Buffalo Soldier and the Subliminal Hoagie are both excellent choices. Give their curry chickpea stew a try for something to soothe the soul. They also whip up some incredible cast iron skillet cornbread and have a phenomenal vegan twist on the classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Drop Squad Kitchen is a lively counter service style cafe featuring an outdoor seating area along the river for some great ambiance. Everything on the menu is healthy and nutritious, so try something good for your body and your soul for lunch at Drop Squad Kitchen. Open for lunch and dinner.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Vegan Cheesesteak
Cuisine: Soul Food, Vegan

28. Down North Pizza

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Address: 2804 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132 | Phone Number: (215) 377-9787

A pop-up pizzeria featuring delicious deep dish pizza loaded with toppings. Located in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood in northwest Philly, near Fairmount Park.

What To Eat At Down North Pizza

Obviously get pizza. They have such an array of ingredients you can put on it that it might be overwhelming at first, so check out their menu and read through the different signature pies they make. 

The Yeah That’s Us Pizza feature Norfallo chicken with bleu cheese crumbles and bleu cheese sauce - an excellent choice. They serve some great spicy crab fries, a popular dish in the Philly area. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

This is a mission-focused pop-up restaurant giving ex-cons a second chance by hiring them to work in the restaurant. A great cause to support - the executive chef has posted online their whole story of going from prison cook to executive chef. Give it a read - it is truly an inspirational story. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Pizza
Cuisine: Pizza, Chicken Wings, Pop-up Restaurant

29. Sister Muhammad’s Kitchen

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Address: 4441 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144 | Phone Number: (215) 621-7250

Counter serve cafe style restaurant with a down-home vibe and straight forward menu. Located on Germantown Ave. near Lincoln Highway. 

What To Eat At Sister Muhammad’s Kitchen

Try the sandwich that made them famous, the Muslim Fish Hoagie - delicious fried fish served with a homemade Muslim sauce and all the fixin’s. Pair it with some lamb fried rice for a one-of-a-kind lunch experience. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

A quaint and unimposing cafe style restaurant, focused on providing the tastiest food they can. They feature Halal soul food and have lots of baked goods to peruse after you finish your meal. The restaurant began in 1999 as the natural next-step of the family owners, who were selling wholesale dinners out of their home prior to opening up this location.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Muslim Fish Hoagie
Cuisine: Halal, Soul Food, American (traditional)

30. iMunch Cafe

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Address: 1233 N 31st St, Philadelphia, PA 19121 | Phone Number: (215) 236-8624

A daytime cafe with a simplistic ambiance and a food-forward menu. Located right across the street from the Glendinning Rock Garden in northwest Philly.

What To Eat At iMunch Cafe

They are also a coffee shop at heart, so be sure to try one of their speciality coffee drinks. For breakfast try the Smoked Salmon Breakfast Sandwich, or the Lump Crab Omelette served with Sriarcha sauce. 

The Herby Chicken Salad Sandwich is a great choice for lunch. It comes with a tasty homemade sweet pepper relish.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

A comfy and cozy daytime cafe, the perfect place to grab a sandwich in the middle of a long day exploring the city. They also have some great breakfast options to start your day, as well. 

It’s in a great location near the Schuylkill River, and just a few blocks north of the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art. Load up for breakfast and head on over to the Rocky Stairs with all that energy.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $
Specialty Dish: Smoked Salmon Breakfast Sandwich
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Breakfast and Brunch, Cafe

31. Black’s Blues 

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Address: 1111 NJ-73, Mt Laurel Township, NJ 08054 | Phone Number:

A blues lounge and restaurant all in one, featuring a diverse menu and signature cocktails. Located on the Jersey side of the border, a short drive from Philadelphia.

What To Eat At Black’s Blues

They have a few different variations on shrimp and grits and their take on the item is creamy and covered in cheese - a must-have. They make a great curry chicken stew if you’re looking for some good comfort food. On Fridays they host a fish fry that is incredibly popular. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Chef Black is an 8 veteran of the US Navy and has spent his entire life serving others. He turned his talents toward the culinary arts growing up on the Jersey shore, and is proud of the business he’s built in Mt. Laurel. Black’s Blues is a perfect spot for a date night out with some great live music, while supporting a self-made Black business owner.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Fish Fry Fridays
Cuisine: Soul Food, Caribbean

32. Gilben’s Bakery and Specialty Sandwich Shop

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Address: 7405 Stenton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19150 | Phone Number: (215) 298-0879

A family owned and operated bakery and smokehouse serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located in north Philly, a few blocks away from the Chelten Hills Cemetery.

What To Eat At Gilben’s Bakery

The best time to eat at Gilben’s is on Sunday when they host their weekly Soul Food Sundays, and the menu expands to include a ton of items not normally available. Any of their BBQ choices will be delicious, but try their Turkey Wings for something new and unique. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

This restaurant is very service-oriented and loves to provide a great experience for all their customers. The restaurant uses the freshest ingredients available and goes out of their way to get fresh daily produce for everything they make. They have a couple different locations so check their website to make sure you’re going to the one you wanted.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $
Specialty Dish: Soul Food Sundays
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Soul Food, BBQ

33. Max’s Steaks

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Address: 3653 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140 | Phone Number: (215) 229-9048

Counter-serve style cheesesteak joint, described as “no-nonsense”. Located right next to the N Broad St. and Erie Ave. intersection. 

What To Eat At Max’s Steaks

Cheesesteak! They have a bunch of variations on the philly classic, but also have one of the best traditional cheesesteaks in town. If you’re looking for something other than a cheesesteak, try the Pizza Steak, or one of their numerous hoagie options. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

A corner cheesesteak shop located in north Philadelphia. They serve beer and fountain drinks, and it’s a great place for a late night stop, or a lunchtime fill-up. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Philly Cheesesteak
Cuisine: Cheesesteaks, Sandwiches

34. Blue Bay Restaurant

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Address: 7642 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151 | Phone Number: (215) 878-8808

Counter serve style restaurant with no frills, straight-forward food-centric joint. Located west of town in the Penn Wyne area. 

What To Eat At Blue Bay Restaurant

This place is loaded with fried seafood and soul food options. Try their one-of-a-kin crab sticks to start off your meal, and move on to one of their fish platters that are piled high with food. They have a great traditional oxtail meal as well.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

They have great fried seafood and soul food options. It’s perfectly situated next to the Karakung Golf Course. Spend a day in the area golfing and enjoying the Haddington Woods before filling up on yummy soul food at Blue Bay.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟½
Cost: $
Specialty Dish: Fried Fish Combo Platter
Cuisine: Seafood, Soul Food, Chicken Shop

35. Skil-lit Cafe

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Address: 113 S Warren St, Trenton, NJ 08608 | Phone Number:

A full-service cafe style spot for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. This cafe is located in Trenton, NJ.

What To Eat At Skil-lit Cafe

Definitely try one of their many skillet breakfast options: the Grit-Lit is a skillet breakfast featuring grits with your choice of Cajun shrimp or fried fish. Kick off your meal with some smoked salmon toast, and pair it all with a Remix Latte: a mocha french vanilla with graham crackers and oreos.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

The Skil-lit Cafe is located a little bit of a ways away from Philadelphia, a short car ride to Trenton, NJ. But if you’re exploring the area, put this place on your list of must-visit breakfast spots. 

They love to experiment in the kitchen, and you can be the beneficiary of their creativity. Great twists on modern and traditional American breakfast dishes.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Breakfast Skillets
Cuisine: Breakfast and Brunch, American (traditional), American (new)

36. Crab Tavern

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Address: 201 N MacDade Blvd, Darby, PA 19023 | Phone Number: (610) 534-7988

An unimposing seafood restaurant focused on providing the best crab anywhere in the metro Philadelphia area. Located in southwest Philly, close to Bartram Park.

What To Eat At Crab Tavern

As the name implies, you’re going to want to try one of their crab dishes. They offer both snow crab and dungeness clusters, and they do both very well. They also offer some tasty tilapia dishes, which you can get sauteed, baked, or fried. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Affordable dine-in crab in a no-frills restaurant. It’s a great restaurant you might miss if you aren’t paying attention to where you’re going. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Crab
Cuisine: Seafood, Sandwiches

37. Buna Cafe

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Address: 5121 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143 | Phone Number: (610) 615-8575

Authentic Ethiopian cuisine in west Philadelphia that stays true to their roots. Located right on Baltimore Ave. near the 50th street/Cedar Park.

What To Eat At Buna Cafe

For starters, try Sinige Kahrai (stuffed jalapeno) to prepare your tastebuds for the culinary journey that is Buna Cafe. For a traditional Ethiopian stew, go with the Doro Wot - organic chicken and hard-boiled eggs braised for hours with herbs, spics, kibay, and berbere sauce. 

Or give Tibs a try, an Ethiopian stir-fry with onions, garlic, rosemary, and kibay. They also have a lot of vegan options available.

Why Should You Eat Here?  

This is one of the only authentic Ethiopian cuisine restaurants anywhere in the Philadelphia area, and it is certainly one of the best. Care and attention goes into every dish and presentation is very important to the owners. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Siga wot and Siga allicha Combo
Cuisine: Ethiopian, Breakfast and Brunch, Cafe

38. Tasties

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Address: 1214 N 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19131 | Phone Number: (215) 477-0281

A soul food establishment with a large menu and incredible culinary talent. Located near the Girard Ave and 52nd Street intersection, near the Cathedral Cemetery. 

What To Eat At Tasties

The chicken and waffles here are amazing - one of the best items on the menu. You can’t go wrong with any of the fish options, either. What really stands out here are the BBQ items. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Minimalist interior setting, but comfy and cozy nonetheless. They have lots of specials, happy hour, and different events during the week like Taco Tuesdays. Also open for Sunday brunch.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Lollipop Lamb Chops
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern

39. Wazobia Nigerian Restaurant

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Address: 942 MacDade Blvd, Collingdale, PA 19023 | Phone Number: (215) 769-3800

Authentic African cuisine focused on Nigerian dishes.  Located in southwest Philadelphia off MacDade Blvd., near Collingdale Park.

What To Eat At Wazobia Nigerian Restaurant

Try the Okra Platter - classic African soul food loaded with spice and other vegetables for delicious medley. Egusi (ground melon seeds) and spinach platter is a unique dish to take you out of your comfort zone a bit. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

An unimposing corner counter serve style cafe, Wazobia is all about delivering flavorful food in decent portions. Ask lots of questions if you’re confused by the menu! The staff loves to explain Nigerian cuisine to newbies, and you’ll want to make sure you are getting what you want.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Jollof Rice
Cuisine: African, Nigerian, Soul Food

40. The Wiz Cafe

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Address: 3622 N 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19140 | Phone Number: (267) 930-7999

One of Philadelphia’s best breakfast spots, this cafe serves breakfast and lunch all day. The Wiz Cafe is located in north Philly in the Nicetown-tioga area. 

What To Eat At The Wiz Cafe

For some seafood, try the No Place Like Home platter - a salmon patty served with eggs and grits or potatoes. For a veggie option try Brain Food, a vegetarian omelette. 

For lunch time, give the WHY YOU BEING WEIRD 2 ME a shot. This is a salmon cheesesteak (!) served with Sriracha mayo. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

The Wiz Cafe is mission-driven. The owner started the restaurant to fill a community need - his community needed to leave the neighborhood to find healthy breakfast and lunch options. He is also a proud Black business owner, which he hopes encourages other Black Philadelphians to try their hand at starting their own business, as well. Eating at The Wiz Cafe is directly supporting an entire community.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cost: $
Specialty Dish: The Wiz - Belgian Waffle
Cuisine: Breakfast & Brunch, Cafe

41. Lagos Island Pizza & Grille

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Address: 157 Long Ln, Upper Darby, PA 19082 | Phone Number: (610) 352-0850

Hand-tossed pizzas made with love. Located in west Philadelphia south of Haddington Woods. 

What To Eat At Lagos Island Pizza & Grille

You’re here for the pizza. The Lagos Lova Pizza has shrimp, salmon, spinach, and a special sauce. Their gourmet buffalo chicken pizza is one of the best you’ll have at any pizza place. Grab an order of the Chef Mega Fries, too, which are oven-baked french fries with mozzarella cheese and pork bacon bits. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

This pizza place is one of the best Philly has to offer. It has quite a large menu though, so you can find some really great eats here that isn’t on a pizza. They offer different platters and combos, and a little bit of seafood as well. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Lagos Lova PizzaCuisine: Pizza, Sandwiches, BBQ

42. Nourish

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Address: 943 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | Phone Number: (267) 761-9242

A plant-based cafe and juice bar focused on providing nutritious, healthful meals. Located just north of Little Saigon a few blocks west of the Delaware River, downtown Philadelphia. 

What To Eat At Nourish

Their Plantain Nuggets are a great way to get started. Try their Vegan Egg Sandwich Breakfast, made with a chickpea omelet, vegan cheese, and served on toasted whole wheat bread. For a super filling, healthful salad go for The Royal Raw. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Clean, fresh ingredients dominate every menu item. Very comfortable environment with a classic feel. The restaurant has become a staple of their community and also operates an Italian market.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: The Royal Raw
Cuisine: Breakfast and Brunch, Juice Bars and Smoothies

43. Trendsetters Lounge

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Address: 5301 Woodland Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143 | Phone Number: (215) 727-1961

A modern cozy cafe style restaurant that focuses on flavorful food and huge portions. Located just north of Bartram’s Garden. 

What To Eat At Trendsetters Lounge

Try out their mussels as an appetizer. If you’re looking for a big entree, the Seafood Platter gives you a little bit of everything. But the highlight of their menu is the Trendsetter Surf & Turf Burger. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Recently remodeled, this cozy spot for great home-cooked style meals has revamped their menu and is a must-stop culinary destination while in Philly. Great family-friendly environment and a cozy, comfortable setting. 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Trendsetter Surf & Turf Burger
Cuisine: Burgers, Wraps, Lounge

44. Reef Restaurant and Lounge

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Address: 605 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | Phone Number: (215) 629-0102

A fusion of classic Caribbean fare reimagined with a Southern comfort food approach. Located in Society Hill right downtown Philadelphia, steps away from the Delaware River. 

What To Eat At Reef

This is a very impressive menu filled with all sorts of tasty options. Their version of the classic Caribbean dishes, like Braised Oxtail and Curry Chicken Roti, are staples on the menu. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

This family-owned restaurant has been operating for more than 18 years. They strive to provide excellent Caribbean fare in a comfortable, casual, yet upscale environment 

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$$
Specialty Dish: Jerk BBQ Beef Short Ribs
Cuisine: Caribbean, American (traditional), Southern

45. Julian’s Soul Food

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Address: 1320 W Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141 | Phone Number: (215) 927-2224

Counter service style diner featuring classic American south and soul food dishes. 

What To Eat At Julian’s

If you’re here for breakfast, load up on Julian’s Big Breakfast with eggs, french toast, bacon and potatoes. For lunch give the Chicken Steak Special a shot, chopped chicken on a long roll smothered with cheese. For dinner, try the Salmon Alfredo or Shrimp & Grits for some fantastic soul food. 

Why Should You Eat Here?  

Just about everything on this menu tastes great and the kitchen is known for their consistency in preparation. Relaxed and laid-back environment, family-friendly and located right off the main drag of N Broad St.

Yelp Rating: 🌟🌟🌟½
Cost: $$
Specialty Dish: Salmon Alfredo
Cuisine: Seafood, Soul Food, Diner

Article updated:
January 5, 2024

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