Part 2: Junior Year Restaurant Round-Up

Usually, each semester’s round-up is just of the new places Felicia and I’ve explored that semester; however, as a rising senior now at Penn, I decided this time to do things a little differently. Although we still tried out a bounty of new restaurants, this compilation also highlights a few oldies, but goodies. However, because the number of restaurants in Philly is actually inexhaustible there are plenty of places I still want to revisit (i.e. Green Eggs Cafe, Tria, Dizengoff, Kanella… to name a few) but simply ran out of time before the end of the semester. Also as much as we love brunch, that section is not as extensive as usual because we actually started potluck-ing weekend themed brunches with two of our friends! So there’s less brunch, but more oldies in this semester’s restaurant round-up!


Breakfast

Beiler’s Bakery

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: An impressive number of flavors and only $0.95/donut

1Breakfast Belier's Bakery

Maple Bacon Donut

Bridge Cafe (oldie but goodie)

The Wharton School, Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 1st Floor

3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Brioche bun breakfast sandwiches (monster-sized for just $4.25)

1Breakfast Bridge's Cafe

Bacon, Egg, and Cheddar

Federal Donuts (oldie but goodie)

3428 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Highlight: Strawberry Lavender (which awesomely happens to be free and unlimited along with the other Hot Fresh donuts for students during finals week!)

1Breakfast Federal Donuts

Strawberry Lavender (x3)

1Breakfast Federal Donuts2

Grapefruit brûlée donut + Za’atar seasoned fried chicken

Heung Fa Chun Sweet House

112 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Fresh, hot soymilk + youtiao for a nostalgic, traditional Chinese breakfast

1Breakfast Heung Fa Chun Sweet House

KC’s Pastries (oldie but goodie)

109 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Custard buns + pineapple buns

1Breakfast KC's Pastries

Yummy Yummy

52 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Seaweed & Pork Floss QQ Waffle

1Breakfast QQ Cafe

Left: Green Tea White Chocolate / Right: Seaweed & Pork Floss

Saxbys Coffee

4000 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: I like that their breakfast sandwiches are served on bagels, but this one was lacking a bit in flavor.

1Breakfast Saxbys

Veggie Breakfast Sandwich

United By Blue Coffeehouse and Clothier

3421 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Coffee with a mission

1Breakfast United By Blue

Zhong Gang Bakery Inc

127 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Solid Chinese bakery

1Breakfast Zhong Gang Bakery Inc


Brunch

Ela

627 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Highlight: Skip their brunch and jump straight for their Monday $30 3 course tasting menu (was honestly disappointed by their brunch [with the exception being their carrot cake pancakes] but was blown away by their dinner!)

2Brunch Ela

Left (top to bottom): Complimentary breakfast bread / braised pork shank hash / gingerbread french toast Right (top to bottom): mulled pear mimosa + corpse reviver no. 2 / carrot cake pancakes / breakfast gnocchi

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

218 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Shrimp & Snow Pea Leaf Dumplings (although all the other dishes were pretty disappointing, especially the leaky soup dumplings and thick fried dough rice rolls)

3Lunch:Dinner Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Ocean Harbor (oldie but goodie)

1023 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Dimsum done right complete with charming cart-style service

3Lunch:Dinner Ocean Harbor

The Gaslight

120 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Highlight: Strawberry Shortcake French Toast (although wasn’t good enough to be a favorite or warrant revisiting)

2Brunch The Gaslight


Lunch/Dinner

Bobby’s Burger Palace (oldie but goodie)

3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: L.A. Chicken Burger, but I also like how each month they feature a new menu item (the Burger of the Month); next time I’ve gotta try one of their spiked milkshakes!

3Lunch:Dinner Bobby's Burger Palace

Carolina Burger

Chili Szechuan

4626 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Highlight: Szechuan Chili Sauce Fish + Dry Pot Flavor Chicken

3Lunch:Dinner Chili Szchuan

Dutch Eating Place

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA

Highlight: A charming place run by the Amish, but a place I’d go to more for the experience than the food

3Lunch:Dinner Dutch Eating Place

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

FarmiCia 

15 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Highlight: French Lentil Salad + Megadose of Vegetables & Grains (one of my favorite meals of this semester because of the rather rare [at restaurants] cornucopia of veggies!)

3Lunch:Dinner The Farmicia

Giorgio on Pine (oldie but goodie)

1328 Pine Street | Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Homemade pastas

3Lunch:Dinner Giorgio On Pine

Linguine: prosciutto, peas, shitake, and cream with a touch of tomato

Greek Lady (oldie but goodie)

222 S 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Previously only came here for the biannual PD tradition of milkshakes after Thursday night’s show, but was pleasantly surprised by the grilled chicken plate (a well-balanced and tasty meal; I should really go here more often!)

3Lunch:Dinner Greek Lady

Left: Curly fries + strawberry milkshake / Right: Grilled chicken plate (substituted with chicken gyro) + broccoli and roasted vegetables + whole wheat pita (not pictured) and tzatziki sauce

Hai Street Kitchen (oldie but goodie)

125 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Slammin’ Salmon + Hai Street Chicken

3Lunch:Dinner Hai Street

High Street on Market

308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Highlight: Came specifically for the Green Tea Lasagna; sadly, didn’t taste the green tea at all, but the smoked duck ragu and three cheeses still made for one tasty lasagna!

3Lunch:Dinner High Street On Market

Kai

12 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Fresh sushi in a chic, modern space

3Lunch:Dinner Kai

Left: Pyramid + Green Lady (not pictured) / Right: complimentary green tea ice cream because they unpromptedly acknowledged that their service was too slow

Kim’s Oriental Food (oldie but goodie)

37th St and Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Orange Tofu (one of my go-to food truck meals and the only thing I’ve gotten at Kim’s because that’s what I got the first time I went there and have been satisfied by it ever since!)

3Lunch:Dinner Kims

Troy Food Cart

38th and Spruce, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Pretty well-balanced food truck meal, but their rice is way too salty for me

3Lunch:Dinner King Kabob

Koreana (oldie but goodie)

3801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Dolsot Bibim Bap (served sizzling and in a huge portion, but so good that in the end I’m still scraping the bowl for more)

3Lunch:Dinner Koreana

Kungfu Hoagies 

4360 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Clark Park, seasonal)

Highlight: Vegan banh mi hoagies

3Lunch:Dinner Kung Fu Hoagies

Luke’s Lobster 

130 S. 17th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Highlight: Lobster roll (a bit pricy but that’s because it’s the real deal!)

3Lunch:Dinner Luke's Lobster

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival: Half roll for $8

Mood Cafe 

4618 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Highlight: Chaat = a party for your tastebuds + mango lassis

3Lunch:Dinner Mood

Moshulu (oldie but goodie)

401 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Highlight: Fine dining on a ship (a nice getaway to make you feel like you’re on vacation)

3Lunch:Dinner Moshulu

Left: Butterscotch Budino / Top Right: Moshulu roll / Bottom Right: Moshulu Pan Fried Chicken Breast

New Deck Tavern

3408 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Hearty Irish pub food

3Lunch:Dinner New Deck Tavern

Ultimate Fish & Chips (Shepherd’s Pie not pictured)

Percy Street Barbecue

900 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Highlight: Charming venue + comfort food to make you feel like a kid in an amusement park (think Big Thunder Mountain Railroad)

3Lunch:Dinner Percy Street Barbeque

Pizzeria Vetri 

1939 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Highlight: Authentic Italian pizza with just about everything made in-house from scratch + the infamous rotolo

3Lunch:Dinner Pizzeria Vetri

Pod (oldie but goodie)

3636 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlights: Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice + Vegan Stephen Roll. Still one of my favorite restaurants in Philly (not just for the inventive food, but also the posh, futuristic vibe [anyone else notice the Kim Possible-esque waiter uniforms?] and unbeatable location [right on Penn’s campus])

3Lunch:Dinner Pod

Left: White Tiger Roll / Middle: Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice / Right: Vegan Stephen Roll

Ramen Bar 

4040 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Solid choice for Ramen on campus (west side), but I actually prefer Nom Nom Ramen (also on campus, east side)

3Lunch:Dinner Ramen Bar

Tonkotsu Ramen

Rosemont Farmers Market

1149 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Highlight: An agglomeration of several local merchants. The cupcakes from Twelve Baskets (oldie but goodie) is what initially got us to rent a Zipcar and drive 40 minutes off campus, but I was also very impressed by Lafayette Sushi and Le Bus Bakery!

3Lunch:Dinner Rosemont Farmer's Market

Twelve Baskets (Middle): Matcha Berry, Miso Caramel Apple, Taro on Chocolate

Thai Singha (oldie but goodie)

3906B Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: $10 3 course lunch special

3Lunch:Dinner Thai Singha

Left: Pad See Ew / Right: Drunken Noodles

The Fat Ham

3131 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Sophisticated Southern food (the skillet cornbread and grilled beets were my two favorites of this meal)

3Lunch:Dinner The Fat Ham

The Treemont 

231 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Highlight: $35 3 course dinner tasting menu

3Lunch:Dinner The Treemont

Top Left: Solitary Cyclist / Top Right: Stinging Nettle Gnudi / Bottom Left: Sea Bream / Bottom Right: Chocolate ‘Three Ways’

V Street (oldie but goodie)

126 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Highlight: Vegan street food (at a fraction of the price of Vedge)

3Lunch:Dinner V Street

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival: Left: $4 Blackened Tofu Taco / Right: $4 BBQ Seitan Taco

Zahav (oldie but goodie)

237 St James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Highlight: Everything! Starting with the salatim & hummus all the way through till the ice cream sandwich (my go-to dessert choice), a meal here will make you feel like you’ve traveled halfway around the world and back.

3Lunch:Dinner Zahav

Zesto Pizza & Grill

125 S 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Thin crust pizza available by the (giant) slice

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Snacks/Dessert

Capogiro (oldie but goodie)

3925 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: The unbelievably spot-on gelato flavors (especially the fruit ones!)

4Snack:Dessert Capogiro

Chattime (oldie but goodie)

3608 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Variety of drink options and probably best bubble tea on campus

4Snack:Dessert Chattime Yakult

Front: Lychee yakult / Back: Passionfruit yakult

 Frangelli’s Bakery

847 West Ritner Street Philadelphia, PA 19148

Highlight: The Franolli (donut + cannoli hybrid)

4Snack:Dessert Frangelli's Bakery

Note: Franollis can also be found on Penn’s campus at United By Blue

 The Franklin Fountain (oldie but goodie)

116 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19106

Highlight: Solid ice cream served with old-fashioned charm

4Snack:Dessert Franklin Fountain

Left: Green tea, pistachio, banana foster caramel sundae / Right: Vanilla bean scoop + Shane Confectionery chocolates

 Kung Fu Tea (oldie but goodie)

1006 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Huge variety of drink options! (my go-to place for bubble tea in Chinatown)

4Snack:Dessert Kungfu Tea

Mong Kok Station Inc

153 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Hits the spot when you’re craving a slice of Chinese cake

4Snack:Dessert Mong Kok Station Inc

Philly Pretzel Factory

3734 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Free pretzel promos!

4Snack:Dessert Philly Pretzel Factory

Saint Honore Pasteries Inc

935 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Whole chinese cakes

4Snack:Dessert Saint Honore Pasteries Inc

Shane Confectionery

110 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Highlight: My new standard for a box of chocolates. Their caramels and buttercreams- heavenly.

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Sugar Philly (oldie but goodie)

38th St in Between Walnut & Sansom

Highlight: Oversized, chewy macarons + ice cream macaron sandwiches

4Snack:Dessert Sugar Philly

Sweet Box Cupcakes (oldie but goodie)

339 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Highlight: Solid cupcakes with silky smooth frostings

4Snack:Dessert Sweet Box Cupcakes

Termini Bros

1523 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Highlight: Cannolis! (however, the ones at La Fourno are still my favorite)

4Snack:Dessert Termini Bros

Termini Bros at the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival (they also have a location in Reading Terminal Market)

White Dog Cafe (oldie but goodie)

3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: “Boisterous doggy-themed restaurant serving eclectic fare made with local & organic ingredients.”<- Ditto

4Snack:Dessert White Dog Cafe

Left: Milk chocolate creme brûlée / Right: Butterscotch budino

 Yogorino (oldie but goodie)

3200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Highlight: Tart, creamy, indulgent- really what more can you ask for in froyo?

4Snack:Dessert Yogurino 2

Highlights:
(New)
FarmiCia
Percy Street Barbecue
Shane Confectionery
(Oldies but goodies)
Capogiro
Koreana
Moshulu
Pod
Sugar Philly
Yogorino
Zahav
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