Neighborhood restaurants provide character, charm, and flavor for the people living in the blocks surrounding the kitchen. They can shape the landscape, culture, and population of a given area, and create jobs for those living nearby and beyond. Our neighborhoods wouldn’t be the same without their restaurants.
Whether it’s a corner cafe, a homestyle dinner joint, or a dive bar where residents go to relax, supporting your favorite restaurant is more important now than it’s ever been. With thousands of neighborhood landmarks across the country (and world, for that matter) at risk of closing due to pandemic-induced losses, there’s never been a better reason to order from the place that always has your back.
Depending on where you live, you may or may not be allowed to dine out, notwithstanding whether or not you’d feel comfortable with doing so. Ordering food for pickup or delivery is an excellent way to support your favorite place without venturing out much at all. By ordering food for pickup or delivery, you’re showing your neighborhood spot that you know it just wouldn’t be the same without them.
In Philadelphia, we’re a city of foodies and kitchens; it’s hard to find a neighborhood without a standout cuisine. Whether you’re in Mantua, Wharton, Devil’s Pocket or Olney, there’s a flavor for everyone in this city. If you’re looking for new eats, you’re in luck! Here are a few of our picks.
Taqueria Feliz- Manayunk
Tacos, margaritas, seafood and more dot the menu of one of our favorite spots in the Northwest section of the city. You can’t go wrong with any sort of burrito or enchilada. If you’re a fan, check out La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount and Cantina Feliz in Ambler too.
Poe’s Sandwich Joint- Kensington
The brainchild of noted Philadelphia cannabis activist N.A. Poe, his new-and-improved Poe’s sits at the corner of Fifth and Cecil B. Moore, slinging out sandwiches for pickup and delivery. While you’re there, check out Human Robot brewing, located in the very same building!
Miles’ Table- Graduate Hospital
Serving breakfast, non-breakfast, and tacos (among many others), this South Street spot is nestled in between 15th and 16th on the south side of the road. Some days, there’s even outdoor seating on the sidewalk, but you can’t go wrong with anything off of the breakfast menu. Heck, you’re good with anything from here.
Vietnam Cafe- Cedar Park
A family run fixture of West Philly for years, the Vietnam Cafe produces some of the best cuisine of its kind in the whole city. Whether you’re getting a Vermicelli noodle bowl, a Polynesian cocktail, or one of the chef’s specials, you’re sure to love this homey spot.
Kaffa Crossing- Walnut Hill
West Philly is the spot to go for any sort of East or West African cuisine; hence, it’s no surprise to find outstanding Ethiopian food over in Walnut Hill. As a popular spot for many African and Middle Eastern restaurants, West Philly is home to a great many gems of foreign cuisine. Check out the hummus and injera if you’re up that way!
Philadelphia has long been known for its food and flavor; supporting the neighborhood restaurant (or favorite, regardless of location) is the least we can do in these trying times. Have you tried something new recently? Let us know in the comments!