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15 Philly Restaurants With Really Excellent Lunch Menus

Lunch is often sidelined for brunch and dinner, but at these Philly establishments, lunch gets to shine

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With the wild popularity of brunch, and the satisfying, filling nature of breakfast, lunch is often backburnered for other meals. Not so in Philly, where sandwiches, cheesesteaks, pho, banh mi, bao buns, and other filling lunch options are all available and made-to-order during the middle-of-the-day rush. In fact, Philly’s own Reading Terminal Market is host to a plethora of great lunch options, all under one roof. Looking for something besides eggs and bottomless mimosas? Here are 15 Philly restaurants with lunch options that will satisfy any mid-day craving.

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1. Salam Cafe

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5532 Greene St
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 660-9780

In Germantown, Salam Cafe is open all day every day except Sunday for lunch highlights like chicken kebabs, Ethiopian platters with injera and beef stew marinated in berbere, and a handful of appetizers to hold you over. The atmosphere is lovely and the staff are friendly, a great combination for an afternoon lunch stopover.

2. Max's Steaks

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3653 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19140
(215) 229-9048
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A cheesesteak is a perfect lunch to eat on the roof your car in the parking lot, which is sometimes the best and only option for a busy weekday. At Max’s, you can get a cheesesteak at basically any time of the day, all the way up until 1 a.m., so the national sandwich of Philadelphia is never far from reach.

3. Down North Pizza

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2804 W Lehigh Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19132
(215) 377-9787
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Down North has not been around for that long and it’s already a Philly institution, with amazingly crispy and cheesy Detroit-style pizzas and delicious wings, all in shareable sizes. Stop by to pick up an Uptown Vibes pie with kale, mushrooms, red peppers, red onions, with Down North’s signature Norf sauce. Split it among friends or save some for dinner later.

4. Zorba's Tavern

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2230 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 978-5990
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All the large lunch platters at Zorba’s Tavern are served with rice, potatoes, mixed veggies or french fries, and tzatziki sauce, meaning they’re pleasantly large and filling for a sit-down meal. Everything from gyros to roasted lamb to charcoaled chicken are on the menu, as well as stuffed pita sandwiches, all at affordable prices.

5. Honey's Sit 'n Eat

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800 N 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 925-1150
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Traditionally a breakfast spot, Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat’s lunch options should not be dismissed. The turkey club is the platonic ideal of the diner classic and buttermilk chicken fingers also do the trick. There can be a wait outside on weekends, so be prepared if you’re hankering for a pastrami Reuben.

6. Jezabel’s Argentine Café & Catering

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206-208 S 45th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 554-7380
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Empanadas for lunch are never a bad idea, and there is no shortage of both meat and vegetarian options at Jezabel’s cafe in West Philly. The spicy lentil vegan option is delicious — and don’t forget to pick up some alfajores and medialunas for a post-lunch sweet treat.

7. bāo • logy

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1829 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 999-2263
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In the heart of Center City, Judy Ni’s Baology is the destination for Taiwanese dishes on the go. From gwa baos — known colloquially as Taiwanese sliders — filled with slow-cooked beef, tempura fish, and oyster mushrooms, and bian dang platter boxes with forbidden rice, veggies, and a protein option, Baology has something for every taste and hunger level. Don’t forget an order of potsticker dumplings as an appetizer.

8. Reading Terminal Market

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51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-2317
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For decades, Reading Terminal Market has been the place where downtown workers go for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner during breaks — it’s also a great place to go for a bite when you have jury duty. The options are endless, from oysters to ice cream to sushi to samosas, so you’ll have access to all the world’s best foods in a bustling, energetic food hall.

9. Franklin's Table Food Hall

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University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 558-6422
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In University City, lunch options for the college crowd are endless, but if you’re looking for a few options all in one place, the Franklin’s Table Food Hall features a KQ Burger, Pitruco, Goldie, and a few more choices to satisfy lunch cravings.

10. Huda

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32 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(445) 544-8025
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The sandwiches at Huda are amazing: Fluffy, soft milk bread buns are filled with grilled swordfish and kimchi tartar sauce, spicy chicken with pickled chilis, and burger patties with special Huda sauce. The salads and sides are wonderful complements to the flavorful sandwiches, and even if you think you’re too full, it’s essential to get a cinnamon milk bun to savor after lunch.

11. Middle Child

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248 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 930-8344
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It goes without saying that a Middle Child sandwich, from the original location in Washington Square West, will hit the spot in the middle of the day. (Breakfast, it also goes without saying, will do the same.) Preorder online, pickup your sandwich, and go sit in the park. Just bring extra napkins — the sandwiches are so full, you have to be prepared to make a mess.

12. The Breakfast Den

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1500 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 758-6008
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Despite it’s name, The Breakfast Den is not just for the a.m. crowd. The menu of Vietnamese sandwiches and salads are all worthy of the lunch hour, from a banh mi served four different ways to a cabbage salad with fried shallots and fresh herbs.

13. Sky Cafe

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1122 Washington Ave B
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 271-1983
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Large platters of excellent Indonesian food are on the lunch menu at Sky Cafe, with homemade egg noodles and coconut rice, as well as smaller appetizers like beef padang satay and fried fish cake. After a lunch at Sky Cafe, you’ll always leave full and happy.

14. Pho Ha

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600 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 599-0264
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There are more than enough pho options in Philly to hit the spot for a brothy lunch, and Pho Ha on Washington Avenue is just one of the highlights. Open all day, it’s a local go-to for an array of pho options, as well as spring rolls, vermicelli dishes, and broken rice.

15. Café y Chocolate

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1532 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(267) 639-4506
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The favorite order at Cafe Y Chocolate on Snyder Avenue is the cheesesteak a la Mexicana, layered with chipotle mustard, Serrano peppers, and pico de gallo, a feat of magic so inspiring that it has to be eaten to be believed. The huaraches, flautas, and enchiladas are also solid choices.

1. Salam Cafe

5532 Greene St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

In Germantown, Salam Cafe is open all day every day except Sunday for lunch highlights like chicken kebabs, Ethiopian platters with injera and beef stew marinated in berbere, and a handful of appetizers to hold you over. The atmosphere is lovely and the staff are friendly, a great combination for an afternoon lunch stopover.

5532 Greene St
Philadelphia, PA 19144

2. Max's Steaks

3653 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140

A cheesesteak is a perfect lunch to eat on the roof your car in the parking lot, which is sometimes the best and only option for a busy weekday. At Max’s, you can get a cheesesteak at basically any time of the day, all the way up until 1 a.m., so the national sandwich of Philadelphia is never far from reach.

3653 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19140

3. Down North Pizza

2804 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Down North has not been around for that long and it’s already a Philly institution, with amazingly crispy and cheesy Detroit-style pizzas and delicious wings, all in shareable sizes. Stop by to pick up an Uptown Vibes pie with kale, mushrooms, red peppers, red onions, with Down North’s signature Norf sauce. Split it among friends or save some for dinner later.

2804 W Lehigh Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19132

4. Zorba's Tavern

2230 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

All the large lunch platters at Zorba’s Tavern are served with rice, potatoes, mixed veggies or french fries, and tzatziki sauce, meaning they’re pleasantly large and filling for a sit-down meal. Everything from gyros to roasted lamb to charcoaled chicken are on the menu, as well as stuffed pita sandwiches, all at affordable prices.

2230 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

5. Honey's Sit 'n Eat

800 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Traditionally a breakfast spot, Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat’s lunch options should not be dismissed. The turkey club is the platonic ideal of the diner classic and buttermilk chicken fingers also do the trick. There can be a wait outside on weekends, so be prepared if you’re hankering for a pastrami Reuben.

800 N 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

6. Jezabel’s Argentine Café & Catering

206-208 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Empanadas for lunch are never a bad idea, and there is no shortage of both meat and vegetarian options at Jezabel’s cafe in West Philly. The spicy lentil vegan option is delicious — and don’t forget to pick up some alfajores and medialunas for a post-lunch sweet treat.

206-208 S 45th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

7. bāo • logy

1829 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

In the heart of Center City, Judy Ni’s Baology is the destination for Taiwanese dishes on the go. From gwa baos — known colloquially as Taiwanese sliders — filled with slow-cooked beef, tempura fish, and oyster mushrooms, and bian dang platter boxes with forbidden rice, veggies, and a protein option, Baology has something for every taste and hunger level. Don’t forget an order of potsticker dumplings as an appetizer.

1829 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. Reading Terminal Market

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

For decades, Reading Terminal Market has been the place where downtown workers go for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner during breaks — it’s also a great place to go for a bite when you have jury duty. The options are endless, from oysters to ice cream to sushi to samosas, so you’ll have access to all the world’s best foods in a bustling, energetic food hall.

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Franklin's Table Food Hall

University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

In University City, lunch options for the college crowd are endless, but if you’re looking for a few options all in one place, the Franklin’s Table Food Hall features a KQ Burger, Pitruco, Goldie, and a few more choices to satisfy lunch cravings.

University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

10. Huda

32 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The sandwiches at Huda are amazing: Fluffy, soft milk bread buns are filled with grilled swordfish and kimchi tartar sauce, spicy chicken with pickled chilis, and burger patties with special Huda sauce. The salads and sides are wonderful complements to the flavorful sandwiches, and even if you think you’re too full, it’s essential to get a cinnamon milk bun to savor after lunch.

32 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

11. Middle Child

248 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

It goes without saying that a Middle Child sandwich, from the original location in Washington Square West, will hit the spot in the middle of the day. (Breakfast, it also goes without saying, will do the same.) Preorder online, pickup your sandwich, and go sit in the park. Just bring extra napkins — the sandwiches are so full, you have to be prepared to make a mess.

248 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

12. The Breakfast Den

1500 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Despite it’s name, The Breakfast Den is not just for the a.m. crowd. The menu of Vietnamese sandwiches and salads are all worthy of the lunch hour, from a banh mi served four different ways to a cabbage salad with fried shallots and fresh herbs.

1500 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

13. Sky Cafe

1122 Washington Ave B, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Large platters of excellent Indonesian food are on the lunch menu at Sky Cafe, with homemade egg noodles and coconut rice, as well as smaller appetizers like beef padang satay and fried fish cake. After a lunch at Sky Cafe, you’ll always leave full and happy.

1122 Washington Ave B
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. Pho Ha

600 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

There are more than enough pho options in Philly to hit the spot for a brothy lunch, and Pho Ha on Washington Avenue is just one of the highlights. Open all day, it’s a local go-to for an array of pho options, as well as spring rolls, vermicelli dishes, and broken rice.

600 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

15. Café y Chocolate

1532 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

The favorite order at Cafe Y Chocolate on Snyder Avenue is the cheesesteak a la Mexicana, layered with chipotle mustard, Serrano peppers, and pico de gallo, a feat of magic so inspiring that it has to be eaten to be believed. The huaraches, flautas, and enchiladas are also solid choices.

1532 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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