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The Hottest New Restaurants in Philly, June 2022

Where to get bagel sandwiches, maduros and cucumber salads, mission-driven soul food, and carnitas tacos

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Notable new restaurants open all the time in Philadelphia — and while the city continues to fight the pandemic (though masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required to eat indoors, as of late April) there are plenty of places to try that offer great options for outdoor dining, takeout, delivery, and indoor dining. Wearing a mask and getting vaccinated protects both you and the restaurant staff serving you, so be patient as changing times and over two years of ups and downs have been tough on restaurants and their staff. Don’t forget to tip well and bring your mask and vaxx card, anyway — some restaurants are requiring them regardless of the city mandate.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cantina la Martina

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2800 D St.
Philadelphia, PA 19134
(267) 519-2142
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Former El Rey chef Dionicio Jimenez opened his own restaurant in Kensington in February, cooking dishes that pay tribute to his 30-year career in kitchens from Mexico to Philly. At Cantina La Martina, Mexican cuisine inspired by Jimenez’s ten-year run at El Rey, and his youth in Puebla, Mexico, are all on offer: from tacos to tortas enchiladas to “los machetes,” or extra-large shareable quesadillas.

2. La Chingonita

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413 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(484) 452-3344
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La Chingonita — the beloved roving Mexican food truck run by chefs Rebecca Baez and Omar Martinez — has found a permanent home on Girard Avenue where, if you catch them during the daytime lunch hours, Baez and Martinez will serve you carnitas tacos, tortas, and conchas that will change your life. Keep a lookout on social media — the menu changes often.

3. Kismet Bagels

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113 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(484) 222-0240
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Philly is a bagel town — we’re blessed to have some excellent bagel-makers in practically every neighborhood around the city (looking at you, Korshak). Fishtown is lucky this April, as husband-and-wife team Alexandra and Jacob Cohen open their first Kismet Bagels brick-and-mortar on E. Girard. There you’ll find some of the same exciting bagel flavors that Kismet became known for over the pandemic — this time, with the option to turn them into sandwiches.

4. SUYA SUYA West African Grill

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400 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 704-9033
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For flavors found in Nigerian cuisine, Suya Suya West African Grill can’t be missed. Brought to you by restaurateur Dera Nd-Ezuma, Suya Suya’s mix-and-match bowls can be paired with jollof rice and sides of plantains, and all the grilled meats are done in a perfectly piquant peanut spice. Even better: you can select your heat level if you want to go even spicier.

5. Wilder

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2009 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 309-2149
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There are more than a few things to get excited about at Wilder on Sansom Street, starting with the lively leopard-print decor and electric blue booths. The menu is a nice mix of sea, land, pasta, and pizza, with fresh crudos and a nice raw bar, pesto pizza and lamb ragu casarecce, and a cocktail list that’s just a lot of fun.

A restaurant space with leopard-print chairs, a marble counter, and blue velvet booths with marble round tables and chandeliers hanging above. Linette and Kyle Kielinski

6. Golden Dragon Takeout

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5260 Rodman St
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 921-4305
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Opened by three friends in West Philly, Golden Dragon Takeout is not just a restaurant where you can pick up to-go containers of delicious General Tso’s tofu or maduros and tod mun fish cakes. It’s also a restaurant that is dedicated to being a mission-driven community hub in the neighborhood: Local organizations collaborate with Golden Dragon regularly to make the restaurant a space where other small businesses can thrive and the community’s needs are served, too. The restaurant is takeout only.

An overhead shot of a bowl General Tso’s chicken and plantains next to a bell and a yellow, black, and white zine. Gab Bonghi

7. AMINA

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104 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 324-3745
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At Amina in Old City, influences from Southern and Nigerian cuisine inspire dishes like peri peri wings, braised oxtails, and buffalo-fried okra, as well as fun cocktails that will delight any diner. The restaurant is a collaboration between Felicia Wilson and chef Darryl Harmon, who worked in New York City for many years and as the executive chef at the Water Works in Philly. Reservations can be made online.

8. Sooo Delicious Soul Food Cafe

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1112 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 639-6249
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Migrating from a food truck to a brick-and-mortar is a common practice for Philly restaurants, which means everyone who checks Instagram regularly to find out where the truck might be next can finally relax. The Sooo Delicious soul food truck is now one of Philly’s best restaurants with a permanent home — crab cakes, fried chicken wings, candied yams, mac and cheese, collard greens are now accessible on Locust Street every day, save for Monday and Tuesday.

9. Mish Mish

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1046 Tasker St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 761-9750
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For most of his career, Alex Tewfik was privy to the ups and downs of the restaurant industry. As the food editor at Philly Mag, he wrote about the challenges restaurant owners faced in great detail. But Tewfik never stopped thinking about his younger years as a server in restaurants, so when he lost his love for journalism, he decided to open one of his own. Mish Mish is that restaurant on Tasker Street, and it’s a simple spot with dishes inspired by Tewfik’s favorite ingredients — like pomegranates, octopus, and fennel — with an intersection at Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors.

Pomegranate-lacquered grilled chicken with soft leeks and labneh on a white plate with fork and knife next to a wine glass. Gab Bonghi

10. Ocho Rios Parrilla

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1710 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 970-9475
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East Passyunk Avenue is home to some of Philly’s best restaurants and we’re lucky to have another one in the mix. Ochos Rio Parrilla is serving up Jamaican food and cocktails, like beef patties, jerk chicken, oxtail stew, and triple rum punch. Platters are large and the space is cozy — another East Passyunk gem-to-be.

11. Burgertime NJ

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123 W Merchant St
Audubon, NJ 08106
(856) 632-8389
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Chef Dane DeMarco’s new burger restaurant, Burgertime, may be in New Jersey but who doesn’t love a road trip? A quick drive over the bridge is worth it for Burgertime and DeMarco’s menu of Tater Tots, burgers, hot dogs, and sides. Miss Philly? DeMarco’s pork roll cheesesteak burger with cherry pepper relish will remind you of home. Bonus: Almost everything on the menu can be made vegetarian or vegan.

12. Vittles

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801 Sproul St
Chester, PA 19013
(484) 489-0229
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From the chefs behind Everybody Eats — a BIPOC-led organization working to mitigate food insecurity in Philly and beyond — comes Vittles, Delco’s first food hall. Soul food, Mexican street food, gourmet burgers, salads, and seafood are all available in the 12,000-square-foot space, and with chefs like Aziza Young, Kurt Evans, Gregory Headen, Malik Ali, and Stephanie Willis at the helm, you know that anything you try will be good. Eating at the Vittles food hall helps support the Everybody Eats mission, too: the org performs youth mentorship, creates jobs, and does career path training.

1. Cantina la Martina

2800 D St., Philadelphia, PA 19134

Former El Rey chef Dionicio Jimenez opened his own restaurant in Kensington in February, cooking dishes that pay tribute to his 30-year career in kitchens from Mexico to Philly. At Cantina La Martina, Mexican cuisine inspired by Jimenez’s ten-year run at El Rey, and his youth in Puebla, Mexico, are all on offer: from tacos to tortas enchiladas to “los machetes,” or extra-large shareable quesadillas.

2800 D St.
Philadelphia, PA 19134

2. La Chingonita

413 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

La Chingonita — the beloved roving Mexican food truck run by chefs Rebecca Baez and Omar Martinez — has found a permanent home on Girard Avenue where, if you catch them during the daytime lunch hours, Baez and Martinez will serve you carnitas tacos, tortas, and conchas that will change your life. Keep a lookout on social media — the menu changes often.

413 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

3. Kismet Bagels

113 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Philly is a bagel town — we’re blessed to have some excellent bagel-makers in practically every neighborhood around the city (looking at you, Korshak). Fishtown is lucky this April, as husband-and-wife team Alexandra and Jacob Cohen open their first Kismet Bagels brick-and-mortar on E. Girard. There you’ll find some of the same exciting bagel flavors that Kismet became known for over the pandemic — this time, with the option to turn them into sandwiches.

113 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

4. SUYA SUYA West African Grill

400 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123

For flavors found in Nigerian cuisine, Suya Suya West African Grill can’t be missed. Brought to you by restaurateur Dera Nd-Ezuma, Suya Suya’s mix-and-match bowls can be paired with jollof rice and sides of plantains, and all the grilled meats are done in a perfectly piquant peanut spice. Even better: you can select your heat level if you want to go even spicier.

400 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123

5. Wilder

2009 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
A restaurant space with leopard-print chairs, a marble counter, and blue velvet booths with marble round tables and chandeliers hanging above. Linette and Kyle Kielinski

There are more than a few things to get excited about at Wilder on Sansom Street, starting with the lively leopard-print decor and electric blue booths. The menu is a nice mix of sea, land, pasta, and pizza, with fresh crudos and a nice raw bar, pesto pizza and lamb ragu casarecce, and a cocktail list that’s just a lot of fun.

2009 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Golden Dragon Takeout

5260 Rodman St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
An overhead shot of a bowl General Tso’s chicken and plantains next to a bell and a yellow, black, and white zine. Gab Bonghi

Opened by three friends in West Philly, Golden Dragon Takeout is not just a restaurant where you can pick up to-go containers of delicious General Tso’s tofu or maduros and tod mun fish cakes. It’s also a restaurant that is dedicated to being a mission-driven community hub in the neighborhood: Local organizations collaborate with Golden Dragon regularly to make the restaurant a space where other small businesses can thrive and the community’s needs are served, too. The restaurant is takeout only.

5260 Rodman St
Philadelphia, PA 19143

7. AMINA

104 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

At Amina in Old City, influences from Southern and Nigerian cuisine inspire dishes like peri peri wings, braised oxtails, and buffalo-fried okra, as well as fun cocktails that will delight any diner. The restaurant is a collaboration between Felicia Wilson and chef Darryl Harmon, who worked in New York City for many years and as the executive chef at the Water Works in Philly. Reservations can be made online.

104 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. Sooo Delicious Soul Food Cafe

1112 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Migrating from a food truck to a brick-and-mortar is a common practice for Philly restaurants, which means everyone who checks Instagram regularly to find out where the truck might be next can finally relax. The Sooo Delicious soul food truck is now one of Philly’s best restaurants with a permanent home — crab cakes, fried chicken wings, candied yams, mac and cheese, collard greens are now accessible on Locust Street every day, save for Monday and Tuesday.

1112 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Mish Mish

1046 Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Pomegranate-lacquered grilled chicken with soft leeks and labneh on a white plate with fork and knife next to a wine glass. Gab Bonghi

For most of his career, Alex Tewfik was privy to the ups and downs of the restaurant industry. As the food editor at Philly Mag, he wrote about the challenges restaurant owners faced in great detail. But Tewfik never stopped thinking about his younger years as a server in restaurants, so when he lost his love for journalism, he decided to open one of his own. Mish Mish is that restaurant on Tasker Street, and it’s a simple spot with dishes inspired by Tewfik’s favorite ingredients — like pomegranates, octopus, and fennel — with an intersection at Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors.

1046 Tasker St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

10. Ocho Rios Parrilla

1710 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

East Passyunk Avenue is home to some of Philly’s best restaurants and we’re lucky to have another one in the mix. Ochos Rio Parrilla is serving up Jamaican food and cocktails, like beef patties, jerk chicken, oxtail stew, and triple rum punch. Platters are large and the space is cozy — another East Passyunk gem-to-be.

1710 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

11. Burgertime NJ

123 W Merchant St, Audubon, NJ 08106

Chef Dane DeMarco’s new burger restaurant, Burgertime, may be in New Jersey but who doesn’t love a road trip? A quick drive over the bridge is worth it for Burgertime and DeMarco’s menu of Tater Tots, burgers, hot dogs, and sides. Miss Philly? DeMarco’s pork roll cheesesteak burger with cherry pepper relish will remind you of home. Bonus: Almost everything on the menu can be made vegetarian or vegan.

123 W Merchant St
Audubon, NJ 08106

12. Vittles

801 Sproul St, Chester, PA 19013

From the chefs behind Everybody Eats — a BIPOC-led organization working to mitigate food insecurity in Philly and beyond — comes Vittles, Delco’s first food hall. Soul food, Mexican street food, gourmet burgers, salads, and seafood are all available in the 12,000-square-foot space, and with chefs like Aziza Young, Kurt Evans, Gregory Headen, Malik Ali, and Stephanie Willis at the helm, you know that anything you try will be good. Eating at the Vittles food hall helps support the Everybody Eats mission, too: the org performs youth mentorship, creates jobs, and does career path training.

801 Sproul St
Chester, PA 19013

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