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Where to Eat in Fishtown

11 essential restaurants in one of Philly’s most talked-about neighborhoods

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By now everyone has heard the story: back in 2013, two industry veterans turned Johnny Brenda’s, beer-and-a-shot joint on Girard Avenue into a lauded gastropub and indie venue. Other businesses followed them into Fishtown — the neighborhood north of the city that sits along the Delaware River — and these days it’s possible to get everything from authentic Filipino food to classic Pennsylvanian fare on the same strip. It’s a bit absurd to call the neighborhood up-and-coming at this point — anyone who takes a stroll down Frankford Avenue can see for themselves that it’s long since arrived.

In fact, the punks who first moved into the area when the rents were cheap are now grown enough that they want to eat nice things. So while the place still retains its working-class charm in the form of its dive bars and delis, Center City’s cooler cousin to the north has become firmly established as a culinary destination all its own.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dan's Fresh Meats

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2000 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 423-2813

Follow the old-school swing-sign outside of Dan’s into greatness. Owner Daniel Tocci Jr., has been building hoagies in this Frankford Avenue corner store since 1949 and has made sure that his two employees know what they’re doing, too. No matter what you order, the woman putting it together will call you “hon,” but those in the know go straight for the Italian with everything on it. Don’t just take our word that it’ll change your life — a quick Yelp perusal will show that plenty of other people have had quasi-religious experiences with that sandwich, too.

2. Loco Pez

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2401 E Norris St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 886-8061
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The Mexican menu at this temple of tacos and tequilas leans more SoCal than south of the border with hefty burritos, generously topped nachos, and beef birria tacos as a reliable special. The kitchen keeps the things fresh with specials starring seasonal produce, like vegan zucchini tacos.

3. Suraya

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1528 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 302-1900
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This ambitious market, cafe, bar, and restaurant all rolled into one serves a Lebanese menu of man’oushe and rose pistachio pastries in the morning and lamb kebabs and whole fish with arak cocktails at night. Opt for a seat at Suraya’s long bar, at a table in the dining room, or on the spacious back patio — just make sure to book ahead.

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4. Cheu Fishtown/Nunu

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1416 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 758-2269
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Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh of Cheu Noodle Bar and Bing Bing Dim Sum brought their Asian-with-a-Jewish-twist cuisine to Frankford Avenue with Cheu Fishtown. The popular spot for ramen, rice bowls, and dumplings is set in a former horse stable, with a bright red bar and eye-catching decor. And because it’s possible to also order from the sushi spot next door, Nunu, this is a great place to go for an indecisive group.

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5. La Colombe Coffee Roasters

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1335 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 479-1600
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Calling the Fishtown flagship of this Philly-born coffee chain a cafe is a massive understatement. For now, they’re working with a limited to-go style menu that does away with pour-over coffee and tea service. But within the brick walls of La Colombe’s combination roastery and well-stocked coffee counter, one can typically find house-made pastries and more substantial plates, handcrafted cocktails, and, of course, expertly pulled espresso drinks.

6. Pizzeria Beddia

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1313 N Lee St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 928-2256
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At the end of 2019, owner Joe Beddia opened up a full-service version of his cult-favorite takeout shop serving his signature pies alongside skin-contact wines, Tired Hands brews, delicious small plates, and soft serve ice cream. Though the hype has died down a bit since Bon Appetit first called his crispy creation the “best pizza in America,” reservations are still recommended if you want to snag a prime dining time. If you can’t grab a seat, though, try the nearby by-the-slice window Pizza Shackamaxon, which is in Beddia’s old space.

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7. Kensington Quarters

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1310 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 314-5086
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This sleek and elegant eatery pivoted from a meat-centric menu to a seafood-focused one upon reopening in late 2020. Old fans should be comforted to know that the beloved burger is still on the brunch menu, but also excited about a new happy hour special including a well-made old fashioned for less than $10 and buck-a-shuck oysters. Almost anyone will be impressed by the local, sustainable fish on the dinner menu — not to mention the spacious back patio that’s perfect for summertime.

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8. Sarvida

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300 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 273-1234
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Chef Lou Boquila made a name for himself in Philly with Perla on East Passyunk Avenue before heading north for this second Filipino BYOB. Due to the pandemic, Sarvida is currently only open for takeout barbecue platters Wednesday through Friday. On its off days, it now lends its space to a pop-up serving delicious mac-and-cheese empanadas.

9. Murph's Bar

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202 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-1847

One of Fishtown’s best-kept secrets is a stand-up Italian restaurant curiously situated in the back of an Irish pub. Here a chef straight from Puglia cooks up a nightly menu of pastas like strozzapreti with cherry tomatoes and burrata and tagliatelle bolognese. The only catch is that since the chef rents kitchen space from the bar, food and drinks are paid for separately.

10. Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop

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1 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 423-5637
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A good rule of thumb for a cheesesteak place is that it’s probably delicious if it’s just some dude’s name. And while some will argue that a restaurant’s second outpost is never as good as the original iteration, this version of Joe’s is inarguably pretty solid. The speciality shakes and the Old Bay fries never fail to satisfy, either.

11. Elwood

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1007 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 279-7427
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Get dinner with a side of local history at Adam Diltz’s BYOB, which aims to illustrate that Philly is much more than cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. The chef draws inspiration from the region’s past to recreate and update dishes like snapper soup, ham pot pie (the Pennsylvania Dutch staple also known as bott boi), and locally sourced pork and rabbit served family-style. For dessert, don’t miss out on the funnel cake, and on the weekends, check out the tea service that includes specialty snacks like scrapple and snickerdoodles.

a plate of celery with gold fork and spoon and silver knife at elwood Elwood

1. Dan's Fresh Meats

2000 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Follow the old-school swing-sign outside of Dan’s into greatness. Owner Daniel Tocci Jr., has been building hoagies in this Frankford Avenue corner store since 1949 and has made sure that his two employees know what they’re doing, too. No matter what you order, the woman putting it together will call you “hon,” but those in the know go straight for the Italian with everything on it. Don’t just take our word that it’ll change your life — a quick Yelp perusal will show that plenty of other people have had quasi-religious experiences with that sandwich, too.

2000 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

2. Loco Pez

2401 E Norris St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

The Mexican menu at this temple of tacos and tequilas leans more SoCal than south of the border with hefty burritos, generously topped nachos, and beef birria tacos as a reliable special. The kitchen keeps the things fresh with specials starring seasonal produce, like vegan zucchini tacos.

2401 E Norris St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

3. Suraya

1528 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Heidi’s Bridge

This ambitious market, cafe, bar, and restaurant all rolled into one serves a Lebanese menu of man’oushe and rose pistachio pastries in the morning and lamb kebabs and whole fish with arak cocktails at night. Opt for a seat at Suraya’s long bar, at a table in the dining room, or on the spacious back patio — just make sure to book ahead.

1528 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

4. Cheu Fishtown/Nunu

1416 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Cheu Fishtown [official]

Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh of Cheu Noodle Bar and Bing Bing Dim Sum brought their Asian-with-a-Jewish-twist cuisine to Frankford Avenue with Cheu Fishtown. The popular spot for ramen, rice bowls, and dumplings is set in a former horse stable, with a bright red bar and eye-catching decor. And because it’s possible to also order from the sushi spot next door, Nunu, this is a great place to go for an indecisive group.

1416 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

5. La Colombe Coffee Roasters

1335 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Calling the Fishtown flagship of this Philly-born coffee chain a cafe is a massive understatement. For now, they’re working with a limited to-go style menu that does away with pour-over coffee and tea service. But within the brick walls of La Colombe’s combination roastery and well-stocked coffee counter, one can typically find house-made pastries and more substantial plates, handcrafted cocktails, and, of course, expertly pulled espresso drinks.

1335 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

6. Pizzeria Beddia

1313 N Lee St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

At the end of 2019, owner Joe Beddia opened up a full-service version of his cult-favorite takeout shop serving his signature pies alongside skin-contact wines, Tired Hands brews, delicious small plates, and soft serve ice cream. Though the hype has died down a bit since Bon Appetit first called his crispy creation the “best pizza in America,” reservations are still recommended if you want to snag a prime dining time. If you can’t grab a seat, though, try the nearby by-the-slice window Pizza Shackamaxon, which is in Beddia’s old space.

1313 N Lee St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

7. Kensington Quarters

1310 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Kensington Quarters [official photo]

This sleek and elegant eatery pivoted from a meat-centric menu to a seafood-focused one upon reopening in late 2020. Old fans should be comforted to know that the beloved burger is still on the brunch menu, but also excited about a new happy hour special including a well-made old fashioned for less than $10 and buck-a-shuck oysters. Almost anyone will be impressed by the local, sustainable fish on the dinner menu — not to mention the spacious back patio that’s perfect for summertime.

1310 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

8. Sarvida

300 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Chef Lou Boquila made a name for himself in Philly with Perla on East Passyunk Avenue before heading north for this second Filipino BYOB. Due to the pandemic, Sarvida is currently only open for takeout barbecue platters Wednesday through Friday. On its off days, it now lends its space to a pop-up serving delicious mac-and-cheese empanadas.

300 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

9. Murph's Bar

202 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

One of Fishtown’s best-kept secrets is a stand-up Italian restaurant curiously situated in the back of an Irish pub. Here a chef straight from Puglia cooks up a nightly menu of pastas like strozzapreti with cherry tomatoes and burrata and tagliatelle bolognese. The only catch is that since the chef rents kitchen space from the bar, food and drinks are paid for separately.

202 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

10. Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop

1 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

A good rule of thumb for a cheesesteak place is that it’s probably delicious if it’s just some dude’s name. And while some will argue that a restaurant’s second outpost is never as good as the original iteration, this version of Joe’s is inarguably pretty solid. The speciality shakes and the Old Bay fries never fail to satisfy, either.

1 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

11. Elwood

1007 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
a plate of celery with gold fork and spoon and silver knife at elwood Elwood

Get dinner with a side of local history at Adam Diltz’s BYOB, which aims to illustrate that Philly is much more than cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. The chef draws inspiration from the region’s past to recreate and update dishes like snapper soup, ham pot pie (the Pennsylvania Dutch staple also known as bott boi), and locally sourced pork and rabbit served family-style. For dessert, don’t miss out on the funnel cake, and on the weekends, check out the tea service that includes specialty snacks like scrapple and snickerdoodles.

1007 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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