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Muhibbah dinners feature local chefs and support a variety of causes.
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The Philly Restaurants That Give Back to the Community

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Muhibbah dinners feature local chefs and support a variety of causes.
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Has there been a time in recent history where committing to serving the underserved and helping the community feels more important?

Here in the City of Brotherly Love, there are quite a few restaurants taking that commitment seriously by contributing money, food, space, and time to an array of causes: fighting hunger and disease, supporting undocumented workers, LGBTQ youth, schools, the homeless, and veterans, and more.

Here are two dozen restaurants and restaurant groups doing their part to better our communities.

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Taproom on 19th

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For the last five years, this South Philly pub has partnered with its neighborhood association to collect school supplies and winter coats. The incentive to contribute? Free beer for donors.

Saté Kampar

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Saté Kampar’s Ange Branca organizes the Muhibbah dinner series, bringing together some of the top chefs in the city and a community-minded crowd. The dinners she puts together, with help from other Philly chefs, musicians, and public servants, both celebrate immigrant communities and raise money for them. Dinners have supported the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society of Pennsylvania, the Nationalities Service Center, and Puentes de Salud. Follow along on Facebook to see when the next one is happening.

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P'unk Burger

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East Passyunk Avenue’s P’unk Burger donates every cent from its arcade games to a different charity each month, including charities suggested by customers. The restaurant has also been known to partner with environmental, animal welfare, and neighborhood groups on charitable efforts.

Mike's BBQ

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South Philly barbecue destination Mike’s BBQ has stepped up several times when help was needed, like raising money for Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen and providing free food for federal government employees during the government shutdown.

Le Virtù

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Supporting immigrants is a mission for East Passyunk Avenue restaurant Le Virtu, which has set up fundraisers to help undocumented families and raised money for organizations like Puentes de Salud.

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Grindcore House

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This long-running vegan coffee shop donates a portion of sales to causes like Planned Parenthood, Standing Rock, and the ACLU.

Pat's King of Steaks

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Through his Spread the Whiz Foundation, Pat’s King of Steaks' owner Frank Olivieri partners with local schools to teach students about nutrition and healthy eating.

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Geno's Steaks

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Geno’s has supported community charities for more than 50 years, particularly those benefiting Philadelphia police and firefighters. For its 50th anniversary, owner Geno Vento had the eatery donate $50,000 to five different local charities benefiting children, animals, and police.

Slice (multiple locations)

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Slice hosts holiday toy drives for underprivileged children and every year donates pizza to support Give Kids Sight Day. Owners Marlo and Jason Dilks have also supported the Ar­thur Ashe Found­a­tion, Aut­ism Speaks, Bi­anca’s Kids, and the Second Chance Foundation through Slice. Like sister restaurant P'unk Burger, Slice also partners with environmental, animal welfare, and neighborhood groups on charitable work.

South Philly Barbacoa

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South Philly Barbacoa owners Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller use the platform afforded them by the popularity of their Mexican eatery to raise awareness about undocumented workers — especially those working in restaurant kitchens — and advocate for their rights.

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Vetri Cucina

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Chef Marc Vetri and restaurateur Jeff Benjamin's Vetri Community Partnership provides hands-on culinary and nutrition education programs at 75 sites, including schools, farmers markets, and medical institutions. Their annual Great Chefs Event raises money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

P.J. Clarke’s

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Before it even opened its Philly location, P.J. Clarke’s was supporting local causes. These days, the restaurant works with the Community Partnership School (CPS) in North Philly, My Daughter’s Kitchen, which provides after-school nutritional programs to students at CPS, and St. Augustine School in Norristown, along with veterans causes.

Tequilas

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Tequilas owner David Suro Piñera’s Siembra Suro Foundation supports local and international groups that provide healthcare services, English-language classes, computers, and school supplies to those in need.

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Nick's Bar and Grille

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For many years, Nick’s in Old City has served free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at the nearby Veterans Multi-Service Center. It also supports other veterans and military programs and holds an annual coat drive in October and a toy drive for the holidays.

Oyster House

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Oyster House owner Sam Mink serves on the board of the Attic Youth Group, which aims to reduce the isolation felt by LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia. The restaurant provides weekly hot meals for the organization and cooking classes, and has provided internships for members.

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Rosy's Taco Bar

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Rosy’s in Rittenhouse is currently donating a portion of sales to the Nationalities Service Center, which provides comprehensive services for immigrants and refugees. The restaurant also supports the organization’s events and fundraising initiatives.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (multiple locations)

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At several area locations, Iron Hill’s “Give 20” program provides space for nonprofit organizations to host events where guests can donate 20 percent of their food bill to the organization. And at all 16 of its locations, the brewpub donates 75 cents from each Triple Chocolate Hill dessert sold to the national CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and another 75 cents to a charity selected by the location’s staff.

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Di Bruno Bros. (multiple locations)

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Everyone’s favorite cheesemonger Di Bruno Bros. built the Neighborhood Kitchen at St. James School in North Philadelphia to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Neighborhood Kitchen teaches kids about nutrition and cooking and provides lunches to students in need and meal deliveries for local families.

By George

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“You have a steak in it!” is the motto of Reading Terminal Market's By George, where a portion of the profits from every cheesesteak sold goes toward feeding a child in need. By George supports Philabundance’s KidsBites, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, and King’s Castle’s Feeding Program in El Salvador. The same charitable program applies at the market’s Hunger Burger (from the same owners).

Uptown Beer Garden

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Each summer, Uptown Beer Garden partners with a different charity, such as PAWS. Craft Concepts Group, which owns the seasonal venue, does charitable work through its other establishments too — Christmas pop-up Tinsel donates to CF Charities and Fostering Hope PA.

Schmear It

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Every two weeks, Schmear It’s food truck and brick-and-mortar operations donate a portion of profits to a local charity. Customers can nominate their favorite nonprofit to be featured.

Yards Brewing Company

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Yards donates more than two tractor trailer’s worth of beer annually to good causes in the region and often creates special beers that benefit local charities. For example, Make the World Better IPA supports former Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation and PYNK has raised more than $50,000 for the Tyanna Foundation, which fights breast cancer.

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Evil Genius Beer Company

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Fishtown’s Evil Genius Beer Company holds regular events, like half-mile fun runs, with all proceeds going to charity. The brewery also donates beer to fundraising events throughout the year and hosts “Evil Does Good” happy hours all summer to support local charities.

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Mission BBQ (multiple locations)

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Mission BBQ supports a host of national and local charities that benefit and honor members of the military, firefighters, police officers, and first responders. There are five locations in and around Philly.

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Taproom on 19th

For the last five years, this South Philly pub has partnered with its neighborhood association to collect school supplies and winter coats. The incentive to contribute? Free beer for donors.

Saté Kampar

Hieu Pham, AH Pham Photography

Saté Kampar’s Ange Branca organizes the Muhibbah dinner series, bringing together some of the top chefs in the city and a community-minded crowd. The dinners she puts together, with help from other Philly chefs, musicians, and public servants, both celebrate immigrant communities and raise money for them. Dinners have supported the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society of Pennsylvania, the Nationalities Service Center, and Puentes de Salud. Follow along on Facebook to see when the next one is happening.

Hieu Pham, AH Pham Photography

P'unk Burger

East Passyunk Avenue’s P’unk Burger donates every cent from its arcade games to a different charity each month, including charities suggested by customers. The restaurant has also been known to partner with environmental, animal welfare, and neighborhood groups on charitable efforts.

Mike's BBQ

South Philly barbecue destination Mike’s BBQ has stepped up several times when help was needed, like raising money for Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen and providing free food for federal government employees during the government shutdown.

Le Virtù

several plates of pasta on a table Le Virtu [official]

Supporting immigrants is a mission for East Passyunk Avenue restaurant Le Virtu, which has set up fundraisers to help undocumented families and raised money for organizations like Puentes de Salud.

several plates of pasta on a table Le Virtu [official]

Grindcore House

This long-running vegan coffee shop donates a portion of sales to causes like Planned Parenthood, Standing Rock, and the ACLU.

Pat's King of Steaks

pat’s steaks Pat’s King of Steaks [official]

Through his Spread the Whiz Foundation, Pat’s King of Steaks' owner Frank Olivieri partners with local schools to teach students about nutrition and healthy eating.

pat’s steaks Pat’s King of Steaks [official]

Geno's Steaks

Geno’s has supported community charities for more than 50 years, particularly those benefiting Philadelphia police and firefighters. For its 50th anniversary, owner Geno Vento had the eatery donate $50,000 to five different local charities benefiting children, animals, and police.

Slice (multiple locations)

Slice hosts holiday toy drives for underprivileged children and every year donates pizza to support Give Kids Sight Day. Owners Marlo and Jason Dilks have also supported the Ar­thur Ashe Found­a­tion, Aut­ism Speaks, Bi­anca’s Kids, and the Second Chance Foundation through Slice. Like sister restaurant P'unk Burger, Slice also partners with environmental, animal welfare, and neighborhood groups on charitable work.

South Philly Barbacoa

South Philly Barbacoa [official]

South Philly Barbacoa owners Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller use the platform afforded them by the popularity of their Mexican eatery to raise awareness about undocumented workers — especially those working in restaurant kitchens — and advocate for their rights.

South Philly Barbacoa [official]

Vetri Cucina

Chef Marc Vetri and restaurateur Jeff Benjamin's Vetri Community Partnership provides hands-on culinary and nutrition education programs at 75 sites, including schools, farmers markets, and medical institutions. Their annual Great Chefs Event raises money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

P.J. Clarke’s

Before it even opened its Philly location, P.J. Clarke’s was supporting local causes. These days, the restaurant works with the Community Partnership School (CPS) in North Philly, My Daughter’s Kitchen, which provides after-school nutritional programs to students at CPS, and St. Augustine School in Norristown, along with veterans causes.

Tequilas

Tequilas [official photo]

Tequilas owner David Suro Piñera’s Siembra Suro Foundation supports local and international groups that provide healthcare services, English-language classes, computers, and school supplies to those in need.

Tequilas [official photo]

Nick's Bar and Grille

For many years, Nick’s in Old City has served free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at the nearby Veterans Multi-Service Center. It also supports other veterans and military programs and holds an annual coat drive in October and a toy drive for the holidays.

Oyster House

Jason Varney

Oyster House owner Sam Mink serves on the board of the Attic Youth Group, which aims to reduce the isolation felt by LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia. The restaurant provides weekly hot meals for the organization and cooking classes, and has provided internships for members.

Jason Varney

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Rosy's Taco Bar

Rosy’s in Rittenhouse is currently donating a portion of sales to the Nationalities Service Center, which provides comprehensive services for immigrants and refugees. The restaurant also supports the organization’s events and fundraising initiatives.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (multiple locations)

Iron Hill [official photo]

At several area locations, Iron Hill’s “Give 20” program provides space for nonprofit organizations to host events where guests can donate 20 percent of their food bill to the organization. And at all 16 of its locations, the brewpub donates 75 cents from each Triple Chocolate Hill dessert sold to the national CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and another 75 cents to a charity selected by the location’s staff.

Iron Hill [official photo]

Di Bruno Bros. (multiple locations)

Everyone’s favorite cheesemonger Di Bruno Bros. built the Neighborhood Kitchen at St. James School in North Philadelphia to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Neighborhood Kitchen teaches kids about nutrition and cooking and provides lunches to students in need and meal deliveries for local families.

By George

“You have a steak in it!” is the motto of Reading Terminal Market's By George, where a portion of the profits from every cheesesteak sold goes toward feeding a child in need. By George supports Philabundance’s KidsBites, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, and King’s Castle’s Feeding Program in El Salvador. The same charitable program applies at the market’s Hunger Burger (from the same owners).

Uptown Beer Garden

Each summer, Uptown Beer Garden partners with a different charity, such as PAWS. Craft Concepts Group, which owns the seasonal venue, does charitable work through its other establishments too — Christmas pop-up Tinsel donates to CF Charities and Fostering Hope PA.

Schmear It

Every two weeks, Schmear It’s food truck and brick-and-mortar operations donate a portion of profits to a local charity. Customers can nominate their favorite nonprofit to be featured.

Yards Brewing Company

Yards [official]

Yards donates more than two tractor trailer’s worth of beer annually to good causes in the region and often creates special beers that benefit local charities. For example, Make the World Better IPA supports former Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation and PYNK has raised more than $50,000 for the Tyanna Foundation, which fights breast cancer.

Yards [official]

Evil Genius Beer Company

Bradd Eeles Photography Philadelphia

Fishtown’s Evil Genius Beer Company holds regular events, like half-mile fun runs, with all proceeds going to charity. The brewery also donates beer to fundraising events throughout the year and hosts “Evil Does Good” happy hours all summer to support local charities.