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North 2nd Street is a serious food destination.
North 2nd Street is a serious food destination.
Photo: Philly Urban Living

Restaurant Rows: The Best of North 2nd Street

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North 2nd Street is a serious food destination.
| Photo: Philly Urban Living

In this new feature, Restaurant Rows, the Eater Philly team puts together a guide of where to eat and drink on those Philly city blocks that are densely populated with restaurants, bars, and cafes. Next up: North 2nd Street.

North 2nd Street has a ridiculous amount of great food, including the Portugese eatery Koo Zee Doo, El Camino Real, and Bar Ferdinand, where chef David Ansill runs the kitchen. Whether you're looking for something vegan, something meaty, or something boozy, it's all there for the taking.


-- Allison Stadd

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. KooZeeDoo

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N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, Pa
Start off your route on 2nd just past Green, where husband and wife team David Gilberg and Carla Gonçalves plate family-style Portugese fare like braised chicken gizzards and whole grilled sardines.

2. Soy Cafe

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630 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 922-1003
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Soy Cafe, at 2nd and Fairmount, is one of those vegetarian spots that satisfy carnivores as well. The sun-drenched outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy a sweet soy smoothie - Soy Cafe makes their own soy milk - and a fresh salad or wrap.

3. The 700

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700 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 413-3181
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If you’re a soccer fan, this is your bar. The club-built-inside-a-house has more than 80 bottled beers, 12 on draft, and a wide assortment of spirits. A word of warning: Thursday through Saturday after 10 p.m., the second level turns into a nightclub. Beware.

4. Brown Betty

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722 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
You’ll definitely want to stop into Brown Betty’s new, expanded 2nd Street location. This place makes you actually understand the over-hyped cupcake trend for the minute or two it takes you to down one of Betty’s generously sized, dense treats with the most sinfully delicious icing in the city.

5. Circles

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812 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 687-1309
Thai food enthusiasts live and die by Circles, whose Northern Liberties location is a tad more upscale than its South Philly site. Go for the crab rangoon, stay for the pad see ew.

6. Standard Tap

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901 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 238-0630
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At the corner of 2nd and Poplar lies Standard Tap, NoLibs’ neighborhood tavern since 1999. The pub food is solid, the all-local beer selection is unbeatable, and the outdoor deck is great for warm-weather dining. Put it this way: you can’t be in Northern Liberties and not go to Standard Tap.

7. Rustica Pizza

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903 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 627-1393
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Adjacent to Standard Tap, Rustica is the place in Northern Liberties for a slice of pizza. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the reuben pizza -- white pie with corned beef, swiss cheese, caraway seeds, sauerkraut, russian dressing, and pickles -- or Chicken Molé -- chicken smothered in traditional Mexican molé sauce topped with raw red onion.

8. North Bowl

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909 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 238-2695
People come here for the finger-licking comfort food - they have an entire tater tot menu and four types of mac & cheese - as much as for the bowling, which is only $3 apiece after 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

9. Cantina Dos Segundos

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931 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 629-0555
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Los Caballitos’ northernly sister has tequilas for days, and an expansive selection of tasty Mexican eats.

10. Dmitri's

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944 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-4550
Right across from the Piazza, this is the perfect spot -- one of three in the Dmitri’s family -- to continue your evening with traditional Mediterranean fare and enjoy the libation of your choice (it’s BYOB).

11. Bar Ferdinand

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1030 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 923-1313
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David Ansill’s back in town at the helm of Spanish tapas-centric spot Bar Ferdinand, dishing up a mean seven-course tasting menu. Don’t leave without trying the churros con chocolate.

12. El Camino Real

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1040 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 925-1110
Northern Liberties’ Tex-Mex favorite doesn’t disappoint, either. You pretty much can’t go wrong, whether you opt for a smoked-in-house BBQ platter or the not-your-usual tacos -- cactus, sweet potato, and fried seitan are just a few of your ingredient options.

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1. KooZeeDoo

N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pa
Start off your route on 2nd just past Green, where husband and wife team David Gilberg and Carla Gonçalves plate family-style Portugese fare like braised chicken gizzards and whole grilled sardines.
N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, Pa

2. Soy Cafe

630 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Soy Cafe, at 2nd and Fairmount, is one of those vegetarian spots that satisfy carnivores as well. The sun-drenched outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy a sweet soy smoothie - Soy Cafe makes their own soy milk - and a fresh salad or wrap.
630 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

3. The 700

700 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
If you’re a soccer fan, this is your bar. The club-built-inside-a-house has more than 80 bottled beers, 12 on draft, and a wide assortment of spirits. A word of warning: Thursday through Saturday after 10 p.m., the second level turns into a nightclub. Beware.
700 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

4. Brown Betty

722 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
You’ll definitely want to stop into Brown Betty’s new, expanded 2nd Street location. This place makes you actually understand the over-hyped cupcake trend for the minute or two it takes you to down one of Betty’s generously sized, dense treats with the most sinfully delicious icing in the city.
722 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

5. Circles

812 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Thai food enthusiasts live and die by Circles, whose Northern Liberties location is a tad more upscale than its South Philly site. Go for the crab rangoon, stay for the pad see ew.
812 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

6. Standard Tap

901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
At the corner of 2nd and Poplar lies Standard Tap, NoLibs’ neighborhood tavern since 1999. The pub food is solid, the all-local beer selection is unbeatable, and the outdoor deck is great for warm-weather dining. Put it this way: you can’t be in Northern Liberties and not go to Standard Tap.
901 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

7. Rustica Pizza

903 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Adjacent to Standard Tap, Rustica is the place in Northern Liberties for a slice of pizza. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the reuben pizza -- white pie with corned beef, swiss cheese, caraway seeds, sauerkraut, russian dressing, and pickles -- or Chicken Molé -- chicken smothered in traditional Mexican molé sauce topped with raw red onion.
903 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

8. North Bowl

909 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
People come here for the finger-licking comfort food - they have an entire tater tot menu and four types of mac & cheese - as much as for the bowling, which is only $3 apiece after 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
909 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

9. Cantina Dos Segundos

931 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Los Caballitos’ northernly sister has tequilas for days, and an expansive selection of tasty Mexican eats.
931 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

10. Dmitri's

944 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Right across from the Piazza, this is the perfect spot -- one of three in the Dmitri’s family -- to continue your evening with traditional Mediterranean fare and enjoy the libation of your choice (it’s BYOB).
944 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

11. Bar Ferdinand

1030 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
David Ansill’s back in town at the helm of Spanish tapas-centric spot Bar Ferdinand, dishing up a mean seven-course tasting menu. Don’t leave without trying the churros con chocolate.
1030 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

12. El Camino Real

1040 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Northern Liberties’ Tex-Mex favorite doesn’t disappoint, either. You pretty much can’t go wrong, whether you opt for a smoked-in-house BBQ platter or the not-your-usual tacos -- cactus, sweet potato, and fried seitan are just a few of your ingredient options.
1040 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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