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The 10 Best Places to Eat Solo in Philly

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While dining out with friends and loved ones is one of life's great pleasures, eating by yourself can be liberating and no one is going to swipe fries off of your plate. Luckily, Philly has a bevy of spots you can go solo without feeling lonely, and still wolf down some of the very best bites in town. Whether you need some Cape May Salts at The Oyster House, a fried bird from FedNuts, or something off the Dirt List at Vedge, you're covered, lone ranger.

So, if you're pre-gaming before meeting friends on the way to the game or you said something really stupid and are sleeping on the couch, check out any of these 10 spots to keep you energized. Oh, and we're sure we've missed some of your favorites, so please let us know where and what to eat on your own in the comments below.


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3636 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 387-1803
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Starr’s University City Asian joint has a conveyor belt sushi bar in the back that’s perfect for a solo meal. Grab a bar stool, pluck off whichever plates correspond to your budget (they’re color-coded by price) and enjoy the lack of sidelong looks -- it’s always pretty busy, so you’ll never stand out.

2. Varga Bar

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941 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-5200
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You’ve got the makings of a perfect solitary dining experience: game on the TV, delectable bar food served until 1 a.m. seven nights of the week, and some, er, eye candy on the ceiling.

3. Shake Shack

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2000 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 809-1742
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It’s called a “shack,” for God’s sake -- of course you can eat alone. Your best bet is the line of bar stools along the window. There’s even milling waitstaff to check in on you throughout your meal.

4. Morning Glory Diner

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735 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 413-3999
This is one of those spots where it’s actually better to be a party of one. The wait is inconceivably long, every day of the week, so you’ll be able to hop the line. Extra bonus: sitting at the breakfast bar means watching the cooks in action.

5. Federal Donuts

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1632 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 687-8258
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Both locations offer great-for-solo-dining seating, and the casual vibe makes for a pleasant meal.

6. Vedge

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1221 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 320-7500
Vedge is one of those restaurants where the bar experience is as special as the sit-down experience. Take advantage if you’re dining solo. And anyway, the cocktails are arguably the highlight of this award-winning vegan stronghold.

7. Oyster House

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1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 567-7683
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The oyster bar, and its enthusiastic shuckers, make for a great conversation starter if you’re dining by yourself and looking for non-intrusive lunchtime chatter.

8. The Industry Bar

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1401 E Moyamensing Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 271-9500
The bartenders are incredibly friendly, the drinks they’re pouring always hit the spot, and the food is solid. Go on Monday for “Burgers & Bubbles” (Industry burger plus glass of sparkling cava or brut rose for $11, or with Miller High Life for $7.50).

9. Reading Terminal Market

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51 N 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-2317
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With 50+ vendors to choose from, you won’t go hungry -- or lonely. Especially around weekday lunchtime, the Terminal is bustling with all types of folk. You will not be the only one slurping soup or chopsticking sushi all by your lonesome.

10. Fergie's Pub

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1214 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 928-8118
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Even if you’re not yet chummy with Fergie -- which you should be -- his eponymous pub in Midtown Village is great for dinner alone, especially in the upstairs bar on open mic night (Mondays at 9).

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1. Pod

3636 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Starr’s University City Asian joint has a conveyor belt sushi bar in the back that’s perfect for a solo meal. Grab a bar stool, pluck off whichever plates correspond to your budget (they’re color-coded by price) and enjoy the lack of sidelong looks -- it’s always pretty busy, so you’ll never stand out.
3636 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

2. Varga Bar

941 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
You’ve got the makings of a perfect solitary dining experience: game on the TV, delectable bar food served until 1 a.m. seven nights of the week, and some, er, eye candy on the ceiling.
941 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

3. Shake Shack

2000 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
It’s called a “shack,” for God’s sake -- of course you can eat alone. Your best bet is the line of bar stools along the window. There’s even milling waitstaff to check in on you throughout your meal.
2000 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Morning Glory Diner

735 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
This is one of those spots where it’s actually better to be a party of one. The wait is inconceivably long, every day of the week, so you’ll be able to hop the line. Extra bonus: sitting at the breakfast bar means watching the cooks in action.
735 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

5. Federal Donuts

1632 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Both locations offer great-for-solo-dining seating, and the casual vibe makes for a pleasant meal.
1632 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Vedge

1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Vedge is one of those restaurants where the bar experience is as special as the sit-down experience. Take advantage if you’re dining solo. And anyway, the cocktails are arguably the highlight of this award-winning vegan stronghold.
1221 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Oyster House

1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
The oyster bar, and its enthusiastic shuckers, make for a great conversation starter if you’re dining by yourself and looking for non-intrusive lunchtime chatter.
1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

8. The Industry Bar

1401 E Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19147
The bartenders are incredibly friendly, the drinks they’re pouring always hit the spot, and the food is solid. Go on Monday for “Burgers & Bubbles” (Industry burger plus glass of sparkling cava or brut rose for $11, or with Miller High Life for $7.50).
1401 E Moyamensing Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

9. Reading Terminal Market

51 N 12th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
With 50+ vendors to choose from, you won’t go hungry -- or lonely. Especially around weekday lunchtime, the Terminal is bustling with all types of folk. You will not be the only one slurping soup or chopsticking sushi all by your lonesome.
51 N 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

10. Fergie's Pub

1214 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Even if you’re not yet chummy with Fergie -- which you should be -- his eponymous pub in Midtown Village is great for dinner alone, especially in the upstairs bar on open mic night (Mondays at 9).
1214 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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