Great Philly Food: 10 Places We Love

Tacos, Dim Sum, Coffee and Beer You Should Try

by Maura and Sam, Philly Snack Queens


An oldie but goodie, Bassetts’ ice cream hits the spot every single time. With flavors like butterscotch vanilla, salted caramel pretzel, rum raisin and pomegranate blueberry chunk, there’s something for everyone. Our favorite: coffee fudge. Made of coffee ice cream with real fudge and chocolate covered coffee beans, it’s so, so good. PSQ Tip: Try the root beer float made with Hank’s gourmet root beer sauce. Reading Terminal Market, 45 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

Function Coffee Lab

Known for its eccentric latte flavors and sourdough-based treats, Function is a great Bella Vista spot. We loved this winter’s maple butternut signature latte flavor! If funky flavors aren’t your thing, Function’s drip coffee is perfectly brewed, and a variety of espresso drinks are available. PSQ Tip: The signature latte with oat milk and cinnamon rolls are musts. 1001 S. 10th St., Philadelphia

Loco Pez 

Nachos, burritos, tacos, margaritas; Loco Pez does it all deliciously. We love this Graduate Hospital taqueria for its food, super-friendly staff and retro décor. The $7 happy hour Margarita is the perfect cure to your weekday woes. Find other Loco Pez locations in West Philly and Fishtown. PSQ Tip: Try the nachos, weekend breakfast burrito and spicy margarita with sugar on the rim. 700 S. 20th St., Philadelphia

Lynn’s Food Truck

Stationed near the corner of 36th and Spruce Streets in University City, this food truck has been run by Lynn and her husband for more than 20 years. Their dedication shows in the food. You can get a breakfast sandwich for $4.50 in 7 minutes flat – and it’s always perfect! Not in the mood for eggs?  Try their chicken wrap. PSQ Tip: Turkey bacon, egg, and cheese on an everything bagel is our favorite.

On Point Bistro

With fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy potatoes and avocado toast that keeps you full all day, this café is always on point. (Get it?) It’s a regular in our rotation and we have no intention of changing that any time soon. Feel free to BYOB if you want mimosas or screwdrivers to start your day. PSQ Tip: Try the cheesesteak eggroll and scrambled eggs with potatoes (get honey-mustard hollandaise on the side) with cold brew coffee to wash it down. 1200 Point Breeze Ave., Philadelphia

Sam’s Morning Glory

Have a soft spot for killer breakfast food? This Queen Village eatery is the place for you. Sam’s does diner classics as well as some not-so-classic but delish dishes like smoked salmon frittata made with goat cheese and asparagus. PSQ Tip: During the fall, pumpkin pancakes are a must. Whatever you order, get a biscuit on the side. 735 S. 10th St., Philadelphia

St. Oner’s

Run by the brewing geniuses behind Tired Hands, this Fishtown bar is everything a craft beer lover could want. Beers rotate on draft and in cans, and the menu has a handful of snacks perfectly paired with the beers and house brewed kombucha. The bartenders create such a friendly atmosphere that it feels like we’re hanging out at our pals’ house. PSQ Tip: The house made dill and half-sour pickles are divine. 2218 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

Tom’s Dim Sum

Our favorite place for dim sum, Tom’s specializes in dumplings, shumai, steamed buns and other traditional Chinese dishes. Plus, it’s BYOB. Check out the Chinatown restaurant’s new décor; we love its modern vibe. Tom’s has a restaurant in Media, too. PSQ Tip: Don’t miss the scallion pancakes, pork and chive dumplings, and soup dumplings. 59 N. 11th St., Philadelphia

Tuna Bar

Old City’s Tuna Bar has quickly become our favorite sushi spot. Traditional maki, sushi and sashimi are fresh and delicious, as are the specialty rolls. The aptly named Fishtown roll combines shrimp tempura, avocado, jalapeño, tuna, salmon, yellowtail topped with spicy aioli. The Rittenhouse roll has spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, lobster tempura and truffle masago sauce. PSQ Tip: Don’t miss the happy hour with lite bites and drink specials. 205 Race St., Philadelphia

Via Locusta 

With one of the best happy hours in the city, this Rittenhouse Square gem has small plates of handmade pastas, focaccia bread, and chicken Milanese for less than $10. We love the retro glam ambience of this restaurant, and its service is unmatched! Go here when you’re feeling bougie, but your wallet is not. PSQ Tip: Order a Hugo spritz for happy hour. The focaccia is great any time of day. 1723 Locust St., Philadelphia

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