The Best Places to Eat Like a Local in Philadelphia

Don't just visit Philadelphia for the sights, but also the eats.

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Philadelphia is a city known for its role in playing a major part in the birth of America and for its passionate sports fans. But few people know how incredible its food scene is. Ranging from all types of fare at all different price points, Philadelphia is sure to offer something delicious for everyone. The next time you’re in Philly, skip the tourist traps, and opt for one of the restaurants that locals love:

Jim’s Steaks South Street

You’ve never truly had a cheese steak until you’ve had one from Jim’s on South Street. This family-owned-and-operated business launched in 1976, and they’ve been serving their award-winning cheese steaks ever since. Be sure to order their cheese steak sandwich with Cheez Whiz. Yes, you read that right, Cheez Whiz. It might sound strange, but it will blow your mind. 

Wm. Muhlerin's Sons

Located in the ridiculously cool Fishtown area in Philadelphia, Wm. Muhlerin’s Sons describes itself as “a rustic Italian-influenced neighborhood joint with a focus on pizza and other wood-fired fare”. The menu is full of mouth-watering dishes like their Lamb Steak which is spice rubbed, served with a bean salad and fennel soffritto. In addition to incredible food, the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous inside and the cocktails will leave you speechless.


Although it may seem odd that a small chain convenient store made the list, WaWa is unlike any convenient store you’ve ever visited. Philadelphians live at WaWa, and why wouldn’t they? They serve the best hoagie sandwiches and have some of the tastiest sweet tea to ever be bottled. With so many delicious options at affordable prices, swinging by one is a must next time you’re in town. You can find a WaWa’s location on what feels like every other corner in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.


Yet another gem located on the iconic South Street, Serpico is a cozy yet upscale experience. The brainchild of James Beard award-winning chef Peter Serpico and iconic restaurateur Stephen Starr, offers a seasonal menu that focuses on international fare. They’re only open for dinner, so plan to go there after a fun day of sightseeing. 

Tommy Dinic’s

On the hunt for an unforgettable roast beef sandwich? Tommy Dinic’s is the go-to place. Located in The Reading Terminal, Tommy Dinic’s has been providing Philadelphians with outstanding roast beef and roast pork sandwiches since 1980. Their sandwiches have gotten so much acclaim they’ve been featured on our own “Man v. Food” and “Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America.” They’ve recently introduced hand-carved Italian Pulled Pork and slow-cooked brisket of beef to the menu, both of which will leave you wanting to visit Philadelphia again soon.

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