South Philly & Italian Market
AMERICAN SARDINE BAR— Pub/Bar. From the owners of the South Philly Tap Room comes ASB, a resto-bar with a menu that focuses on a selection of craft beers (16 on tap), hearty sandwiches and yummy pub grub. L, D (daily) Br (Su). www.american sardinebar.com. 1800 Federal St., 215.334.2337. $$ CHICKIE’S & PETE’S— American. This famous bar and seafood house originated in northeast Philly back in the ‘70s, and today has nearly a dozen locations. It is much loved by locals for its sports fans and “crabfries,” fresh seafood and a party-like atmosphere. One of its most popular locations sits mere steps from the city’s pro sports stadiums in South Philadelphia. Bar open daily until 2 am. L, D (daily). www.chickiesandpetes.com. 4010 Robbins Ave., 215.338.3060.; 1526 Packer Ave., 215.218.0500. $$ FEDERAL DONUTS— Sweets. James Beard Awardwinner Michael Solomonov’s little gem offers fresh cake donuts at 7 am, and then serves Korean-style fried chicken starting at 11 am until they run out. Hours vary by location. www.federaldonuts.com. 1219 S. Second St., 267.687.8258. $; 1632 Sansom St., 215.665.1101. Map 1, H5
GENO’S STEAKS— Cheesesteaks. Geno’s serves up classic steaks with Philly flair. The inevitable line provides time to figure out what to order; when you get to the counter, make it fast and simple. Cash only. B, L, D (daily, 24 hours). www.genossteaks. com. 1219 S. Ninth St., 215.389.0659. $ GREEN EGGS CAFE— American. This brunch-style restaurant with two locations is a favorite for mouth-watering options like smoked Atlantic salmon omelet, Belgian waffles and a variety of sandwiches and salads. (Cash only). B, L, Br (Daily). 1306 Dickinson St., 215.266.3447. $; 719 N. Second St., 215.922.3447. JIM’S SOUTH STREET— Cheesesteaks. Since 1976, visitors and locals alike have been flocking to this temple to cheesesteak inside an Art Deco storefront on lively South Street. Hoagies, too. L, D (daily). www.jimssouthstreet.com. 400 South St., 215.928.1911. $ Map 1, K7 PAT’S KING OF STEAKS— Cheesesteaks. Billed as the originator of the cheesesteak sandwich, this shop is a favorite that attracts fans from around the world. Local tip: Order “Whiz wit.” B, L, D (daily 24 hours). www.patskingofsteaks.com. 1237 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.468.1546. $ POP’S HOMEMADE ITALIAN ICE— Ice Cream. Started in 1932 as a humble pushcart by Filippo “Pop” Italiano, this local “best of” scoops Philly’s own water ice made daily with fresh ingredients in flavors like ginger ale, amaretto and iced tea. Frozen treat lovers also find “popalanches” (soft ice cream blended with candy toppings), sundaes, gelato, ice cream sandwiches and shakes. Daily till 11 pm. www.popsice.com. 1337 Oregon Ave., 215.551.7677. $ SABRINA’S CAFE— American. Cozy up in one of three locations of this family-owned neighborhood cafe, heralded for having one of the best brunches in town. BYOB. Hours vary by location. www.sabrinascafe.com. 910-912 Christian St., 215.574.1599. $$ Map 1, J8; Art Museum, 1804 Callowhill St., 215.636.9061. Map 1, G3; University City, 34th and Powelton streets, 215.222.1022.