South Philly & Italian Market
CAFE YNEZ— Mexican. This Washington Avenue location is the place to go for a Mexican diner-style experience. Daily lunch specials, and at the to-go counter, you can get a half rotisserie chicken and two sides for $10. B,L, D (M-F), Br (Sa-Su). BYOB. 2025 Washington Ave., 215.278.7579.
DEVIL’S DEN — Tavern. This South Philly beer bar consistently attracts neighborhood patrons for its selection of craft and imported beers—17 on tap and 200 by the bottle. Food trends toward gastropub fare; try dishes like duck fries, duck buns, and a beer-battered fish sandwich. If you’re into mussels, this den serves them with five different preparations. L and D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 1148 S. 11th St., 215.339.0855.
FEDERAL DONUTS— Sweets. This little gem offers fresh cake donuts bright and early at 7 am, then serves Korean-style fried chicken starting at noon until the daily supply runs out. B, L (daily). 1219 S. Second St., 267.687.8258; 1632 Sansom St., 215.665.1101.
GENO’S STEAKS — Cheesesteaks. Geno’s serves up classic steaks with Philly attitude. The inevitable line will leave time for figuring out what to order; when you get to the counter, make it fast and simple. Open 24 hours daily. (Cash only). 1219 S. Ninth St., 215.389.0659
PAT’S KING OF STEAKS — Cheesesteaks. Billed as the originator of the cheesesteak sandwich, this shop is often recognized as the best by people worldwide. Order “Whiz wit.” Open 24 hours daily. 1237 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.468.1546.
RESTAURANT NEUF — French Fusion. Noord’s chefowner Joncarl Lachman is bringing a deliciously diverse new bistro to the famed Italian Market. North African-inspired French dishes are the focus here—their decadent menu of braised goat leg, baked monkfish, and fried oysters will have you planning your return visit before you request the check. D (Daily). 943 S. 9th St., 215.309.5847.
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA TAP ROOM — Pub/Bar. This casual establishment appeals to both professionals and the bohemian/hipster crowd. Known for an outstanding beer selection from around the globe, the “Tap Room” also serves a range of homestyle appetizers, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and comfort food entrées. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1509 Mifflin St., 215.271.SPTR.