Sit Back and Relax With These Comfort Foods in Philly

Though Philadelphia is filled with some of the of fanciest culinary experiences, this city is also great at offering a more casual, laid-back meal that’s just as delicious.

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I don’t know about you, but after a long day or a stressful week, sometimes the only thing that makes me feel better is some classic comfort food.

Whether comfort food means mac and cheese, a burger, or dessert to you, there’s plenty of everything in this town.

I’ve put together a list of my favorite spots to grab this cuisine around town, so you won’t have to waste time searching for a place next time you’re in need of some comfort.

From bars to full-service restaurants, this list is fairly diverse featuring multiple different cuisines, so it’s great for everyone’s taste. There’s also options for vegetarian and vegan diners. Keep reading to learn a bit about each place!

Best Comfort Food Spots in Philadelphia

The Dandelion

124 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-558-2500
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Located in a vibrant corner of the city, The Dandelion is a hidden gem that brings the charm of a British gastropub to Philadelphia.

Tucked away amidst bustling streets near Rittenhouse Square, this cozy eatery exudes an inviting and laid-back vibe. The menu showcases an array of delectable British classics with a modern twist. 

Indulge in their signature Fish and Chips, perfectly crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. For some of the best comfort food in Philadelphia, try the Shepherd’s Pie, a hearty blend of tender lamb and creamy mashed potatoes.

Complete your meal with a traditional Sticky Toffee Pudding, a sweet treat that will leave you craving more. The service is also excellent at this establishment, making this an all-around wonderful dining experience.

Rex at the Royal

1524 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: 267-319-1366
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Rex at the Royal is a southern-inspired dining destination in a rustic setting. Located just two minutes from the Marian Anderson Recreation Center this eatery treats guests like family.

They do brunch and dinner, and their menu options are extensive and creative. I enjoyed the Braised Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey, the Shrimp and Grits, and the Chicken and Dumplings.

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All of the ingredients were fresh, and the flavors were on point. They only have a few desserts, but that doesn’t matter because what they lack in quantity they make up for in quality.

The Banana Pudding Cheesecake is out of this world. It’s the best thing I’ve ever eaten in the city. Seriously. I highly recommend any of their delicious cocktails after dinner.   

Buk Chon Korean Cuisine

132 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-925-9998
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Located by the historic Museum of the American Revolution, BukChon Korean Cuisine embraces a blend of old-world charm and modern aesthetics.

Their menu showcases an array of authentic Korean dishes, expertly prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. 

Indulge in their signature Bulgogi, tender marinated beef grilled to perfection, or savor the delicate flavors of Bibimbap, a rice bowl topped with assorted vegetables and a choice of meat. 

Complete your meal with a refreshing glass of traditional Makgeolli rice wine. Bukchon Korean Restaurant offers a delightful culinary journey, allowing guests to savor the rich heritage and flavors of Korean cuisine.

Comfort & Floyd

1301 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 465-2917
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With a 4.8 star review on Google, it’s clear that Comfort & Floyd has been satisfying the Philadelphia community for years. This local restaurant serves delicious comfort cuisine alongside the motto, “Sometimes health, sometimes not. Always delicious.”

Comfort & Floyd serves breakfast and lunch, so plan accordingly if you’re hoping to visit. We recommend the french toast, tuna melt, breakfast burger, or lentil sandwich. Be sure to some apple cake or a carrot muffin to complete your meal!

The Good King Tavern

614 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 215-625-3700
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Nestled in the heart of Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood, near Fleisher Art Memorial, this cozy tavern is inviting.

With dim lighting, a rustic antique bar, and buzzing energy, Good King Tavern sets the perfect stage for an enjoyable evening. Specializing in French-inspired cuisine, The Good King Tavern delights the senses. 

I tried their signature Escargot and the Gnocchi Parisienne, a perfectly al dente pasta with charred onion, fava bean, and pine nuts.

They feature a curated selection of French wines and classic cocktails that you should try if you visit.

The Good King Tavern offers an unforgettable dining experience that transports guests to the charming streets of Paris, right in the heart of Philadelphia.

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Bill’s Steak and Hoagies

1312 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-985-2901

Bill’s Steak and Hoagies appears to have changed names and is now called Bill’s Breakfast & Lunch. You can find this eatery in the Philadelphia Building.

I can assure you that they have some of the best comfort food in Philadelphia. Who doesn’t love a good hoagie? Here, I found all the classics, plus a few I hadn’t heard of, like the Pizza Steaks Hoagie. 

My favorite sandwich was the Steak, Mushroom, and Cheese and the Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak.

They also have delicious breakfast sandwiches like the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel that is the perfect quick bite to get you going for the day. 

Kay Kay’s

1850 W Ritner St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 267-319-1034
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Located in downtown Philadelphia, this bakery captivates dessert enthusiasts in every way. This delightful confectionery is not too far from Stephen Girard Park, and it’s a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.

When you step inside you’re greeted by the inviting aroma of freshly baked treats and coffee. 

Kay Kay’s specializes in exquisite cakes, cupcakes, and pastries crafted with love and creativity. From their signature Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting to their Chocolate Hazelnut cupcakes, they offer an irresistible array of desserts. 

Mom-Mom’s Kitchen

1505 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: (215) 613-7781
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Looking for a spot to branch out? Mom-Mom’s Kitchen is the place to be. Serving classic Polish cuisine, this place is a nice change from your typical burgers and fries spot. And with a 4.8 star rating on Google, it’s obvious people enjoy it.

The menu at Mom-Mom’s Kitchen is short and sweet, but every option is amazing. Try out the farmers cheese pierogi, grilled kielbasa, potato pierogi, or golabki.

And if you can’t decide, make sure to order the Polish feast for two – its only $50 and includes everything you could ever want!

Good Dog Bar

224 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 985-9600
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As a local bar, it’s no surprise Good Dog Bar serves up some tasty comfort food in Philly. This spot serves classic American comfort cuisine including burgers and craft beer. With three dog-themed floors, you’ll definitely be able to relax here.

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Good Dog Bar’s menu is filled with delicious choices including some vegetarian and vegan ones. We recommend the brisket grilled cheese, vegan cheesesteak, creamy mac and cheese, or baby back ribs. Be sure to finish with some NY cheesecake or creme brulee!

There’s nothing like some comfort food after a long and stressful day, and it’s clear that Philly is a wonderful spot to grab this kind of cuisine. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a meat eater, there’s no doubt you’ll find some comfort in the food here!

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Which spot are you most excited to try? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you drop us a line and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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