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Where to Grab Food in Northeast Philly

Northeast Philadelphia is full of things to do and see. After exploring so much, you’re probably bound to work up an appetite. The good news is, this neighborhood is full of amazing cuisine and restaurants to try. With so many options to choose from, though, it can be pretty hard to narrow it down. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our top picks for restaurants to try.

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So what are you in the mood for? Italian? Chinese? Mexican? Whatever it is, you can get the best of that cuisine at these spots in town. Whether you want to try something new or are looking for a spot for date night, you’ll find the perfect place to do so. Keep reading to learn more about each stop on our list!


9315 Old Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19115
Phone: (215) 464-3040
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Craving some delicious Italian food? Head over to Marconi’s. This family-owned and operated restaurant has been in service for decades. With Italian natives running this spot, you can count on the food being authentic.

Marconi’s serves a menu with plenty of tasty dishes, including some gluten-free options. We recommend the pan seared gnocchi, veal chop milanese, lamb ragu, or seared diver scallops. Be sure to check out P Square Pizza in the back of Marconi’s for their delicious serving of pizza!


7955 Oxford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111
Phone: (215) 725-6000
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Another great option for Italian food in town is Moonstruck. This local restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine in a sleek, sophisticated interior, perfect for a date night or special occasion. It’s also a BYOB spot, so if you’re hoping to drink, bring a bottle or two with you.

With so many options to choose from on Moonstruck’s menu, you may have a hard time deciding what to order. Be sure to try the tortelloni, stracotto, involtini, or cappe sante. Don’t forget your favorite bottle of wine!

Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse

7500 State Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19136
Phone: (215) 333-9663
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If barbecue is more your thing, you’ll have to try Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse. This local restaurant serves all sorts of delicious barbecue dishes and is quite popular. With over 2,700 reviews, it’s clear this spot is a hit among locals.

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Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse has a vast array of plates to choose from, but you really can’t go wrong here. Try out the Philly beef brisket, any sandwich, or a super combo platter. Make sure you grab some homemade dessert before you leave!

Gallo’s Seafood

8101 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19152
Phone: (215) 333-0484
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Craving some seafood? Look no further than Gallo’s Seafood. Serving fresh and tasty seafood with a burger bar attached, it’s no wonder this is a popular spot among the community. Opening in 1966, this local restaurant is sure to leave you and your stomach happy.

Gallo’s offers a pretty diverse menu, so there’s a little bit of something for everyone here. We recommend the lobster mac and cheese or pescatore if you’re in the mood for seafood. If not, try the smokehouse burger or crispy fried buttermilk and sriracha chicken cutlet sandwich!

District Gyro

A2327 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149
Phone: (267) 367-8124

If you’re looking for a quick bite, head over to District Gyro. This small restaurant is actually located in Roosevelt Mall. Serving gyros, platters, and more, this spot has plenty of glowing reviews.

District Gyro has plenty of tasty options to choose from, so if you can’t make up your mind, be sure to try the combo gyro, chicken and fish platter, falafel platter, or lamb. Don’t forget to check out their catering options as well!

Three Monkeys Cafe

9645 James St, Philadelphia, PA 19114
Phone: (215) 637-6665
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In the mood for some good old American cuisine? We recommend Three Monkeys Cafe. With indoor and outdoor dining as well as two separate bars, this is the perfect spot for any occasion and any weather.

With a menu full of different flavors, Three Monkeys is perfect for almost anyone, no matter what you’re craving. Try out the chicken parm sandwich, bang bang shrimp tacos, mango glazed salmon, or black and bleu burger. They also serve brunch between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Make sure to grab a drink too!

Shish Kabob Cafe

1683 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19115
Phone: (215) 856-3404
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Hoping to try something a little different? Check out Shish-Kabob Palace. This local restaurant serves Middle Eastern cuisine with dishes from all over the area. As a BYOB spot, you’ll save a bit of money on drinks too.

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Serving everything from salads and soups to fish and shish kabobs, you really can’t go wrong at Shish-Kabob Palace. We recommend the shnitzel, grilled salmon steak, lamb rib shish kabobs, or Turkish veal liver. Be sure to BYOB!

China Gourmet

2842 St Vincent St, Philadelphia, PA 19149
Phone: (215) 941-1898
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If you’re hoping to find some of the best Chinese food in town, swing by China Gourmet. This local restaurant is housed in a huge space, perfect for casual dining or for a venue for special occasions.

China Gourmet serves an extensive menu full of amazing plates to taste. Be sure to try the honey walnut shrimp, peking duck, steamed lobster, or sliced beef with ginger and scallion. Don’t forget to check out their lunch specials!

Las Margaritas

2538 Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19152
Phone: (215) 969-6600
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Craving some Mexican food and margaritas? Las Margaritas is the answer to your prayers. With over 1,700 reviews, it’s no surprise this is such a popular spot among locals. Reviewers love the large portions and attentive service at this spot.

Las Margarita serves plenty of classic Mexican dishes with numerous combo deals as well. Try the chimichangas, burrito de casa, parrillada fajitas, or jumbo quesadilla. Make sure you sip on a margarita or daiquiri with your meal!

Tio Pepe Restaurant & Bar

6618 Castor Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149
Phone: (215) 742-4775
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Finishing up our list of restaurants is Tio Pepe Restaurant & Bar. This local restaurant serves Portuguese cuisine and is well-liked among locals. Housed in a laid-back, comfortable atmosphere, this is the perfect spot for any occasion.

Tio Pepe’s menu is complete will plenty of tasty dishes, so there’s something for almost anyone’s taste. We recommend the camarao grelhado, linguini com frango and camrao, porterhouse steak, peitos de frango grelhados, or carne de porco a alentejana!

Are you getting hungry yet? We sure are. It’s pretty clear after reading this list that the Northeast has so many great restaurants to try. Whether you want to indulge in your go-to cuisine or be a bit adventurous, there’s a restaurant for it.

Which restaurant are you most excited to try? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you mention it below 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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