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20 Great Restaurants in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Neighborhood

Savory Belgian eats, authentic banh mi, killer fish tacos, handmade pasta and more…

Just steps from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway‘s wealth of museums, the charming neighborhood of Fairmount is home to a roster of top-notch restaurants.

Here, the cuisine runs the gamut, ranging from Greek food served up from a three-generation line of family chefs (Zorba’s) to tacos served out of a low-key, Baja-style shop (Buena Onda) to Belgian frites, mussels and other perfect pairings for a sudsy Dubbel or a Tripel brew (Belgian Cafe).

Other neighborhood highlights include A Mano’s handmade pasta, Umai Umai’s incredibly fresh sushi and the recently opened, 62,000-square-foot Whole Foods, home to four different bars and four eateries driven by notable Philly chefs.

Read on to learn more about all of our top restaurant picks in Fairmount, and consider getting to work now on making room for Sabrina’s famous (and huge) stuffed challah French toast!

Note: The list below is NOT in a ranked order.

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Buena Onda

A member of chef Jose Garces’ family of restaurants, this Baja Peninsula-inspired, do-good eatery is known for mahi mahi tacos and tofu chorizo quesadillas — served on house-made tortillas. Pair your delicious eats with a K38 beer, made just for Buena Onda by Yards Brewing Company.
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Sabrina's Cafe

Patrons line up out the door for Sabrina’s famous stuffed challah French toast and other mega-portioned brunch-time eats. Sabrina’s Fairmount location is one of its few locations that also serves dinner, including diner-style eats like homemade meatloaf and roasted chicken with buttermilk biscuits.
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Umai Umai

This Japanese BYOB serves some unusual combinations (shrimp tempura, eel, avocado, honey, macadamia bits and strawberry is one) in their specialty rolls — just one of the reasons neighbors can’t get enough of the small sushi spot. Diners rave about the Godzilla (shrimp tempura, eel, avocado, strawberry, honey and roasted macadamias) and Spartan (miso-marinated beef tenderloin, cucumber, mozzarella cheese, shrimp tempura and paprika aioli) rolls.
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The Belgian Cafe

From the same people responsible for lauded beer bar Monk’s Cafe, this spot maintains a selection of more than 100 cool and interesting beers on tap and in bottles, as well as an extensive knowledge of mussels. During the warmer months, outdoor seating makes a prime people-watching spot.
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Whole Foods

Fairmount’s Whole Foods isn’t your typical supermarket. The 62,000-square-foot flagship store houses four different bars (two for alcohol, one for coffee and one for juice), four eateries from notable Philly chefs and an extensive selection of hot and cold prepared foods. The in-store pub features 16 local beers on tap, wine by the glass and variety of specialty cocktails.
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Tela’s Market & Kitchen

Tela’s Markey & Kitchen is the corner store that dreams are made of. This sunny shop stocks specialty grocery items including elegant cheeses, pantry staples, produce and prepared foods, including lots of locally made goodies. Even better? The cafe menu brings breakfast and lunch dishes that strike a balance between rich and healthy.
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Trio

Opened by three friends, Trio is a BYOB Thai-inspired, Pan-Asian paradise. Diners in this converted row home indulge in the popular drunken noodles, much-beloved lemongrass meatballs and more.
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Angelino's Restaurant & Pizzeria

Seekers of pasta with homemade sauce, sandwiches, pizzas with hand-stretched crust and neighborhood atmosphere head to this casual red-sauce Italian BYOB.
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Bar Hygge

To score a house-made, hyper-local brew, look no further than Bar Hygge. The brewpub offers a selection of nine different drafts along with shareable boards of veggies, cheese and meat and bar-food classics like a hearty grass-fed beef burger with beer-braised onions.
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Brown Street Coffee & Bánhery

While the go-to area in Philly for Banh Mi is South Philly, Fairmount holds a hidden gem for scoring an authentic and delicious take on the Vietnamese sandwich. Choose a base of grilled pork, Korean BBQ or crispy tofu to top the sandwich’s staple ingredients (pickled carrots, daikon radish and fresh cilantro), and then consider pairing your loaded baguette with a Vietnamese coffee for a real treat.
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Go hands-on at Gyu-Kaku, which invites you to flame-grill your own meats over a charcoal stovetop situated right at your table. Helpful staff guide patrons through a la carte orders, which include vegetarian and vegan options (that can be paired with plenty of sake and shōchū). Regulars know to order Lady M’s Green Tea Mille Crepe for dessert.
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Doma

This 35-seat Japanese BYOB with Korean influences serves lunch and dinner to in-the-know neighbors. Regulars swear the hot-stone bibimbap rivals anything found in Chinatown.
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