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Top Places to Eat Near the South Philadelphia Sports Complex

Hoagies, tacos, tailgating and more within a 10-minute drive of the stadiums

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There are scores of events happening every week at the Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park. And if you’re headed to the stadiums to catch a concert, game (Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, Sixers or more) or other event, you’ll want to check out one of South Philly’s awesome eateries while you’re in the area.

From classic tailgating spots like Chickie’s and Pete’s (where you’ll find an “Ultimate Tailgate” deal on the menu, featuring jumbo lump crab cake stacked ON a seared burger and drizzled with aioli sauce) to sit-down restaurants such as Le Virtu (serving up tasty, authentic Italian cuisine from the region of Abruzzi), we’ve rounded up some of the top spots within a 10-minute drive of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.

We also included a few spots to score quintessential Philly eats, too, like cheesesteaks from Tony Luke’s and soft pretzels from South Philly Pretzel Factory. If you’re a newcomer to the city (or even if you’re not), don’t miss an opportunity to grab a Philly favorite.

Below, find eats of every kind at spots conveniently located near the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.

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Tony Luke’s

Whiz Wit, please

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Located next to I-95 on Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia, Tony Luke’s is a Philadelphia institution. There’s no need for an inside here — order and pick up your sandwich from the street-side windows and feast upon your reward at the outdoor picnic-style tables. While the menu of countless delicious “Old Philly Style Sandwiches” can seem overwhelming, you can’t go wrong with either the cheesesteak (with Whiz or American cheese) or the Roast Pork Italian, the two most popular choices by far.

Where: 39 W. Oregon Avenue

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John’s Roast Pork

Once bestowed the almighty title of best cheeseteak-makers in the region

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Previously named the best cheesesteak in Philly by Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig Laban, the cheesesteak at John’s Roast Pork is a solid bet. The beef is expertly seasoned and grilled, and the cheese and onions get folded into it while the meat is still on the grill. The result is a more flavorful and cheesy outcome than many of its rivals. Plus, the quality of the delightfully crusty roll alone, delivered fresh each morning from South Philadelphia’s Carangi Bakery, could be enough to declare this cheesesteak among Philly’s finest. That being said, don’t overlook the signature hot roast pork sandwich, another tasty option that can make decision time at the ordering counter tough. Take-out only.

Where: 14 E. Snyder Avenue

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Oregon Steaks

Score a cheesesteak any hour of the day at this 24/7 spot

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Open 24 hours a day, seven days per week, Oregon Steaks has you covered when the game goes long. Fairly new to the Philly cheesesteak scene, Oregon Steaks opened with a new storefront at 10th Street and Oregon Avenue in early 2014. But its freshness to the sandwich scene doesn’t mean you should discount the cheesesteak haven, where neon lights stay bright all night long. Take-out only.

Where: 2654 S. 10th Street

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Old Original Nick’s Roast Beef

Serving up crowd-pleasing sandwiches for over 70 years

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This Philadelphia establishment has been serving up simple, succulent sandwiches for over 70 years. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, the namesake roast beef sandwiches are the obvious must-order, along with a side of the enthusiastically topped gravy fries.

Where: 2149 S. 20th Street

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Philip’s Steaks

Cheesesteak options with both classic fixings and innovative flare

Another 24-hour South Philly cheesesteak joint, Philip’s Steaks shines in its variety. Not only can you score your standard sandwich here, but you can also choose from unconventional but enticing options like the “Old-fashioned,” a cheesesteak that comes with provolone cheese, grilled tomatoes, onions and long hots. Take-out only.

Where: 2234 W. Passyunk Avenue

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Primo Hoagies

It’s not just a hoagie, it’s a Primo

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Looking for a sandwich that won’t leave you wanting more? We’re not saying you won’t lust for seconds after chowing down at Primo Hoagies, but with the whole-sized hoagie option packing in two pounds of meat, it’s unlikely you’ll be left hungry. The most popular menu item is the Italian Hoagie, but if you ask the owner for his favorite, he’ll tell you to reach for the Sharp Italian. With over 60 options to choose from, we’re pretty sure there’s a little – er, big – something for everyone. Take note: Hoagie trays are available, so if you’re planning a pre-game tailgate, just call in advance.

Where: 1528 W. Ritner Street

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Cheesesteak Central at 9th and Passyunk

The epicenter of Philadelphia's signature sandwich

Just beyond a 10-minute drive from the stadiums is Philly’s most famous spot for grabbing its signature sandwich – Cheesesteak Central. This is where rivals Pat’s and Geno’s each whip up steaks for those who have to make the tough choice of which line they’ll choose to stand in and wait. Come decide for yourself whose cheesesteak you’ll declare worthy of your plate in this corner-side home to the two most famous cheesesteak vendors in the world.

Where: 9th Street and E. Passyunk Avenue

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South Philadelphia Tap Room

14 taps alongside a menu of both classic and innovative pub fare

The South Philadelphia Tap Room offers something for everyone, from comfort classics — like their ultra-popular three grilled cheese and tomato soup combo — to highly innovative yet casual options, like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich breaded with Frosted Flakes before going into the deep-fryer. Tons of vegan-friendly eats make the menu, too, along with standard taproom fare, like cheeseburgers loaded with local grass-fed beef and topped with beer-braised bacon. You can also look forward to 14 fresh taps pouring unique drafts from praised craft breweries around the country.

Where: 1509 Mifflin Street

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Taproom on 19th

Gastropub with a plethora of seasonal eats and brews

Looking for bar food and a lengthy list of brew selections to pair with it? Head to Taproom on 19th, where a dozen drafts and a slew of bottle options await alongside a gastropub menu of often seasonal-based eats. The burger options are impressive, including the signature burger made with New Jersey beef, fontina cheese, garlic aioli and more.

Where: 2400 S. 19th Street

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Fountain Porter

A distinct collection of craft brews

The 20 craft brews on tap at Fountain Porter are best enjoyed at the wooden indoor picnic tables at this old-school South Philly corner bar. The food menu includes a short but sweet selection of cheese, meat and pickle options, alongside a daily burger that’ll only cost you $5. Veggie burgers are available, too.

Where: 1601 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia

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South Bowl

Bowling, brews and lots of good times

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Northern Liberties’ North Bowl is a top hot spot for bowling and beer drinking, and the South Philly version is convenient for those looking for some fun before or after an outing at the nearby sports complex. This bowling spot is equipped with 26 lanes, an area to play pool and video games and a fully stocked bar. For food, South Bowl serves the much-loved tater tots that North Bowl has made famous, in addition to pizzas, wings, pretzel bites, a burger, macaroni and cheese and more.

Where: 19 W. Oregon Avenue

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XFINITY Live!

Dining and leisure in the heart of the sports complex

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Joining the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, 76ers and Eagles in South Philadelphia is XFINITY Live! Located in the heart of the sports complex, XFINITY Live! is 80,000 square feet dedicated to dining and entertainment. It features a massive 24-foot LED video wall in the XFINITY On Demand Theater and an enormous 32-foot Sony LED screen inside at the NBC Sports Arena. While you’re there, check out the Victory Beer Hall from local Victory Brewing Company, the PBR Ball & Grill, 1100 Social (see below) or the Broad Street Bullies Pub, remembering the iconic Flyers squad from the 1970s with a ton of authentic memorabilia, gourmet burgers and 48 beers on tap.

Where: 1100 Pattison Avenue

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McFadden’s

Sports-centered bar perfect for tailgating, catching the game or celebrating afterward

With 33 high-definition TVs and two projector screens, it’s no surprise that even some ticket holders come to McFadden’s at Citizens Bank Park to watch the game. When the Phillies are out of town, many locals still head to the stadium to grab a bite and a brew at the pub. The sporty bar is also perfect for tailgating or letting loose after an event. Baseball season or not, McFadden’s welcomes you inside to celebrate year-round.

Where: 1 Citizens Bank Way

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Chickie’s and Pete’s

The most popular sports bar (and crab-seasoned fries) in Philadelphia

Famous for its crab-seasoned fries, hard-shelled crabs and free-flowing beer, Chickie’s and Pete’s was recently rated the third best sports bar in the country by ESPN. Chickie’s now has four locations in Philadelphia, and its 24,000-square-foot South Philadelphia spot is by far the biggest. With giant bars, huge TVs and a famous seafood menu, it has emerged as the most popular place to watch an Eagles game in Philadelphia other than Lincoln Financial Field. If you plan to catch an actual game here, you’ll want to arrive at least an hour before kick-off or you might not get in the door.

Where: 1526 Packer Avenue

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La Rosa Pizzeria

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La Rosa Pizzeria has been making its massive, square, deep-dish pies for more than 30 years in South Philly. The buttery, thick crust lends itself well to a variety of hearty toppings. Insider’s tip: Don’t miss the potato pizza. Take-out only.

Where: 2106 S. Broad Street

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Cacia’s Bakery

South Philly institution for more than 50 years

Cacia’s Bakery in South Philly has been satisfying customers with its high-quality pizza, breads and more for more than six decades. The tomato pie is a local favorite along with a wide selection of strombolis and hoagies served on house-made rolls. Open 363 days a year, you can relish in cheesy, saucy goodness from here on nearly any occasion. Take-out only.

Where: 1526 W. Ritner Street

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Birra

Part gastopub, part pizzeria, all scrumptious

The inventive, decidedly new-school pies at Birra (porchetta with arugula pesto and fontina; duck confit with caramelized onion) can also be served bowl-style (baked upside down and inverted into a personal-sized deep dish). Even better, all pizza is served until 1 a.m.

Where: 1700 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Gennaro’s Tomato Pie

New York-style pizza with whole milk mozzarella and a lot of Philly love

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Gennaro’s Tomato Pie boasts a direct familial connection to New York City’s historic Lombardi’s. The wallet-friendly BYOB policy gets Philly crowds flowing through the entrance doors, and the extra-charred crust keeps them coming back for more.

Where: 1533 S. 11th Street

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Los Gallos

Festive atmosphere with Mexican food that delivers

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At South Philly storefront Los Gallos, colorful flags wave overhead, friendly service beckons and platters heave with generous, exceedingly fresh tacos, available in combinations of grilled and roasted meats. Diners can pair their fare with Mexican sodas from the fridge or choose to BYOB.

Where: 951 Wolf Street

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El Sarape

A BYOB taco haven with innovative specials

Should taco cravings take a backseat to a hankering for a burrito or even a sizzling fajita salad, El Sarape delivers in full force. In addition to reputable fried fish and chorizo tacos, the restaurant offers an expansive menu of innovative specials, Tex-Mex classics and sodas. Note that those looking to enjoy alcoholic beverages should plan to bring their own.

Where: 1304 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia

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Taqueria La Mexicanita

Authentic Mexican food available late night

Fulfill late-night longings for longaniza (long sausage) or cecina (salted beef steak) at Taqueria La Mexicanita, an authentic Mexican takeout spot at 12th Street and Snyder Avenue. The grill is open until 2 a.m., so no need to rush over after the game or concert.

Where: 1148 Snyder Avenue

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P’unk Burger

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A burger-centric spot on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philly, P’unk Burger allows you to create your own dream team burger-and-topping combination or select from one of 10 specialty burgers on the menu. Patty options include beef, turkey, chicken, tuna, veggie and Portabello mushroom. Top off your selection with one of more than a dozen-plus sauces, cheeses and more to create your own signature, menu-worthy meal.

Where: 1823 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Philly Pretzel Factory

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Introduced to the region by German settlers (“Pennsylvania Dutch”) in the 18th century, pretzels quickly became a favorite local treat. Philly has made the soft version of the snack famous through institutions like the Philly Soft Pretzel Factory. Swing by for a fresh pretzel to be purchased and be sure to give it a healthy smear of mustard before you leave. Take-out only.

Where: 2655 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia

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Melrose Diner

A low-key South Philly landmark for brunch and diner food

Best known for its friendly service, delicious baked goods and iconic shared booths, Melrose Diner has been a Philadelphia staple since 1935. The best part? Melrose is open 24 hours a day, so you can get custard-based French toast, “potato boats” and famous butter cookies whenever you want. Mingle among Philadelphia patrons, neighborhood devotees, local politicos and late-night partiers — with shared seating, you never know who you’ll be swapping stories with during your meal.

Where: 1501 Snyder Avenue

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Stargazy

Pies, pies and pies – both sweet and savory

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East Passyunk‘s Stargazy is an authentic British-style pie shop from London-bred chef Sam Jacobson. On offer are a selection of savory styles (traditional beef and onion, roasted vegetable), which can be paired with jellied or stewed eels, and sweet treats (peach pie, sticky banoffee pudding). Diners can wash it all down with a cup of complimentary tea.

Where: 1838 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Bar Amis

Homestyle Italian cooking in the Navy Yard

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Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Marc Vetri has turned the once-forgotten Navy Yard into a dining destination with Bar Amis. The casual sister spot to Amis Trattoria offers creative small plates —like cacio e pepe fries and italian hoagie bruschetta — alongside classic homestyle Italian large plates, sandwiches and salads. Wash it all down with a drink from the expertly curated drink menu.

Where: 4503 S. Broad Street

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1100 Social

Mexican-Asian fusion served up in a spacious restaurant within XFINITY Live!

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Chef Jason Cichonski of notable Philly restaurants such as Ela and The Gaslight brings an array of top-notch eats to XFINITY Live! in the space that was formerly The Spectrum Grill. Fusing Mexican and Asian flavors, shareable plates line the menu with items including Korean meatballs, General Tso’s rice balls and Firecracker Shrimp tossed in a spicy cream sauce. Hand-crafted cocktails and “party bowls” also make the menu of the spacious, 300-seat venue.

Where: 1100 Pattison Avenue

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Le Virtu

A tasty tour of the Abruzzi region of Italy

At Le Virtu, an impressive wine list complements the authentic Italian Abruzzese cuisine, which gets prepared in an open kitchen amidst a warm, rustic atmosphere. An intimate dining room and outdoor patio complete the ambience, where you’re seated and given a seasonal menu that melds local produce, meats and artisanal delicacies. Those delicacies includes honey and sheep’s milk cheeses imported directly from Abruzzi, a region in Italy which the owner visits regularly for fresh inspiration.

Where: 1927 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Will

Next-level BYOB

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Chef Christopher Kearse, who has cooked at some of America’s best restaurants, brings his formidable kitchen experience into full focus at Will, his popular BYOB on the far end of East Passyunk Avenue. Here, find contemporary French-inspired fare, with a seasonal menu that changes nearly every day. On Sundays, Will offers a five-course, prix fixe menu that’s not to be missed.

Where: 1911 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Bing Bing Dim Sum

Small menu, big flavors, magnificent dumplings

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Bing Bing Dim Sum is a mingling of inventive food, formidable drinks, funky decor and — perhaps most importantly — a generally fun vibe. The casual spot attracts large crowds (so consider making a reservation, especially if dining on a weekend), with a menu broken down by noodles, rice and dim sum. Be sure to try one of the dumpling options, and even if you’re not too keen on Brussels sprouts, take note: Bing Bing’s sweet and sour rendition of the veggie is a mouthwatering head-turner.

Where: 1648 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Laurel

Highly curated and creative menu in a simple-yet-beautiful space

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Laurel, an intimate, 26-seat restaurant, serves as a blank canvas for the culinary creativity of Chef Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef New Orleans. Here, he focuses on a highly edited menu of just over a dozen dishes. Menu items change regularly, but include dishes such as fresh ricotta gnocchi with pancetta, a favorite of Elmi’s daughter and Top Chef judges, and a torn New Jersey scallop served with gold apple. Guests can expect personal, friendly service in the simple-yet-beautiful restaurant space.

Where: 1617 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Perla

BYOB with authentic Filipino fare

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Perla brings authentic Filipino fare to East Passyunk Avenue, serving up dishes like pork belly abodo, sisig and more. On Wednesdays and Sundays, the intimate spot hosts a Kamayan Family style meal, a communal experience where you eat with your hands.

Where: 1535 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia

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Sate Kampar

Meat on a stick and other Malaysian street food

Malaysian street food shines at Sate Kampar. The Passyunk BYOB grills up meats on a stick in both classic and Hainanese styles, and rounds out the menu with herbaceous salads, stir-fried noodles and braised coconut chicken, alongside a menu of specialty drinks.

Where: 1837 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Tony Luke’s
John’s Roast Pork
Oregon Steaks
Old Original Nick’s Roast Beef
Philip’s Steaks
Primo Hoagies
Cheesesteak Central at 9th and Passyunk
South Philadelphia Tap Room
Taproom on 19th
Fountain Porter
South Bowl
XFINITY Live!
McFadden’s
Chickie’s and Pete’s
La Rosa Pizzeria
Cacia’s Bakery
Birra
Gennaro’s Tomato Pie
Los Gallos
El Sarape
Taqueria La Mexicanita
P’unk Burger
Philly Pretzel Factory
Melrose Diner
Stargazy
Bar Amis
1100 Social
Le Virtu
Will
Bing Bing Dim Sum
Laurel
Perla
Sate Kampar
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