Off-Campus Dining

Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
13,072
Tuition
$36,090
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is not many options right near campus but if you go about 10 blocks, there is a ton of variety!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Philadelphia is a huge restaurant city so the variety of cuisine is quite large. The cost of the food ranges greatly but what you pay for is what you get. There could be more student discounts since many of the restaurants are right in the heart of University City. The best restaurants are in center city or Old City which is just a subway or car ride away.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: From food trucks to 5-star restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few places, but nothing to write home about. Mostly fast food.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's cash only for most places, which can get annoying. Lots of variety, but hardly any student discounts. Plenty of food trucks on campus during the day. At night...

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 46th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1162nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marina Lamanna
Hometown
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Major
English
Grad Year
2015
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Philadelphia is a culinary hub when it comes to restaurants. There is always something nearby to satisfy every craving. Students in University City will be exposed to food preparation from all over the world. Both upscale restaurants and cheap pubs are within a short walk of campus. Students make sure to utilize more expensive restaurants, like Penne, when parents come to town. Most students take advantage of Philadelphia's restaurants on the weekends. Take a walk or a subway ride into Center City and try something new every week. Drexel students never run out of restaurants.

Philly is known primarily for its cheesesteak joints and its Italian, Indian, Thai, French, and fusion restaurants. Although Philadelphia is one of the richest cities when it comes to fine (and not-so-fine) cuisine, many of its students don't have excessive funds. It gets very expensive to eat out frequently. Many of the more popular establishments like Pod and Penne are very expensive because of their location in University City. Students can easily fall victim to eating out too often due to monotonous meal plans. As long as students utilize cheap food trucks, it's easy to find an inexpensive meal. Some things to keep in mind when eating in Philly: A Philly cheesesteak is just a "cheesesteak," not a "Philly steak" or a "steak sandwich," and a hoagie is a lunchmeat sandwich on a long roll with lettuce and tomato—don't ever call it a "sub" or a "hero."

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Cavanaugh's
  • Mad Mex
  • New Deck Tavern
Best Asian
  • Lemon Grass
  • Pod
Best Breakfast
  • IHOP
  • Sabrina's Café
Best Coffee
  • Avril 50
  • Green Line Café
Best Dessert
Kiwi Yogurt
Best Healthy
  • Così
  • Sweetgreen
  • White Dog Café
Best Late-Night
  • IHOP
  • Wawa
Best Mexican
Distrito
Best Pizza
  • Drexel Pizza
  • Ed's Buffalo Wings & Pizza
  • Pizza Rustica
Best Wings
  • Cavanaugh's Restaurant
  • Ed's Buffalo Wings & Pizza
Best Place to Take a Date
Sabrina's Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Landmark Americana Tap & Grill
  • Pod
Other Places to Check Out
  • 500 Degrees
  • Ajia Japanese Fusion
  • Allegro Pizza & Grill
  • Almaz Café
  • Amada
  • Ariana Restaurant
  • Artisserie Chocolate Café
  • Baby Blues BBQ
  • Brilliant Pizza Co.
  • Buddakan
  • Butcher & Singer
  • The Capital Grille
  • Capogira Gelato Artisans
  • Casta Diva
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
  • China House
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • The Continental
  • Copabanana
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • El Vez
  • Erawan Thai Cuisine
  • Falafel House
  • Flying Monkey Bakery
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Fork
  • The Franklin Fountain
  • Freshii
  • Geno's Steaks
  • Great Wall Restaurant
  • Greek Lady
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
  • Honest Tom's Taco Shop
  • Houlihan's
  • Hummus
  • Insomnia Cookies
  • Jim's Steaks
  • Koreana
  • Lolita
  • Maggiano's Little Italy
  • A Mandarin Restaurant
  • McDonald's
  • The Melting Pot
  • Mexicali
  • Mizu Sushi Bar
  • Monk's Café
  • Moshulu
  • Nooddi Thai Chef
  • Olive Garden
  • Osteria
  • Pathmark
  • Pat's King of Steaks
  • Pho Cali
  • Pizza Hut
  • Porcini
  • Powelton Pizza
  • Pure Fare
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Saladworks
  • Sang Kee Noodle House
  • Savas Brick Oven Pizza
  • Saxbys Coffee
  • Shake Shack
  • Slainte Pub & Grill
  • Smokey Joe's
  • Spring Chinese Restaurant
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Texas Weiner
  • TGI Friday's
  • Tony Luke's
  • Tria
  • Wendy's
  • Zocalo

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

The Fresh Grocer
4001 Walnut St.
(215) 222-9200
www.thefreshgrocer.com
Daily 24 hours
Wawa
3604 Chestnut St.
(215) 222-6422
www.wawa.com
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Abner's Cheesesteaks
Food: Pizza, sandwiches
3813 Chestnut St.
(215) 662-0100
www.abnerscheesesteaks.com
Price: $8–$15
Avril 50
Food: Coffee/tea
3406 Sansom St.
(215) 222-6108
www.avril50.com
Price: $3–$8
California Pizza
Food: Pizza
3231 Powelton Ave.
(215) 387-8700
californiapizzaphilly.com
Price: $8–$15
Cavanaugh's Restaurant
Food: American
119 S. 39th St.
(215) 386-4889
www.cavanaughsrestaurant.com
Price: $10–$20
Così
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches
140 S. 36th St.
(215) 222-4545
www.getcosi.com
Price: $5–$10
Distrito
Food: Mexican
3945 Chestnut St.
(215) 222-1657
distritorestaurant.com
Price: $10–$20
Drexel Pizza
Food: Pizza
107 N. 33rd St.
(215) 222-4722
Price: $8–$15
Ed's Buffalo Wings & Pizza
Food: Pizza, wings
3513 Lancaster Ave.
(215) 222-4000
edswingspizza.com
Price: $10–$20
Green Line Café
Food: Coffee/tea
3649 Lancaster Ave.
(215) 382-2143
greenlinecafe.com
Price: $3–$8
IHOP
Food: American, breakfast
1320 Walnut St.
(215) 732-1726
www.ihop.com
Price: $8–$15
Kiwi Yogurt
Food: Frozen yogurt
3606 Chestnut St.
(215) 387-1222
kiwifrozenyogurt.com
Price: $3–$8
Landmark Americana Tap & Grill
Food: American
3333 Market St.
(215) 222-4500
landmarkamericana.com
Price: $10–$20
Lemon Grass
Food: Thai
3630 Lancaster Ave.
(215) 222-8042
www.lemongrassphila.com
Price: $10–$20
Mad Mex
Food: Mexican
3401 Walnut St.
(215) 382-2221
www.madmex.com
Price: $8–$15
Nan Restaurant
Food: Indian
4000 Chestnut St.
(215) 382-0818
www.nanrestaurant.com
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: BYOB
New Deck Tavern
Food: American
3408 Sansom St.
(215) 386-4600
www.newdecktavern.com
Price: $8–$15
New Number One Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
4251 Walnut St.
(215) 387-3226
newnumberonefood.com
Price: $5–$15
Cool Features: Fast delivery, great food, very nice staff
Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar
Food: Italian
3600 Sansom St.
(215) 823-6222
www.pennerestaurant.com
Price: $20–$40
Pizza Rustica
Food: Pizza, sandwiches
3602 Chestnut St.
(215) 895-3490
pizzarusticaonline.com
Price: $10–$20
Pod
Food: Asian fusion
3636 Sansom St.
(215) 387-1803
www.podrestaurant.com
Price: $20–$40
Sabrina's Café
Food: American
227 N. 34th St.
(215) 222-1022
sabrinascafe.com
Price: $10–$20
Sweetgreen
Food: Frozen yogurt, salads
3925 Walnut St.
(215) 386-1365
sweetgreen.com
Price: $8–$15
White Dog Café
Food: Upscale
3420 Sansom St.
(215) 386-9224
www.whitedog.com
Price: $20–$40

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 112 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 140 responses

  • 6% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 29% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 62% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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