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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: its not the best but its definitely not the worst. i like Philly Style pizza! but its so expensive. i've had awful food from Temple Star, but i just go to China House now over on Cecil. There are tons of food trucks everywhere, so getting food quick and cheap isn't very hard, as long as you have cash on you.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We have a ton of options apart from dining halls, like food trucks and chain restaurants. most are open late, especially the pizza places and Insomnia cookie truck. Almost all the places around Temple will take diamond dollars, restaurants in center city will not do any student discount.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food in philly is great no matter where you are.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of options to pick from.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I usually don't venture off campus for food since I have a meal plan, but when I do, I always find something good.


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There are a lot of options for off-campus dining. In the surrounding community alone, there are dozens of places to go to find food. The good thing about these places is that many of them accept Diamond Dollars, Temple's dining currency. Temple students and staff have more than enough different selections of food to choose from. This is why many students put on the Freshman 15. Eating off campus can cost more money than one might expect. There are few restaurants within walking distance, so without a car, you will not only be paying for your food, but also your transportation. If you have reliable transportation and some money to burn, Philly has an excellent selection of restaurants. The historic feel of the city is well worth the cost.

Some of the types of food that are offered range from cheesesteak (which Philadelphia is known for) to Japanese, so you never get bored eating the same thing every day. In addition to dinner options in North Philly, Philadelphia also offers a range of different restaurants in both Center City and Old City. Most new residents are drawn to Pat’s cheesesteaks or Geno’s. The two have been long-time rivals, so try both and pick your favorite. If you are feeling a little adventurous, head away from the center of the city and into one of the smaller neighborhoods, with small restaurants found on almost every corner. You will find friendly people and excellent, cheap food. If you’re a late eater, there are numerous places open late that deliver. There is a little something for everyone, no matter what you are in the mood for or what the occasion is.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Geno's Steaks
  • Pat's King of Steaks
Best Asian
Temple Garden Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
  • Insomnia Cookies
  • Starbucks
Best Healthy
Not in the home of cheesesteaks and subs
Best Late-Night
Maxi's Pizza, Subs & Bar
Best Mexican
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
Lorenzo & Son Pizza
Best Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
Lucy's Hat Shop
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Cheesecake Factory
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • The Capital Grille
  • Capogiro
  • Checkers
  • City View Pizza
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Continental
  • Crown Fried Chicken
  • Dave & Buster's
  • El Rincon Latino Restaurant
  • El Vez
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Koja Grille
  • Krispy Kreme
  • La Creperie Café
  • La Fuente Pizzaria
  • Lolita
  • Master Wok
  • Midtown Restaurant
  • Morning Glory Diner
  • Ms. Tootsi's Restaurant Bar & Lounge
  • Nosheri
  • Orient Express
  • Osteria
  • Penang
  • Philly Flavors
  • Pizza Palace
  • Plaza Pizza
  • Saxbys Coffee
  • Sazon Restaurant & Café
  • Silk City Diner, Bar & Lounge
  • Tacconelli's Pizza
  • Tai's Vietnamese Food
  • Ted's Montana Grill
  • Temple Star Chinese Restaurant
  • Trios Trattoria
  • Tuscany Ristorante
  • The Urban Café
Did You Know?
  • Philly is known for its cheesesteaks. Try Pat's in South Philly, and if you don't like their steaks, try Geno's, which is right across the street. They say if you don't like one, you'll love the other. Real cheesesteaks do not have peppers!
  • Philly is also known for subs and water ice, and let's not forget Philadelphia soft pretzels sold by the street-side vendor (take a risk, try the pretzels-they're well worth it).

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Fresh Grocer
1501 N. Broad St.
(877) 376-4761
Daily 8 a.m.-12 a.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
931 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill (N.J.)
(856) 665-7550
Price: $10-$20
Dinardo's Famous Crabs
Food: Seafood
312 Race St.
(215) 925-5115
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Nightly specials, award-winning
Draught Horse
Food: American
1431 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
(215) 235-1010
Price: $8-$15
Fat Tuesday
Food: American
431 South St.
(215) 629-5999
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Bring home your own drink packages
Geno's Steaks
Food: Cheesesteaks
1219 S. Ninth St.
(215) 389-0659
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Home of the original cheesesteak
Food: American, breakfast
1320 Walnut St.
(215) 732-1726
Price: $8-$15
Insomnia Cookies
Food: Cookies
3417 Spruce St.
(215) 387-2005
Price: $3-$8
Jim's Steaks
Food: Cheesesteaks
400 South St.
(215) 928-1911
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: They ship steaks overnight to anywhere in the United States.
Lorenzo & Son Pizza
Food: Pizza
305 South St.
(215) 627-4110
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Open until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Lucy's Hat Shop
Food: American
247 Market St.
(215) 413-1433
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sunday drunken monkey buffet
Maxi's Pizza, Subs & Bar
Food: Pizza, sandwiches
1926 Liacouras Walk
(215) 204-7002
Price: $5-$15
Nifty Fifty's
Food: American diner
2491 Grant Ave.
(215) 676-1950
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Fun `50s diner atmosphere; party packages
Pat's King of Steaks
Food: Cheesesteaks
1237 E. Passyunk Ave.
(215) 468-1546
Price: $2-$8
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
1600 N. Broad St.
(215) 763-4090
Price: $3-$8
Rib Rack
Food: Soul food
2100 Tyson Ave.
(215) 338-9399
Price: $10-$30
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Food: Steakhouse
260 S. Broad St.
(215) 790-1515
Price: $20-$50
Cool Features: Great steaks
Samba Restaurant
Food: Spanish
714 W. Girard Ave.
(215) 625-7900
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Also has music and dancing
Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge
Food: American
435 Spring Garden St.
(215) 592-8838
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Cool place to come after hitting the clubs
South Street Diner
Food: American
140 South St.
(215) 627-5258
Price: $3-$8
Food: Coffee, tea
1801-33 N. 12th St.
(215) 204-4820
Price: $3-$8
Temple Garden Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
1524 N. Broad St.
(215) 769-9858
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Delivers to campus
Food: Wings
1600 N. Broad St.
(215) 765-6555
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 387 responses

Very poor
  • 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 427 responses

  • 46% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 37% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 13% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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