Philly restaurants are staple of the Penn experience for their variety and convenience. There is no limit to your choices. On a normal day, students usually opt to eat somewhere close and cheap, but on the weekends, it is not uncommon to migrate east of the river or west of the high rises to treat your taste buds to some authentic Ethiopian or upscale Asian cuisine. Places to eat vary not only in fare, but also in price. Whether you have to save up or wait for your parents to take you out, definitely try a Stephen Starr restaurant at some point before you graduate. And, most importantly, try as many cheesesteak joints as humanly possible and decide for yourself, before you have a heart attack, which deserves the title for “Best Philly Cheesesteak.”
The food in Philadelphia is definitely one of the best things about Penn’s location. Since the school is immersed in West Philly, the line between off-campus and on-campus is blurred. As a result, some places considered off-campus are across the street from your dorm, next door to a classroom, or behind the bookstore. Additionally, the recent innovation of Campusfood.com allows for students to order food from their computers. Most of the restaurants in the University City area deliver, so by using this website and your phone, you have a wide range of delivery options. Since nightlife at Penn usually doesn’t get started until around 11 p.m., there is always ample time to grab some eats as a pre-party activity. There is no doubt that Philadelphia restaurants will fulfill your needs by providing everything from a place to take a date, celebrate a birthday, people watch at a trendy spot, or simply enjoy an immensely satisfying meal.