When it comes to late-night eating in Philly there’s a tried and true trifecta of options: cheesesteaks, diners and pretzels. And while there’s no arguing with the hangover-squashing power of these three, sometimes eating outside of the florescent glare of these standards definitely is in order. Here’s a look at seven civilized spots to dine after midnight.
This Fishtown Mexi-bar (pictured at top) recently welcomed chef Lucio Palazzo into the fold, a move that elevates it from corner taqueria to a destination status. The kitchen is open until last call with a menu of mix-and-match tacos (think cochinita pibil, al pastor and pez) along with nachos, burritos and specials from Palazzo’s deep knowledge of Mexican regional cuisine.
2401 E. Norris St.; 267-886-8061
Taking over this beloved Queen Village cocktail den, chef Chris D’Ambro introduced a Wednesday to Monday late-night menu from the get-go. Serving until 1 AM, the lineup is full of the kind of fare that lends itself perfectly to after-hours grazing with plates like smoked mackerel pâté with horseradish, shareable cheese and house-made charcuterie boards and crispy pig’s head sliders with ’nduja mayo.
701 S. Fourth St.; 267-930-8538
Even with sandwich-heavy offerings this Point Breeze bar (pictured above) services the late-night crowd with a chalkboard menu that pits straight-up guilty pleasures like chili fries and bologna sliders up against rarely seen past 10 PM options like sardines a la plancha, nicoise tuna sandwiches and honey-roasted root vegetables.
1800 Federal St.; 215-334-2337
Available until 1 AM, the burgers at this Passyunk Square craft beer haven are some of the best in town and taste even better as a fourth meal. Perfectly sized, these burgers are the best way to satisfy late-night hunger. Stick around for another pint or two of something special from Fountain Porter’s always amazing draft list.
1601 S. 10th St.; 267-324-3910
This Chinatown after-hours hang (pictured above) is a big fave amongst industry folks for their way late hours (til 3 AM every night of the week) and a banquet-style menu that works beautifully for impromptu late-night family-style eating. Make sure to check out the tanks to get an up close and personal peek of what’s on the seafood menu.
134 N. 10th St.; 215-922-0698
Situated in the heart of the Italian Market, this Mexican-meets-pizzeria keeps crazy late hours and an even crazier menu that features mash-up pies like pizza ranchera with chicken, jalapeños and beans and a bomba pizza with chorizo, hot dogs, steak, onions ham and beans along with a solid selection of tacos and tortas.
1104 S. Ninth St.; 215-339-5000
Aiming to please the discerning palates of industry folks, this Kensington bar (pictured above) serves a smart selection of carefully crafted hoagies, composed vegetable plates, pickles, cheese and charcuterie as well as desserts. It’s the only place in town where you can snack on a sandwich made with Kensington Quarters’ ham and taleggio or jerk-spiced sweet potatoes and coconut rice well after midnight.
2113 E. York St.; 215-867-8881