Best Quick Bites in Philadelphia

September 20, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Eat and run with speedy service at these standout Philadelphia restaurants.

Sandwich · Chinatown
Food 4.8 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.3

The "messy" , "juicy" roast pork sandwiches at this "homestyle" Italian stand at Reading Terminal Market are the "perfect Philly phix" ; some caution “be prepared to wait” , though "fast" , "friendly" folks keep things moving – in sum, "you can't go wrong" here.
Honest Tom's Taco Shop
Mexican · Spruce Hill · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.2

“Awesome” tacos and “amazing” burritos made with “fresh" ingredients are served at this humble storefront in Spruce Hill for breakfast, lunch and dinner; many prefer takeout, as it has only a “few tables" and it’s “always busy.”
Dalessandro's Steaks
Cheesesteak · Roxborough · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.1

A second ownership change has restored "much of the glory of old" to this "hectic" cheesesteak mecca in Roxborough, where fans savor "gristle-free, perfectly seasoned and dressed" sandwiches and quaff beers at an "old-time diner" counter where it's "standing room only but for good reason" ; "friendly" servers keep the lines moving, and outdoor seating is "icing on the cake."
John's Roast Pork
Sandwich · South Philadelphia · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 2.9 · Service 4.0

Fans “forget upscale” and head to this cash-only South Philly "lunch counter" for its “amazing” "triumvirate of hot sandwiches: cheesesteak, roast pork and roast beef" made the “way it should be" ; the "extra-napkin experience" is enjoyed at "picnic tables" throughout the seasons.
Federal Donuts
Donut · Rittenhouse Square · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.1

“Terrific” coffee, “amazing” donuts and fried chicken with “exotic rubs” are the forte of this "hip" American chain, whose “funky” , “tasty” flavor combinations “take the cake” ; a “pleasant” staff “moves you along efficiently” in a no-frills setting that many deem a “fried-food nirvana.”