A bustling area with musical venues, bars, shops and massive sports arenas that are home to Philadelphia’s professional teams, South Philadelphia is a popular Philly district. To satisfy shoppers, sports fans and bar-hoppers, this area is also packed with restaurants. Passayunk Avenue, also known as South Philly’s “restaurant row,” and South Street are pedestrian-friendly areas that are good for strolling to find the ideal dining spot. One of the most well known South Philly restaurants is JAMES, a contemporary American restaurant focused on sustainable cuisine. A must-visit area for fans of Italian cuisine, South Philly is also home to a number of Italian restaurants, including the refined Paradiso, lively Popi’s Italian Restaurant.
The focus at JAMES of Philadelphia is on sustainability, from the exclusive use of locally farmed ingredients to the wine list featuring only vintages from small, boutique wineries dedicated to sustainable grape-growing practices. JAMES is frequently praised by Philadelphia restaurant critics for the seasonally changing menu, the creative top-shelf concoctions from the bar and the elegantly modern atmosphere.
JNA Institute of Culinary Arts
1212 S. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19146
Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American.
The JNA Institute of Culinary Arts of Philadelphia invites Philadelphia restaurant goers to the quaint, European terrace style restaurant that features the cuisine of the institute’s students. This "teaching restaurant" is in close proximity to the Philadelphia theatre district and features seasonally changing menu selections from some of Philadelphia's future culinary innovators.
1627-29 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia PA 19148
Paradiso of Philadelphia rests in the heart of South Philadelphia's "restaurant row," but despite the competition, Paradiso continues to draw Philadelphia restaurant aficionados with its refined Italian cuisine. Paradiso also features floor-to-ceiling windows, and live jazz Friday and Saturday nights.
Popi's Italian Restaurant
3120 S. 20th St., Philadelphia PA 19145
Claiming to be a favorite of notable Philadelphia entertainers and sports personalities, Popi's Italian Restaurant has grown from a small, one-room trattoria to a large full service restaurant facility complete with several dining rooms, a bar and onsite banquet facilities. The Italian cuisine at the family owned and operated Popi's Italian Restaurant of Philadelphia is Tuscan inspired.