St.Joe’s has a campus that is part city, part suburb, located on the border of Philadelphia and the Main Line. This means that the city is a popular spot for students on the weekends. However, most students are not from the city, making them unfamiliar with the local hidden gems. Everyone has heard of the Pat’s and Geno’s sandwich rivalry, but how many students know where to find the best local Philly food?

John’s Roast Pork-$

“John’s Roast Pork”, by Paul Narvaez, flickr.com, Creative Commons License

John’s Roast Pork, located on Snyder Avenue, is a local business that has operated since 1930. Open until 5pm, John’s is a Philly favorite that is known for its cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches. Both sandwiches are under $10. 

Pop’s Water Ice-$

Photo Credits @ Pops_waterice on Instagram/Pop’s Peach Water Ice

Pop’s Water Ice, located on 13th and Oregon, has been open since 1932 and is currently celebrating its 90th season. Its lemon and cherry water ice are the two original flavors, but other flavors such as mango and watermelon have grown in popularity. You can also add soft serve ice cream to your water ice order and make it a gelati. 

Stogie Joe’s Tavern-$$

Photo Credits @ Mia Messina/ Stogie Joe’s Tavern Plain Pizza

Stogie Joe’s Tavern, located on Passyunk Avenue, is just one of the many great restaurants in that area. It has been featured on an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” with Guy Fieri for its crab gravy and soppressata square pizza. You cannot go wrong with a large plain pizza as well.

Green Eggs Cafe-$$

Photo Credits @ Mia Messina/Green Eggs Cafe Creme Brûlée French Toast

Green Eggs Cafe has multiple locations throughout the city, depending on where you decide to visit. Its location in Duane Morris Plaza is just blocks away from City Hall, and offers an assortment of savory and sweet breakfast dishes as well as a number of specialty coffees. 

Grand Caffe L’Aquilla-$$

Photo Credit @ Mia Messina/Grand Caffe L’Aquilla Caprese Panini

Grand Caffee L’Aquilla is in the heart of Center City, on 17th and Chestnut Streets, surrounded by a number of stores. This makes it the perfect place to stop for an afternoon lunch or a nice dinner. The Grand Caffe offers a weekly city menu, focusing on a new Italian city each week, and offering cuisine local to that region. If you’re going to visit make sure you try the gelato as well. 

HomeGrown Coffee and Creations-$

Photo Credits @ _Brokebuthungry on Instagram/Iced Coffee from HomeGrown Coffee and Creations


HomeGrown Coffee and Creations, is located in South Philadelphia, on 15th and Porter. The coffee shop offers an assortment of breakfast options from your standard breakfast sandwich to hash brown breakfast burritos. The coffee shop is known for its coffee, especially their chocolate banana flavored iced coffee.

Now that you have all of these options to choose from, happy eating!

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