Best of Philly

Best Fast-Casual Restaurant

2021 Best Reading Terminal Market Addition

El Merkury

You can tell this delightful Central American joint has joined one of America’s oldest food markets by the patrons gleefully carrying Sofia Deleon’s showstopping cups of soft-serve — stabbed with loops of churro and topped with treats like cajeta, Nutella and chunks of cannoli. Read More »

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2021 Best Fast-Casual

Fudena

Ruth Nakaar grew up eating the food her Ghanaian-born parents made but couldn’t easily find it without sitting down to elaborate restaurant meals. So she scratched her own itch and launched Fudena, a fast-casual West African pop-up-turned-brick-and-mortar. And jollof rice, curried goat, and pan-seared tilapia make for an undeniably more mouth-watering dinner than another $9 kale salad. Read More »

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2018 Best Fast-Casual Restaurant

El Merkury

Other than its touchscreen ordering kiosks and friendly counter service, El Merkury doesn’t look or act like your typical fast-casual restaurant. No grain bowls, no assembly lines, no smoothies. But authentic Central American street food is both fast and casual, and if pupusas and churros aren’t part of your diet at least once a week, you’re lunching all wrong. Read More »

2104 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 517-488-9445 | Website