Best of Philly

Best Lunch

2022 Best Weekday Lunch Spot

Suya Suya

Fast-casual joints are about as riveting as a half-flaccid traffic cone reserving a parking spot. But this Nigerian restaurant in Northern Liberties operates in its own lane, serving a menu of grilled and yaji-rubbed proteins heavy on peanuts, paprika and scorching cayenne. Customize a bowl for takeout (or sit inside with your laptop and some generously provided wi-fi) for what’s by far the best lunch you’ll eat all week. Read More »

400 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

2018 Best Lunch Counter

Rooster Soup Co.

Pop into CookNSolo’s modern luncheonette because the tuna melt and smoked matzo ball soup are endlessly satisfying. Pop in because Rooster’s new chef, George Sabatino, is doing really cool things with local meats and produce. And definitely pop in because 100 percent of the restaurant’s profits go to Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative, an organization that feeds Philly’s hungry and food-insecure. Editor’s note: Rooster Soup Co. has undergone major changes since we announced this award. George Sabatino is no longer the chef, the concept is Jewish deli–style luncheonette, and the restaurant is called simply The Rooster. Read More »

1526 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa | 215-454-6939 | Website

2016 Best Readers' Choice: Quickie Lunch Spot

Jake’s Sandwich Board

Readers' Choice winner. Read More »

122 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-922-0102 | Website

2015 Best Quick-Serve Lunch


The ongoing bells-and-stars argument over whether Michael Solomonov's diminutive hummusiya is overranked is stupid, because frankly, this place isn't ranked high enough. Yeah, it's small, and you sit at picnic tables. Get over it. The hummus is excellent, and the toppings are innovative and fit for any be-clothed table. Read More »

1625 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-867-8181 | Website

2015 Best Nutritious Lunch

A Custom Bowl from Agno Grill

Listen up, control freaks: At Agno, you can assemble any combination of black rice and grilled chicken or baked falafel or lamb, plus vegetables, Greek salads, tzatziki and light, flavorful dressings and it's all fresh, all gluten-free, all healthy and all shockingly satisfying. Read More »

2104 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-858-4590 | Website

2012 Best Quick Lunch

Chicken Banh Mi at Rotisseur

No, it isn't a traditional banh mi; it's better. Juicy slices of rotisserie chicken, pickled veggies and-the best part-crispy chicken skin. Read More »

102 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-496-9494 | Website

2011 Best Suburban Lunch

Sangkee Asian Bistro

The fresh food and fast service at this Main Line outpost of the Chinatown legend will have you going back two or three times a month (despite the terrible parking) and learning what a steal the $13 three-course prix fixe truly is. Read More »

339 East Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA | 610-658-0618 | Website

2009 Best Blue-Plate Special

The Palm

Each Wednesday, a resounding "I'll have the meatloaf" is heard from the tables and booths inside the city's power dining room. In fact, this $12 midweek lunch special has movers and shakers (Ed Rendell, Brian Tierney and Ron Rubin are known fans) calling ahead to reserve orders of the spicy, Cajun-inspired all-beef loaf, served with tangy house-made brown gravy and a mound of whipped potatoes. Read More »

200 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-546-7256 | Website