ESI’s Favorite Places to Eat

The Center City area of Philadelphia has some amazing places to dine. However, it wouldn’t be right to leave out the rest of the City when it comes to exceptional eats either! If you are looking for fantastic local eateries, food carts and more, the entire city of Philadelphia has some fantastic local eateries with tastes from all over the world that has you covered for anything your palette can think of. 

Aside from getting a great meal, the tremendous and diverse array of options really allows for exploring and learning about other cultures and the wonderful and generous people who choose to share their native meals with others. Being located right in the heart of Philadelphia, just two city blocks down the street from City Hall, ESI is surrounded by an array of fantastic restaurants on all sides. Within that number are places that our staff hold near and dear, located all across the entire city. Take a look at our list and, who knows, you may find your next local go-to.  


If you’re looking for a place that offers quality and authentic Japanese food, look no further than Yamitsuki! Located at 11th and Arch right in Center City, you won’t be too far from the action here while enjoying some delicious ramen, sushi, and other Japanese delicacies. 1028 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Alice Pizza

Alice Pizza is also from the owners of the well-renowned Rittenhouse-area coffee shop Gran Caffe L’Aquila, which has received multiple international awards including the café of the year for all of Italy when it was located in the Abruzzo region. Located at 15th and Locust, Alice Pizza provides an authentic Roman pizza experience to the area along with great pasta, all with the freshest ingredients. 235 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Jose Pistola’s

Looking for some fantastic Mexican food in Philly? Jose Pistola’s has got you covered. A winner of PhillyMag’s Best Bar in Philly as voted by the people, it’s located just around 15th and Spruce. Check them out! 263 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102


A restaurant full of Israeli delights, Zahav will provide you with a fantastic overall experience in dining and atmosphere. With exquisite Israeli cuisine, and also drawing influence from numerous other cultures such as Turkey, Yemen, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco, you’re in for an award-winning experience here—literally! 237 St James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Old Original Nick’s Roast Beef

Located down south—in South Philly, of course—Old Original Nick’s Roast Beef will fill you up with some amazing food! With options ranging from roast beef, pork, ham, turkey, and broccoli rabe, the choice is yours, but you can’t really go wrong! 2149 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Giorgio on Pine

A small and unassuming place with a hole-in-the-wall ambience, but with delicious and flavorful Italian food, Giorgio on Pine will leave you satisfied! When the owner shows you to your table themself, you know it’s good. 1328 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Murph’s Bar

Murph’s Bar is an extremely raved-about place to be, with an interesting twist: it’s an Irish pub that serves fresh and authentic Italian dishes! Murph’s Bar is located on Girard Avenue and Shackamaxon Street in Fishtown, just down the street from the intersection of Girard and Frankford Avenues. A very comfortable and welcoming place to spend some time, chat, while also getting some great food? It’s a win-win! 202 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Marakesh Restaurant

With authentic architecture, crafts, carvings and design, coupled with its Moroccan cuisine, Marakesh offers an opportunity to share in the experience of Morocco! The great food and atmosphere will surely give you an experience you won’t soon forget. 517 S Leithgow St, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Wishbone is home to some of the best fried chicken in the area! A winner of PhillyMag’s Best of Philly, Best Chicken Fingers, Wishbone will surely not disappoint. Along with the chicken, check out their signature mac and cheese, biscuits, homemade sauces and an abundance of craft beer options for enthusiasts! Center City Location – 210 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, University City Location – 4034 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Endless Options!

We’re loving these amazing places, but it doesn’t stop here. There are endless spots in the area to find some spectacular food that deserve attention, and then even more on top of that. You’re sure to find something new and awesome each time you look, and we’d love to try them all!

At ESI, we’re committed to supporting local communities and economies, and eating at local restaurants is a great way to do so! In the spirit of encouraging team building and supporting and exploring local businesses in the area, here at ESI we’ve implemented an initiative called ‘ESI Eats,’ in which every staff member gets an allowance that can be used when 2 or more people go out to lunch or coffee. By continuing to support these and all the countless wonderful places around the area, we hope to help keep supporting local communities while enjoying what they have to share.


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Salvatore Gullotta | [email protected]

Salvatore Gullotta is an intern at Econsult Solutions working in the Business Development and Marketing Department. He is currently a second-year student at Drexel University, and assists at ESI with proposals, content management, (managing ESI Present Value [weekly blog] and social media), and other communications tasks.

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