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Where to eat in Philadelphia after 11 p.m.

Are you hungry? Good, because it’s midnight, you might be drunk, and almost everywhere else is closed.

The Middle Child Clubhouse stays open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays (and they serve a $10 burger with fries from 10 p.m. until closing.) / Photograph by Ian Shiver

Nighttime dining options have taken a serious hit over the past two years. Due to the pandemic, many of our favorite places have closed or reduced their opening hours. But if you’re going out after most kitchens have closed and want something fried, hot, or maybe cheesy, there are still a few essential places. In a city that takes alcohol and food as seriously as Philly, late night dining – especially drunken late night dining – is like an Olympic sport, or at least a very difficult level of video gaming. . Here are our favorite places around town to go after 11 p.m., from tacos to Chinatown classics and bars serving Ethiopian cheesesteaks.

fountain bearer
Kitchen open until 1 a.m. every day
It’s rare to come across someone who doesn’t like Fountain Porter in East Passyunk. There are reasons for that, not the least of which is their perfect salty $6 burger. Follow it up with a glass of natural wine – Fountain Porter offers an extensive selection of orange, red and white wines by the glass. 1601 South 10th Street, East Passyunk.

Abyssinia
Open until midnight everyday
You might not believe it, but Abyssinia will literally seat you (with table service) for some of the best Ethiopian food in town at 11:30 p.m. If that sounds like a miracle, that’s because it is. Once you’re done, head to the upstairs cocktail bar. 229 South 45th Street, West Philly.

Pat’s King of Steaks
Open 24/7
Listen, this is one of those “you’re not a real Philadelphian until you do XYZ” kind of nighttime experiences. We like to call the area at 9th and East Passyunk “Cheesesteak Vegas” because it’s ground zero for last minute meals. Cheap, hearty, salty and greasy – a steak from Pat’s is good when you’re sober, but absolutely better when you’re drunk. You really only need to do this once in your life in Philadelphia, but if you come back for a second cheesesteak the next time you go out at 3am, we’ll have it. 1237 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk.

Photo courtesy of Taqueria La Prima

Taqueria La Prima
Open until 4 a.m. daily

Taqueria La Prima (formerly Prima Pizza Taqueria) is a mainstay for tacos once the clock says it’s closer to sunrise than sunset. Although we consider Pat to be the kind of late night place that is only Okay during the (sober) midday hours, we’d happily eat La Prima’s tacos al pastor at any time (they come three per order, for about $9). La Prima’s Google hours show that the restaurant is only open until 1am during the week, but in reality you can show up here much later any day of the week. 1104 9th Street South, Bella Vista.

Mai Lai Wah by David
Open until 3 a.m. daily
There was a time when, if you wanted to hang out with Philadelphia’s rising culinary superstars after their shifts, all you had to do was hit David’s Mai Lai Wah in Chinatown. And while Philly’s cooks and chefs have since branched out somewhat — finding new spots after the workday is done — David remains something of an Apollonian ideal of late-night Cantonese-American cuisine. The space is straight out of the ’70s with its neon lights, tube chairs, curling dragons, and pink tablecloths, and the late-night crowd usually involves just about every nocturnal creature in town looking for fun. a seat. When ordering, go for the nostalgic favorites: stir-fried noodles, dumplings, and a few large plates dipped in sweet and sour sauce. We usually order in bulk because you never know who will be next through the door. You might end up with a table full of new friends. 1001 Race Street, Chinatown.

masala cooking
Open until midnight on weeknights and 3:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

Masala Kitchen on Walnut Street serves Indian kati rolls – skewers wrapped in fresh whole wheat roti in a tawa pan. These come in a bunch of meat varieties (beef tikka, lamb kebab, chicken masala) but we usually go for the aloo roll when we’re here late at night, made with spicy mashed potatoes with masala and green chutney. It will cost you around $4.95 per person. Please note: Masala Kitchen’s location in Rittenhouse on Chestnut Street closes at midnight on weekends and 11 p.m. on weekdays. 1115 Walnut Street, Midtown Village.

Khyber pass pub
Open until 2 a.m. daily
The Old Town can get a bit sleepy after 10 p.m., but Khyber Pass is the exception to that rule. Go for wings, vegan nachos, a great burger, cheddar fries and more. The menu has a Southern/Cajun theme, and everything is served until 2 am. 56 South 2nd Street, Old Town.

kabobeesh
Open until 12 p.m. every day except Mondays (when they close at 11 p.m.)
If you’re craving meat when you’re out late, Kabobeesh in West Philly is the place to go. They serve Pakistani and Indian grilled meats in an old-fashioned dining car, and the lamb skewer roll is a particular favorite with the late-night crowd. You can also get a platter – which comes with rice and naan – for something heartier. 4201 Chestnut Street, West Philly.

Mayfair dinner
Open 24/7
Gone are the days of the many 24-hour restaurants scattered across the city. Many of these spots were forced to cut their hours, but Mayfair survived, and we’re grateful for that. It’s a restaurant, you know what to do. 7373 Frankford Ave, Mayfair.

Middle Kids Club
Open until midnight on weekends
From 10 p.m. until closing on Fridays and Saturdays, MCC serves a cheeseburger with fries for $10. It’s a bargain and you’ll feel better tomorrow morning. 1232 Front Street North, Fishtown.

Halal guys
Open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays
In many cities, halal is the late night essential. Unfortunately, Philadelphia isn’t one of those places (yet?). But if you’re looking for chicken on a tangy rice-topped sauce and a refreshing white sauce, head to Halal Guys inside Chinatown Square until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. This chain also serves baklava cheesecake and ply cut fries, for anyone wondering. 1016 Race Street, Chinatown.

Photograph by Cassandra Razzi.

American bass with sardines
Kitchen open until 11 p.m. every day
If you’re looking for something a little beyond the classic bar fare, head to the American Sardine Bar, where the outdoor patio is spacious and full of lawn chairs and twinkling lights. We’re particular fans of the fried chicken sandwich (topped with pimento cheese, no less), salsa macha chicken wings, and salt and pepper fries with pickle dip. Yes, sure, American Sardine Bar technically stops serving food at 11 p.m., but the fries alone make this place worthy of a mention on this list (and the bar doesn’t close until 1 a.m.) 1800 Federal St., Point Breeze.

Triangle Tavern
Kitchen open until 1 a.m. every day
For a city that loves Italian food as much as Philly, you’d think there would be more mozzarella sticks available late night. Triangle Tavern gets it. Along with those mozzarella sticks, get some garlic bread or a meatball sandwich. Or maybe a chicken parmesan for one. 1338 10th Street South, East Passyunk.

Gojjo
Open until 2 a.m.
Here’s a list of under-appreciated late-night foods served by Gojjo in West Philly: samosas, Ethiopian cheesesteaks, baklava, injera and tibs. Are you still hungry? Good — because it’s 2 am and almost everywhere else is closed. 4540 Baltimore Avenue, West Philly.

Franky Bradley
Kitchen open until 1 a.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends
The kitchen at Franky Bradley’s serves up one of Philadelphia’s best late-night dishes: fries topped with braised ribs, cheese curds, cheese sauce and green onions. They also have entrees like burgers, sandwiches, and pasta, plus DJs and dance parties pretty much every weekend. 1320 Chancellor Street, Midtown Village.

good dog bar
Open until 1 a.m. daily
Good Dog is a downtown classic for a reason: their excellent (and surprisingly seasonal) bar menu is served until 1am daily. Offerings here range from empanadas and flatbread pizzas, to a meatball sandwich and a Roquefort-stuffed burger. 224 South 15th Street, downtown.

MilkBoy
Kitchen open until midnight
MilkBoy has two locations in Philadelphia, both of which have kitchens that stay open until midnight on weekdays (however, the one on Chestnut Street stays open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Look for stuff to share like buffalo chicken poppers, popcorn shrimp, and burgers with a list of toppings so long you’ll need a snack just to decide. 401 South Street and 1100 Chestnut Street.