Flying solo this Valentine's Day? You can still enjoy the best of Philadelphia's food scene without the plus one. With spots ranging from fast casual to sit–down dinner, there are plenty of options for dining out this February 14. Eating alone doesn't have to be awkward, so here are the best restaurants for a table for one.
1. Res Ipsa
Rated one of America’s Best New Restaurants of 2017, Res Ipsa is an all–day café located right off–campus on 22nd and Walnut Streets. Even if you don’t have a significant other to share their romantic Italian dinner, you can still enjoy their renowned breakfast sandwiches in the a.m. for way less money. Bring a laptop and catch up on work while indulging in their English muffins, baked in–house to be softer than any lover’s hug.
2218 Walnut St
While a bar might be a sad place to hang on a lonely Valentine’s Day night, a sushi bar is a completely different thing. CoZara is Drexel’s answer to Pod, meaning you won’t risk running into Penn couples. For those who need a distraction from the love birds around you, watching sushi chefs craft creative morsels like the Bronzzizle Roll is even better than people–watching.
3200 Chestnut St
3. Bar Bombón
Your ex was never adventurous enough for vegan Puerto Rican cuisine, but you are. Located right off of Rittenhouse Park, the trendy restaurant Bar Bombón features an all plant–based drink and food menu that makes you feel virtuous even while indulging in their killer margaritas. Plus, tacos aren’t meant for sharing anyways.
133 S 18th St
4. Pizzeria Beddia
Only open four days a week (including this Wednesday) and only serving 40 pies a night, Pizzeria Beddia is one of the hardest restaurants to eat at. Their "no reservation" policy will ward away V–Day diners, allowing you to enjoy the best pizza in America without the swarm of couples. It might be your last opportunity to try a slice since the restaurant will close on March 31 in order to prepare for a larger location.
115 E Girard Ave
5. Goldie and Dizengoff
Snagging a reservation at Zahav on Valentine’s Day? Near impossible. Enjoy all the same great Israeli tastes of hummus and falafel at Whole Foods Market's Center City location, where both Dizengoff and Goldie have set up shop. All three spots are founded by Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook, but the Whole Foods location will cost less money and less sad looks from fellow diners.
1526 Sansom St
Goldie Price: $
1625 Sansom St
Dizengoff Price: $$
Still looking to be satisfied this Valentine's Day? Try out our solo desserts recipes at home. While it might not be better than sex, it's pretty damn close.