Whether you’re looking to get your Jewish food fix during the upcoming period of the High Holidays, or just interested in exploring the Jewish food scene in Philly, these places are a great place to start:
A lesser known restaurant under the CookNSolo Philly restaurant empire, Abe Fisher takes traditional Jewish dishes and injects eccentric and modern flavors into them. If you’re craving something nostalgic, but interested in branching out from classic Jewish tastes, Abe Fisher is the place for you. For a carb–y favorite with a peppery kick, look no further than the cacio e pepe kugel, made with thick egg noodles and accompanied by broccolini.
Address: 1623 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
This hidden gem of a bakery in South Philly makes the most scrumptious Jewish breads and pastries, so it's a must–go for the High Holidays. You’re going to have to order in advance if you want one (or ten) of their challah or their rugelach, which is the best in town. And—to let you in on a secret—their challah with za’atar is the most majestic thing you will ever taste, and is the best savory carb to accompany some warming matzah ball soup.
Address: 1437 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
If you’re looking for classic Jewish deli fare with larger–than–life portions, Schlesinger’s has it. While some more experimental dishes like the guac burger aren’t exactly worth the trek, stick to the staples of Jewish cuisine and you’ll be fine. Go for their kreplach, matzo ball soup, corned beef, and the like for nostalgia and leftovers you can live off of for days.
Address: 1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
This chilled–out, Philly mainstay has been serving up Israeli and Mediterranean dishes for so long that most people can't remember an Old City without it. With four different types of shakshuka and an emphasis on classic Israeli and American cafe food, go to Cafe Ole’ if you’re craving the flavors of a summer in Israel.
Address: 147 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Considering the hype surrounding the newest addition to CookNSolo’s repertoire of Israeli and Jewish–inspired restaurants, K’Far is a must–go for foodies in the area. They’ve also started serving cocktails and dinner, which is worth a try if you’re not interested in waiting for an hour in a line for their pastries. With dishes inspired by both Ashkenazi and Sephardic flavors, K’Far will give you a more elevated taste of home during the High Holidays.
Address: 110 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
You can get all types of Jewish food in Philly, from the classics to innovative spins on them. From rugelach to Persian lamb shanks, to pastrami sandwiches, what will you ring in 5780 with?