Goldie is the fast casual falafel shop from the people behind Zahav and Federal Donuts, and it’s a good go-to for a weeknight lunch or dinner when you don’t have the energy to make too many decisions or sit down for a multi-course meal. They have a pretty short menu, but that’s because they do one thing really well - falafel. It’s flavorful and crispy, and you can get it with a few different sauces, but the harissa is our favorite. Also, you should save room for a tehina milkshake - they’re fantastic.
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Kamal’s Middle Eastern Specialties
Kamal’s in Reading Terminal Market has great falafel sandwiches and smoothies.
Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies
Carmen’s has one of the better Italian hoagies in Reading Terminal Market.
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Manakeesh Cafe Bakery
Manakeesh is a Lebanese bakery in West Philly that’s good for a quick coffee or a flatbread with some friends.
Irwin’s is an indoor/outdoor bar in the Bok Building in South Philly that serves Mediterranean food along with solid cocktails.
K’Far is an all-day Israeli cafe from the people who run Zahav, and while it’s better known for breakfast, it also serves an excellent dinner.
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Spice Finch is a Mediterranean spot in Rittenhouse that’s great for everything from a client dinner to drinks at the bar.
Abe Fisher is an upscale dinner spot in Midtown Village serving updated Jewish deli classics, like smoked short ribs and borscht tartare.
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