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Penn Ezra Pound Conference 2017: Restaurants near Penn

EPIC 2017, the Ezra Pound International Conference, Philadelphia Genius & Modern American Poetry, will be convened in June at UPenn's Kislak Center with discussions of William Carlos Williams, Hilda Doolittle, & Marianne Moore, as well as Pound

 Image of Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle, Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams    Ezra Pound, Philadelphia Genius, and Modern American Poetry

Restaurants near Penn

Food Courts

3401 Walnut Street, next to CVS   $
A small food court that contains Taco Bell, Quiznos, Nom Nom Ramen, Pizza Hut and a Mediterranean stand. 

Houston Hall Food Court: Between 34th & 36th Streets on Spruce   $
A campus food court with sandwiches, salads, sushi, etc; enter at street level and walk downstairs.


Mark's Café: Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, ground floor   $
Coffee from local small-batch roaster Rival Bros, snacks, and sandwiches. Closes at 3PM (summer hours).

Avril 50: 3406 Sansom Street, 215-222-6108   $
Coffee, tea, chocolate, and international publications; no indoor seating.

HubBub Coffee: 3736 Spruce Street, 215-387-0700   $
Independently owned by a Penn Alumnus. Great coffee, plenty of seats, limited food options.

Joe Coffee: 3200 Chestnut Street, 215-240-4577   $
Third-wave coffee and baked goods, with indoor and outdoor seating.

Starbucks: 3401 Walnut Street, 215-387-1914; 3421 Chestnut Street, 215-222-4237   $  (open late)

United By Blue: 3421 Walnut Street, 215-222-1617   $
Coffee and light snacks; limited seating. Proceeds support ocean conservation.


Baby Blues BBQ: 3402 Sansom Street, 215-222-4444   $$
Memphis Style BBQ with good lunch specials.

Beijing: 3714 Spruce Street, 215-222-5242   $-$$
Quick and easy Chinese food only a block away. Sit-down or take-out service; gets crowded at lunch.

City Tap House: 3925 Walnut Street, 215-662-0105   $$
One of Philly's longest draft lists (60 taps!) paired with pub fare. Large bar/dining room, outdoor seating.

Così: 140 South 36th Street, 215-222-4545   $
Sandwiches and pizza on their signature flatbread, along with soups and café salads; eat in or take out.

CoZara: 3200 Chestnut St 267-233-7488   $$-$$$
Trendy, two-floor Japanese izakaya-style bar & grill.

Distrito: 3945 Chestnut Street, 215-222-1657   $$-$$$
High-energy restaurant inspired by the spirited culture and cuisine of Mexico City.

Federal Donuts: 3428 Sansom Street, 267-275-8489   $
A Philly original: donuts, fried chicken and coffee. Open until they're out.

The Greek Lady: 222 South 40th Street, 215-382-2600   $
Overstuffed hoagies and Greek specialties. Open until 11 PM daily.

Han Dynasty: 3711 Market Street, 215-222-3711   $$-$$$
Authentic Szechuan cuisine; known throughout Philly for the spice!

Harvest: corner of 40th and Walnut Streets, 215-662-1100   $$
Locally-sourced ingredients; warm atmosphere; outdoor seating.

HipCityVeg: 214 S. 40th Street, 267-244-4342   $$
Wraps, burgers, and salads; 100% plant-based. Open until 11 PM daily.

Local 44: Spruce & 44th Street, 215-222-2337   $$  (open late)
Farther from Penn than most options on this list, but good pub food and excellent rotating drafts. Kitchen open until midnight.

New Deck Tavern: 3408 Sansom Street, 215-386-4600   $-$$  (open late)
A Philly take on an Irish pub, with a large food menu. Home to the city's oldest weekly Quizo trivia. Kitchen open until 1AM.

Picnic: 3101 Walnut Street, 215-222-1608   $
Eat in or carry out sandwiches, soups, etc. Open until the early evening. 

Pod: 3636 Sansom Street, 215-387-1803   $-$$
Pan Asian restaurant with retro-futuristic design, sushi conveyer, full bar.

Shake Shack: 3200 Chestnut Street, 267-338-3464   $
New York's famous burgers and shakes come to Philly. Open until 10:30 or 11 PM.

Sitar: 60 South 38th Street, 215-662-0818   $-$$
Good Indian food from the menu or the buffet, which serves both lunch and dinner.

Spread Bagelry: 3602 Chestnut Street, 215-545-0626   $-$$
Montreal-inspired wood-oven bagels and sandwiches.

Tortas Frontera: 3602 Locust Walk   $
Tasty Mexican-style sandwiches and other quick eats.

Wawa: 3744 Spruce Street, 215-387-0029; 3604 Chestnut Street, 215-222-6422   $-$$  (open late)
Build-your-own sandwiches, plus coffee and packaged snacks. A Philadelphia fast-food institution. Open 24/7.

The White Dog Café: 3420 Sansom Street, 215-386-922   $$-$$$
Gourmet farm-to-table cuisine in a cozy, dog-themed historic townhouse.

Food Trucks

There are more than 60 food trucks around Penn's campus. Weekdays at lunchtime, clusters of food trucks may be found at the corner of 33rd and Spruce, at the corner of 34th and Walnut, and between 36th and 38th Streets on Spruce. Few are open on weekends.

Dining Guides

Visit the following websites to find out more about Philadelphia's thriving restaurant scene:

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