Philadelphia might not be the late-night capital of the world, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our fair share of restaurants open around the clock. In fact, many diners and restaurants exist around Philadelphia for both early birds and night owls alike. See below for some of the best.
Liberty Bell Diner
8445 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia PA 19136
Liberty Bell Diner is located in Mayfair and offers around the clock service for all the hungry late-night partiers and night owls, as well as those early birds looking to catch the worm…or at least a great breakfast. Liberty Diner, under the guidance of Halil Ceylan, creates fresh dishes using local ingredients that have satisfied people for years. There are big portions, too, and fast service that can’t be beat. This is also a great place to come on a hot summer day for ice cream and Philadelphia water ice.
Midtown II Restaurant has been a member of the Midtown Village community since 1974 and is family owned and operated. Its central location makes it an ideal place for those out late in Center City and looking for a place to chow down. It’s open 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and has an extensive menu of breakfast items, sandwiches, seafood, homemade soups, salads and more. It also has a fully stocked bar, making this place your one stop for cheap booze and food.
Pat’s and Geno’s
1237 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
1219 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Pat’s and Geno’s might be the most obvious choice on this list, but for around-the-clock cheesesteaks, these two rival restaurants can’t be beat, no matter which one you prefer. Both are open 24 hours and are located right across the street from one another. The main difference between the two is that Pat’s chops the meat, while Geno’s thinly slices it. You’ll have to try both to decide which you prefer!
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The Penrose Diner is a favorite among South Philadelphia residents. It’s open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday and from 6 a.m. until midnight the rest of the week. With its close proximity to the stadiums, this place is convenient for a meal before or after the game. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’re sure to get a well-cooked meal here on the cheap. This joint also features a full bakery on site, where pastries, muffins, cakes and more goodies are baked daily to satisfy its customers needs.
The Dining Car has been a Northeast Philadelphia staple since 1961 and executive chef Lawrence Thum has been with the restaurant since 1975, so you know commitment and dedication is a strong suit when preparing its fresh American cuisine. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week, you’re always welcome to come in and try its specialties, like the French onion soup and Jewish apple cake, or something on the healthier side, such as an omelet or a fresh cup of fruit. A bakery and market exists in front of the store, selling an array of cakes, pies, muffins and other baked goods. A full bar is also available.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.