Most of the restaurants listed here offer vegan and vegetarian options, call to confirm for your specific dietary needs. They are all within an easy walk or quick taxi ride from the conference hotel.

Coffee, Pastries, and Quick Bites

Beiler’s Donuts – 3900 Chestnut Street, (215) 921-5874 ($) Locally-owned donut shop with a creative plethora of offerings. Coffee and ice cream also available.

Elixr Coffee – 3675 Market Street, (239) 404-1730 ($$)  Locally-owned artisanal coffee shop.

Federal Donuts – 3428 Sansom Street, (267) 275-8489 ($) Philadelphia’s favorite destination for fried chicken and warm donuts, with coffee and bottled beverages also available.

Green Line Café – 28 South 40th Street, (215) 222-3431 and 4426 Locust Street ($) Locally-owned coffee shop with a variety quick bites and pastries available.

Metropolitan Bakery – 4013 Walnut Street, (215) 222-1492 ($$) Locally-owned bakery specializing in pastries and bread. Also available are sandwiches and coffee.

United by Blue – 3421 Walnut Street, (215) 222-1617 ($$) Locally-owned coffee shop with a strong commitment to sustainability.

Wawa – 3744 Spruce Street, (215) 387-0029 and 3604 Chestnut Street, (215) 222-6422 ($) Popular regional convenience store chain for prepared and made-to-order foods, coffee, and snacks.

Dinner in the Neighborhood

48th Street Grille – 310 South 48th Street, (215) 244-4764, ($$, No Alcohol) Highly-rated Jamaican and Caribbean restaurant

Abysinnia – 229 South 45th Street, (215) 387-2424 ($$, Beer and Wine) Do not underestimate the unassuming storefront.  Abyssinia serves up some of the best Ethiopian food in Philadelphia.

Aksum – 4630 Baltimore Avenue, (267) 275-8195, ($$, BYOB) Mediterranean Kitchen

Baby Blues BBQ – 3402 Sansom Street, (215) 222-4444 ($$, Full Bar) Lively joint for ribs, burgers, and sandwiches.

Café Vientiane – 4728 Baltimore Avenue, (215) 726-1095, ($$, cash only, BYOB) Tasty Lao and Thai fusion restaurant. 

Dahlak – 4708 Baltimore Avenue, (215) 726-6464,$$, Beer only) Renowned Ethiopian Restaurant serving West Philadelphia for 30 years.

Desi Chaat House – 501 South 42nd Street, (215) 386-1999, ($, No Alcohol) Ever had Chaat?  If not, get it at the best Chaat house in Philadelphia. From Mild to Wild.

Han Dynasty - 3711 Market Street, (215) 222-3711 ($$, Full Bar) Popular Philadelphia destination for Szechuan cuisine. Dinner reservations recommended.

Honest Tom’s Plant-Based Taco Shop – 261 South 44th Street, (267) 838-2119 ($, No Alcohol) Casual outpost for tacos and burritos with plant-based ingredients.

HipCityVeg - 214 South 40th Street, (267) 244-4342 ($$, No Alcohol) Casual destination for vegan burgers, sandwiches, salads, and frozen treats.

Vietnam Café – 816 South 47th Street, (215) 729-0260, ($$, Full Bar) Outstanding Vietnamese restaurant in West Philadelphia since 1989.

White Dog Café – 3420 Sansom Street, (215) 386-9224 ($$-$$$, Full Bar) Farm to table, contemporary American cuisine. The Kung Pao Cauliflower is incredible!

Zavino – 3200 Chestnut Street, (215) 823-6897 ($$, Full Bar) Tapas, artisanal pizza, and pasta in a lively atmosphere.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Ben & Jerry’s – 218 South 40th Street, (215) 382-5092 ($) Standby ice cream shop with a vast selection.

Insomnia Cookies – 3417 Spruce Street (in Houston Hall), (215) 703-9271($) Warm, fresh out of the oven cookies. And they’ll deliver until 3am.

Lil’ Pop Shop – 265 South 44th Street, (215) 222-5829 ($) Small batch pies and artisanal ice pops in creative varieties.

Food Trucks and Fast Food near Houston Hall

West Philadelphia is known for its food-truck culture around the University. Look for trucks around the edges of campus, especially Spruce between 34th and 38th, behind Meyerson Hall, and along 38th street.

Two food courts with many fast options are located on or near campus. Houston Hall (the location of the paper sessions) has a food court on the ground floor. Franklin’s Table is a pricier food court located at 34th and Walnut.

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