New Restaurant Openings in University City


Delco Steaks  

Cheesesteak shop Delco Steaks opened  at Franklin's Table Food Hall in December 2022. The local chain is committed to using Delaware Valley sourced meats and dairy, and won a 'Best of Philly' nod from Philly Mag in 2021. Read more about this exciting new addition to Franklin's Table on the Shop Penn website, and stop in to try their signature sandwich, a  black angus ribeye steak, with cooper sharp cheese & fried onions on a seeded roll.

up close image of a cheesesteak

The Lucky Well

Searching for some of the best Memphis-style ribs, brisket, smoked wings and side dishes north of the Mason Dixon line? Look no further than The Lucky Well's newest location now open in University City at 3432 Sansom Street. Stop in to learn more about the Food Network star chef/owner and his newest restraurant offerings, bringing southern comfort and and flavor to the Shop Penn retail district.

photo of barbeque, salad, cornbread, and other offerings from The Lucky Well


El Taco

Mexican restaurant El Taco opened its new location at 3716 Spruce Street in early March. Locally owned and operated, El Taco has served delicious made-from-scratch fare, including crispy tacos, quesadillas, and burrito bowls, at its Powelton Village location since 2018. Founded by Penn alumni, El Taco is committed to bringing meaningful, team-based employment opportunities, as well as fresh, innovative cuisine, to the University City community. Read their story, and see what they have to offer, on the Shop Penn website. 

photo of chips, salsa, tacos from El Taco


 KPOD, a contemporary Korean-American restaurant located at 3636 Sansom Street, opened to buzz in February 2022. The Starr Restaurants' space blends modern cuisine from acclaimed Philadelphia chef Peter Serpico with a sleek and open design, reinvigorating the space formerly occupied by POD, a long time University City staple. Read more about KPOD (and see inside!) in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and on the Shop Penn website.

photo of korean wings from KPOD



A fast-casual restaurant featuring fresh, mindfully-sourced food, is open at 140 S. 36th Street. Check the Shop Penn News for opening details, and their page to learn more about their delish offerings! 

photo of vegetables offered by DIG

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 7, 2022