New Restaurant Openings in University City

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, March 30, 2022