Philadelphia is known for having some of the best food in the nation such as cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, water ice, etc.— and Drexel University, being in University City, has the advantage of having some of the most popular restaurants.
As fall starts, many chain food stores are now selling fall-flavored drinks and snacks. Wawa has freshly-brewed pumpkin iced coffee that is $2 for any size (without taxes and fees included). Additionally, they are selling pumpkin-spiced mocha, pumpkin chai tea, and even pumpkin-spiced matcha. Starbucks is infamous for its prices, but also for selling limited seasonal products. They are selling their pumpkin cream cold brew, iced pumpkin spice latte, iced apple crisp oat milk macchiato, and pumpkin spice latte. For baked goods, Starbucks has its pumpkin cream cheese muffin, pumpkin scone, and pumpkin & pepita loaf.
Most of the restaurants on and near the Drexel University campus have $$ price ranges, according to Google reviews. The chain stores such as Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A, and Blaze Pizza are on the less expensive side since they have a $ price range. Note that the Chick-Fil-A on Drexel’s campus has limited options compared to other Chick Fil-A’s and customers are not allowed to use coupons there.
The two pizzerias next to each other on Lancaster Avenue thrive on high ratings and popularity. Savas Brick Oven Pizza has a 4.1 out of 5 stars rating from 945 Google reviews. Savas Brick Oven Pizza allows for outdoor dining as well as indoor dining. Ed’s Pizza has a 3.8 out of 5 stars rating from 559 Google reviews. Lascala’s Fire opened last February, and although it is more expensive, they have a 4.8 out of 5-star ratings from 138 Google reviews. Lascala’s Fire sells not only pizza, but salad, paninis, antipasto, pasta and desserts. They currently have BYOB beer.
Another Drexel staple is Landmark Americana, which has a 4.0 out of 5-star rating from 1,460 Google reviews. They allow for indoor and outdoor dining. They sell wings, fries, finger foods, seafood, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and tacos.
Another popular restaurant is Sabrina’s Café. They have a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating and 1,864 Google reviews. They allow indoor dining, and they are famously known for their brunch. They have both savory and sweet options. Board and Brew is another spot on campus where they sell mostly coffee and burgers. They have a 4.2 out of 5 star reviews and have currently 140 Google reviews.
Drexel students have two options to buy bubble tea on campus: Kung Fu Tea and Boba King. Boba King was introduced to Drexel’s campus in summer of 2021 and it is relatively new. Kung Fu Tea is less expensive, though both have a wide variety of options. Kung Fu Tea has more flavors and different types of tea. They also offer savory snacks such as chicken teriyaki and shrimp tempura.
Insomnia Cookies and Coco’s Creamery are places students can go to if they are craving something sweet. Insomnia Cookies are open until 1:00 am which is convenient for students who want to buy a snack after their night classes. Most individual cookies are inexpensive. They have a wide range and not just the typical chocolate chip cookies such as M & M, snickerdoodle, triple chocolate and they have vegan options. Coco’s Cookies and Creamery is a bit far off campus and closer to the west side of Philadelphia. Coco’s Cookies and Creamery is predominantly an ice cream shop. They do have other products such as carnival treats and milkshakes. Coco’s Cookies and Creamery have a 4.7 out of 5 star rating on Google with 129 Google reviews currently.
Restaurants + Addresses:
Boba King: 3200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Coco’s Cookies and Creamery: 3632 Powelton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Ed’s Buffalo Wings & Pizza –> 3513 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (A little outside of Drexel University)
Insomnia Cookies: 3400 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Landmark Americana: 3333 Market St Philadelphia, PA 19104 (A little outside of Drexel University Campus)
Lascala’s Fire: 3200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (In Drexel University Campus)
Kung Fu Tea: 3175 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sabrina’s Café –> 227 N 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (In Drexel University Campus)
Starbucks –> 3401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (In University of Pennsylvania Campus)
WAWA: 3300 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (In Drexel University campus)