We’ve already given you a list of some of Philly’s most famous movie appearances. But of course there are dozens of other films that have made Philadelphia a part of their story, and many of them feature food. If you want to see Philly through the cinematic lens and grab a bite to eat while you’re at it, check out some of the city’s restaurants that have been featured in famous films.
Movie: Philadelphia (1993)
Fun Fact: It can also be seen in the films In Her Shoes (2005) and Jersey Girl (2004).
What to Eat: Hot pastrami on rye with a side of potato pancakes
This quintessential Jewish deli in Queen Village only makes a small appearance in the film Philadelphia, and the interior—with its famous faces and family photos adorned on all the walls— isn’t even shown. Despite this, the deli’s cameo remains a pivotal moment of the film. After Denzel Washington’s character leaves the shop, he brings his pastrami sandwich to the library, where he agrees to work with Tom Hanks’ character. Visitors should be prepared for massive sandwiches and large portions of comfort food.
700 S. 4th Street
Movie: In Her Shoes (2005)
Fun Fact: The director loved the restaurant so much that he added outdoor wedding scene to the script.
What to Eat: Jerk chicken
As we mentioned in our post about Caribbean and Cajun eats around Philly, Jamaican Jerk Hut was the location for the final scene in the film In Her Shoes. Stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine filmed with the rest of the cast and crew for eight days at this BYO spot right off of Broad Street. Nicola Shirley’s island menu, including jerk chicken, curry shrimp, and ginger beer, can be enjoyed inside or in the garden.
1436 South Street
Movie: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Fun Fact: A sign hangs in the booth where the movie scene took place.
What to Eat: Buttermilk pancakes (c’mon, it’s a diner)
While not in the city proper, Silver Linings Playbook is more than enough of a Philly-focused movie to be included. Llanerch’s is the site of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence’s first date in the film. The 24/7 diner has an American classic feel, with swivel seats and an extensive menu, and has been open in Upper Darby for over 50 years.
95 E. Township Line Road, Upper Darby
Movie: Rocky Balboa (2006)
Fun Fact: Sylvester Stallone attended high school in Philadelphia.
What to Eat: Chicken Tosca, stuffed with Fontina and prosciutto over creamy polenta
Rocky VI gives us a retired Sylvester Stallone; instead of bouncing around the ring, Rocky is retired and runs a restaurant called Adrian’s. In reality, his place is a makeover of Victo Cafe, an Italian BYO that has served historic South Philly for over 80 years. In addition to the hearty and traditional Italian fare, servers serenade diners with operatic arias. The experience is unlike any other in a section of Philly that is highly concentrated with other options.
1303 Dickinson Street