“So… where do you want to eat?” This question can be so hard to answer, and for students at SJU, the options are endless. The food scene surrounding Saint Joseph’s has it all: sushi, burritos, pizza, shawarma, and the list goes on. If you are looking for a quick bite before class, or looking to venture further down City Avenue to expand your palate, here is the inside scoop on some of the best places to eat around Saint Joe’s!


Snap Pizza


A pizza lover’s dream – whether you’re looking through their mouth-watering list of signature pizzas, or feeling a spark of creativity to make your own, you can never go wrong at Snap Custom Pizza. They also make signature salads and grain bowls, that you can customize to your liking!




With locations in now 8 different states, our Saint Joseph’s Hawks are lucky to have a location so close to campus. This Philadelphia-born restaurant offers fully customizable stir-fries, salads, and honeybars so any food lover will be filled to the brim with healthy and delicious options!


Qdoba or Chipotle


What college campus is whole without a Qdoba or Chipotle nearby? With the option to create burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and more, your taste buds will be craving this quick Mexican cuisine. Yes, guac may be extra, but it is always worth it.


Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill


“Fan the flame” and continue enjoying the unique twist on these Middle Eastern dishes. Like Chipotle, patrons are able to choose their base, meat or falafel, and additional toppings. Chicken Shawarma on pita with Naf fries on the side, please!


First Watch


This classy brunch spot is the perfect place for students to unwind and enjoy DELICIOUS and fresh food. Whether you want breakfast for lunch, or lunch for breakfast, every meal is made to order and they really put their visitors first. Their menu is stuffed top to bottom with healthy options, as well as their homemade juices. Who doesn’t love a good refreshing juice boost after a long weekend?




Two words: Pickle bar. After ordering your meal, go and enjoy the various pickle and pasta salad options. Hymie’s has been a staple for Saint Joe’s students for their unique menu and, of course, their AMAZING chocolate cake. One slice is basically the equivalent of 3 or 4, so definitely grab a few spoons and dig in with your friends!


Sweet Green


If you are looking for a healthy, sustainable, and tasty salad place, Sweetgreen is it. All of their ingredients are locally sourced and every item on the menu is made in-house. Whether you’re craving a fresh garden-type salad, or a warm quinoa base bowl for the winter, Sweetgreen has all you could wish for and all you didn’t know was possible for salads.  I highly recommend the Guacamole Greens Salad!


Mount Fuji Sushi


This place is an absolute must for sushi lovers. Their menu is filled with endless options of rolls, sashimi, teriyaki, pad thai, and so much more. They always update their Specials menu with creative and fresh items that I can guarantee will leave you satisfied but always wanting more.


The Couch Tomato


If you’re craving pizza but still want healthy options, or if you’re looking to sit down and enjoy delicious pasta dishes, The Couch Tomato has it all. The first floor is home to their Café, with a menu including artisan pizzas, salads, sandwiches and delicious homemade soups. Up on the second floor, their Bistro allows you to sit down and enjoy their extended menu including pasta dishes, burgers, vegetarian and vegan options, and my favorite: the tomato bisque samples to start. The waiter typically brings over tiny cups filled with their homemade tomato bisque, which I always end up ordering afterward. Super tasty!




Everyone knows that you can’t come to Philadelphia and leave without trying a cheesesteak, and what better place to have your first than the iconic Dalessandro’s Steaks and Hoagies. Popular with locals in the area surrounding SJU, students have one of the best places to go to for a mid-day or late night cheesesteak. Don’t forget the crushed red hot peppers on the side for an added kick!


– Sofia Fallas ’18, Admission Counselor