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Five Places To Eat Before a Show at The TLA or Dobbs.

June 6, 2013

Headed to the TLA or Dobbs or Lickety Split or any of the other South Street area music venues? There’s a world of great eating down that way. Here are a few of our faves. Thad Suzenski presents some of his faves in the area. Photos by Gabrielle Lavin.


For a late-night bite that is vegetarian friendly, it’s hard to beat Maoz for falafel, even if the place is part of a worldwide chain. The variety of ingredients available gratis at the salad bar is worth the trip alone. This place is perfect for when your show at the TLA lets out. It’s open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

248 South Street
(215) 625-3500


Wings, margaritas, Spanish fries and burgers fill out the menu at this popular dive bar/restaurant/date spot. It’s perfect for pregaming before seeing that metal/hip-hop/folk band your cousin knew from middle school playing at Lickety Split later. And the landmark blue building is right next to the TLA.

344 South Street
(215) 923-6180

JimsSteaks01smallJIM’S STEAKS

One of the big names in the meat-on-a-roll scene in the city, they offer a finely-chopped steak that’s made right in front of you.

The shop is usually packed with clueless out-of-towners who don’t know what whiz is but it’s still worth a visit.

400 South Street
(215) 928-1911


Ishkabibbles01smallTry the world famous chicken cheesesteak and wash it down with the infamous Gremlin, a grape juice mixed with lemonade concoction that blends sweet and tart.

Order at the window and people-watch as you devour this gut bomb. And look out for Questlove. He loves this place.

337 South Street
(215) 923-4337


HotDiggity01smallProbably the best hot dog in the city on any given day. They may not be open at closing time but for building an encased-meat base for the night’s indulgences, you can’t go wrong. Owner Keith Garabedian holds a Ph.D. in musicology. Occasionally they have live music outside when the weather allows.

630 South Street
(267) 886-9253

Also: See Thad’s story about Beau Monde/L’Etage.

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