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Get to Know Lower Moyamensing

Natalia Aldana
Natalia Aldana
Posted on July 27
Los Gallos Mexican Taqueria is a popular restaurant in Philly’s Lower Moyamensing neighborhood. (@losgallosphilly)

Los Gallos Mexican Taqueria is a popular restaurant in Philly’s Lower Moyamensing neighborhood. (@losgallosphilly)

This South Philly neighborhood is bordered by Snyder Avenue to the north, Oregon Avenue to the south, and South 7th and South Broad Streets to the east and west. LoMo is known for its family-owned restaurants and 19th-century row homes, which have sheltered successive generations of immigrants. Here are some quintessential food spots to hit up next time you’re in the area.

This family-owned Mexican taqueria at the corner of 10th and Wolf Streets has Puebla-style Mexican cuisine and a prominent rooster theme. You’ll see the gallo, Spanish for rooster, on their decorations and dishware. It's all a tribute to the street where owner Luz Jimenez grew up just outside of Puebla, Mexico: Calle de Los Gallos, the street of the roosters.

951 Wolf St.

This Mexican restaurant pays homage to the queen of the self-portrait, Frida Kahlo, in its name and colorful decorations. Their food menu is extensive, but City Cast Philly lead producer (and Lower Moyamensing resident) Laura Benshoff particularly recommends Frida’s tequila and mezcal cocktails, like the Mezcal Last Word and Mezcalerita.

1000 Wolf St.

A tray of hot dog scallion bunsmade with chicken hot dog, mayo, and green onions in front of a window at Dodo Bakery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Life’s too short, grab that flaky and scrumptious bun at Dodo Bakery. (@thedodobakery)

Craving bubble tea? How about egg tarts with a cookie and puff pastry crust? This is the spot for you. Dodo is sure to add sweetness to your day with their Hong Kong-style pastries and buns. Their pork buns and hot dog scallion buns look particularly delicious. They will also make custom cakes for your next event.

2653 S 11th St.

This neighborhood staple has been around since 1947, and their doughnut style hasn’t changed in 67 years, where every doughnut is hand cut and hand-pumped to order. Stop by and try their famous franolli doughnut, filled with their special cannoli cream and tiny chocolate chips. They also serve cookies and cake!

847 West Ritner St.

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