The Best $5 Lunch in Center City Philadelphia | Shah Best Halal

By Jon Miller, Realtor®

You can’t walk a block in Center City without coming across a great restaurant. But, there’s also some lesser known spots that are definitely worth trying. Around the college campuses in the city you’ll find a huge variety of food trucks, but in Center City you’ll find smaller food carts along most of the main streets that shouldn’t be missed.

One cart in particular has been my mainstay for a couple of years, Shah Best Halal on 16th between Sansom and Chestnut Streets where for $5 you can get a delicious Halal chicken or lamb over rice and a drink. I don’t think you can beat that.

Halal food is prepared according to Muslim tradition and rules in the Quran with rules similar to those of Kosher food. For food to be Halal, it must be prepared in a specific manner by a Muslim and blessed.

I first came across Shah at the recommendation of a friend in my office and I was addicted right away. I had started out getting the lamb over rice and then, at the recommendation of the owner, tried the chicken and that’s become my staple. The chicken is grilled in a mix of spices and herbs that packs a lot of flavor. The combination of a creamy white cucumber sauce and a spicy red sauce on top make the perfect combination with just the right amount of bite.

If you’re in the Rittenhouse Square area and looking for the best deal on lunch in town, check this place out. You won’t be disappointed.


Jon Miller, RealtorJon Miller is a Philadelphia Realtor with Compass Real Estate. Jon has been working with home buyers and sellers in Philadelphia and Montgomery County since 2010.