Welcome to North 5th, Olney ASPIRA Staff!

Welcome to our neighborhood! You will be walking with your group leader to a destination in our neighborhood. On your way there, don't hesitate to reach out to neighbors and say hi to students and their families if you see them on your way. If you have time, feel free to check out another destination before coming back to OCHS. By the end of our time, make sure to answer the reflection questions and hand them to your group leader. Have fun!

On North 5th Street you can find restaurants and foods with the flavors of Korea, Vietnam, China, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Italy, and America’s South along our mile and a half long corridor.

This phone-friendly guide showcases eateries within quick walking distance of Olney ASPIRA for your lunch break and morning coffee pleasure. Restaurants are listed in order of street address.

This guide is by no means comprehensive so consider stopping into unlisted spots you pass by and let us know what you recommend. For our other food tours, head here.

A little bit about us – The North 5th Street Revitalization Project works with the merchants and community to improve North 5th Street from Roosevelt Boulevard to Spencer Street. We clean the sidewalks, work to improve safety, help the businesses, and host events that bring the community together. Learn more here.

Special thanks to Erina Pearlstein for her ongoing collaboration with us. You’re the best!

Destination: The Dominican Republic

Courtesy of My City Paper

El Sabor de Maria

5003 N 5th St

(215) 329-5166

Lunch specials – Each afternoon they have a changing menu of lunch specials that are very generously portioned. This is Dominican comfort food at its best so come hungry.

Destination: Philly

Philly Bread

5005 N 5th St


Call Ahead:
Philly Bread is a wholesale bakery but if you call ahead, they very well might have some super fresh bread for cash purchase. They love meeting their customers so don’t be shy.

Philly Muffin – A new take on the English Muffin, it’s naturally leavened, milled from whole grain wheat and delicious.

Where to buy:
Philly Bread’s products are sold at gourmet grocers such as DiBruno Bros and at food co-ops like Mariposa and the Weaver’s Way as well as farmers markets throughout the region. Check out phillybread.com for more info.

Destination: American South

Ribs R’ Us

4912 N 5th St

(215) 324-7427

BBQ Pork and Beef Ribs – These are hands down the best ribs in Philly. The meat is barrel smoked on site and perfectly coated in sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. Choose two sides to make it a platter.

Party Platters:
Make sure to order ahead of time for the next big game.

Destination: Italy

Oteri’s Italian Bakery

4919 N 5th St


Assorted gelato and hand-dipped chocolates – All baked goods and chocolates are made on site.

As Seen on TV:
In 2014, this location of Oteri’s Bakery was featured on an episode of Cake Boss. The episode culminated in the renovation of the storefront and retail space into what you see here today.

Destination: Latin America

El Bochinche

4940 N 5th St

(215) 329-0861


Empanadas – Crispy fried corn crust stuffed with your choice of meat filling.

Full bar – This restaurant boasts a full bar so stop in and relax with a mixed drink in hand.


Latin American Cuisine:

El Bochinche prides itself on serving up a variety of Latin American foods, from tacos to Colombian dishes. Their multi-national pride is evident by the numerous flags hanging above the bar.

Destination: Colombia

Colombian Bakery

5044 N 5th St

Pan de Bono – The Colombian Bakery’s pan de bono comes in a donut or ball shape. Order according to your crust vs. doughy center preferences.

Fruit & Cream Cheese Filled Puff Pastries- These pastries are super flaky on the outside and filled with a tangy sweet guava or pineapple filling and strip of soft cream cheese. Not big on cream cheese? They also have ones with only the fruit filling.

For next time:
Ham and Cheese Croissant – If you come early enough in the morning, try a breakfast croissant filled with cheese and ham or just cheese.

Destination: Colombia

La Caleñita Bakery & Cafe

5034 N 5th St


Pan de Bono – Crispy on the outside and doughy in the middle with a lightly sweet and cheesy taste. You’ll be addicted!

Coffee & Espresso – Delicious lattes and other espresso drinks are made to order.

Destination: Mexico

Panaderia Mexicana El Trebol

5202 N 5th St


Trebol – A clover shaped bread that is lightly sweet and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Concha – A classic Mexican pastry bread with a crumbly sugar crust and flavors of chocolate and strawberry.

Also on the Menu:
This bakery also serves up traditional Mexican platters with rice, beans, avocado, authentic Mexican cheese and your choice of protein. They also make their own Tepache, which is a tangy fermented pineapple juice.

Fun Fact:
This bakery specializes in the food and baked goods from the Mexican state of Puebla (East-Central Mexico). The owners learned how to bake and cook from their Uncle, who is from Puebla, while they were all living in New York. This is their first bakery and all baked goods and food platters are made from scratch on site.

Destination: El Salvador

Papuseria Sabor Latino

5th & Lindley Avenue

(Food truck always parked in front of Incarnation Catholic Church)


Papusas – Corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and meat filling, grilled and topped with shredded cabbage and salsa.

Sidewalk Sale: 
If you happen to visit on a Saturday afternoon during the warm season you’ll find the food truck amid dozens of neighborhood sidewalk vendors selling everything from perfume to used VHS tapes.

Destination: Mexico

Los Tacos

5104 N 5th St

(215) 910-5788

Tacos – As the name of the business implies, this place specializes in delicious soft tortilla tacos.

Guacamole – Seriously the best guac in the city! Freshly made to order with hints of chopped onion and cilantro, yummmmm.


Private parties
Don’t judge this book by it’s cover. The restaurant has a stylish and spacious lounge and BYOB bar upstairs available for your next private party.

Destination: China

Peony Garden

5201 N 5th Street

(215) 621-7358

Chinese takeout that’s a cut above the rest – Step inside and you’ll find a bright and clean seating area and friendly service.  All food is made with pride from fresh ingredients.

Playing a part in the community:
Annie and her husband moved their business to Olney from South Philly so that their kids could have safer sidewalks to play on and a bigger building to call work and home. They take great pride in their business and help with N5SRP’s efforts to improve the corridor.

Thanks for strolling North 5th & see you again soon!