Ethnic Food in Philadelphia


There are 195 countries in the world today- that’s a lot of different types of food from a lot of different types of cultures! Oddly, in America, all of the nuances of each region’s unique flavor profile somehow get boiled down into the general classification of “ethnic food.” But what is ethnic food?

Here in Philadelphia, there’s an Italian BYO on every street corner, so we’d wager a bet that you don’t consider spaghetti and meatballs to be an ethnic food type. Greek food and French food are wildly popular- even every pizza shop seems to have a Greek salad and french fries on their menu! (Don’t worry…we know french fries aren’t exactly quintessential “French”cuisine.) Most would consider Japanese food to be mainstream while Korean food- especially Korean BBQ!- seems to be steadily rising in popularity.


Maybe you consider Mexican, Thai, or Indian food to be ethnic. Where does Russian, Ukrainian, and Moldavian food fit into the spectrum? What about Polish food? South American food? Spanish food? Are those considered to be “ethnic food types”?


Do a quick web search for “Ethnic Food Recipes” or “Best Ethnic Food”, and you’ll literally find dishes from all over the world- including some typical US dishes! While it’s a often used term, our global connectedness has antiquated this category entirely. We have access to foods from all over the world with globally-inspired restaurants and specialty grocers- like NetCost- cropping up in every city across the nation.

What may be an exotic meal to one person is someone else’s comfort food- perhaps, it’s their version of the classic American peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich! Whether you’re looking for something unusual and exotic or just the foods you’ve loved for years, NetCost has delicacies from around the world… and the local foods you love.

So if you’re looking for the best ethnic food in Philadelphia, NetCost has it!