REVIEW FROM 11/26/2010:
Quality, Taste, Cleanliness, Environment, Price, & Staff
Positive: High quality, flavor-full meals served the “maroosh way”.
Negative: The surrounding area may seem somewhat run down if you are not from Philly. The owner is very busy and therefore may seem to be a bit unfriendly on some days.
Overall: Excellent, Flavorful Middle Eastern and American dishes for which you would want to come back every time you visit Philly or go to school in the surrounding area.
There is a reason why saad’s is highly rated!
After researching restaurants on Yelp I was surprised to find that Saad’s was one of the top restaurants in Philly, it being Halal and all. First time I made it out there it was closed (since it was Sunday). Second time I made it out there it was closed because it was Ramadhan. The third time I made sure I verified the day, time, month and the restaurant’s timings before going. Finally, third time was a charm and I got a chance to experience Saad’s food first hand. The wait was definitely worth it!
Every time I have been to Saad’s it is fairly busy. Sometimes you have to wait a good amount of time to find seating, and other times you just get lucky. The owner, Saad, is very busy managing everything and does not pay attention to your questions or concerns. I don’t blame him though, he’s a busy guy.
My family had the Chicken Falafel and various platters and sandwiches “the Maroosh way” (ie. with a soft roll rather than pita) when going to Saads. The Chicken Falafel and Chicken Maroosh are unique and definitely worth having. I haven’t tried their american dishes but I have a feeling they will be equally excellent. The food is very tasty and mouth-watering. It makes you happy that food like this is available for you to enjoy.
The surrounding area is somewhat run down if you turn into an adjacent street. But that shouldn’t shy you away from visiting Saad’s. The street on which Saad’s is located is well lit, close to University of Pennsylvania and Drexel, and usually has some sort of traffic. Across from Saad’s is a Masjid as well.
I have gone to Saad’s a few times and plan on going every time I visit Philly (as long as the time is right, sun is aligned in the right direction, and Saad’s is actually open!). Joking aside, its a great place and I don’t have to say anything for you to believe it. Check out reviews on Yelp and eat for yourself.
UPDATED 8/20/2011: (from sameerseats.com)
Saad’s Halal Restaurant Website