This winter, Kevin Sbraga (Top Chef Season 7 winner) opened his second Philadelphia restaurant, The Fat Ham, right off the Walnut Street bridge in University City. Last month, lunch service began and I was recently invited to check it out. I love Top Chef and I love new restaurants that offer lunch. I sipped a spiced pear cocktail, admired the country-chic decor, and browsed the concise lunch menu.
Today Luncher John is checking out another food truck for us
Parked on the south side of Market Street between 33rd and 34th Street in front of Drexel’s law school is Cheese E. Wagon, a new food truck that opened last Fall. The name may evoke a truck simply focusing on grilled cheese or mac and cheese. Sure, grilled cheese is on the menu, but Cheese E. Wagon features plenty of cheesy goodness throughout its offerings.
- If pictures could clog an artery, this Thrillist list of fried chicken around the city would kill you [Thrillist]
- And adding to that list, Federal Donuts is opening its University City location (34th and Sansom) on Monday with flavors like pad thai and sweet soy and garlic
- Zagat reminds us that Khyber Pass is a perfect spot for a lunchtime change of scene with their solid rotating beer list and po boy varieties [Zagat]
- Art proclaims Spot Burger food cart as having one of the best cheesesteaks in town [Foobooz]
- Penn Appetit reports that Don Memo is still king of street tacos [Penn Appetit]
- I LOVE a well detailed food crawl, it means less ground work for the rest of us. This 5 hour pizza crawl picked Pizzeria Vetri, Bufad, and Art of Pizza as the best of the day [EatDrinkandRun]
Unfortunately, I have been less than impressed with the crepe places here in Philly, see: here and here. They tend to be overpriced and underwhelming. Have you had the same experience? But when I read the menu for Global Crepes and Local Shakes, which opened in the Italian market earlier this winter, I was slightly hopeful. Inside, the cafe has a super zen setting, complete with relaxing music and cute lamps.
Last summer, Indeblue opened on the 13th street previously occupied by the Korean restaurant, Pastoral, I wanted to love but didn’t. Lunch service soon followed; it consists of a slew of familiar and modernized small Indian bites and a few larger entrees. In a city where there are several under $10 Indian buffets, how should we feel about a place where one small plate costs as much as all the Indian food you can eat? I had been curious about the menu and had to take Indeblue up on their offer to have me in to try their lunch.
Photo courtesy of Penn Appetit
- Duck ragout is the lunch time winner at a. kitchen [Penn Appetit]
- A Texas bbq spot opened on South Street last week. Have you tried it yet? [Zagat]
- Some superior human consumed 20 Jim’s cheesesteaks in an hour, a new record [Foobooz]
- Though its a while from now, folks are already getting exciting about Elmi on schedule April 7th at the Garage’s indoor food truck [Eater]
Last week I was traveling in China; seeing the sites and eating the eats. Snacking all day long at little local spots was the main reason, despite MANY stressful moments, that we were glad we did not go with a tour group. Here are some highlights: