The Flavor of Pork? Latin Flavor brings Casual Caribbean to South Street

At the end of November, a Latin American/Caribbean casual dining restaurant opened on South Street. Latin Flavor serves Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican food. This news peaked my taste bud’s interests because most Caribbean restaurants we have to work with in Philly are either fancy or super far from Center City.  I wondered if this spot could stand up to the amazing Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican food I have tried up in North Philly: Isla Nena, El Principe, El Lechonera Principe, Cibao, El Rey de Fritura, Shining Star, Porky’s Point, and Freddy and Tony’s. Looking back at those reviews, I can only grimace with pride about how much fatty pork I have already consumed in my lifetime. Time for more. Because we all know that the “Latin Flavor” is often fatty, delicious pork.

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German Lunch at The Christmas Village

LOVE Park has been transformed into The Christmas Village for the 7th year in a row. In the style of a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market, huts of crafts and snacks are open daily until Sunday, December 28th. While its around, we might as well take advantage of the quick and unique lunch offerings, tis the season.

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Spice C Hand Drawn Noodles, where Love is Getting Fat Together

Recently, Yummy Lan Zhou on 10th street rebranded to Spice C, a bit hipper and also  less similar in name to the nearby famous Nan Zhou. This rebranding comes with soups that you can order at the “flirting” hot level as well as tshirts (the uniform and available for purchase)  that say “love is getting fat together, so lets eat more.”

The menu is largely similar, with some new dishes. More are on the way in the upcoming weeks along with a remodeling of the interior.

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Lunch Links (The “Spend this weekend eating in Mt. Airy or Chinatown with me” Edition)

Photo Courtesy of Vicky Wasik for Serious Eats


  • Knead Bagels now serves lunch sandwiches under $10 [Zagat]
  • This week, Serious Eats weighed in on their “best” cheesesteak in Philly [Serious Eats]
  • Though I prefer the mushroom and tuna, Thad likes the chicken and pork Hai Street rolls [Philly Phoodie]
  • The French rotisserie spot on 11th has opened and serves sandwiches for lunch [Foobooz]
  • Weekend plans? Head to Mt. Airy for the Winter Brunch Sessions and the Holiday Pop Up Crafts Market (all indoors!) [Go Mt. Airy]
  • I have a few spots open for afternoon Chinatown Food Tours this weekend (my morning tour is sold out!) Rain or Shine, I bring you to the best spots- hope you join us!

BrazBQ Brings Brazilian Flavors on Wheels

 Today Luncher John is checking out the only Brazilian food truck in town

Think of Brazil and what comes to mind: warm beaches, world class soccer, festive celebrations, barbecue. Don’t feel like traveling all the way to the Southern Hemisphere (or shelling out over $50 at one of the city’s Brazilian steakhouses) for the experience? Have no fear, as the BrazBQ food truck brings a little bit of Brazil to the streets of Philadelphia.

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Huong Tram, fka Nam Son, Pho-cus on the Chicken

A bit over a month ago, Nam Son on Washington Avenue changed owners and became Huong Tram. The menu is still Vietnamese, though slightly downsized from the seemingly infinite selection of the former menu.  The space is a bit remodeled but you can still enter from either 16th Street or through the shopping plaza on Washington.  The adjacent bakery is still under the Nam Son name.

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Lunch Links (The “Enjoy your Thanksgiving Feast” Edition)

  •  Hai Street and Jake’s, two places I really enjoy, are both opening 2nd locations soon in University City [The Insider]
  • Another good meal at newcomer, Nan Yang [Phila Weekly]
  • A Q & A with the owner of the awesome and tiny cheese and meat shop, Philip Mancuso [City Paper]
  • Love fries? Here are 20 to try [Eater]