PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Anuj”

As we try to do at Philly Lunch, some Tuesdays we turn over the site to a different lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Philadelphia. This week it’s Anuj of Mt. Airy USA, who is obviously hoping ya’ll come out to Mt. Airy for the Street Fare Thursday night!

Name: Anuj

Age: 40

Occupation: Non-profit executive/attorney

Where in Philly do you Work?: Mt. Airy

Favorite Kind of Food: Almost any kind of hole-in-the wall ethnic restaurant, though nothing beats a slow-cooked smoked bbq!

Least Favorite Kind of Food: tripe flavored ice cream

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Dim Sum at Chinatown’s Ocean City (234 N 9th St) – one of the best Dim Sums in the city, but just be prepared for a long nap after lunch/brunch. Sang Kee and Salumeria in Reading Terminal (12th & Filbert).

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Lunch in Mt. Airy: Jyoti Indian Bistro

Lunchers: this Thursday, September 18th from 6-10:30pm is the Mt. Airy Street Fare. The evening with over 50 food trucks and local restaurants along Germantown Avenue. I have been working with Mt. Airy USA to put the festivities together and I would love to see you there. I have also been learning about Mt. Airy and its diverse food scene. Today, I want to share a lunch from one of the local restaurants that will be participating in Street Fare. 


Jyoti Indian Bistro is a family run restaurant  on Germantown Avenue. Every day, you can get a platter made up of a meat/chicken dish, a vegetarian dish, rice, roti, and a side salad for $8.50 (or 2 veg for $7.50). There are rotating specials along with some guaranteed staples like sag paneer and butter chicken. There are a few seats inside though it is predominately a take out spot.

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Lunch Links (The “Beginning of Fall Openings” Edition)

 Photo Courtesy of Zagat

  • Its here, Tuk Tuk Real, the Thai/Mexican fusion spot has opened on South Street [The Insider]
  • So has Bareburger, replacing 5 guys [Meal Ticket]
  • Capogiro is doing pizza now [Zagat]
  • A peak at what goes on under Reading Terminal []

Tacos Worth Stopping for from El Sabor Poblano

Although there are countless little Mexican places below Washington Avenue, I never get sick of them and always look forward to trying the new kid on the block. This time it was El Sabor Poblano on Federal, which could not look less special if it tried.

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Less Sun in the Sky, More Pasta on my Plate

When South Street’s high-quality grab and go spot, The Quick Fixx, opened, Luncher John stopped by and was impressed with the gnocchi and flatbread. I have been staying away from the heaviness o pasta for most of the summer. As the unbearable heat has passed, I had a craving for something a little more rich.

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Lunch Links (The “Sustainable Bug Snack” Edition)

  • I am kind of sad to hear that Sansom Kebob House is moving more south, it was a nice option for Center City lunch [The Insider]
  • If I were in town this weekend, I DEFINITELY would be trying some bugs at Greenfest [Foobooz]
  • The wursts look nice and crispy at Bierstube [Philly Lunch Hour]

Jewish Hoagies with your 6 Pack from 19 Degrees Cafe

19 Degrees Cafe fills a much needed beer to go and sandwich gap in the immediate neighborhood of the West side of Christian Street. They use Boar’s Head deli meat here. Their sandwiches are consistent and customizable, plus the beer selection is actually pretty solid.

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