Rai Rai Ramen

With all these severe storm warning bummer announcements its not a bad time to indulge in some mid summer hot soup. Rai Rai Ramen serves varieties of ramen and Japanese curry in Chinatown.

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Lunch Links (The “Thai Improvement” Edition)

  • Buckbinder’s, a “neo-bistro” is coming to Point Breeze [Eater]
  • For “power lunches,” Butcher and Singer and Le Cheri are on top [Philly.com
  • South Philly Barbacoa is moving from truck to storefront [Foobooz]
  • Tuk Tuk Real is becoming another Circles, probably a good move [The Insider]

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T-Swirl Crepe Coming to Chinatown

With flavors like “lchee romantic”, “chocolate nut party”, “tuna nocoise”, and “Okinawa hot dog” we should all keep a look out for the opening of T-Swirl Crepe (on 10th Street, just south of Race).  Looks like the reviews from other locations are promising.

A Waterfront Nick Elmi Experience at Morgan’s Pier

Morgan’s Pier has been doing a stellar job at bringing in new chefs each year to take over their kitchen. This year, Top Chef Winner Nicholas Elmi orchestrated a menu fit for waterfront dining.  If you can’t score a reservation at Laurel- sitting outside, facing the river while dining from Elmi’s casual menu is not a bad Plan B.

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Lunch Links (The “Hot Dogs are Better Here ” Edition)

  • Speaking of hot dogs, here is a list of places to get non chili topped ones around town [Zagat]
  • Foolish Waffles, a favorite truck of mine, won the Vendy Cup last weekend ICYMI [Foobooz]
  • Plenty Cafe is opening a 3rd [Eater]

I Tried a Detroit Coney

Hey guys- I am in Detroit right now for a conference and my main goal in between sessions was to try a Coney- a chili, onion, and mustard topped hot dog. Close to where we staying in Downtown Detroit are two rival spots directly next to each other- American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island. They were started by feuding Greek brothers and are both known for this style of hot dog. They are sort of like the Pat’s and Geno’s of Detroit but maybe more culturally accepting. I did a little taste test of a coney at each.

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H-Mart Noodles and Pupusas: The State of Upper Darby Terminal Square in June 2015

The area around H-Mart in Upper Darby’s Terminal Square, including the H-Mart food court, is one of my favorite blocks for dining. With the presence of so many different types of cuisines next door to each other, it should be yours too. The problem though, is the high turnover rate. A favorite restaurant might be gone the next time you return.  But that only means an adventure awaits every time you visit. For your dining convenience, I present to you the current state of the block….

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