Lunch Links (The “African Excursion” Edition)

  • Rotisseur once again pleases another luncher [PhillyLunchHour]
  • Nom Nom Ramen opened a location in UCity with the same solid menu as the Center City spot [Foobooz]
  • Hot Diggity added new, non hotdog menu items, including burgers and some funky regional sandwiches [Zagat]
  • City Paper checks out 5 African restaurants in West Philly including Kilimandjaro and African Smallpot (which I liked) and Le Bercail (which I did not) [City Paper]

PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Kayli”

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 Kayli, a red meat lover who is running Philly’s Diner en Blanc this week. 

Name: Kayli

Age: 31 (well, I’ll be 31 the day of DEB!)

Occupation: Higher education (student affairs)

Where in Philly do you Work?: University City

Favorite Kind of Food: medium rare filet mignon

Least Favorite Kind of Food: salmon

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: I was obsessed with the Chinese food truck on 15th and Race when I worked in Center City. I’d eat there 2-3 times a week. Now that I’m in University City, I eat at the food trucks almost every day. Chicken satay tacos from Cucina Zapata, burgers from SpotBurger, the list goes on and on.
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Dizengoff Knows the Meat on Hummus Trick

Solomonov is back with another food gimmick that works too well to make you mad at it. Across from his chicken and donuts shop is the newest mini-restaurant, Dizengoff, a hummusiya. Like a savory, chick pea based ice cream shop, you get to pick your topping.  Although I am a life long member of Team Baba Ganoush, I knew this particular hummus would be a nosh worth spending my gelt on.  Dizengoff, named after a super hip shopping area in Tel Aviv, bring some hipness to Sansom Street with its open entrance, colorful tiled and mirrored walls, and baseball card ordering system. A few tables are located in front of the counter, though its more of a take out spot.

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Lunch (The “Bagel Revolution” Edition)

Photo Courtesy of Zagat

  • Reading Terminal is getting a new burger stand. Would you choose a burger over Dinics? [The Insider]
  • Speaking of Dinics-I am going to have to agree with most of this “overrated” local foods list from Zagat. Especially about Dinic’s pulled pork over the roasted  [Zagat]
  • South St Bagels (which this New York bagel snob actually deems as decent) is opening a Center City location [Foobooz]
  • And I can’t vouch for any of these, but a whole slew of other bagel spots are on their way too. Its about time we have  Philly bagel revolution [Zagat]

Fries With That Szechuan?

Traditional Szechuan opened a few months ago on the corner of 9th and Arch this year. I like to try out all the new restaurants that pop up in Chinatown, especially the spicy ones, so the $6 lunch special was just an extra incentive.

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Improve Your Mann Center Visit with Jamaican Chicken Platters

I have been picnicking pretty hard this summer; casually eating outside is one of life’s simple pleasures. Making my way over to a Mann Center performance, I wanted to pick something up nearby to make a little picnic to go along with the classical music and BYO summer friendly white wine we brought. The area by the Mann Center is rich with tiny, Caribbean and Jamaican spots.  I picked two of them, right across the street from each other, just north of the 52nd Street subway stop.  Both had similar set ups, a counter to order large platters from and a few tables to sit at.

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Lunch Links (The “Peachy Keen Weekend” Edition)

Hummus elsewhere, from King of Falafel

  • The Zavino crew is opening a Mediterranean enoteca in Midtown Village next year [The Insider]
  • For something happening sooner, the Solomonov hummisaya,  Dizengoff,  is sort of open! [Eater]
  • Play around with Yelp “trends” to see what other locals really care about [Foobooz]
  • I could go for something peachy right now, 7 Zagat recommended peach dishes around town [Zagat]