Jin Wei aka “4 Choices with a Soup”

Chinese steam tables can be scary. But here is the thing to remember, if you hate it, you only wasted a few dollars. That and food poisoning is temporary. At Jin Wei aka “4 Choices with a Soup” you get… 4 choices from the steam table and a soup. I navigated the steamy rows of Chinese meats, carbs, and veggies and lived to tell the tale. I didn’t even hate it!

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Lunch Links (The “Meat Sandwiches” Edition)

  • Zagat proposes 4 alt- cheesesteaks, like one topped with foie gras and truffles [Zagat]
  • Nick Merlino’s Porchetta truck impresses the college kids [Penn Appetit]
  • A Wawa is opening at Broad and Walnut [The Insider]

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Meat Stuffed Plantains at Tierra Colombiana

Photo via Cuban Food USA 

Tierra Colombiana, the less frou-frou and more distant sister to the Gayhorhood’s Mixto, serves Colombian, Ecuatorian, and Cuban food in North Philly.  It also doubles at a night club. But there was no way I was dancing after all the food I put away.  There are a lot of big plates on the menu, but my group focused on the appetizers so we had more to sample.

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Savory Bowls at Metropolitan Cafe

Metropolitan Cafe is conveniently located on the South end of Rittenhouse Square, next to its small bakery. The cafe sells  sandwiches, soups, snacks, pastries and more, plus a caffeinated drinks. It’s pretty cozy in there, and the large windows are perfect for watching people walk by.

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Lunch Links (The “All Foobooz News” Edition)

Photo courtesy of Foobooz

  • This pictures are getting my pumped for Scratch biscuits [Foobooz]
  • Fitler Dining Room is now serving lunch! [Foobooz]
  • 20th and Ludlow is getting an allergy aware, healthy grab and go type restaurant [Foobooz]
  • Just north of City Hall, a cafe called Tableau opened in the Academy of Fine Arts [Foobooz]

Federal Donuts Coconut Curry Fried Chicken

Now that the lines have died down, and the possibility of selling out is not as dire, Federal Donuts has become a favorite place of mine to take visitors. The Center City location seems to have a steady steam of traffic at all times. They make the most out of the small space with little tables and window counter seating.

A half order ($9.25) consists of a breast, thigh and drumstick; its a lot of fried chicken for one person, but its also awesome to share if you are trying to give someone a taste of Philly. (On that same block of Sansom Street you can also get dosas, korean tacos, and hummus)
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Why you need a pastry you don’t know how to pronounce: the Kouign Amann from Rival Bros

Rival Bros successfully made the cross over from truck to a cafe in Graduate Hospital last year. Not being a coffee person, it was the baked goods that brought me in, especially knowing they come from the genius bakers at High Street.  Tables are scarce, so you may need to prepare yourself for a to-go order like I had to.

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