Lunch Links (The “Spicy Cucumber” Edition)

  • Philly Weekly has a friendly reminder that both Misconduct locations make a build your own mac and cheese [Philly Weekly]
  • The Le Bok Fin people are opening a global restaurant in Center City [The Insider]
  • How to replicate those cucumbers you love at Han Dynasty and Dan Dan [Serious Eats]

Beef Stew Empanadas at Los Caballos Locos

I like to keep my finger on the pupusa  pulse of this town. Earlier this month, Philly Voice wrote a piece on the beauty that is the elusive (in Philly) pupusa, along with a round up of where to find them. The included 4 places on my list: TamalexCafe CanelaPura Vida,  El Cuscatleco, plus a Jersey spot, a North Philly food truck, and one newb that immediately caught my eye- Los Caballos Locos which opened in August. The small shop in south east Philly sells Ecuadorian and El Salvadorian food.  They also do delivery within a 10 mile radius!
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Lunch and a Cocktail at a. Bar

a. kitchen and a. bar sit on the corner of 18th and Walnut. Rittenhouse Square is just 2 crosses of the street away. I was invited to try the lunch at and I was eager for the opportunity to pretend to be classy for an hour while people watching and possibly day drinking.

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Lunch Links (The “Coconut Bar Coming” Edition)

  • Though I think I’d prefer a more casual approach, a Filipino restaurant is coming to E Passyunk which is definitely something Philly needs more of [Eater]
  • The neighborhood is also getting a sate shop and “coconut bar” [Eater]
  • Chicken thigh and skin taco by the Paesano’s sandwich guys is coming to Fishtown [The Insider]
  • Pho spiced pork confit banh mi at Same Same [22nd and Philly]

Porchetta Panini from The Daily Press’d

With the new burst of lower temperatures and rain, I took advantage of the short lines at last night’s Night Market- the last of the season. One new truck that had been on my list was The Daily Press’d. South Philly workers will be pleased to know this truck has found a semi-permanent home doing lunch service at  27th and Grey’s Ferry.  Their first large festival debut was actually at the Mt. Airy Street Fare that I coordinated last month-but I did not find time to try their food that night. I was familiar with their menu and knew exactly what I wanted to order last night- the porchetta panini.

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Lunches Philly Needs from New Orleans Part 2

A few years ago I pulled off a whirlwind food exploration of New Orleans as a total newb. This weekend, I took another trip (#popecation). Older and wiser, I sipped carefully balanced, bitters topped cocktails instead of sloppy plastic goblets of sweet hurricanes. As for food, I still like to stick to the cheap, authentic gems that feed locals.

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Lunch Links (The “Mega Wawa” Edition)

  • The fall menu for Morgan’s Pier has a whole lot of veggie options [Foobooz]
  • Gavin’s Cafe is not my favorite, but this photos are lovely [Ted Nghiem]
  • A fancy ice cream vending machine on Washington Ave [Foobooz]
  • The Super Wawa is open and serving things like horseradish beef over a bed of mashed potatoes [Zagat]