For years now, I have been telling everyone that my least favorite cuisine comes from Ethiopia. This is personal, and ya’ll can freely disagree but I don’t like the intense spicing, the lack of variety of flavors, and the slimy injera (a fermented, moist sort of flat bread). But, it has been a while since I gave it a chance and I wanted to be more open minded. I picked Kaffa Crossing in West Philly, highly rated on Yelp.
Photo courtesy of Zagat
- Love the assortment of Indonesian spots in South Philly, now we have a new one [Passyunk Post via Eater]
- Scratch biscuits coming to 13th and Chestnut with customizable biscuit sandwiches [Foobooz]
- Philly Lunch Hour was super bummed by her UCity Sand Kee experience [Philly Lunch Hour]
- An awesome list of fancy lunch deals on Zagat, 3 out of the 10 are under $10 [Zagat]
- Winning vegan and gluten free soups at Metropolitan Cafe [Be Well Philly]
I wasn’t thrilled by my visit to Red Kings a few years ago; the spice wasn’t balanced and sauces were gloppy. But I had heard enough good things about Red Kings 2 to warrant a trip. According to Menupages the menus at both places are identical, go figure.
Photo Courtesy of Cafe Fulya
I visited Turkish cafe, Cafe Fulya, several years ago and really enjoyed the laid back coffee shop vibe as well as the cold vegetable appetizers, Turkish toast with pepperoni, and manti (turkish dumplings). It is tucked in the corner of 2nd and Monroe, so I sort of forgot about for a while. Manti is no longer on the menu, which was the first disappointment for me.
- A Thai and Singaporean restaurant is opening in Chinatown [Foobooz]
- Noord chef Joncarl Lachman knows about great affordable lunches around town, like John’s Roast Pork and Pho 75 [Serious Eats]
- The Insider points out the new hot pot spot Hippot has an $8 noodle lunch special [The Insider]
- Zagat has a list of where you can get the sandwich that covers all its bases- the Cubano [Zagat]
5 Guys did a stellar job providing burgers on the cheap for the Market East area. When it closed, another burger spot, the semi chain Bareburger, stepped in to ensure burger cravings would still be taken care of. Unlike 5 Guys, burgers are all over $10 (except the bean burger but that doesn’t count). This made me skeptical. In exchange for your money, Bareburger provides free-range, organic meat of various animals.
You know I like lunch a lot, but did you also know I like beer a lot? If you follow me on Twitter or Untappd, you may know this. Next week (Oct 22), the East Passyunk Ave District is putting on a fun beer crawl for the 5th year in a row from 5:30-9:30pm . Tickets are on sale now for $6.66, which gets you access to $3 craft beers at 13 different bars, access to special firkins, a witch hat, and a Witch CRAFT stamp card (5 stamps enters you into a raffle for lots of prizes). Costumes are encouraged, with prizes for the best ones. Almost as tempting as $3 craft beers all night- NOORD eetcafe will have an outdoor Bitterballen (a meatball croquette) stand.
Get yourself a pair of free tickets (and use the money to buy 2 extra beers for each of you) here by posting your favorite beer in the comments. (Winner picked on Monday)
21 and over, naturally. And although I don’t look a day over 19, I am legal to drink and plan on doing so on East Passyunk Avenue on the 22nd.