While Philly has plenty to boast about in terms of offering cuisine from places like Mexico, China, Italy, and Vietnam, there are some countries whose foods do not have such presence here. Portugal would be one of those countries. When I visited Tierra Colombiana, I noticed a Portuguese restaurant across the street and vowed to check it out. While many of the Portuguese restaurants I have visited have been more upscale- Iberia seemed pretty casual which had me wondering about the food quality. But I liked what I saw when I looked at the menu- lots of meat and shellfish, and sausage on fire.
Spring in Philly is the happiest of times; everyone is in a good mood and ready to eat and drink outside. Spring summons up the emergence of new food trucks, eager to feed all those mouths happy to wait on lines outdoors.
While on Drexel’s campus, I spotted the Dos Hermanos truck, which stood out to me not only because about an hour earlier they started following me on twitter, but because of their beautifully decorated truck. The chef is from Puebla, Mexico- a town known for their food. On the menu: tacos ($2.50 for 1, $7 for 3), burritos, quesadillas, tortas, sopes, tostadas, nachos, and salads.
Rangoon was the very first place I wrote about when Midtown Lunch Philadelphia started in 2010. I was so excited to find Burmese food in Philly and wanted to try their lunch specials. What I learned from that first visit and subsequent visits is that the best dishes here are found on the appetizer and salads section. The lunch menu in particular isn’t incredibly exciting- so let’s stick to the stand outs.
Last summer I tried and enjoyed the first go at lunch service from CoZara, University City’s izakaya. Since then, the menu has been streamlined and the biggest change, sushi was added.
I just learned about the existence of The Market at Fairway- open Thursday through Saturday in Chestnut Hill. Like a mini Reading Terminal, the space houses food vendors- both prepared and goods to take home and cook yourself. Exploring the Market for the first time, I did a lap around, but ultimately decided to have lunch at the first stand I saw when I walked in- Chicko Tako, for Korean-Mexican food.