PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Brian”

As is customary at Philly Lunch, every Tuesday 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 Brian, one of the awesome servers working at a  Jose Garces restaurant.

Name: Brian

Age: 35

Occupation: Server

Where in Philly do you Work?: Garces Restaurant Group (Distrito and Chifa)

Favorite Kind of Food: Fried Food. I am also generally into anything with fried or poached eggs on top. That is a huge selling point.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Grilled Cheese (don’t get me started)

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Mama’s Vegetarian (18 South 20th Street) I love the Mama’s Meal Falafel Sandwich w/ Fries and Soda. It is simple but always delicious. I used to live at Tria. (18th and Sansom Streets). I am particualrly find of the Prosciutto and Fig Panino, the Tuscan White Bean Spread and the Blue Cheese and Pear Butter Bruschetta. I really like the Passionberry Iced Tea as well. Paesano’s (152 W. Girard and 901 Christian Street). The Gustaio, which is the greatest sandwich ever invented. I have also just fallen for the Fried Lasagna sandwich with the fried egg and mozzarella. I need to go back to the South Philly location to try the burger.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Paesano’s . I have personally been 60 times. I think I work with two types of people. People who have been to Paesano’s and people who are sick of me talking about it. I also spend way to much time with my co-workers at Silk City for brunch.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I guess it would be a tie between Tokyo and Oaxaca. Street food being my main draw. I would eat lots Yakatori and junk food in Japan. I really think people have no idea how delicious the sweets are there. I would probably look for an apartment above the Tamale stand in the Zocalo in Oaxaca. I gained six pounds in each country.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers? Will one of you please open a Soul Food restaurant in Northern Liberties? I have a craving I can’t shake. by the time I get any of it home it is cold.

Does Honey’s Sit n Eat count? I have heard great things about it.

If you would like to be next week’s Profiled Philly Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email me at


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    Honeys might-kind-a-sort-a counts…but no hog, no catfish, no ‘greens’ seriously discounts its Soul Foodness. Its not in Norther Liberties, but a quick hop away on the Girard trolley at 28th and Girard is Butters Soul Food. That should still be warm by the time you get home…if you don’t eat it all on the trolley itself.

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