PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Scott”

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 Scott, a bearded systems admin who is yet another adventurous- palate -Philly -luncher -cilantro-hater, what is up with that?

Name: Scott

Age: 34

Occupation: Systems Administrator 

Where in Philly do you Work?: 9th and Sansom

Favorite Kind of Food: Anything with curry. I am a sucker for the warmth and comfort that the smell of a nice toasted curry produces. Besides my own curried chicken, Palace at the Ben (9th and Chestnut), and Minar Palace (1304 Walnut St.) are good local options. There’s a new place set to open up in place of what was formerly Shinju Sushi (930 Locust St.)

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Cilantro. No, I don’t think it tastes like soap, I just don’t like it very much at all. Oh…and overcooked meat.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Tampopo 2 (see “goto” lunch place) for the chicken yakisoba with extra chicken, meatball hoagie at the Ben Towne Deli (9th between Chestnut and Sansom), Moriarty’s (Walnut between 11th and 12th) for their outdoor seating and their assortment of burgers. I don’t get to do it often enough, but a good wandering about in Reading Terminal Market usually turns something up.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Tampopo 2 (719 Sansom St.) The Sushi for 2 deals are good. The Volcano Roll is my favorite. It’s BYOB as well, with a few Shoppes within walking distance (not that I do that for lunch, but the food is just as delicious after 5pm)

Place you discovered thanks to Philly Lunch (if any) Maru Global (255 S. 10th St), S&H Kebab House (611 East Passyunk Ave)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I lived in Manhattan for a few years, and sadly spent much of my time there eating lunch at the same few delis and pizza places, since work and home were a mere 7 minute walk apart.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers? I am always looking for suggestions for light-ish Chinese food. Especially, General Tso’s Chicken. Too often, it just comes swimming in sugary sauce.

I was totally just thinking that same question! Who makes the best General’s in Philly??

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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