PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Daniel”

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 Dan, a mushroom lover who recently starting blogging about his search for local Philly produce.

Name: Daniel

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Where in Philly do you Work?: West Philadelphia, St. Joseph’s Univ.

Favorite Kind of Food:This is a ridiculously tough question, but to narrow it down, I currently have a love affair with bread and fresh vegetables. I swear I could live off of bread alone – baguettes, pretzels, pizza – anything that involves dough, I’m crazy for! I’ve been on a vegetable kick for a while now – my recent obsession are mushrooms, radishes and beets. And I’m always down for burritos.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: I’m pretty much always willing to try anything at least once and I don’t really dislike much. The only thing I have always had a weird distaste for is celery – I don’t know why but I can’t stand it

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: I am different parts of the city all the time, so here are some highlights: Honest Tom’s – Whenever his truck and I cross paths it’s always a good thing. His tacos and guacamole are so good. Fu-Wah (47th and Baltimore Ave.) These are my favorite banh mi ever. The Vietnamese tofu hoagie specifically always makes my day better, the marinated tofu with lemongrass is the best I have ever had. Cafe Nhu Y (8th and Christian)   This is another banh mi spot that is always solid. They have an unusual one with yuca and pickled daikon that is amazing with their spicy, tangy mayo. Sarcone’s Deli (9th and Fitzwater)  Their hoagies will remind you all day that you ate the garlicky goodness on the best bread in town. Earth Bread + Brewery (7136 Germantown) Yeah, it’s a little out of the way, but go for a very late lunch and eat some great creative flatbreads with local brews. Garces Trading Company (11th and Locust)  It’s a great and convenient spot and you can go and pick up cheese and bread and head outside, or sit in – I’ve never had anything I didn’t like.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Reading Terminal Market is where we go all the time. It’s perfect because you never have to eat the same thing and everyone can pick out what they want.

Place you discovered thanks to Philly Lunch (if any)Pho Ha. So much for for so little, and it’s really great and fresh.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I recently returned from Italy and I would have loved to work there. They take their food and meals so seriously, something I can respect. Plus it wouldn’t be bad to eat pizza every day.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers? Where is the ultimate Mexican food cart? I have tried some good ones, but I want the best of the best. Let me know!

I would have to recommend Don Memo’s . You couldn’t do better than their tacos and tortas, as long as you don’t mind getting a little messy.

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