PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Andy”

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 Andy, a lawyer who loves the bbq but isn’t afraid to grub around in Chinatown.

Name: Andy

Age: 31

Occupation: Attorney

Where in Philly do you Work?: Washington Square West

Favorite Kind of Food:I’m loving the barbecue renaissance in Philadelphia. Sweet Lucy’s (7500 State Road), Bebe’s (1017 South 9th Street) & Percy St. (600 South 9th Street) all satisfy my BBQ jones.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: I had a roommate who made kimchi in our apartment and the smell is still baked into my mind in a bad way.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Chili at the Coventry Deli (2000 Market Street), Platter from the truck at 22nd and Market, Falafel sandwich at Mama’s (18 South 20th Street), 500 Degrees bacon burger with spicy fries (124 S. 15th St.), Gustaio sandwich from Paesano’s (901 Christian Street), Bebe’s pulled pork sandwich, Breakfast Bomb from Honey’s(800 North 4th Street)…I’m a big proponent of breakfast for lunch

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Joe’s Pizza (where there’s a heart of gold under Vito’s tough crust), DiBruno Brothers, and El Fuego (723 Walnut Street).

Place you discovered thanks to Philly Lunch (if any) Many of the Chinatown picks, where it’s tough to pick restaurants on signage or menu alone. Empress Garden is a winner; Szechuan Tasty House has been (and still is) my go to.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Buenos Aires- empanada lunch, helado dessert followed by a 2 hour espresso

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers? When is someone going to open up a good ramen shop in town?

Andy, but ramen is so much better with some kimchee swirled in! You can tell your former roommate he can make some for me anytime…

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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    Both Morimoto and Sampan do decent (albeit expensive) ramen bowls.

  • Great profile. I would like to nominate myself- over your frequent vetoes- for the next one. The people are clamoring for a Milk Steak profile. They’ve noticed the conspicuous lack of my keenly developed tastes from the pages of midtown lunch. In response to their cries for more Milk Steak, I can only promise that I will be neither as knowledgeable nor as thorough as Andy. And that’s a guarantee.

  • I for one am clamoring like a hot bowl of clam chowder for a healthy serving of Milk Steak.

    Give the people want they want, nay, what they demand.

  • Do you see!? Do you see what the masses are capable of without a Milk Steak profile!? No one- not you, not me, not anyone- wants the munchatron clamor level that high. Clam chowder? Might as well be defcon 1. Quell the unrest. Pacify the bow-backed troglodytes. The simmering milk will soon be curdled. The steak too tough for soft-toothed chewing. Only a profile can save us now.

  • It’s official, I’m at clam cakes with lemon sauce status. Let it be known that the munchatron is on a hunger strike until the people are given their due milky justice.

    As the revered Captain Hector Barbossa once said, “For too long I’ve been parched of thirst and unable to quench it. Too long I’ve been starving to death and haven’t died.”‘

    I thirst and starve for naught but Milk Steak.

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