PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Allie”

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 Allie, the spice-head editor of A Food Coma.

Name: Allie

Age: 21

Occupation: Journalist

Where in Philly do you Work?: I’m working in South Jersey right now, but I still come to Philly four or five times a week. Did an internship in Old City earlier this year, which helped me get better acquainted with my (now) favorite city ever.

Favorite Kind of Food:I love Indian food and anything insanely spicy. Bring on the hottest dish you can make and I’ll probably still ask for Sriracha.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: I have yet to find a food I truly hate – that’s saved for a few condiments, like horseradish or coleslaw.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Lunch carts at Drexel are awesome, though it always took me forever to get there. You honestly can’t go wrong with Honest Tom’s Taco Truck, which roams near 33rd and Arch or 18th and Vine, doling out amazing fish tacos and breakfast jawns (you can follow on Twitter @honesttoms).

Farmicia (15 2. 3rd Street) makes fantastic fresh salads. I particularly love the roasted beef and shaved fennel with feta and citrus dressing. The trio of cow, sheep and goat milk cheeses with fruit chutney is big enough to split, if you want something light.

National Mechanics across the road has a top notch veggie burger, only $5 during lunch hours.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Han Dynasty at 2nd and Chestnut – it’s authentic Chinese, so spicy and flavorful. Hands down my favorite place to eat in the city. You can’t go wrong there and lunch specials are about half off the regular menu price. Get the beef and tripe in chili oil appetizer – trust me.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? If I could live and work right in the heart of Northern Liberties, I’d be a happy girl! PYT sliders, anyone?

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers?  Does anyone know of any amazing weekend cocktail/mixology classes? I’m so terrible at making drinks!

Good recomendations Allie, but I have to say - I couldn’t live without horseradish to spice up my sandwiches!

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



  • Super cute. Is she single?

  • Looks like the stuck-up type. Not to mention, red heads are so 2009.

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    Redheads may be so 2009 but judging from the likes of you Schmidt, it seems that d-bags never go out of style.
    Show some class.

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    If that’s the case, sorry ’bout that, but this is a public forum, not your Facebook page. If you’re going to make what seems like a smarmy remark, expect to be called out on it.
    You should be pleased that someone would take the time to respond to what seemed like someone dissing your friend.

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