Archive for July 2010

Lunch Links (The “Who is next to finish off 5 pounds of Philly Food?” Edition)

Photo courtesy of Hawk Krall via Serious Eats

  • The Department of Labor is investigating the allegations of Philly teachers stealing subsidized lunches intended for students [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
  • Foobooz is rocking some new technology with Annotated Menus [Foobooz]
  • A mashed potato topped hot dog,  a mac and cheese hot dog? Hawk gives his approval, especially as a late night snack [Serious Eats]
  • Some crazy fool beat the Jake’s 5 lb sandwich challenge [Meal Ticket]
  • Fries with that Shake also checks out Ladder 15′s burger and gives it a full report card [FWTS]

A Leisurely Lunch at Ladder

Ladder 15 confuses me. It’s a chill bar during the week, but I can’t stand bars that charge a cover for no reason on the weekends. Seeing how packed it gets, others clearly do not mind. Despite the weekend fratmosphere, there are some good things going on in the kitchen since Chef Ansill joined the team.

 For lunch, the space is actually really lovely. We got a table right next to the open windows. Built for the weekend crowds, the downstairs area is spacious during off peak hours. The relaxed atmosphere is a great break from a chaotic work day.

Another selling point is that all items are 15% off during lunch!

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For Crepes that are Unique, head to the food truck called La Dominique

Today we are getting a report on an amazing food  truck on the Philly streets from Profiled Luncher Eileen.

Walking by Drexel’s Hagerty Library (33rd & Market), I finally got to stop at La Dominique, the crepes cart. Having heard a rave recommendation from a friend who claimed the owner handpicks only the freshest, best ingredients and created heavenly crepes, I was more than eager to give it a shot!

From the outside this looks like any Joe-Next-Door food cart that sells hot dogs, cheese steaks…you know, the usual. Look a little more closely and you’ll see a cute bistro-style menu describing savory lunch crepes and sweet treat dessert crepes. Even better, these are not your average crepe options…

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PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Maria”

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 Maria, a wine enthusiast whose schedule allows her to take advantage of lunches all around Philly.

Name: Maria

Age: Old enough to order a glass of wine! ;-)

Occupation: Freelance Writer, Wine Educator, World Traveler, and Blogger for Sips Bites and Sites

Where in Philly do you Work?: www.SipsBitesandSites.com
So really anywhere I want

Favorite Kind of Food: Latin/Spanish Food. I crave ceviche all of the time.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Button mushrooms, they are so boring. Why eat button mushrooms when you could eat an array of earthy wild mushrooms?

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: I’m lucky because my job doesn’t tie me down to just one location which leaves the whole city as my option for lunching. I have favorite spots in sections all over town. Here are just a few:

Argan Moroccan Cuisine (132 South 17th Street) for Slow Cooked Lamb stuffed into fuffy pockets of cornbread-like pita with peppers and onions.

The Arista Sandwich at Paesano’s in the Italian Market; pork and broccoli rabe are just the perfect Italian combination (901 Christian St)

I love the spiciness of the Chicken Adana Wrap at S & H Kebab House – the wrap platter which comes with a house salad AND a red lentil soup is only $8.95! (611 E Passyunk Ave, right off of South St)

The Grilled Artichoke, Spicy Tuscan Pepper, White Bean and Bulgarian Feta Panino ($8.50) at Tria in Rittenhouse, cures my craving for a veggie fix. (18th & Sansom Streets)

When I’m in Chinatown I stop in Sakura Mandarin for steaming hot Shanghai Pork Soup Dumplings – they call them juicy buns here (6 for $4.95) and I always add a side of scallion pancake ($2.50) to my order.

I love Latin food; for a quick burrito I hit Pico De Gallo (534 S 15th St) and order the sweet & savory #15- Sweet Plaintains, Roasted Pork and Black Beans ($8.25). I can usually only eat half of this monster!

And finally, Zavino (112 South 13th St) for the Spinach Pizza ($14), but ONLY when I have someone to share it with! And quite frankly, lunch is always more fun when you have someone to share it with.
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Free Ice Cream Wednesday: Via Thrillist: The Cooking Channel is giving out free Ice Cream today outside of Reading Terminal from 10-6. (edit: as Reader Mary pointed out, this is actually going down this Wednesday)

3 Rolls for $10 is Just 1 Thing to Love about Muntin


Muntin opened this May and I really really hope they make it, unlike their predecessor Misso. Japanese food dominates, with some Thai dishes thrown in. I strongly believe that lunch is the meal to get here. The deals during the lunch time hour are excellent values. So much so, that I was surprised at how empty the place was in the middle of the day. Read more »

Lunch Links (The “Which AYCE Sushi is best?” Edition)

Photo Courtesy of Helen Jane Hearn at Serious Eats

  • So cute! Using office supplies as dinner party accessories [Serious Eats]
  • Xochitl’s veggie burger/torta is M&C’s new favorite [Mac&Cheese]
  • Aki comes out on top for Table Matter’s All You Can Eat Sushi Challenge [Table Matters]
  • For $15, Two Eat Philly do a  University City Dining Day at Sang Kee [Two Eat Philly]
  • Did anyone attend the Sandwich Safari Finals yesterday? [CBS Local]