PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Michaelangelo”

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 Michaelangelo, a Philly blogaholic and sandwich guy.

Name: Michaelangelo (though, commonly known as Mikey)

Age: varies between 16 to 73 depending on gullibility

Occupation: Web/tech jack of all trades, with a focus on design and a love for social media. Blogger & picture taker for Uwishunu, Geekadelphia and Unbreaded.

Where in Philly do you Work?: The parts of the internet that represent the Philly region and market.

Favorite Kind of Food: My day-to-day consists of standard American pub fare plus cheesesteaks, burgers (any kind of loosely defined “sandwich” really). I live for anything spicy with preferential treatment for anything buffalo [sauce], the spicy, delicious nectar of the gods

Least Favorite Kind of Food: bivalvia mollusca

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Regardless of innumerable world travels and countless years lived, a life without ever having consumed Paesano’s edible sandwich artwork is one barely lived. It’s an incredible bargain considering even their most expensive sandwiches are still roughly the same price as a tourist-trap cheesesteak. You know what places I’m talking about. They’ve got two spots but I prefer the Italian Market location (901 Christian St.) for their Meatball Parmesan or their “Bolagnese” [sic] – crispy fried lasagna sandwich. Rustica Pizza (903 N. 2nd St.) in Northern Liberties is definitely the place to go to for a cheap (if you somehow manage spending over $10, then you’ve got an appetite that’s even greater than my own) quick, delicious gourmet slice. My favorite (when available) is the Bistecc del Tartufo. Yes, that’s steak with truffle oil and it’s phenomenal.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? I make it a point to avoid going to the same places too often. However, when it comes to goto places that I know I can depend on for good food and/or drink. I’d have to say National Mechanics (22 S. 3rd St.) has been a mainstay for me when I’m in Old City. If I’m in Northern Liberties, PYT (1050 N. Hancock St. in the Piazza at Schmidt’s) is a definite for Tommy Up’s latest phenomenal Burger of the Week. If you’re in the area, you can’t go wrong with the South Philadelphia Taproom (1509 Mifflin St.), especially with their weekend brunch offerings.

Place you discovered thanks to Philly Lunch (if any) Angelo & Josephine’s (4241 Main St.) (Still need to make a trip up the ‘yunk to actually try it though…)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Give me a job in Hell’s Kitchen or better yet, Hong Kong or Dubai. Even though I’m partial to American food, I’d love to be in a city where food from all over the world can be found in addition to delicious domestic fare.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers? Why isn’t everybody who eats contributing to shareURmeal? Share your love of food and sponsors donate $1 per photo toward local hunger relief.  It’s dead simple and a good thing to do.

No bivalves? For shame! But I do agree that I would eat a shoe if it had buffalo sauce on it. Anyway, ShareURmeal is a cool idea. ML Philly promises to start posting meal pictures- we have plenty of those.

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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