PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Devon”

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 Devon, a marketer who isn’t afraid to resort to Disney World to fulfill her global tastes.

Name: Devon

Age: 30

Occupation: Marketer

Where in Philly do you Work?: and (17th and the Parkway or Cherry Hill, NJ)

Favorite Kind of Food: I’ve thought about listing Mexican food here – I love nachos, burritos, chili con queso from The Mexican Food Factory (601 W Rte 70 
Marlton, NJ). I also have a 25-year love affair with Benihana (5255 Marlton Pike, Pennsauken, NJ) – chicken fried rice, ginger dressing, and beef teriyaki. Family food during Thanksgiving (Mom’s house) is also a contender – candied sweet potatoes, turkey with cornbread stuffing… Oh, and my husband’s family makes the greatest 7 fish dinner for Christmas (Nanny’s house) – fried smelts, yes smelts, are actually very tasty…but my favorite food is a good garlic kosher pickle. Actually most pickled items will do – tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and cabbage.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Giant raw clams – I will enjoy small raw clams and giant cooked clams though.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Mexican Post (16th and Cherry Streets – where I met my husband),  for gazpacho and beef burrito. Giwa (1608 Sansom St), for the sizzling rice bowl with chicken. Mamma Palma’s (2229 Spruce St), for any pizza they put in front of me – I can almost smell it right now just typing about the pizza. And Tampopo (104 south 21st Street), for Bi Bim Bob.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? The Comcast Food Market has a great variety of fresh lunch options – DiBruno’s makes unbelievable sandwiches and we love the cannolis from Termini Brothers Bakery.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Epcot – I still remember walking into Epcot for the first time and learning that our family could go anywhere around the world for lunch. I would visit a different country each day for lunch and dinner. Was it Norway that recommends eating at least 7 plates of food to show respect for the cook? Amazing. (

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers? Do you like to take pictures of your food before you take a bite? If you do, would you check out For each photo of a meal you send to, someone else gives a dollar to reduce hunger relief in Philadelphia.

I like the Epcot answer, it really does have everything!

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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