PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Stephanie”

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 Stephanie a producer who isn’t afraid to order pho with the works.

Name: Stephanie

Age: 26

Occupation: Producer for via

Where in Philly do you Work?: Itinerant around Center City

Favorite Kind of Food: Japanese

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Jolly Ranchers. (They make my teeth hurt.)

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Jay’s Favorite Sushi Bar at 15th and Samson is one of the best Japanese spots in the city. While their fish selection rarely deviates from the standard selection, Jay’s consistently guarantees freshness. The price range of their menu “specials” are also quite impressive, offering two rolls for $7.95, six piece of sashimi for $8.50, or three rolls for $10.25. I usually sit at the sushi bar and have the chef put together what he deems freshest, while enjoying a warm cup of green tea. Easy breezy perfection.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often?My photographer and I always end up at Viet Huong on 11th and Washington after any given event. He gets the veggie pho (amidst many shameful looks) and summer rolls, while I opt for the meat-tastic egg noodle with shrimps, pork’s liver, heart, kidney, and ground meat, with soup on the side. Post-meal, I always stop at the cafe at the front of the restaurant to pick up a flan or banh da lon to go!

Place you discovered thanks to Philly Lunch (if any) I thoroughly enjoy reading the reviews just to see how my experience compares to that of others. I especially liked Jamie’s Govinda’s vegetarian cheesesteak review, as my tastebuds also did a double take when I bit into Govinda’s soy deliciousness.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Spain. Because after a long, leisurely lunch, you can take an even longer, more leisurely siesta.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers? Does anyone want La Colombe to go on wheels, a la NY’s MUD Truck?

Nice Garces photo Stephanie, doesn’t he have the best dimples? I am more of a tea person, have you heard about the Melange Tea Truck? They do coffee too.

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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