Archive for May 2011

Back to Work Deals

Hope you all had an amazing and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend! There are some awesome food deals going on this week that you should all check out.

Groupon is offering $20 worth of Makiman sushi for $10. This doesn’t include lunch specials, but I am a fan of their sushi fusion stuff on the general menu.

Groupon is also doing $40 worth of food from Nina’s Trattoria for $20. While I haven’t been there yet, the menu sounds good and includes several under $10 lunches or you could splurge for the pricier fancy ravioli with the help of this 1/2 off deal.

And for dessert, Eversave is giving  $10 worth of ice cream for $5. How can you say no to that?

Lunch Links (The “More Places for Grilled Cheese Is a Good Thing ” Edition)

Photo Courtesy of 22nd and Philly
  • Wedge and Fig,a cheese and light fare spot with garden seating , has opened in Old City for lunch. Cheese sandwiches are on the menu  [Wedge and Fig]
  • Al Zaytouna has opened at 901 Christian St serving Middle Eastern Food, I like the sound of the falafel and eggplant sandwich [Meal Ticket]
  • Here is how the homemade pierogies are made at Adsum. Nitrous buttermilk is involved.  [Phila Weekly]
  • Love for Pamcakes [22nd and Philly]
  • Penn Appetit ranks 29 eateries of Reading Terminal [Penn Appetit]

Philly Cheese Experiment Tickets: Commenter "Tor" was randomly picked to win the tickets to the Philly Cheese Experiment! If you didn't win, you can still purchase your tickets to this fun event.

A Lunch at Chifa Should Come in a Baguette

I had a plan to go to Sampan for lunch with my ladies, but then I realized they stop serving lunch! What a shame, I wanted to get my hands on those banh mi’s. I quickly thought up Chifa as a good alternative. Jose Garces’ Chifa combines Peruvian and Chinese cuisines, and lucky for us they have a lunch menu with some affordable  options. The Express lunch allows you to pick 2 courses for $14, but you can pick just one course instead and fall under the $10 but still be full. A list of smaller dim sum plates are also on the lunch menu.

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Luncher Approved Curry Fries


Yesterday, Profiled Luncher Erin mentioned her love for the curry fries at Maru Global so I had to give them a try. Japanese curry is way different than Indian curry, its more aromatic and sweet, less cuminy. And Maru serves it over fries ($6)  as well as over burritos and rice.

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PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Erin”

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 Erin, a former Hawaiian beauty queen who loves eating it all whether in Hawaii, Japan, or Philly. Isn’t she the cutest?

Name: Erin

Age: very late 20′s

Occupation: Grad student

Where in Philly do you Work?: I live in the Gayborhood

Favorite Kind of Food: Ramen, sushi, green tea kit kats, sandwiches, ume, lychee martinis, oysters, garlic, cheese, poke, kalbi, dim sum

Least Favorite Kind of Food: tamales, bell peppers, bitter melon

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: I love the cute meatballs from Marabella. I can’t get enough of the cheese at Garces Trading Company. Caribou Cafe makes me feel classy. Dim Sum Garden is also great. And I love the curry fries at Maru Global.
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Korean Sandwiches, Overstuffed Paninis, and All Day Breakfast at Rana Corner Deli

Some friends of mine told me that the little deli on 11th and Spruce called Rana actually made some decent lunch and all-day breakfast sandwiches. In the middle of all the different types of chips, prepackaged dumplings, and many types of teas is  the sandwich counter.

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