Archive for June 2011

Mussels and Frites at Nodding Head

I picked Nodding Head for a lunch with several co-workers because there are enough things on the menu that everyone could pick something they wanted. But since I hadn’t actually tried their food, I couldn’t vouch for their quality.  I am impressed by the fact that they brew their own beer, but do they put as much effort into the food?

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Wandering Wednesdays: Starting Off with Polish Cooking at New Wave Cafe

My main goal of the summer was to explore a part of the city that I had never even been to before. I’ve been South, West, East, semi North, and even to Manayunk. But  I know nothing about the very Northeast, a really interesting part of the city. So for the next few Wednesdays, I am checking out different lunch spots up and over yonder, starting with the New Wave Cafe in Port Richmond.

The New Wave Cafe purports to be a restaurant, bar, and disco, basically all the things you could ever want it to be. Inside the slightly dark space there is a bar and  a few tables,  space art on the walls, and a dance floor, you know, for the disco-ing.

The Cafe is a family owned Polish establishment and the menu reflects that in all the best ways. I really really love Polish food, and the picking are slim to none around Center City (fancy hipster peirogies don’t count), so I was psyched to get that home cooking.

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Get Your Vendy Ticket By Friday and You Might Get to Judge Next to Me!

As you should know by know the 1st ever Philly Vendy Awards are happening July 9th. The Vendys is a cook off between street trucks, and ticket holders get to eat all the truck’s  food and drink all the beer you can manage.  Sales go to benefit The Food Trust.

Tickets are still available online. Plus if you purchase your ticket by Friday you will be entered for a chance to win a spot as the Citizen Judge, getting to judge the competitors alongside the other judges; Mayor Nutter, Chef Jen Carroll, Meal Ticket’s Drew Lazor, Phila Weekly’s Brian McManus, Chef Michael Solomonov, and… ME.  The early bird tickets have all sold out, you better buy your ticket now! You can even get a family packages of 4 tickets for the price of 3.

Will you be there?

PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Becca”

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 Becca, who along with last week’s profiled luncher Claire, blogs for Downtowndwell and made that quail ravioli that got 3rd place at the Philly Cheese Experiment.

Name: Becca

Age: 23

Occupation: Paralegal and blogger for Downtown Dwell

Where in Philly do you Work?: The Cira Center (next to 30th Street train station)

Favorite Kind of Food: Anything pickled or spicy

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Licorice

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: I like eating in the Italian Market. I love going to Taqueria La Veracruzana (9th and Washington) for carnitas tacos. 943 (943 S. 9th Street) has really interesting Argentinian and Italian food. One of my favorite lunch spots is Sarcones (9th and Fitzwater) where I get whatever special sandwich they have for the day!
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An Alternative to Beef Pho at Cafe Diem

Cafe Diem is a Vietnamese restaurant that is as tiny as it is authentic. The one page menu is dominated by noodle soups. The internet suggests the  bun bo hue, spicy beef soup, is the thing to get here. But my friend at Philadining praised the chicken noodle pho- called pho ga- and I decided to get over my notion that only beef pho was worthy of consumption.

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Lunch Links (The “The Summer of Affordable-Fancy Italian Lunches” Edition)

Photo Courtesy of Two Eat Philly

  • Desi Chaat House has an insane amount of chaat types [Phila Weekly]
  • Get yourself to La Famiglia this summer for lunch ASAP, they are rolling back prices like its 1976 and everything is under $10!!! [Philly.Com]
  • The Philly Mag Pizza edition is about to be out with over 1000 pizzas consumed [Foobooz]
  • Hot Diggity Officially opened, and the artwork looks awesome! [Meal Ticket]
  • Love for the baked good and soups at Pure Fare [Two Eat Philly]

1/2 off Crepes

Today on Living Social, you can get $20 worth of crepes for $10 at La Creperie Cafe on 17th and Sansom.  That can buy a lot of crepes. Treat a friend to lunch with it maybe? How about the La Marginale, a merguez sausage crepe with tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, bacon, and veggies.