PROFILE: Philly Luncher “John”

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 John, a lawyer who loves brisket and hates Big Macs.

Name: John E.

Age: 37

Occupation: Attorney

Where in Philly do you Work?: Law firm at One Liberty Place, 17th and Market

Favorite Kind of Food: Barbecue – in particular, beef brisket and ribs. I tell my vegetarian friends that if something will make them switch back to meat, it’s good barbecue.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Mega chain fast food and restaurants. There are too many great places around town to eat to settle for Subway, Wendy’s, Ruby Tuesday’s and Applebees.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Roast pork sandwich from John’s Roast Pork (14 E. Snyder Ave.), everything from Paesano’s (1017 S. 9th St.), small falafel and side of latkes from Mama’s Vegetarian (18 S. 20th St.), platter from Christo’s Falafel cart (Southeast corner of 20th and Market St.).

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Morris’ Café (30 S. 17th Street). It has something for everyone and is easily the most affordable Stephen Starr establishment in town.

Place you discovered thanks to Philly Lunch? Indian Restaurant. The lamb dishes are solid.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Barcelona. I could eat tapas or paella just about every day.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers? Why does it seem that almost every Thai restaurant has the word “Thai” in it?

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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