PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Rachel”

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 Rachel, repping U City and looking for some vino with her lunch.

Name: Rachel

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

Where in Philly do you Work?: UPenn

Favorite Kind of Food: Mediterranean. And chocolate. Especially dark.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Anything orange flavored, I had a traumatic experience with orange juice when I was younger.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: the Lancaster omelet at White Dog is always extremely satisfying, especially on the weekends. Koch’s deli is also a treat when I’m super hungry.. and Pattaya’s lunch special is an incredible deal!

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Magic Carpet. It’s a food truck right on campus that offers vegetarian, Mediterranean cuisine. I rarely venture away from my usual (salad with babaganoush and tempeh), however every item on their menu is delectable. As are the daily, homemade cookies..

Place you discovered thanks to Philly Lunch? Manakeesh. The workers know me there now!

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Paris. Hands down. The culture cares about their food so much, and everything, from a banana and Nutella crepe to a four-course experience, leaves me happy to be alive. And a country where they drink wine during lunch without exception? Perfect.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers? What are the best places to try at Reading Terminal Market? I want to explore it much more this year!

Start with the Reading Terminal category-DiNics and The Rib Stand are big favorites, but you can’t go wrong at the Terminal. Unless you eat at Kamal’s, then you can totally go wrong.

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  • The creperie on the main floor in Houston Hall makes delicious sweet and savory crepes. The savory ones are huge too. You should give them a try.

    In Reading Terminal, my gotos are Roast Pork with Broccoli Rabe and Sharp Provolone at DiNics and the Mac & Cheese at Delilah’s.

  • The chicken wings at Diener’s BBQ tucked all the way in the back are some good eating.

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    Pearl’s Oyster Bar really knows how to prepare fried foods, if you’re into that sort of thing. I find myself drawn there every month or two.

  • @muse what kind of wings do they have? which are good?

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    For the record, having a double-scoop cone from Bassetts Ice Cream at Reading Terminal makes a perfectly acceptable lunch…

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