Archive for April 2015

Neat & Quick Takeout Tacos at Buena Onda

Buena Onda opened in the Art Museum area, filling the need for quality, quick food for neighbors and Barnes Museum patrons. A more casual concept in the Garces empire, Buena Onda does counter ordering only. Baja inspired tacos and quesadillas, made with made to order tortillas, along with sides of soup, salad, and guacamole are all you will find on the menu.  And to drink; tamarind or hibiscus juice,  wine, beer, or margaritas, including a frozen prickly pear I was sad I couldn’t try. But I didn’t pass up the sample of K38 beer on tap, available to all those of age who walk through the doors.

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Lunch Links (The “Weekend Openings” Edition)

There are a ton of openings this weekend including

  • “Grandma” style pizza on E Passyunk [The Insider]
  • Waffle and Wedges [Zagat]
And by May we should see

M.A.T.T.’s Food Truck Gourmet Sliders

Another one of the newer food trucks I have just come across is  M.A.T.T.’s Food Truck. M.A.T.T.’s  handles bite sized creations made from decadent proteins: duck, pork belly, and burgers.

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Flaming Portuguese Sausage at Iberia

While Philly has plenty to boast about in terms of offering cuisine from places like Mexico, China, Italy, and Vietnam, there are some countries whose foods do not have such presence here. Portugal would be one of those countries. When I visited Tierra Colombiana, I noticed a Portuguese restaurant across the street and vowed to check it out.  While many of the Portuguese restaurants I have visited have been more upscale- Iberia seemed pretty casual which had me wondering about the food quality. But I liked what I saw when I looked at the menu- lots of meat and shellfish, and sausage on fire.

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Lunch Links (The “Clam Pizza and Deep Fried Sushi Burrito” Edition)

  • Umm Hai St has gone ahead and deep fried their sushi burritos [Zagat]
  • Stock has now started weekday lunch service [Foobooz]
  • Clam pizza, fennel carrot pizza, blue cheese pizza? [Zagat]
  • Cheese E Wagon makes a beautiful pulled pork grilled cheese [Penn Appetit]

A Taste of Puebla from the Dos Hermanos Taco Truck

Spring in Philly is the happiest of times; everyone is in a good mood and ready to eat and drink outside. Spring summons up  the emergence of new food trucks, eager to feed all those mouths happy to wait on lines outdoors.

While on Drexel’s campus, I spotted the Dos Hermanos truck, which stood out to me not only because about an hour earlier they started following me on twitter, but because of their beautifully decorated truck. The chef is from Puebla, Mexico- a town known for their food.  On the menu: tacos ($2.50 for 1, $7 for 3), burritos, quesadillas, tortas, sopes, tostadas, nachos, and salads.

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All About the Appetizers at Rangoon

Rangoon was the very first place I wrote about when Midtown Lunch Philadelphia started in 2010. I was so excited to find Burmese food in Philly and wanted to try their lunch specials.   What I learned from that first visit and subsequent visits is that the best dishes here are found on the appetizer and salads section. The lunch menu in particular isn’t incredibly exciting- so let’s stick to the stand outs.

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