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Every Tuesday we'll profile a Philly Lunch'er and get his or her recommendations for the best lunches Philly has to offer. Want to be profiled and give your recs? Just email me at jamie@midtownlunch.com

PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Dan”

As we try to do at Philly Lunch, some Tuesdays 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 Dan, a local business owner looking for noodles. 

Name: Dan

Age: 29

Occupation: Owner of Philly Phaithful

Where in Philly do you Work?: Northern Liberties

Favorite Kind of Food: Any pork product or west coast oysters, because obviously I’m a terrible Jew.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Cottage cheese. It’s not even close.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: I love the House Special Bahn Mi at QT Vietnamese (and the noodle soup during the winter), the Paesano or Tuna Italiano from Paesano’s, and I’m a sucker for the Gator Gumbo at Beck’s cajun cafe in the Reading Terminal market.

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PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Christina”

Though we have been lacking volunteers lately, on certain Tuesdays 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 Christina, a student and freelancer. 

Name: Christina

Age: 26

Occupation: I’m a full time student and part time freelancer

Where in Philly do you Work?: School is up at Temple

Favorite Kind of Food: I really love Italian food. I also really love more unhealthy food like pizza, burgers, and french fries.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: I can’t handle spicy food.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Anything cheap and delicious. Street Food Philly has my favorite burger in the city.

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PROFILE: Philly Lunch “Josh”

Though we have been lacking volunteers lately, on certain Tuesdays 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 Josh, author and playwright of No Reservations.

Name: Josh

Age: 42

Occupation: Macho survival dude and all around cool guy (also author of the Worst-Case Scenario Survial handbook series, and most recetly, playwright-No Reservations)

Where in Philly do you Work?: Penn/University City

Favorite Kind of Food: Japanese

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Anything I didn’t kill myself. Also, beets.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly:  When I’m not wrestling alligators or fighting off sharks, I tend to swing by Mama’s Falafel and Honeygrow. I also stopped by Agno at 21st and Chestnut two weeks ago and really liked it: the wild-caught local hummus was great. And quinoa builds muscle mass.

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PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Penny”

Though we have been lacking volunteers lately, on certain Tuesdays 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 Penny,  who works at Eviama Spa in Center City.  

Name: Penny

Age: Three score +

Occupation: spa therapist – licensed skin care and massage; Reiki master

Where in Philly do you Work?: Eviama Life Green Spa & Boutique

Favorite Kind of Food: Healthy, fresh, local

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Burgers, sorry!

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly:  The absolutely most amazing dine-in lunch with relaxing atmosphere and exotic aromas is Indieblue. I recommend either the seafood or vegetarian thali, which is a combination of exquisite little dishes. Every flavor is exceptional, and the accompaniments are excellent. Nan that melts in your mouth! I also can’t get enough of Green Eggs Cafe – all skillets are yummy, food hits the spot with consistent quality, and the specials are always inventive (and they just opened for dinner at the Midtown location). For a lovely salmon plate (solomos) with braised kale and fennel that makes your mouth water, get thee to Opa! El Vez has a wonderful crab omelet for Sunday brunch – get some guacamole first but be sure to save room for main course! Fergies Pub runs the gamut – if you have vegan leanings and a brisket lover in tow, make everybody happy. Vegan Cheesesteak! Brisket Chili! More beer and mussels!!

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PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Donal”

Though we have been lacking volunteers lately, on certain Tuesdays 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 Donal, looking for places where you can have your lunch and drink it too.  


Name: Donal
Age: 46

Occupation: Restauranteur

Where in Philly do you Work?: Old City (Serrano and Tin Angel)

Favorite Kind of Food: Game & Poultry

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Overly Earthy Vegetables

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: The eponymous Paesano at Paesano’s. Burger at The Capital Grille.
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PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Kory”

Though we have been lacking volunteers lately, on certain Tuesdays 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 Kory, a PR maven with a sweet tooth. 


Name:  Kory

Age: 40

Occupation: public relations

Where in Philly do you Work?: Aversa
PR located on East Passyunk Avenue (and 12th)

Favorite Kind of Food: Desserts and comfort food. Usually always dessert before main course, too! :)

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Mushrooms, fish and exotic meats.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: I love Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and have favorites in each of them. In Old City, I love Nick’s Roast Beef (16 S 2nd St) for a classic roast beef and horseradish sandwich, in Center City I can’t stay away from Schlesinger’s and their pickle bar (1521 Locust St), in Rittenhouse I love hitting Devil’s Alley (1907 Chestnut St) for my favorite Turkey Cubana, in Northern Liberties I am partial to PYT (1050 N Hancock St) for late lunches on weekends, and in South Philly I love Fuel (1917 E Passyunk Ave) for a healthy treat.

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PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Justin”

Though we have been lacking volunteers lately, on certain Tuesdays 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 Justin, who loves the ladies as much as he loves noodles. And yes, he is single and ready to mingle, as long as you can use chopsticks- any takers? 


Name: Justin

Age: 27

Occupation: Attorney

Where in Philly do you Work?: Penn Center

Favorite Kind of Food: Noodle soup

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Meh, not sure if I have a least favorite. Not a big mustard, horse radish, wasabi fan.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: I’ve been eating mad salads nowadays–gotta keep my business tightttttttt. I’m a big fan of honeygrow salads. Also, the Duane Morris building has a cafeteria catered by Stephen Starr. They have a solid salad station–under 10 bucks for a salad with salmon. If I indulge, I hit up a chicken and rice cart or some noodle soup in Chinatown or elsewhere. (Lan Zhou, Hiro, any and all Pho places)

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