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Meals To Check Out By the Philly Flower Show

To all you Flower Show attendees this week, make sure to energize in between sniffing blooms with a great meal! And there are many of those to be found within a few blocks of the Show. Here is a list to start you off:

Reading Terminal


Nanee’s Kitchen Chicken Samosas

Nanee’s Kitchen is a stall in Reading Terminal that I have overlooked. (I believe they changed stalls-  I recall a seafood stand being in this place a while back) I don’t usually visit the Terminal for Indian or Pakistani food. But, walking by en route to pick up produce, I noticed the chicken samosas- just the little snack I needed.

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Top Lunches of 2013

I am a big pig and have eaten hundreds of exciting lunches this past year. I am both grossed out and proud of myself when looking back at all the damage. I wrangled up my favorites of 2013 to share.

January started the year off strong, with peirogi’s from Donna’s smokey bar, Caribbean platters from Little Delicious, tom yom beef jerky from Ratchada, and the gooey mac and cheese brisket sandwich from MeltKraft.

In February, the Uzbeki meal from Samarkand was pretty legendary.

Taco truck, Taco El Rodeo was a pleasant surprise in April.

Pennsylvania 6 did the fancy business lunch right for me in May. Less fancy, but still satisfying: Poi Dog cart’s fried chicken and Campo’s monster of a meat sandwich called “The Stockyard”. Plus, this month brought the opening of Sizzling Woks (called Xi’an Famous Foods then), which meant slippery, spicy liang pi noodles in my mouth.

In June, I was obsessing over the lamb tacos at Border Springs Farm.

The meatball sandwich at Corner Foodery and the beef sandwich at Pura Vida were stand outs. Slightly more upscale, I loved the grilled pastrami and mac and cheese at Twisted Tail.

The meaty torta from American Sardine Bar and meaty burrito bowl from Animo  provided tasty protein in August.

September is beautiful in Philly. Perfect for a picnic provided by Talula’s Daily. I was also overjoyed to find pupusas at Tamalex. I also ate a large amount of pork from Freddy and Tony’s.

The sandwiches at El Soto and cheesy tacos from Quetzally satiated Mexican cravings for October. I was also in love with the bread from High Street and much of the Cambodian snacks at Kavei Express.

Rounding out the year; in the past 2 months I was impressed by the dim sum at Wokano, the Godfather sandwich from Cosmis, and the soup dumplings from I-Green.

I think its time for a salad. Please keep your fingers crossed that I fit in to my New Year’s Eve dress tonight. So- What were your favorite lunches this year?

Border Springs Lamb Tacos

On a Reading Terminal grocery trip, I got a little hungry and wanted a snack. I was blown away by the lamb shoulder sandwich at the  Border Springs Farm lamb stand in Reading Terminal, and wanted similar tastes in my mouth in a smaller size.  Lamb tacos seemed just right. I used up all my lamb puns in that first write up, so please refer to it if ewe are in the mood for that sort of thing this afternoon.

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Ewe Should Eat this Lamb Sandwich ASAP

Border Springs Farm opened their lamb only stand a few weeks ago in the center of Reading Terminal. Their unnamed sandwich has gotten some recent attention (they can’t call it a gyro because of the limit on gyro stands in RT).

I wasn’t all revved up at the idea of  an undercover gyro, instead I picked something else off the sandwich menu and it ended up being one of the best sandwiches I have had recently.

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A Pound of Wings at Dienner’s

At this point, I have pretty much tried all the food establishments inside Reading Terminal. I love the Terminal, I go as often as I can and usually leave with more produce than I can comfortably carry. I realized there was a place I hadn’t eaten at, Dienner’s BBQ Chicken. I will blame the location for that- they are practically hidden away on the wall next to Dutch Eating Place.

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Reading Terminal’s Newest Fried Chicken Addition/Addiction : KeVen Parker Soul Food Cafe

Today Luncher John forgets about calorie counting and checks out the fried fare at the new soul food spot in Reading Terminal

Last year’s demise of Delilah’s at Reading Terminal Market left a temporary void in soul food cuisine at the market. Fortunately for everyone, the KeVen Parker Soul Food Café now capably addresses the craving for good soul food. Opening up in January with a sleek, modern look in the exact same spot vacated by Delilah’s, the Soul Food Cafe takes up where its predecessor left off. KeVen Parker owns Ms. Tootsie’s on South Street, which is famed for its fried chicken, and he brings many of the same menu favorites to Reading Terminal.

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