Archive for 'vegetarian'

A Balanced Act at Herban Quality Eats

Herban Quality Eats opened two months ago in University City, offering healthy fast food that tops out at $12 a platter.  The concept was birthed from Wharton Business School grads and cultivated at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises- now I’ve heard some stereotypes about Wharton folks, but this idea is admirable and fills a lunch time gap for easy, fast, healthy, non cardboard.

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That Thickness At Square Pie

I had some glorius pork belly at Cochon and was sad to see it go, but the same owners re- opened a new concept in its place- with lunch hours! The menu is small, just a handful of sides, pizzas, pastas, and sides.

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PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Katie”

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 Katie, who frequents many of Philly’s healthier lunch spots. 

Name: Katie

Age: 31

Occupation: Special Events and Communications Director

Where in Philly do you Work?: Clean Air Council in Center City

Favorite Kind of Food: Tacos, local fruits and veggies

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Peanut Butter…I get a lot of flack for this.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: I love checking out the food trucks in Love Park. Farm Truck is one of my favorites because they are always using really fresh local seasonal ingredients in a fun way. Their tofu tacos make my mouth water. I’m excited for what they are going to be serving at Greenfest Philly this year. I also love Pure Fare and Agno Grill for healthy delicious lunches and they support Clean Air Council’s Dine Out for the Environment.
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Spicy Lassis and Fruity Chaat from Mood Cafe

As the #2 most popular restaurant in the city of Philadelphia, Mood Cafe has a perfect score. What could possibly have an entire city so enthralled-crunchy bits, covered in a mix of colorful sauces, with vegetarian and meat options.  Mood Cafe serves chaat and lassis to the lucky people of West Philly and visitors. I didn’t realize until after I was finished eating here that the same intense guy also owns Desi Chaat House, which I enjoyed a few years ago. Both are located along Baltimore Avenue (in the 40’s) along with Desi Village that I have yet to visit, which makes me jealous that my neighborhood doesn’t have even ONE quick chaat take out shop for me.

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Malaysian Take Out at Center City’s Aqua Asian Bistro

When Aqua moved in to the tiny, ever changing spot on 16th Street, I thought Malaysian food would be a welcomed addition to the neighborhood, even though I had never visited the older location at 7th Street. As the space allows, it is mostly a take out spot, with one row of counter seating.

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Stuffed with Burgers and Mushroom Patties at Good Stuff Eatery

Spike Mendelsohn’s DC burger chain opened in Philly last week. I don’t know many places whose decor sense can be described as “cocky,” but this is definitely one of them. Besides the narcissistic tshirts and wall art, the next thing I noticed was the confusion around the register. We were not sure where to go to order our food at first. I can say that our food was ready quickly, signaled by out vibrating buzzer a la Shake Shack. It is hard not to compare everything Good Stuff does to Shake Shack since they are very similar in what they offer and how they offer it.

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Sesame Tofu from Su Xing House

The restaurant industry can be chaotic. Its nice to know that some places are not going anywhere.  Su Xing is definitely on that list. A favorite lunch spot of meat eaters and vegetarians, the place always has a solid lunch crowd. Lunch specials, which include soup, rice, and a side, max out at $8.

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