Archive for March 2011

Sometimes City Life Requires Diner Pleather with a Side of Sugah

I am not sure what possessed me to walk into the Midtown III Diner, but it may have been the hope that some older, gentle but sassy lady would call me ‘honey’. I knew that I wasn’t in for a fabulous meal and that didn’t stop me. I wanted to sit in a retro pleather booth and take a break for a while, forgetting that about the fact that I was in a busy part of a major city. Can you relate?

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1/2 Off Your Pita: Today's Groupon gets you $20 worth of Food for $10 at Pita Pit (16th and Sansom)

PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Jen”

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 Jen, a lawyer looking for patio dining.

Name: Jen

Age: 33

Occupation: Attorney

Where in Philly do you Work?: Federal Courts at 6th and Market

Favorite Kind of Food: Anything with pasta or noodles. Also, cheese.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Fast Food

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Veggie Lovers at 225 N. 11th street
has a fantastic $5.50 lunch special with huge portions & fresh ingredients. I’m also a huge fan of the daily-made pizza at Fork, etc., (306 Market Street), the amazing paninis at Café Ole (147 N.3rd) (which are half-price after 6pm), and Old City Coffee’s spinach, cranberry & goat cheese salads (221 Church Street). And of course, Reading Terminal Market. I will wait in line for the $5.50 red curry bowls at Little Thai Market any day.
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Rain Rain Go Away, So Tyson’s Bees Can Brighten my Day

It’s raining, it’s sunny, it’s raining, it’s sunny… hopefully you can watch the forecast and pick one of the sunny afternoons to pop over to Tyson’s Bees truck on the UPenn campus to check out what everyone has been buzzing about. Chef Tyson’s truck food is inspired by Korean and Thai cuisine. I highly recommend taking your food to the nearby courtyard of some Penn building (I am sure some Penn students can help us out with the name) which has tables overlooking a koi pond.

Getting food at the Tyson’s Bees means that for every time you first open your styrofoam container you will be greeted by a visual spectacle that you would never expect came from a truck. It doesn’t even matter what camera you have, snap a pic of their wares and your friends will think you should be a photographer for a magazine. It’s kind of like taking a picture of Gisele, it can’t be bad. Oh, and it all tastes pretty good too.

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Lunch Links (The “Interviews with Sandwich” Edition)

Photo Courtesy of Nick Chen
  • Kind of confused by this interview with a dish column, but this smoked whisy chicken sandwich from Plenty (1710 E Passyunk) sounds crazy delicious [Phila Weekly]
  • The classic patty makes the burger at Race Cafe [A Hamburger Today]
  • Would you be down for a Indian food truck from the Tiffin guys? [Grub Street]
  • Beyond the peking duck, the fried shrimp and eggplant look good at Sang Kee [Two Eat Philly]

St. Patty’s Run Down: Check out this list of today's specials by Foobooz.

Jewish Style Corned Beef Fits the Bill for St Patty’s Day

Unforutnately St. Patty’s Day is not really recognized by employers. Taking a leisurly corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes kind of lunch may really be out of the question. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate a little bit, just be creative.  How about a Jewish deli style sandwich from Hershel’s in Reading Terminal. It is served up quickly, so why not get a little wild with it and bring it to the Beer Garden inside the Terminal for something celebratory to wash it down?

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