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Help me pick my lunch spots

Just a quick update on this -
thanks, first, to everyone for their recommendations. I didn't make it to too many spots, and never even made it to Sarcones. I did go to some of the trucks, including the taco one on washington. Several trips to Moe's, several trips to Joe's né Chinks, but it was also hard not to keep going back to Paesanos. Then the semester ended.
Meanwhile, I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone here happy trails for the next six months or so, as work will take me out of Philly for at least the next six months.
-Charles

Jan 05, 2014
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Seeking Advice for Authentic, Slightly Hipster Italian in Philly?

given the importance of irony in the hipster scene, i'm almost tempted to recommend restaurants that aren't any good.
i'm not going to, though.

Dec 24, 2013
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Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

Thanks. And yes, that's exactly what I was thinking of, just didn't remember all the details correctly.

Dec 24, 2013
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Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

was Main Line today the one that just had an email from the food critic go viral, offering to promote a restaurant if it hosted her family's xmas dinner?
it was something around here, I forget the magazine's title (it wasn't laban, or Philadelphia mag).

Dec 22, 2013
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Phellow hounds in Philly: please phine-tune my trip….

North Market? Market runs east-west (and technically, divides the North from the South).

Dec 19, 2013
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Any Good Izakaya (居酒屋) in Philadelphia?

quite amusing, when I google 居酒屋. I don't think McGillin's has what you're looking for though.

Dec 18, 2013
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Philadelphia Bucket List

I'd agree with that. The first time I had it, like I said, was the best meal I've ever had. All of my subsequent meals have been top-knotch but they weren't what that first experience was.
I guess it's lucky I can't afford to eat there that often!
oh, and I've never seen Morimoto there. (Or Garces, at any of his places, for that matter).

Dec 16, 2013
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Philadelphia Bucket List

The best meal I've ever had was the Omakase at Morimoto. Spendy, but I don't think that disqualifies it from a bucket list.

Dec 14, 2013
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Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

that was awesome.
i'm oddly tempted to eat there now, to see if it really is that bad.
not tempted enough to pay those prices, of course.

Dec 13, 2013
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Any recs for upscale dining in Chestnut Hill?

Glad to hear that the Cambodian place is good. We were planning on going there tonight, till the snow interfered.

Dec 08, 2013
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A proper old-school diner around Ambler?

If you're driivng from Flourtown/Erdenheim toward Stenton, it's on the right, and IIRC it's among the last commercial establishments you see before Stenton. Before Hillcrest, but not by much.

Dec 03, 2013
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New places to try since 2009?

I liked bufad quite a bit the one time i went there. it does feel more like a neighborhood place than a destination place, and i'm not a huge fan of that part of the city (it seems like it's getting hip at the same time that i'm getting old). but the pizza was excellent. i haven't been to nomad, but i'd put bufad up there w/ zavino's or earth, and significantly better than pitruco. pizza brain's pizza didn't impress me at all.

Nov 28, 2013
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No bread for you!

I've been to Parc 3 times. First time - 4-5 years ago? not long after it opened in any case - bread was great. 2nd time was almost as long ago, and I wasn't super impressed with the bread. Then I went a few months ago, and the baguette was a good to very good baguette. By Paris standards, hardly a destination baguette, but a perfectly competent neighborhood bakery baguette. There was another kind of bread there too, which seemed good, but didn't seem to fit w/ the meal.
To get back to the original point, I don't mind asking for bread. I'm not shy about it. I love bread. But there are colliding trends of less bread/less attention to bread, and the small plates trend, where I find that bread is especially important because every small plate has so much flavor that I need some sort of backdrop.

Nov 23, 2013
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Arepas in Philly?

There's a truck I've seen a few times that has arepas. I got them and liked them quite a bit. These are the only arepas I've ever eaten, so I can't tell you anything about whether they are authentic or not.

Nov 22, 2013
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Smoked Turkey for Thanksgiving

I was at Fette Sau this weekend, they had fliers for thanksgiving turkeys. didn't note the details.

Nov 19, 2013
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Good gastropub/ pub or comfort food post race

not to beat a dead horse (or dog), but i wouldn't go to Good Dog post-marathon. Much of the seating is upstairs, which would mean that to leave, you need to go downstairs. Not my favorite post-marathon activity.
I don't know what your craft beer standards/capacity are, but *most* places in center city have good craft beer selections. At least for a lightweight like me who might, on special occasions, drink a second beer.

Nov 05, 2013
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Phuladelphia Sunday Nov 17th

I believe this is the same day as the Philly Marathon. Be prepared! Lots of hassle, but lots of excitement too, at least until 1pm or so. (This is by the Barnes; by Matyson, everything is over well before noon).

Nov 04, 2013
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Pre marathon meal!

I'd go with Pietro's, at 18th and Walnut, if you can get reservations. Good Italian food, lots of pastas and pizzas. It's not the best Italian food in the area, but it's good carbo-loading food. If you can't get reservations, though, I'd avoid it, as you'd be standing while you're waiting to sit. easy cab ride back. there are probably options in university city too, but I don't know them.

Nov 02, 2013
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Anyone ever show up at a BYOB with decanted wine?

is there any other kind of decanting?

Oct 29, 2013
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Double Date with Vegans?

If what you want to do is eat meat while your sister/BIL eat vegan, Khyber Pass is a good option. Good food, lots of options either side. We 2x dated w/ some vegans, I was able to eat bacon fat popcorn and bbq - yet they chose the spot for its vegetarian options!

Oct 29, 2013
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Anyone ever show up at a BYOB with decanted wine?

oh yeah. i guess returning w/ the unfinished parts is the exact same issue, legally.

Oct 24, 2013
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Anyone ever show up at a BYOB with decanted wine?

Not to be a downer, but what are the laws on this if you're driving to the restaurant? wouldn't that count as an open container?

Oct 24, 2013
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Han Dynasty Taiwanese street food

!!

Oct 17, 2013
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Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen?

Thanks. Good to know - sounds like LaBan was around right. Oh well.
Still kind of tempting to go by there, but maybe more for a drink than for a meal. Just looks like such a pleasant spot.

Oct 11, 2013
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Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen?

Hi Folks -
I biked by this place a few weeks ago. Looked like a great local spot. Curious if anyone has tried it.
LaBan didn't much like it (1 bell) and I trust him more often than not, but this place looked like a nice enough spot that I'm hoping for a second opinion.

Oct 10, 2013
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Stateside

well, they've had a year and a half to get the hint (though didn't ArtBoul close during that time?)

Oct 07, 2013
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Help me pick my lunch spots

BarryG, quite a list - but don't a bunch of these places have table service? Really looking to avoid that.

Sep 30, 2013
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Help me pick my lunch spots

hunh - last place i expected to be on FN. it used to be a pretty no-frills truck, suddenly it looked like it won a spot on "pimp my food truck."
but short answer no, haven't had that sandwich.

Sep 29, 2013
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Help me pick my lunch spots

Philly Ray, super suggestions, thanks.
Curious if the area around Moe's is a bit shady? Certainly not too far?
And I've never actually been to Sarcone's. I think that goes to the top of the list.

Sep 28, 2013
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Help me pick my lunch spots

Hello Philly Chowhounders,
My schedule this semester has been giving me 1-2 days a week where I finish up at noon, and get to set out on my bike to eat lunch and explore the city. I’ve been taking advantage of it thus far by going down and finally eating at John’s Roast Pork, getting a cheese steak at Chubbie’s, returning to Cucina Zapata, getting some pizza at Pizza Brain (enh), and starting to make my way through the menu at Paesano’s. I’ve had some dessert destinations, too. Sometime soon, I’m going to take a ride out to the controversially (re)named cheesesteak place on Torresdale ave, as well.
I’m looking for some other destinations, though, to keep things new and interesting.
The criteria:
-Not in downtown proper, which I explore enough during normal times (NoLibs, Bella Vista, etc. are good);
-No table/waiter service. Eating at counters is fine, as are food trucks;
-It has to be someplace I can bike to. I start at Temple’s main campus. John’s Roast Pork wasn’t too far, but I wouldn’t want to ride too much further than that;
-It has to be someplace where it’s relatively safe to lock up my bike
-urban or urban-ish destinations preferred. So, someplace in upper darby is fine, but I’m not going to head out to Jenkintown or someplace like that.
Thanks for any advice/feedback,
-Charles

Sep 28, 2013
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