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Bashful3 Mar 2, 2007 03:14 PM

Any suggestions for tasty, reliable takeout, other than Chinese in the Fairmount/Center City area?

I'm hoping to have delivery service of double complete meals--to make for great eating with only reheating while recuperating from hip replacement surgery. Marigold Kitchen did this for three weeks a year ago when I had knee surgery--and it was truly wonderful.

Open to all ethnic/American food; delivery of good Chinese Food is relatively easy.

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    Bashful3 RE: Bashful3 Mar 3, 2007 06:30 PM

    No response to this post, but I'll post what happened when I checked with three neighborhood places. Neither Zorba's nor Trio ordinarily deliver, but because we are so close, and they are so accomodating, they said they would be happy to deliver a double order to us. Long's Gourmet delivers regularly, and La Castange has a parking lot, as well as offering to bring the food out to the curb if my husband drove by, by arrangement.

    I think we're going to eat very well indeed. Zorba's is even willing to make some of our favorites that are not on the regular menu, like mousaka and Aveglemono soup. Both Kleins Market and LIttle Pete's in our building also deliver, so I think life will be easy.

    1. gina RE: Bashful3 Mar 3, 2007 07:24 PM

      How is the food at Little Pete's? Apparently they deliver 24 hours, which could be very exciting...

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        Bashful3 RE: Bashful3 Mar 3, 2007 10:59 PM

        I'm glad you asked, Gina. Actually, the quality is excellent, consistently. Not chow--but tasty, freshly prepared food. Great homemade soups and copious salads; tasty veggies, the meat nicely seasoned. I didn'[t know they were open 24 hours a day, but I can tell you they are busy round the clock. Yesterday all tables were taken and we had to wait a couple of minutes for lunch around 12. If you come in for late lunch or snack around 2 they will still be quite busy. Of note, yesterday's lunch crowd was all young people from outside the building; I hardly recognized any residents of our building.

        With that said, many people who live here eat most of their meals at Pete's. You know they wouldn't if the quality weren't high.

        It's just that we eat at Pete's so often, that I really need a change/variety in type of food when I'm recuperating. My investigating the other places had nothing to do with Pete's quality. Enjoy!

        1. gina RE: Bashful3 Mar 4, 2007 02:03 AM

          Sounds suspiciously like chow...thanks, Bashful!

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            Bashful3 RE: Bashful3 Mar 4, 2007 06:21 AM

            You have me on a roll Gina. Pete's is hearty, friendly, reliable, fantastic value. Nothing overly spiced; something for every taste, but when I use the word "chow" I refer to exciting food, which Pete's is not.

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              croutonpiggy RE: Bashful3 Mar 5, 2007 01:51 PM

              Not exactly upscale, but the food is great -- Tiffin on Girard. Their website says they now deliver to the Art Museum area. Note that some of their items are quite spicy, and I'm not sure that will sit well with your husband, but you're the one recouperating, right? :) On their website, you can order their tiffins (lunches) online.

              Tiffin Store
              710 W Girard Ave
              Philadelphia, PA 19123
              215-922-1297

              www.tiffinstore.com

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                lauracohenromano RE: croutonpiggy Mar 5, 2007 02:09 PM

                I second Tiffin. We ordered from them last week for the first time, and were very pleased with the quality of the food, the prices, and the delivery time. I did not find my saag paneer to be too spicy.

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                Bashful3 RE: Bashful3 Mar 5, 2007 04:51 PM

                What a find! Never would have heard of them if not for my fellow chowhounds. Actually, my hubby loves spicy, I'm the one that has to be careful. But, this sounds like the variety I'm interested in. Not only that, but even when recuperating, I sometimes like to invite friends over to share an "easy" meal. Some of our friends are vegetarian, and this sound like fun.

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                  croutonpiggy RE: Bashful3 Mar 5, 2007 08:00 PM

                  The Tandoor selections, Saag Paneer, Naan, and Vegetable Samosas are definitely not spicy hot. The Chicken Vindaloo, however, packs some heat. Their full menu is in PDF form under the heading "Order Online". There was a whole thread dedicated to Tiffin -- check there for recommendations.

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