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Yummy Food in Philly

I am going to be in Philly for about a day and a half next month to see the Decemberists at the Mann Center. Since this is sort of a birthday trip, we're making a stop at Morimoto, despite some mediocre reviews (but come on, Iron Chef Morimoto! How can we miss it?)...but what are some other good places? I am not necessarily talking expensive...some cool hole in the wall type places that locals tend to frequent would be great. We would need a place for breakfast and lunch and we are both adventurous eaters!

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  1. Are you looking for Philly type stuff or something else. I think the best hole in the wall type place in the entire city for a Philly lunch would be John's Roast Pork at Snyder & Weccecoe (Sp?). The cheesesteaks are awesome and the roast pork with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone is the best. I try to go 4 to 6 times a year and it never changes or dissappoints. The place can't be 300 square feet.

    1. Oh, I forgot, a place we like for breakfast is Blue in Green. It used to be on 2nd or 3rd street but it moved to Sansom St around 7th I think. Haven't been there in while but it was a great spot.

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      1. re: Den

        Blue and green closed a while ago (at least from the sansom location).

      2. I ate at Moriomotos a few months ago. It's going to get a lot of criticism because it's pretty obvious, but it was probably the best meal i've even had. get the full taster's menu, with accompanying drinks. (we split the drinks btwn the 2 of us, it was plenty, but we're lightweights).
        definitely go to reading terminal for lunch. lots of recs on this sight (sometimes listed as 'rtm').

        1. Adventurous eaters should go to Ansill, 3rd and Bainbridge. Morimoto is very good but you should be aware that Masaharu Morimoto himself is very rarely there cooking.

          For breakfast, I'd recommend Sabrina's, 9th and Christian.

          1. I have eaten at Morimoto as well. We all thought the food was excellent and really fun and creative. There is always Buddakan; Striped Bass; Vetri. Vetri is very hard to get into. I've heard that one of the sous chef's from Vetri opened his own restaurant called Marigold's and it is supposed to be good.

            If you had ALOT of time, there is a place, albeit, an hour drive for you from the city called the Birchrunville Store Cafe. It is one of the best restaurants we've ever eaten at anywhere. The chef is half French and half Italian and is wonderful. It is probably too fare for you to go, but try it another time. It is in Birchrunville, PA.

            What type of food are you looking for?

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            1. re: susan eichler

              Pif (Country French)
              1009 S. 8th

              Small less than 10 tables BYOB very tasty menu.

            2. I second Gayle and Pif. Neither is inexpensive (however Pif is less expensive than Gayle because it is a byob). Both are wonderful.

              1. There are so many places in Philly that are great. For low key, reasonably priced try Moriarty's 1116 Walnut Street. Its a neighborhood pub with great food. I especially like the Ruben and the bread pudding (when I am not on a diet). Also, there is a great place nearby for outstanding Italian Gelato called Capogiro. Its at 119 S. 13th. And for more upscale dining...Pasion at 211 S 15th, Striped Bass, Le Bec Fin, Roy's (kind of a chain but we have had several good meals there), Suzanna Foo. All these are within a few blocks of eachother in the Rittenhouse Square area. For a serious Philly sandwich find your way to Tony Lukes. I especially like their Roast Pork sandwich Italian style but the cheesesteaks are great too.

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                1. re: mary0201

                  I'm going to have to go ahead and kind of disagree with you here. I've eaten at Moriarty's once or twice, it was awful. Also, Pasion is closed.

                  1. re: mary0201

                    Also disagree with Roy's - tourist trap chain food and Susanna Foo as it is past its' prime

                  2. Breakfast: Honey's Sit n' Eat or Morning Glory Diner. Both excellent. Both require a wait unless you are early risers. Lunch: El Jarocho or Veracruzana in South Philly serve up some great Mexican food.

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                    1. re: voracious eater

                      I also do not care for Moriarty's. Nothing worth paying for. Reading Terminal Market and the Italian Market are sure bets! Also, El Vez, Jones, August in South Philly. Sabrina's definitely - they're opening a new one at Callowhill. So many places, so little time.