moving to Philadelphia, where are good food neighborhoods
Work will take us to Fox Chase area of Philadelphia, shorter commute preferred, but good restaurants, coffee shops, Trader Joe's all desired--is this possible in towns within 20 minutes of this area?
There is a Trader Joe's on Old York Road (611) near the Saturn Dealer. There is also one in Center City, and one in Ardmore (which is not near Fox Chase but it is a nice one with a Farmer's Market next door. It is 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia heading West on Lancaster).
Good food neighborhoods are Chinatown (10th and Arch), Washington and 11th (and all around there is becoming Little Vietnam/Mexico).
Old City has some decent places but a lot of them are trendy rip offs. Also the area around 20th and Pine has some good places.
The Indian restaurants on 40th Street are not so great (but there are decent places in that area by Penn). For Indian that is not expense account priced you really need to go to the Suburbs (King of Prussia, near where I used to live, has a pretty good place called Jaipur and there is another one called Desi Village which people liked).
There are numerous Tacquerias springing up in Norristown. Northeast Philly also has a lot of ethnic places.
However, you really must go to the Reading Terminal Market (12th and Market) which is a food Emporium. Man I really miss that place!! Nothing like it, not even in NY.
Must try the DiNics Roast Pork.
Falafel in Philly sucks except for this one place called Mamas on 20th near Market. However, it had those Kosher hours which meant I could never get there on a Saturday....which means I never got there and cannot really comment first hand. Others liked it though.
I live in west philly and love the food here-- lots of e. african, food coop, a few nicer places, food trucks all around penn for lunch (work at home). but it's a little more of a coffee shop/budget place to live. If I could live anywhere it might be right smack in center city-- like in the upper teens or 20s-- a lot of small nice restaurants, go south and you're around Washington Ave, near Reading Terminal, etc. Nice thing about Philly is nothing is that far away (of course that depends on where you're coming from)
Welcome to the area.
Unfortunately, Fox Chase isn't easily known for quality restaurants.
You'll need to either go to Center City for that or the western suburbs IMO.
Try Moonstruck just south of the intersection of Oxford Ave (232) and Rhawn Street next to the Fox Chase train station. That should be close to you.If you like barbecue you should be close enough to Sweet Lucy's on State Street near Cottman - I haven't been there but it's supposed to be good and it's reasonably close to you. Probably a little more than 20 minutes is the Blue Sage in Southampton (vegetarian) and fun for lunch or an early dinner (also takeout) is the Allways Cafe in the shopping center at the intersection of 232 and Philmont Avenue.
The best foodie neighborhoods are Center City, Olde City, Queen Village, and Northern Liberties. West Philly has some solid restaurants particularly ethnic, while Graduate Hospital is up and coming.