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Nov 13, 2007 06:06 PM

best food truck around temple?

everything i've tried so far is average-to-dismal. what's a hungry foodie who's just started working at temple to do about lunch?

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  1. get the vietnamese food from the vietnamese/chinese truck on montgomery, btwn broad and 13th. chicken bun, pork bun, lemongrass chicken. lots of food for $4, too.

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    1. re: Bob Loblaw

      I'd recommend the Vietnamese place at "strip mall" somewhere behind Broad. (sorry for the vague description - it's been over a year since I've been up there).

      Everything there is fantastic. Freshly made summer rolls, vermicelli buns (outstanding grilled pork), and PHO! I used to alternate between pork vermicelli, beef chowfun and seafood pho. The ladies there are really nice and willing to accomodate you. Ask for extra meat, and it'll usually only add $1 to your bill.

      1. re: FoolForFood

        It's on 12th street, just south of Berks.
        I don't like it all that much, but mine seems to be the minority opinion here.

        1. re: Bob Loblaw

          I agree with you. I like the truck on Montgomery much better than the place on 12th for vietnamese. The selection is more limited, but it is better.

          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

            Really?? When I used to frequent the campus, I noticed that the pork served by the vietnamese truck was always of poor quality - too fatty and stringy (though the flavor was there), whereas the pork on 12th st. was far superior. Oh, I also liked the huge ice tea and lemonades served at 12th st.

    2. I second the Chinese/Vietnamese truck. I love the charbroiled pork on vermicelli (I guess they figure people don't know what bun is). I also really like their singapore noodles. The chinese dishes aren't as good, but are decent.

      The truck right next to them makes a pretty good greek salad, though most of their other food is nothing special. That truck used to be called Chicken Heaven, but I'm not sure if the sign is still visible.

      I also really like the Soon Doo Boo from the Korean truck. It has moved around a few times because of the construction. It is usually within a couple blocks of SAC. Last I checked, it was on Montgomery between 12th and 13th.

      It's not a truck, but Ali's in the strip of small buildings on 12th street is pretty good middle eastern food. I like the felafel and the chicken kabob.

      None of these places is super-fabulous, but it is all better than average.

      1. Also, there's a crepe truck somewhere. Sorry again for the vague description; just ask a co-worker and they'll know where it is.

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        1. re: FoolForFood

          I haven't been myself but most of my office is passionate about the crepe truck on norris between 12th and 13th.

          I would second the falafel at Ali's as among the better than average. The Bagel Hut by Ritter Hall can be good but I sometimes think taking the train downtown would be faster.

          Personally, I decided it was better to brown bag it. There seem to be many decent options but little to get excited about.

          1. re: GasperHulvat

            The Bagel Hut just got new ownership. Mel and Lena are gone! As entertaining as they were, maybe the new owner will be faster.

            Also, it's more expensive and not a truck, but Nosherie in the new Avenu North complex is a nice place to get a variety of sandwiches and salads, and you can even sit there and eat!

            1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

              I can't believe Mel and Lina are gone! I ate there almost every day. She made homemade motzah ball soup and kugel on Passover. I loved them.

        2. Do Greg and Maryanne still have a truck? They were on 13th at the corner in front of the communications building, the name I currently drawing a blank. They make of their food fresh and pride themselves on delivery good quality food. I haven't been to Temple in a while, but they were my favorite truck.

          1. And since I didn't mention the food Greg & Mari(Y)anne serve it is sandwiches. From bacon egg and cheese, to tuna (my fav) to cheesesteaks and fries. They were a good representation of Philly food.

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            1. re: hhshames

              Unfortunately Greg and Maryannes is no more. They got divorced about 4 years ago, Greg did have the truck by himself for a little bit, but he sold since sold it. Its a shame too, because he did make some of the best chicken sandwiches, and was a solid cook.
              As for other places, there was pizza truck on 12th that made good pizza and wraps, cant remember the name right now. Also the chinese place in front of Anderson always produced decent renditions of american-chinese food