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Lunch spot Philly U / Blue Bell trip - Ridge pike

EastPA Dec 6, 2007 03:41 PM

Visiting Philly U tomorrow Am and I'm looking for a good lunch spot along the way between Norristown and Philly U. I'm looking for more than a cheesesteak(Dellasandro's=!!!) but less than a $20/plate lunch - $10-18 is fine. Any recommendations?


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    Chefpaulo RE: EastPA Dec 6, 2007 03:56 PM

    Just as you enter central Norristown coming up Ridge (Main St.), there's August Moon (Korean/Japanese) which is good and a Mexican place across the street which I hear is also worthy of a try, although I've never been to the latter.

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      GBak504 RE: EastPA Dec 6, 2007 04:42 PM

      Tacqueria La Michoacana (ok, I probaby butchered that spelling) but that's the mexican Chefpaulo refers to...directly across from August Moon. Was jsut there for dinner last week..very good...I'd imagine lunch to be the same..

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        GBak504 RE: GBak504 Dec 6, 2007 04:46 PM

        PS. Nice lunch at the Lucky Dog saloon. They do a nice burger. reubens, that sort of thing.. Ridge pike just before Joshua

      2. mschow RE: EastPA Dec 6, 2007 07:21 PM

        Lucky Dog would be a good place to stop for lunch. It gets crowded right around noon, but they move people out pretty quickly.

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          EastPA RE: mschow Dec 7, 2007 11:11 AM

          We went to the Lucky Dog. Excellent lunch... wife had Grilled chicken w/ BBQ, SIL had chicken parm and I had special of the day - Meatloaf sandwich w/ mushrooms. Also tried the Sour DJ - Black Bean w/ creme fraische (sp?). We finished w/ homemade apple crisp w/ ice cream.

          This is one of those places you'd never stop at if someone didn't tell you about it (or if your a local). We plan a revisit....

          Thanks Chowhounds!

        2. Den RE: EastPA Dec 7, 2007 05:24 AM

          You could also try Johnny Manana's at the corner of Ridge and Midvale Aves close to Textile.

          (I graduated from there 27 years ago and can't call it PU)

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            rabidog RE: Den Dec 10, 2007 03:08 PM

            i think i'd kill myself over going to johnny manana's ever again, quite frankly... i found a hair that was definitely not mine, and definitely not the kind that comes out of your scalp, in my food there... plus, up until the point that was discovered, i was less than thrilled to begin with... bland... good margaritas though. i'm still convinced there has GOT to be something better in east falls... still looking for it...

            michoacana - i think you spelled it right! i love them... miss living a mile from them (it's the only thing i miss about my old house). man their enchiladas suizas i used to chow down on until you had to roll me out of that place. great service too and a cute ambiance. is a little more expensive than you'd expect for a place authentic enough to have a language barrier between you and the servers, but still, i say it's worth the money cause i can't find that kind of food + ambiance + margaritas anywhere in philly. and all those places on west marshall street - i never got to truly delve into those when i lived there. only been to a couple, can't remember their names... but an experience for sure.

            i see a lot of signs for zeps in norristown. can anyone clue me in as to what these are?

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              Den RE: rabidog Dec 10, 2007 04:16 PM

              Where are you from?

              As far as I can tell, a zep is wholly a Norristown area sandwich. It is essentially a hoagie without lettuce. We zep devotees have been waiting anxiously for our holy grail to re-open after moving...Eve's Lunch.

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                EastPA RE: Den Dec 10, 2007 04:43 PM

                Zep=Cooked salami sandwich w/ onions, tomatoes, oregano, oil & vinegar on a round kaiser roll. Very simple but much tastier than you might expect.

                As reported elsewhere on Chowhound:

                hey everyone-

                I work at Eve's and there were a lotttt of delays with the construction of the building. However, we are looking to open the third monday in october but nothing is set in stone yet.

                Either way, I can't wait to see you there- Budd

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                GBak504 RE: rabidog Dec 10, 2007 04:48 PM

                yep..what he said (EastPA)...salami, etc etc on a kaiser.. unique to Norristown as far as I know.

                it is very tasty sandwich..... 'when in rome..'

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                  EastPA RE: GBak504 Dec 10, 2007 06:57 PM

                  P.S. Try Lou's on West Main St in Norristown for zep's... one of the original's and VERY good

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                    rabidog RE: GBak504 Dec 10, 2007 07:33 PM

                    okay i'm intrigued now... i'm from DC and prior to moving here had never heard of a grinder or a hoagie (uhm, we called em hot and cold subs, respectively)... so i guess i've got to try this out!

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                      GBak504 RE: rabidog Dec 12, 2007 11:41 AM

                      Fear not the hoagie. Is good.

                      Well, maybe not. Dont buy a hoagie at a Wawa for example, you might damage your tastebuds.

                      Salumeria (in RT..is good) Maybe a Primo's hoagie...theyre good

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                        rabidog RE: GBak504 Dec 12, 2007 06:51 PM

                        i fell in love with the hoagies from a cut above deli out at the crossroads of rtes 3 and 252... i think it's the sarcone's bread...

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                hhshames RE: EastPA Dec 10, 2007 04:32 PM

                Try McNally's Tavern in Chestnut Hill. Now that place is an institution. It is located on Germantown Ave. and makes a great sandwich. Try their most famous and most delicious sandwich, The Schmitter.

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