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Jan 31, 2008 03:23 PM

Manayunk: Recommendations?

Manayunk seems like a promising, nearby escape from the chain restaurant wasteland of East Falls and City Line Ave. Any recommendations for restaurants on or around Main Street? All cuisines are fair game--although the restaurant needs to have fish and/or vegetarian options for me (in addition to beef/lamb/chicken/duck/etc. for my dining partner). Mid-range prices are a must (i.e. the prices at Jake's don't mesh too well with educational loans). Thanks!

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  1. Try Cafe Zesty across from Jakes.

    1. Derek's on Main Street has a wide variety of foods that would probably cater to both you and your partner. They also have a great list of beer and wine. You can google their website for a menu, I believe.

      Additionally, I love Il Tartufo (also on Main) for great Italian food. Their homemade fresh mozzarella is great and they have a very, very short and inexpensive wine list. Nothing great, just good table wine. There is a wide variety of meat and pasta dishes so both of you would probably find something for your taste. I believe they have a website as well.

        1. re: Buckethead

          Completely forgot about Chabaa! Probably the best addition to Manayunk in years. I go there or get take out at least 4 or 5 times a month.

          1. re: Decker

            Second on Chabba and Il Tartufo. Don't like Derek's personally, food is so-so and overpriced, service is slow, and on the weekend it can be a mob scene. I would also add An Indian Affair, good food in a nice setting. A bit pricier than most Indian places but worth it I think.

            1. re: Schpsychman

              Unfortunately, An Indian Affair closed about two months ago. The next-closest Indian options are in Ardmore and Wyndmoor, not exactly right down Main Street. At a recent dinner at Tiffin, though, the owner (or a co-owner?) said he is seriously looking into opening a new Tiffin in Mt. Airy--let's hope so!

              1. re: l_street

                Thta is truly a shame about An Indian Affair, liked the food, liked the setting, and liked the owners. You are in an "Indian-free" vacuum in Manayunk now aren't you? A new Tiffin would be great in Mt. Airy!

                1. re: l_street

                  OMG -- Tiffin in Mt. Airy!!!!! Be still my heart!!!

          2. Rarely eat there, but last time I did it was Machismo Burrito. Non-chain build your own burrito that kept vegetarian husband happy, perfectly pleasant for lunch out.

            1. try Winnie's Lebus. Known for it's brunches, but also has a very tasty dinner menu. Hardly any red meat on the menu, and all of the fish and vegetarian options are my favorites. They have these vegetarian enchiladas, stuffed with all sorts of veggies as well as sweet potatoes I think, that are amazing. It's also not overpriced, except the alcohol. And there isn't a restaurant on main st that doesn't serve overpriced alcohol, haha.

              I also second machismo! haha, I love that place. Tiny, with maybe like three tables or something? Definitely not a restaurant, but it's great to stop in and get a burrito when you don't feel like brown bagging lunch. Just good, cheap food.