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Lunch near 8th and Walnut?

I'm going to be at Will's Eye tomorrow morning and thought I'd stick around for lunch since I'll be in Center City. I'd love not to park twice, so I'd like something nearby. I've been wracking my brains and can't think of anything. Any style of food, any price is fine, as long as it's good.

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  1. I'll be interested in the responses you get. I've been taking my wife to Wills Eye every 3 months or so for the past few years. That area seems to be a food wasteland. We haven't even found a good place for breakfast!

    1. On the north side of Chestnut Street, just west of 7th, there are two good places for lunch, next door to each other: Kibbitz, a Jewish Deli, branch of one in the Cherry Hill area. This branch is run by Asians who are very nice. I had delicious corned beef hash there last week. The other is the Malaysian next door, whose name escapes me but will come back to my brain as soon as I hit the "Post My Reply" button. It's also run by Asians.

      1. If you don't mind a few blocks walk, you can try Caribou Cafe on Walnut St. between 11th and 12th. Pleasant French bistro.

        1. I found Kibbitz to be a little on the expensive side for a deli. The Malaysian place is Aqua. There are so many good lunch spots in Philly! If you want good breakfast, go to the 10th street pour house at 10 and locust. On a weekday, go there for the quiche. I love walking over to 12th and Filbert for Reading Terminal Market. I could eat there every day. Good places in Reading are Salumeria (get a sandwich), Thai market (known for the great salmon dish), Profi's crepes (I recommend the turkey crepe with goat cheese). At 9th and locust is my favorite sushi place, Shinju. They have lunch specials. I occasionally go to Marathon Grill (good quesadillas, ok burgers) at 13th and Walnut.

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          1. re: ssharma1121

            I forgot to add El Fuego at 7th and Walnut. Great burritos!

          2. Thanks for all the suggestions! I think I'll shoot for either Aqua or Caribou Cafe. My companion must eat gluten-free, which often makes Asian cuisine tricky, but we might be able to find something. I also love Reading Terminal, but it's a little farther than I wanted to walk, though it is supposed to be a nice day, so we'll see. Thanks again for all the options.

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            1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

              Aqua was just ok when we went not bad but not impressive enought to make me not want to walk another four blocks to go to RTM next time.

            2. It's probably too late, but there's also Tampopo which does a nice Bi Bim Bap (Korean dish with different kinds of marinated vegetables and egg, tofu or meat, over rice with a spicy sauce). Thank you.

              1. Thanks to all! We ended up going for lunch at Caribou Cafe. I've been wanting to try it for years, and never gotten around to it until today. It was a lovely lunch-very comfortable atmosphere, nice decor, a nice, low level of music made for a relatively quiet backdrop. We both started with the soup of the day, which was tomato-leek. It was delicious, though a little salty. I had a special salad--spinach and frisee with beets and smoked salmon in a lemon vinaigrette. Hubby, after getting over the disappointment that the frite were dipped in beer batter so he couldn't have the steak frite (recently learned he's got Celiac) opted for a "salad" that turned out to be warm with potatoes and smoked salmon in a mustard vinaigrette. We both really enjoyed them. The service was excellent. The server went out of her way to offer substitutions and alternatives to accommodate my husband. All in all it was a simple, lovely lunch out. I'll have to remember this for the future.

                It was so nice that we continued on down the block for dessert. It was a tough choice between Capogiro and Naked Chocolate, but Capogiro won out. I had the cilantro-lime sorbetto and basil gelato (extraordinarily good), he had blood orange and coconut. What could be better?

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                1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                  Thanks so much for reporting back. And glad you enjoyed your lunch!