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confession time (phila)

i have a confession to make... while taking the train to work, i transfer from the el to the r5 through suburban station for better (simply brewed) coffee (juan valdez, but please do let me know if i'm missing out on anything i don't know of!) but on the way home, i transfer through market east for............ $0.85 garlic knots at villa pizza, which is near popeyes in the market east gallery. add a bit of the parmesan shake, as well as salt and garlic powder, and i'm set - they are oh so good and chewy and simple and all this deliciousness from SUCH an unexpected place. don't get me wrong: i wouldn't recommend anything else. but do yourself a favor and try those garlic knots if you're around and tell me i'm not crazy!

so i'm just curious, what are your un-chow-ly guilty pleasures? i'm in philadelphia but all pennsylvanias can feel free to bare it all. :)

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  1. I personally wouldn't call it un-chow-ly, but I can't resist the hot sausage at Johnny Hots on Delaware Ave across from the Penn Treaty Park in Penn's Landing. I haven't gotten there much since they moved up the street from Spring Garden, but in the 80's and 90's at their old location, I used to get them at least 3 times a week for lunch. It's a spicy beef sausage, kind of a cross between a hot dog and kielbasa, served on a nice Italian roll. I'm sure some chowhounders would turn up their nose at eating a processed meat but that would be their loss. It's a great sandwich and totally addictive. Highly recommended.

    1. I am not sure if this fits but recently the Fair food farmstand started carrying "Vrapple", a vegan scrapple. It is wonderful

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      1. re: Bigley9

        Hey Bigley, where's this Fair food farmstand? we are new to Philly but husband recently had (and loved) vegan scrapple at the Belgian Cafe....thanks!

        1. re: Pretzelhead

          It is in the Reading Terminal Market (between 11th and 12th, Market and Arch) The Fair Food Farmstand is a project of the White Dog Foundation and sells products from local small farms. The stand is close to Arch st, near Metropolitan Bakery/Blue Mountain Winery and the PA general store.

          1. re: Bigley9

            Very belated thank you! I didn't get to the Fair Food Farmstand until earlier this fall, but the vegan scrapple (high up in the refrigerated meats case!) was a big hit in my household.

            1. re: Pretzelhead

              What is in vegan scrapple?? I so want to know if I can eat it!

              1. re: crazyspice

                if i had to venture a guess, i'd go with a mix of leftover tofu crumbles, tvp and seitan all mixed into some spicy yummy mix... (and if i'm totally wrong, that still sounds like a fun thing to try in the kitchen sometime!) who knows though! i'm heading to the RTM tomorrow for thanksgiving dinner supplies so i'm going to keep an eye out for that!!

                1. re: rabidog

                  if your quest is successful, please report back.

                  1. re: crazyspice

                    It is sietan and cornmeal, not sure what else. Sarah, who manages the FF farmstand, makes it - it has gone into commercial production now, originally she made it herself. She just had new labels made and a nutritional analysis done, so if you get some today the new labels should all be there!

                    1. re: Bigley9

                      Is RTM the only location to offer it?

                      1. re: crazyspice

                        no, I have seen it at Essene at 4th and Bainbridge, and I know she supplies some restaurants. My guess is there are other places but I don't know them. If I think of it I will ask Sarah to join this post and let us know!

                        1. re: Bigley9

                          I am excited! I can get it at Willow Creek Orchards.

                          1. re: crazyspice

                            great! let me know what you think!

          2. Ohhhh yeah...those doughy, cushy rolls at Bertucci's, hot out of the oven. Must have with butter, tho, not olive oil.

            1. Aunt Annie's pretzel and lemonade. I make way better lemonade AND pretzels, but there is just something magical about having the two together. Phew what a load off.

              1. Four Seasons buffet for lunch. Honestly it's not bad. I visit about once a week. For a while they had this amazing fried tofu dish with black sesame seeds although it has been missing the last 2 weeks. It's on 16th and Chestnut.

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                1. re: saturninus

                  Strawberry frosted donuts every few months from Dunkin Donuts. I know it's gross.

                  1. re: saturninus

                    I like Four Seasons except 1. it always costs more than I expect and 2. no matter what I get, I have serious onion/garlic breath afterwards. But man, is that buffet pretty!