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Jun 19, 2009 04:30 PM

brunch/lunch by Poe House

Hi all

I just wanted to thank all of you for your help in my previous thread. I've gotten some fantastic advice ...........Now, I have a more specific question.

I will be going to the Poe house on the Sunday that I am in town. I intend to go to the Headhouse Market afterwards.......I was planning to try Los Taquitos de Puebla at the Market, but now that I know there is an actual restaurant in the Italian Market, I can have lunch there when I check it out on the Saturday. So...I will probably want to eat something before venturing to Headhouse. I've read a million and a half raves about Paesano, but it's closed on Sundays, so I will need to grab a bite to eat there (I expect to be hungry by the time I finish with the Poe House). I know there are several gastropubs in the area - I'm not a beer drinker, so would any of those places (Standard Tap, etc.....) be wasted on me? Is the food good enough for me to make a pit stop there even without the beer?

On Paesano' it good enough for me to make a special trip there? Is Northern Liberties within walking distance from Rittenhouse Square/Center City/Independence area or would I need to take a cab? FYI - I have no problem making special trips for food as I do it all the time.


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  1. Sounds like a good trip!

    Going to Standard Tap or Johnny Brenda's won't be a wasted trip if you don't drink, but you will be missing out on part of the fun. You could consider going to Honey's after the Poe House. It's a great breakfast/diner type spot. There are long waits on the weekend but you should be ok if you get there in the afternoon.

    Northern Liberties is a bit of a walk from Center City. It is reasonable from the Old City area, but it's not a scenic walk. I recommend a cab. Paesano's is worth a trip, but if you are a Philly sandwich newbie, getting a roast pork at DiNic's in Reading Terminal Market will do you just fine.

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    1. re: barryg

      I agree. If you're staying in CC and you've never had a roast pork sandwich, just go to DiNic's.
      In terms of places to eat by Poe House, there's Silk City Diner right there. Also, has anyone tried the new Latin food place on Spring Garden, like 4th or 5th I think?

      Standard Tap wouldn't be a bad walk, and the food is good, even if you're not drinking.

      1. re: hollyd

        Yes, I had one before........and it was delicious. Of course, it was at the train station and not at DiNics or one of the better places. Paseano's sounds fantastic, but I don't want to adjust my schedule too much to accomodate it. I may have to save it for next time......

        Thanks for the tips!

      2. re: barryg

        Thanks! Oh, I definitely plan on spending quite a bit of time at the Reading Terminal market and DiNic's is on my list. ....yum. I had a roast pork sandwich last time I was in Philly and it really was fantastic.

        I must have misread the hours that the Headhouse Market was open, but apparently it runs from 10-2, so after Poe, I'm going to have to head back down there as opposed to eating in Northern Liberties. I'll enjoy some Los Taquitos there......If I do, then I will probably want something different as I stroll the Italian Market. I will do my research, but any good tips for that? Thanks!

        1. re: Betsypaige

          There are so many good eats in the Italian market. First, you could just fill up sampling yummy cheese at DiBruno's (you could even pick up a roll and some cheese/meat and munch as you go). George's makes a good cheesesteak. There's a new BBQ place, Bebe's, which I haven't tried but is getting good buzz. There are other taquerias, like La Lupe and Veracruzana. There's great Vietnamese nearby on Washington Ave. You won't starve.

          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

            Thanks, Hungryintheburbs! Ooh that's a nice idea - sort of an impromtu picnic. I love good cheese.......too many good things to eat, lol. I'm glad I will be doing a lot of walking.

            This is completely off-topic, but I didn't want to have to start another thread. I'm going to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and instead of having lunch back in Center City (where I am going afterwards), I'm thinking of just having lunch around that area. I've read that there are some good Ethiopian restaurants there - I've never had Ethiopian food. What should I expect? I see Kaffa Crossing gets good reviews - is that near the University?

            Thanks again!

            1. re: Betsypaige

              You could walk to Kaffa crossing from the Penn museum. Is it probably a 15 minute walk. I went to a party they catered a year ago it was great.

              1. re: rocknroll52

                Good news, thanks! I'm not sure if I'm going to have the time to go to the Univ. of Penn Museum of Archaeology, so KC might be out. Have you ever been to Almaz Cafe?

                1. re: Betsypaige

                  I have been there a few times and I love the food.

                  1. re: barryg

                    I ate there once. I am not a huge fan of ethopian food but thought it was good for something different. I think you would be fine with that if you dont have time to get up to West Philly.

                    1. re: rocknroll52

                      Thanks, Barry and RocknRoll!

                      I'll just save it for next there will definitely be a next time. I will get to West Philly, but only for dinner. I've heard so many great things about Distrito, that now I have to go. That will make two Jose Garces restaurants for me on this trip -will have to try Amada and Chifa next time.

          2. re: Betsypaige

            I like the tomato pie slice at Lorenzo's on 9th and Christian. Perfect for walking and eating.

            1. re: hollyd

              Man, I'm hungry now......I love tomatoes.

        2. Paesanos just received top honors in the Italian hoagie sandwich category in a tasting contest by a local radio personality who devotes himself to discovering the best of such things as cheesesteak, pizza, burgers etc.

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          1. re: rocknroll52

            If I can get there, I will. If time!

            1. re: Betsypaige

              If you want a great Italian hoagie in Center City, check out Salumeria in Reading Terminal Market or Primo's Hoagies (I prefer Primos).

              Sarcone's Hoagies is on 9th on the way to the Italian Market and it is as good or better than Paesanos for cold sandwiches (hoagies).

              I am not an expert on Ethiopian but I have been to abssynia in West Philly a couple times and loved it. None of the places that I know of are super close to the Penn Museum, they are all up in the 40s and would be a bit of a walk. You could walk out to one and easily cab or subway back downtown.

          2. I realize this is late but Cafe Estelle is very close to the Poe House

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            1. re: Bigley9

              Not late at all - I won't be in Philadelphia for another month. I will do some research on Cafe Estelle - what kind of food do they serve?

              1. re: Betsypaige

                Here's the website:
                Personally I am addicted to their duck and gorgonzola pizza

                1. re: Bigley9

                  ooh, that sounds good,but then so does everything on the menu. Do they take reservations? Thanks!

                  1. re: Betsypaige

                    I don't think so (I usually pick up lunch) but they are larger than many of the other nearby places so it shouldn't be a bad wait.

            2. I would say Paesano's is easily worth going out of your way for. The sandwiches are incredible, and the warmth of the staff is amazing given how busy they are. They love to talk food with you and if you get the Arista, you will honestly wonder how there can be such misery in the world when it's so easy to have such pleasure.

              As for Ethiopian. Kaffa Crossing is decent and a nice spot. Abyssinia is more run-down but consistently serves up the best Ethiopian food around. I've been to all the popular places and always end up back here. This is mainly because their kitfo is so fresh, well-spiced and addictive!

              You wouldn't want to walk from Rittenhouse to Northen Liberties. It's walkable but will take close to an hour if you're taking things in. If you want though, for $2 you could jump on the Market-Frankford line near City Hall, and this would take you to Front and Girard which is right at the top of Northern Liberties (and a block from Paesano's!).

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              1. re: berbadeerface

                If I have time, then I would definitely do that, given how easy it is to get to Paesano's. I tend to get giddy around good food, so I will love that place, lol..... What is the Arista again? Is that the roast suckling pig sandwich? I've never had roast suckling pig - I guess the closest I've come to is the roast pork sandwich I had a few years ago in Philly......

                1. re: Betsypaige

                  Yes, that's the one. I mean, it's all tender and juicy and shredded by the time it's in the sandwich, so it's no different in its make-up as a sandwich. But the depth in flavour is incredible and they use excellent long hot peppers, sharp provolone and it literally drips with juice. I would give Dinic's a 95/100 and Paesano's a 99.

                  1. re: berbadeerface

                    wow, that sounds mouthwatering right there.......peppers besides the cheese? Yumm.......ok, I definitely have to make a pit stop there, lol