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Jul 21, 2009 05:48 AM

where to pick up some chowish tailgate food (phl)

Ok, not TOO Chowhoundish, but any suggestions for where between University City and Reading Terminal that i could pick up some sort of party platter that would work well at a tailgate? It's last minute and I generally make stuff I bring to parties so this is a tough one to me. A friend asked if I would bring burgers, but given that I don't really eat red meat (and I wasn't really aiming to bring the main part of the meal to this thing), I sidestepped that suggestion. I'm wondering about Trader Joe's or if anywhere else between might have something not overly large that is good for a bbq type atmosphere. **hoping it doesn't rain**

Thanks in advance!

Oh, also a good beer place in the Center City West area would also be kindly appreciated!

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  1. You could hit DiBruno's for food, just pick up a bunch of ready-made salads, or have them put together a cheese tray. For beer, you could go to the Foodery.

    1. wegman's can whip up any kinda tray you're craving, huge variety in their prepared area.
      only problem, it may not be convienent to get to closest one

      1. Primo's @ 21st & Chestnut makes awesome hoagie trays, nicely cut up into hand-held pieces. These are always a hit and the vegetarian one is amazing, too.

        10 Replies
        1. re: barryg

          Pagano's, 20th & Market (in the Commerce Square building, right off the courtyard). Love their pizza and calzones. Or Coventry Deli, across the street from Commerce Square. The problem with a lot of these places is that they are not open on weekends or much past the lunch hours (Pagano's is open late). When are you tailgating?

          1. re: PattiCakes

            Hah I was tailgating last night for the Phils game. Someone ended up bringing burgers and I just ended up having junk instead of anything too great (meaning I ate chips and donuts.. yum yum dinner), but I thought it would be a fun topic to bring up in any event...

            oh and I am a fan of Coventry Deli but more often go there for lunchdate with my mum

          2. re: barryg

            I agree. There's another Primo's on 11th a block or two south of Market, but I like the Chestnut location better.

            The Foodery is a great place, but if you're tailgating I imagine you will be needing large quantities of beer, and they don't sell cases there. I don't know if there is a beer distributor in CC west, but my favorite distributor is Bella Vista Beverage, at 11th and Fitzwater. If you're in center city it's not terribly far and they have a great selection.

            1. re: Buckethead

              Don't laugh too hard but I tailgate with food from DiNic's at Reading Terminal. They have take-out containers to keep the pork and rolls separate, and thanks to the heated car cooler-thing I have, I get piping hot sandwiches out of state. That combined with a tray of mini-cannolis from Terminis (order ahead) in the market would make a great meal. The car cooler thing is available at Pep Boys BTW...

              1. re: bluehensfan

                Yowzer. DiNic's roast pork at a tailgate. Sign me up! You Blue Hens Fans are just too smart (my sis is an alum).

                1. re: PattiCakes

                  It's a bit surreal eating roast pork at a tailgate in Delaware...most people are not real sure what we're chowing down on and with all the containers and cooler probably think it's err "foul."

                  1. re: bluehensfan

                    I remember some wicked tailgates when my sister was at DE. Wicked. Of course that was back in the day when the Stone Ballon was still around....

                    1. re: PattiCakes

                      And that was probably when the Deer Park served good food...

            2. re: barryg

              I'm a fan of the Primo's idea and it was definitely en route to my meet up spot. It was, however, not opened when I walked by!