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where to pick up some chowish tailgate food (phl)

padovana Jul 21, 2009 05:48 AM

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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    Hungryin theBurbs Jul 21, 2009 05:52 AM

    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.

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      keby Jul 21, 2009 06:30 AM

      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

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        barryg Jul 21, 2009 06:38 AM

        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.


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        1. re: barryg
          PattiCakes Jul 21, 2009 07:45 AM

          Pagano's, 20th & Market (in the Commerce Square building, right off the courtyard). www.originalpaganos.com. 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
            padovana Jul 22, 2009 05:51 AM

            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
            Buckethead Jul 21, 2009 07:48 AM

            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
              bluehensfan Jul 21, 2009 08:01 AM

              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
                PattiCakes Jul 21, 2009 08:38 AM

                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
                  bluehensfan Jul 22, 2009 03:59 AM

                  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
                    PattiCakes Jul 22, 2009 08:57 AM

                    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
                      bluehensfan Jul 22, 2009 09:48 AM

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

                      1. re: bluehensfan
                        PattiCakes Jul 22, 2009 10:53 AM

                        yep. And streaking was in vogue.

            2. re: barryg
              padovana Jul 22, 2009 05:49 AM

              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!

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