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Jan 26, 2010 05:57 AM

Everyday Lunch in Center City West

Looking for some new ideas for a good quality lunch bargains in the area of 15th & Walnut. It doesn't have to be cheap, but I would prefer a good deal for the money. Anything from lunch carts to white tablecloths is fine.

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  1. Bellevue Food Court is decent. There is a place called something about bagels but has an extensive South Philly-style sandwich menu (hoagies, chicken cutlet, roast pork, etc.) that is actually quite good.

    Somosa Indian Buffet at 12th & Walnut is a pretty good Indian buffet for the $7 or $8 they charge. I liked it better when it was vegetarian only and $6, but it's still a good deal.

    A little further away, Mama's Falafel on 20th between Market and Chestnut will hook you up with a huge falafel sandwich for $6; it is the best falafel around IMO. There is also a little Thai place on 20th between Chestnut and Walnut (forget the name) that has a $6 lunch deal that is pretty good.

    If you haven't been to the falafel cart on the NE corner of 20th & Market it is a must visit. Not exactly a bargain for $10 a platter but it is great food and an experience in itself.

    You might be interested in checking out this new blog for more lunch ideas:

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    1. re: barryg

      Thai place is actually on Chestnut, between 20th & 21st. Thai Chef and Noodle Fusion. I like it a lot for lunch. Also a fairly good Chinese place (Square on Square) on Chestnut, between 19th & 20th, right near Devil's Alley. I haven't been for a while, but I used to be addicted to their popcorn chicken. They have a nice lunch deal that includes soup & your entree.

      Pagano's, in the Commerce Square complex (20th & Market, has excellent pizza by the slice, with some nifty combinations that vary by the chef's daily whim. He does an outstanding whole wheat crust that makes you think you're eating healthy. Nice salad bar too. In good weather, you can sit outside in the courtyard.

      A lot of people like Oh So Good buffet. The one that is closest to me is on 19th, just down the street from Market. There is another one in the building where the Verizon Store lives, across from the old Mellon Bank building on Market.

      When the weather gets better for a longer walk, try the Petite Passion, at the Art Institute at 23rd & Market. It's a nice treat.

      barryg, thanks for the link. That's a good one & will be bookmarked.

      1. re: PattiCakes

        The place with the $6 lunch deal I was talking about is actually on 20th. Found the name: Thai Singha House to Go. I haven't tried Thai Chef yet, thanks for the rec.

        1. re: barryg

          I still love the slow cooked lamb sandwich (with eggplant, peppers, tomatos and greens) at Argan at 132 S. 17th St. I also hear the middle eastern place at the Bellevue is good but have never tried it...

          1. re: barryg

            barryg: sorry about that. I never knew Thai Singha House to Go was on 20th, but now I do. Just checked it out today -- what a great deal for lunch!! In addition to the $6 lunch, I got a very large app of fried tofu. It certainly would have been enough to share. You know I'll be back!

        2. re: barryg

          How about the lunch spot inside Boyd's at 18th & Chestnut. An offshoot of 'Raw' on Sanson. Great Bento Box selections. The best!
          Also, for a treat, Di Bruno's has great take out, but it's a bit pricier.

          1. re: Bigley9

            No, and great suggestion. I keep forgetting its there.
            Had a pretty decent lunch yesterday and Sansom Kebob House.

          2. I really like the stone bowl bibimbap at Giwa on Sansom St. Its not cheap, but is so worth it!

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            1. re: rocknroll52

              Finally got around to trying Giwa today for lunch. Wow, what a great Dol Sot Bibimbop! It was beautifully presented and very, very tasty. I liked the counter seating where you could watch everything be prepared, and it was very comfy for a single diner. Would be nice to get more banchan and the kimchi was only so-so, but I'll definitely be back to try more of the menu. Next I want to see how they do on Soon Doo Boo Jigae as that's my go-to Korean dish, usually...

            2. Thanks for all the great suggestions!