Chow-worthy grub / early dinner near the TLA?
Hey. Headed to Philly for the SIA concert at the Theater of the Living Arts on South St & would like to grab some food beforehand.
Only been to South St. once, had cheesesteak. Meh.
Would like a sit-down place, not too fancy or pricey, but decent grub. Ethnic preferred (Middle Eastern, Greek, Turkish, or Asian), but open to anything. 'cept cheesesteak.
I know all Philly hounds are waiting with baited breath to find out where I ended up eating..... NOT!
But anywhos. Had a very delicious softshell crab sandwich at The Standard Tap in Northern Liberties where we met a friend. Really nice place, good food, excellent beer selection.
Alyan's is good for Middle Eastern. It is sitdown but very casual and inexpensive. The schwarma is great and everything else I've had has been very good, too. It's BYOB.
Las Bugambilias has good Mexican and is very affordable. The enchiladas are great and the portion is huge; you could split that plus an app or two. Has a bar.
Golden Empress Garden has above average Chinese. It won't blow your mind and is a regular Chinese-American menu, but it's good. They have a very large vegetarian menu if that is interesting to you. BYOB, I think.
I'd skip the Indian place and Tamarind (Thai) as both were pretty lame the last times I've checked them out. There is another Thai place called Mustard Greens but I haven't been. There are two sushi places I remember being decent but I haven't been to either in a while.