Curtis Building Lunch Options
I will be working at the Curtis Building next week- Monday and Tuesday. I was there briefly on Monday but did not see much in the way for lunch.
Can you recommend any quick/take out lunch places near the building? I will be there with a group of 25 and we will not have that much time to go out and eat. So a quick, take option would be great.
There's not a whole lot near there, and I can't really speak as to which places are quicker and/or offer takeout, but a few options are Chifa, Aqua, and Jones (all at 7th and Chestnut, all open for lunch). In the other direction, also 3 blocks away at 13th and Sansom, are Zavino, Sampan, El Vez.
Aqua does takeout, so if speed is the main concern that would be my pick.
This one's easy for me, I work in the Curtis Center myself. I second El Fuego, on Walnut Street, if you like burritos. (I also like the soft tacos, there, sometimes a burrito is too much food.) I also second Hamifgash on Sansom Street, between 8th and 9th. For Japanese/Korean: Tampopo, also Sansom Street, but between 7th and 8th. I really like to get the mango tofu as take-out from Aqua (Malaysian/Thai)
If you're pressed for time, you can call Hamifgash, Tampopo, or Aqua to put in an order and then go pick it up ten minutes later. Philly Ray listed the website for Hamifgash, and here's Tampopo and menu pages for Aqua: Tampopo: http://www.tampoporestaurant.com/ ; Aqua: http://philadelphia.menupages.com/res... You can't order ahead at El Fuego, but then, it's served assembly-line, and is quite fast, except that the line can be very long if you hit there at peak lunch time, 12:30 - 1:00.
There is a small take-out cafe associated with the new restaurant, Cooperage, inside the Curtis Center, but it has mostly pre-packaged salads and sandwiches that I have not been much tempted to try. But their small containers of yogurt, that they sell with separate containers of granola are excellent. They tell me that they are made of Greek yogurt, thinned somewhat and sweetened with maple syrup and lemon.
I'm not a big sandwich eater, but Olde Nelson is popular and would be quite fast.
I work at the Curtis Center, too. The only day I have time to get takeout lunch is Tuesdays, but since I have worked in the building now for many years there have been many Tuesdays.
My go to place is Tampopo. I love their rice bowls with tofu or squid or beef etc.. with brown rice. They make this great salad with raw tuna called fresh tuna bi bim bap, that is delicious. Their pan fried dumplings are also great.
There is a very good chinese food truck on 6th between sansom and chestnut. I get their house special meats with broccoli over rice. It comes with chicken, shrimp, barbecue pork, and beef. I get no sauce because they make everything themselves and it is all very flavorful. It is a lot of food for 4 dollars, too.
Do not miss the young ladies who sell fresh fruit on 7th between chestnut and sansom. The fruit is usually perfectly ripe and fresh. They make smoothies, too, but I havent tried them.
Cooperage takeout is good, but a bit expensive. I had the Cobb salad, which was delicious and came with two deviled eggs. The lentil soup was a meal in itself and delicous.
I dont care for the sandwiches at Old Nelson. I do like their fridge full of packaged vegetarian food.
You can get take out from Morimoto if you call ahead and they have a "lunchbox" selection of lunches that come with salad and soup. It is 18-20 dollars, so it is pricey. Even better is to sit down for lunch and have the hamachi bi bim bop prepared for you tableside in a hot stone bowl.
El fuego is much better than Qdoba. They use high quality ingredients. They make a very good soup as well.
I love this thread because I didnt know about hamifgash, I will have to check it out.
I would also like to add that if you like coffee, the best coffee in that corner of Center City is at Lore's. They make La Colombe and they make it well. I especially love their iced coffee. If you wish to indulge in sweets, their chocolate shop next store is really good.