Is Rick's Steaks open tomorrow (sun, 5/30) + other recs?
We're coming up for the day and I want my wife to taste the unbelievable pepper-and-mushroom-filled vegetarian "cheesesteak" I had at Rick's years ago when they were in the market. Anyone know if they're open? They aren't answering the phone. Also, is it as good as I remember?
Also, any recs for an early dinner? Someone suggested Tastee D's at 4th and South for Nigerian food, which we love. Thoughts? (just tried to call them and their number is disconnected... Hmmm...)
Thanks for all the replies. Unfortunately we were only in town for one meal since the main event took longer than I expected (I was dropping off some paintings at a gallery) and we didn't have someone feeding our old dog dinner, but what a meal it was! We took the advice given by a couple of you and went to Paesano's in the Italian Market. What a place! We split a Panelle and a tuna sandwich with eggs, olive and pepperincini. I don't know which was better! Seeing all the suckers shelling out $8.50 for Geno's and Pat's when those two master sandwiches are actually CHEAPER made me chuckle. (although I get going to those types of "classic" institutions... There's an energy to them)
Anyway, Paesano's is fantastic. We will be back at least one more time in the next month or two for gallery-related business so we'll try more places as well. Also, the Italian Market is a great resource. We loved it.
The other places I know of with good vegetarian variations on classic Philly sandwiches, Tony Luke's, Sarcone's, Chickie's and Primo's, are also closed on Sundays.
A lot of vegetarians like the "cheesesteak" at Gianna's Grill (6th btwn Lombard and South), which is open, but I've never had it and I believe it is a soy-based sandwich rather than vegetable like the ones I mentioned above and you are describing. Govinda's Vegetarian is also a popular soy-meat place but they are closed on Sundays.
I haven't tried the vegetarian options at Paesano's in the Italian Market (a Panelle sandwich and a roasted veggie sandwich) but they are turning out some of the best sandwiches in the city right now, so that is probably worth a try. Besides that, most sandwich shops will do a decent version of a roasted vegetable hoagie or eggplant parmasan.
Re: Tastee D's, I stopped in a few weeks ago; it was totally empty and they told me the menu was cut down to just rice dishes because the chef was out. The vibe I got was that they were on their last legs, so it wouldn't surprise me if they went out of business. Rabidog recently posted a review of a new W African restaurant called Wazobia you could try instead:
There are also some W African places in Southwest Philly, but as a visitor you would probably want to avoid that area. AFAIK that's all we have for that kind of cuisine.
The Primo's in South Philly (15th and Ritner) is normally open on Sundays from 9:00 to 1:30, but they might be closed tomorrow due to the holiday weekend.
But something tells me that the "unbelieveable vegetarian cheesesteak" might owe some of its flavor to being cooked on the same flat top grill as hundreds of regular cheesesteaks.
Ack! I finally found the hours on Rick's website and they're closed on Sundays! I need a place that will be as good as that! I'm talking about a sandwich loaded with beautifully cooked peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc!
edit: Steaks on South is open sundays. Anyone been there? They have veggie options...