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Urgent: Deli or Lunch in NOrtheast Philly for Today

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Yikes! Treating a friend to lunch today, and despite 40 years of living in NE PHilly, most of the places I used to like have gone downhill.

I'm willing to settle, but I sure could use some help. What I'd like is quality, whether it's deli, Chinese or brunchie type food. I lvoe seafood, but my old faves have had the nerve to close!

My fallback would be PHo 75 on Adams Ave, but I really would like a tad more atmosphere.

Have car; just about anyplace in NE would be fine.

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  1. What about Jack's on Bustleton?

    1. We have had some pleasant lunches at Gallo's, on Roosevelt Blvd.
      It's attractive - they've fixed it up from what is used to look like years ago - and there is a large, varied menu. That's been a decent place to meet (or treat) people.

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      1. re: sylviag

        Thanks, crazy and sylvia. Jacks is one of our old favorites that just isn't the same--and we wound up at Hymie's in Bala, because my fallback place: Chun Hing was closed for cleaning until 3pm! A lot of driving, but at least I had a good tongue sandwhich, my friend had blintzes, and we both bought rye bread and bagels to take hom.

        1. re: Bashful3

          As long as you enjoyed yourself! I have not been to Jack's in years. What has changed there?

          1. re: crazyspice

            Last there about a year ago with a group of 9. Not one person ate any of what they ordered. Meat mediocre and the matzoh brieh could have been used as wallpaper paste, cold, gluey, and tasteless. Ben & Irv's not much better. Now go the Hershel's in RTM or Famous on 4th St. Yes it is a shlep from NE but at least they are decent or better than decent delis.

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              Deluca nailed it pretty much, but in one word: everything. Food is just tired. I had a tongue sandwhich that was tasteless. Pickles are still great; but this place is being kept open on fumes to serve neighborhood folks who need the low prices to eat. But, it's no bargain when the quality got up and left.

              Truly sad. I didn't write any details, not wanting to harm their business any.

              It's just not what it used to be. We ate there for decades, after every vacation. No more.