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Street Food Tour For New Restaurant

Sbard Jul 11, 2010 07:59 AM

We're conducting research for a new restaurant concept that will feature street food from around the world. Would love to try new interesting food. What are the must see restaurants/vendors we should see in the Philly area?

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    cwdonald RE: Sbard Jul 11, 2010 08:43 PM

    Truck: Honest Tom's tacos (especially fish tacos.) There are several Indian restaurants that serve "street type" fare. I would suggest perhaps hot breads in Montgomeryville, and Indian Hut on Street Road in Bensalem to get ideas of street food, fast food in the indian mode.

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      Sensuous RE: cwdonald Oct 1, 2010 05:44 AM

      Honest Tom's is mentioned here: http://www.uwishunu.com/2010/09/phila...

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      barryg RE: Sbard Jul 12, 2010 09:04 AM

      The obvious answers are cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches and hoagies. IMO these are worth trying to replicate outside of the region but you can try...

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        barryg RE: barryg Jul 12, 2010 12:25 PM

        I meant NOT worth trying to replicate outside of the region.

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        Bob Loblaw RE: Sbard Jul 12, 2010 12:01 PM

        soft pretzels.
        unlike the manhattan ones, btw.
        and waaaaay cheaper!

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          bluehensfan RE: Bob Loblaw Jul 13, 2010 04:28 AM

          A good start would be hitting Reading Terminal and the Italian Market to see what you are up against...

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          Hungryin theBurbs RE: Sbard Jul 13, 2010 05:03 AM

          Have you checked out Susan Feniger's restaurant, Street in LA? That is exactly what her restaurant does. It might give you some ideas.


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            Dave_in_PA RE: Hungryin theBurbs Jul 14, 2010 06:20 AM

            Wow. interesting concept but the menu is intimidating.

            I'm not sure I'm qualified to order anything. Kinda like going to a Shakespeare play - you have to study first.

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            nwinkler RE: Sbard Jul 14, 2010 10:26 AM

            Aside from local specialties, Philly's got a decent representation of international street foods. You could hit:
            -Solo, the chinese kebab shop on 10th near Arch
            -A Banh Mi shop (like QT, which is on the same block as Solo)
            -A taco truck (in adition to Honest Tom's, there was a very authentic truck parked at 4th and Washington for a while; if it's still there, it could be worth a visit), or one of the taco joints near the Italian Market--somewhere where you can sample not just tacos but tortas and cemitas too.
            -A Caribbean food truck, like the one across from 30th St Station where Bolt Bus picks up, and/or the Jamaican Jerk hut on South St.
            -Falafel, like the famous truck at 20th and Market or a place like Maoz
            -The Desi Chaat House on 42nd St. in W. Philly, specializing in the Indian street snack chaat
            -Maru Global on 10th near Locust, specializing in the Japanese snack takoyaki--little stuffed crepe balls topped with bonito flakes, seaweed and sauces.

            That's a start. Have fun eating, and good luck with your restaurant!

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