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Food Crawl - South Philly

joekel2582 Oct 13, 2010 01:12 PM

New to the board, new to the city! Recently arrived in Philly from a long stint in the Bay Area, where I often cruised the local Chowhound board, but never participated. Being new and loving to explore (especially when food is involved), I was hoping someone(s) could suggest 4-6 great, low-to-moderately priced places to do a food crawl in and around South Philly. I say South Philly because that's where I live, but I'm open to suggestions in other locales of Philly, too. The only criteria is that the destinations are within walking/biking distance of each other, and that they are delicious!


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    barryg Oct 13, 2010 02:01 PM

    A quick start off the top of my head. There are way more than 4-6 great low-to-moderately placed places to eat within 1mi or so radius of 9th & Washington, lets say.

    Paesano's - Hot sandwiches, take your pick
    Sarcone's - Old fashioned Italian hoagie
    Chickie's - Veggie hoagie
    Los Taquitos de Puebla - Tacos al pastor
    Pho Ha - Pho
    Ba Le - Banh Mi
    Nam Phuong - Any soup, "Triple Delight" Vermicelli plate (Shrimp on Sugar Cane, Beef in Grape Leaves, and Grilled Meat Balls)
    Artisan Boulanger Patissier - Baguette, croissant
    John's - Water Ice
    Cosmi's - Cheesesteak
    Center City Pretzel - soft pretzel (late night only)
    Green Eggs Cafe - brunch
    Ianelli's - Tomato pie
    Termini Bros - cannoli
    Mr Joe's Cafe - red gravy for lunch
    Royal Tavern - gastopub
    Marra's - pizza (eat in)

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    1. re: barryg
      lost squirrel Oct 14, 2010 07:15 AM

      Thanks everyone, I recently moved right by joekel and there are some places on that list I haven't tried yet.

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        joekel2582 Oct 14, 2010 07:48 AM

        Thanks, everyone! I've seen some of these places and now I will try them all!

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          Buckethead Oct 14, 2010 08:04 AM

          Try Paesano's first! Other places I haven't seen mentioned yet include Mr. Martino's Trattoria, South Philly Tap Room (one of the best gastropubs in the city) and La Lupe (next to Geno's on 9th, get the queso tacos).

        2. re: barryg
          Bigley9 Oct 14, 2010 08:04 AM

          Great list. I'd add in the South Philly Tap Room

          Tap Room
          201 Bohemia Ave, Chesapeake City, MD 21915

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            Philly Ray Oct 14, 2010 08:22 AM

            If you are coming down as far as The South Philly Tap Room, I'd add Hardena (15th and Hicks St) to the list. It is an Indonesian "rice table" which means you get a plate with steamed rice and you choose 3 things to go with it. Choices include beef rendang, tempeh, lamb, and some others. The price is only $6.


            Just read this blurb about Hardena by Craig Laban in today's paper. Looks like the price has gone up to $8, but that's still a bargain...


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          bess Oct 13, 2010 01:59 PM

          There are several good Mexican places in the area -
          El Jarocho
          Taqueria Veracruzana
          Los Taquitos de Puebla
          one that starts with M.. Monteverde? Montezuma? on 9th st just below Washington

          Also many famed hoagie spots
          John's (a bit out of the way.. behind Lowe's on Columbus Ave)

          I also think it would be cool to do a banh mi tour -
          Ba Le Bakery
          Cafe Diem
          Nhu Y

          Likewise, a pho tour would be great... there are whole categories of food I've left out here so you know you've got your work cut out for you!

          Also, as you no doubt have noticed, many people think it is important to go to Pat's and/or Geno's for cheesesteaks. I say wait till some out of town friend comes who insists.. they are ok but nothing spectacular.

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            andrewlee Oct 13, 2010 01:16 PM

            South Philly is challenged in boundary definition these days. What sub-neighborhood are you talking about? Bella Vista, Passyunk, Grad Hospital? Too many to mention if you're defining South Philly as anything south of South...

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              joekel2582 Oct 13, 2010 01:22 PM

              This is good to know....I live just south of Washington, near the Italian Market. I feel, in my brief experience in Philly thus far, that almost anywhere within the city limits (as I'm defining them) is fairly walkable. Any suggestions are helpful!

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