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Oct 13, 2010 01:12 PM

Food Crawl - South Philly

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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  1. 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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    1. re: andrewlee

      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!

    2. 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.

      1. 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

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

          1. re: barryg

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

            1. re: joekel2582

              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

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

              Tap Room
              201 Bohemia Ave, Chesapeake City, MD 21915

              1. re: Bigley9

                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...