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!
There are several good Mexican places in the area -
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
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.
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)
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...