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I live in Glenside and will be meeting a former co-worker who lives in Upper Darby, for lunch in a couple Saturdays. I thought a good in-between meeting place might be Manayunk? Does anyone have any place they recommend there for lunch? We're both open to pretty much any kind of food. A place with very good salads, soups and sandwiches would fit the bill, but ethnic restaurants are always a possibility as well.

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  1. I just had lunch at the Adobe Cafe (BBQ duck burrito and lobster bisque - $20) at Mitchell and Leverington, not far from Main Street, and it was very good. I also like The Couch Tomato Cafe for gourmet pizza and (decent) salads. I've enjoyed LeBus on Main Street when I've been there (try the Blue Colorado salad).

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    1. re: joekel2582

      Chaba Thai is another option to consider. Some of the best Thai food you will find in the Philadelphia area. Note they do not open until 1pm on Saturdays.

      I have always enjoyed Le Bus, and Couch Tomato does make a good pizza.

    2. Would she go as far as Chestnut Hill? Cake, on Germantown Ave, is delightful.
      Atrium setting, lovely soups, salds, sandwiches.
      That's where I meet a cousin who lives in the northern suburbs.
      There is a parking lot across the street. Parking in Manayunk can be very difficult.

      1. I definitely third or fourth lebus on main st in manayunk. Not just because I used to work there, but because the food is really very good. The best turkey burgers, veggie burgers, and plain burgers, as well as other sandwiches. There are at least 2 soups de jour that change daily and all are excellent. chabaa thai has excellent ethnic food as well. Manayunk Tavern also has pretty decent food, and a small and fun atmosphere.

        1. Le Bus is OK. It's nothing special, but it's fine and and it's definitely a salad/soup/sandwich kind of place. Chabaa Thai is a rather different style of food from that, but I would say it is also a much more memorable meal.

          1. Thanks everyone, lots of good ideas. I've emailed her and will report back on where we end up and how it was.

            1. Reporting back:

              Chabaa Thai sounded great but didn't open early enough for us for this time, so I will have to try that one another time. We ended up at Couch Tomato Cafe and it was a good choice, so thanks to all.

              We each had personal size pizzas, she had white crust, white pie w ricotta and basil, and I had a wheat crust, red sauce pie w pineapple and turkey bacon. We both enjoyed what we had. My friend also had a cannoli which looked very good and she said it was.

              One thing for those who haven't been and don't frequent Manayunk so wouldn't know - this is a very small place. There were 3 tables for four that were extremely close together (about two inches between backs of chairs, if that), one couch, and a long counter with stools (and in nicer weather, there were also a few outdoor tables). So although the pizzas were delicious, this wouldn't be a place to go with a larger party to linger. And even for just the two of us, as there were many people coming in hoping for a seat, it didn't feel like a good place to linger and talk. There are many other spots in Manayunk for that, so if you don't mind switching to a coffeeshop for that part, then it doesn't matter. But not everyone wants to do that so it's a good thing to know.