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Feb 28, 2011 09:59 AM

Kosher for Passover in Philadelphia

My wife and I were thinking of doing an overnight in Philly for chol hamoed. I doubt any kosher restaurants are open (would be happy to be wrong), but was wondering if anyone knew of a kosher grocery store/supermarket that might be open where we could buy prepared foods - deli, cooked chicken cutlets, cookies, etc. Might be easier than schlepping them down from NYC. Thanks.

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  1. I don't know if any restaurants will be open as there is only 2 1/2 days available.
    University of Pennsylvania Hillel kosher dining(on Penn's campus in West Philadelphia) will probably be open because college will still be in session. I have eaten there on Pesach and the food used to be pretty good with a nice selection, considering that its cafeteria style.

    The ShopRite supermarket in NE phila and one in Cherry Hill have kosher departments. Also the ACME supermarket on the Main Line( City Avenue) has a kosher meat & deli department so you may be able to get takeout there.
    Try this website:
    You can always call the restaurants on the list and see if they will be open. If Max & David's is open on Pesach you should definitely try it.

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      1. re: dfsny613

        Another great place to try is Glatt Kosher Palace Royal, in NE PHilly, at 9853 or so Bustleton Ave. We had an excellent meal there on Sunday--it is reasonable, fun, and very old world Russian in flavor, although the chef/owner was a chef in Russia before becoming frum. Look at my post in the Kosher section for the telephone number and exact address.

        1. re: Bashful3

          And they'll be open for Pesach? That would surprise me. Even here in NYC, usually only the most expensive restaurants kasher for Pesach, perhaps mainly because they only can recoup their costs on the three days that aren't yom tov or shabbat, and for your regular, run-of-the-mill restaurant, it just wouldn't be worth the time and energy, not to mention the major changes needed in food offerings.

          1. re: queenscook

            There is a subtle reason why Palace Royal might be. When we were there, we enjoyed seeing five young sisters dancing to the music. Those children never ate there--we think they lived there, family of the owners. It's possible that restaurant's kitchen would be Koshered for Passover for family use. The only way to find out is to call them.

            1. re: Bashful3

              Can someone confirm what, if any, of these places in Philly will be open for chol hamoed? thanks