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I'm going down to philly for the weekend for a wedding, we're grabbing lunch on saturday. someone suggested cheesesteaks, but i feel like i always get a cheesesteak when im down there. Any good casual lunch ideas?

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  1. Where will you be? Is an actual sit-down restaurant not casual enough?

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    1. re: Buckethead

      sit down is fine, i was just saying i don't want anything super fancy, just want to get a casual lunch with some friends maybe grab a beer or something

    2. Here are two good sandwich places. Paesano's on South Ninth St, in italian Market, great assortment of stuff. My fav sandwich in this city is Nick's roast beef at 20th and Jackson, get it drowned, with rabe and aged provolone. Your Asian resto info from Manhattan has always been a help to me, thanks.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        hmmm those sound pretty good, thanks for the recs!

      2. All together now.. repeat after me.. Reading Terminal Market. You can get cheesesteaks, but you can also get the real Philadelphia sandwich, the Roast Pork with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe at DiNic's. RTm has a wonderful central area where people can gather and eat where everyone chooses what they want, from cheesesteaks, roast pork, thai or many other choices.. and enjoy lunch together.

        Another suggestion is the Oyster House. On Sansom it is the legacy of the old Sansom Street Oyster House.. they do brunch on Sat's and you can get wonderful seafood, (oysters and clams), a really good version of Snapper Soup, as well as Lobster Rolls and wonderful fried belly clams.

        If you want take away sandwiches, go to Paesano's. There are several locations in the city... Northern Liberties or the Italian Market.. From their beef brisket, to their Arista sandwich with whole roasted suckling pig, to their Daddy Wad, their version of the italian hoagie, to a wonderful rendition of an italian tuna salad, Paesano's has so much to offer. There is something for everyone there.

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        1. re: cwdonald

          yah another friend was telling me about the RTM place said its pretty cool, sounds delicious. thanks!

          1. re: Lau

            If you've never been to the RTM, that's where I'd go. I think Paesano's makes the city's best sandwiches but there is very limited seating there and no beer, at the RTM you have the beer garden.

            I also like Brauhaus Schmitz for lunch if you want a beer to go with it. South Philly Tap Room and the Khyber are two excellent gastropubs that would work too.

            1. re: Buckethead

              I think the Beer Garden is totally key to a good, calm, Saturday lunch at the RTM. Get your roast pork and grab a table in the Beer Garden (and a beer).

        2. i would also echo the paesano's and khyber pass pub recommendations. the weekend tourist crowd might be something to consider re: reading terminal market on a saturday, at lunch.

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          1. re: kasiav

            yah thats a good point although i think we're going to try to do it on the early side

          2. If you're up for a trip into South Philly, check out Mr. Joe's cafe on 8th and Dickinson.