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Driving to Philly : Where to eat lunch on the way?

mymomisthebestcook Jul 18, 2011 11:58 AM

Hi Everyone~
My brothers and I will be driving up to Philly this Sat to see Real Madrid play at the Lincoln Financial Center. We live in Woodbridge and will be taking 495 and would love some lunch recommendations. We are open to anything casual, and moderately priced.


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    ChewFun RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 18, 2011 12:46 PM

    Either wait till you get to Philadelphia or a) go to Newark, DE (Iron Hill Brew Pub) or b) Baltimore, or c) Havre de Grace.

    1. GraydonCarter RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 18, 2011 01:05 PM

      Right, Philly is only three hours away, so you'd find some great places there.

      But if you're looking for a way to spend some time with your brothers along the way, how about Exit 100 to North East, Maryland?

      1. Dennis S RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 18, 2011 03:46 PM

        Grace Garden, just south of B-More. You can then join in the discussion about the place.

        Grace Garden
        1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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          bordeauxfan RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 18, 2011 03:52 PM

          Clarences Taste of New Orleans, about 10 minutes off exit 77 of I-95 in Edgewood. He's an ex-New Orleans chef, and the real deal. Moderate prices as well.

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            dining with doc RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 18, 2011 04:44 PM

            I would wait and eat in Philly. Go to the Reading Terminal Market in Center City and you can have almost anything including great cheesesteaks and hoagies, Italian pork or beef sandwich with broccoli rabe. Great inner city indoor market with 100 or so stands. Worth the wait.

            the other option is to go to Gunnings on route 100 in Hanover, MD near bwi just south of Baltimore off I 95. Good seafood but a killer club sandwich on rye toast with a layer of jumbo shrimp salad, lettuce tomato, rye, crab cake then topped with bacon, lettuce tomato and rye toast. Plus you can get hardshell crabs if you want.

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              LCDC RE: dining with doc Jul 19, 2011 11:29 AM

              Being from the Philly area and now a DC resident, I'd agree on waiting until you get to Philly. There's not much in between - I've looked. I like the Reading Terminal Market idea (TONS of good food there), and if you're looking for cheesesteak suggestions would suggest Jim's at 4th and South (better than Pat's and Geno's in my opinion). You also can't go wrong with Italian food in Philly - it's far superior to anything we have in DC. Lastly, Chicky and Pete's is popular and not far from where you'll be.

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                mymomisthebestcook RE: LCDC Jul 19, 2011 02:57 PM

                How far is the Reading Terminal Market from the field?

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                  LCDC RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 19, 2011 03:08 PM

                  It's maybe 7 or so miles. Not next door, but you could stop there along the way.

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                    mymomisthebestcook RE: LCDC Jul 20, 2011 10:43 AM

                    Does the Reading Terminal Mkt take credit or is it cash only?

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                      Hungrierthanever RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 20, 2011 10:50 AM

                      There are many different stores. Some take cash only others accept credit. It depends.

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                    KeithW RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 21, 2011 11:51 AM

                    I was not very familiar with Philly when I visited a year ago but I found it easy to get to Reading Terminal Market by subway, and I think (but I'm not certain) that you can get to Lincoln Financial Center by subway also. So perhaps park and hop on the subway. I liked Reading Terminal Market, it was very busy, crowded and very lively and loud, a bit hard to find a table for 6 people, I had a good sandwich but there are lots of intriguing food options.

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                    dining with doc RE: LCDC Jul 19, 2011 05:44 PM

                    Although 7miles apart, it is not far and a direct shot. Rec reading term mkt for lunch. The cheessteak at nicks in the market is better than jims,pats or genos. Plus the roast pork with broccoli rabe is even better. Lots of food choices then a 10 to 15 min ride to the stadium complex . Very easy and you will love it. Great grazing plus purchasing if you bring a cooler to leaveinthe car. Amish pastries and pickles, relishes...artesian cheeses and breads...great deserts, candy stores, herbs, fruits veggies, meats .....plus food stands to eat. No brainer

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                  Hue RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 18, 2011 05:11 PM

                  Just off I -95 in Baltimore, as you exit the Ft McHenry Tunnel...SAMOS great greek food,
                  Cash Only.no Credit Cards

                  1. Hungrierthanever RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 18, 2011 06:37 PM

                    It depends on what you'd like to eat. I'd say wait until you get here, my personal favorite place to eat as of recently has been "Greek Lady" on 40th street just off Walnut. I love DC, I've explored on many different occasions but I never seen a greek restaurant, (I'm sure I need to re-visit to continue further research) you should try it. You also go over to 43rd and Locust to Koch's deli (one of my aall-time favorites) and try one of the many sandwiches either way you can't go wrong.

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                      mymomisthebestcook RE: Hungrierthanever Jul 19, 2011 04:58 AM

                      Is Greek Lady near the Lincoln Financial Center?

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                        Hungrierthanever RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 19, 2011 08:18 AM

                        No, it's not near the Linc. It's on 40th street just off Walnut street, real good place.

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                          repete RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 19, 2011 08:40 AM

                          If you're Real fan, you (and CR) will probably enjoy many of the roadside dives.

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                            mymomisthebestcook RE: repete Jul 19, 2011 08:49 AM

                            Which ones do you recommend?

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                              repete RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 19, 2011 09:07 AM

                              Sorry, just a lame attempt at a little futbol humor ...


                              In the same vein, perhaps a place with paper plates might be better


                              Seriously, tho, Samos (which is no dive) is a good bet for a relatively quick, casual stop for stop along the way. Or maybe a pit beef stop, but I don't know about access to I-95. In general, though, searching the Philly board will have some great recs there.

                              Enjoy the game (and 2nd place in LaLiga) :)

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                                flavrmeistr RE: repete Jul 19, 2011 10:56 AM

                                There is a pit beef stand in Aberdeen on Rt.222 less than a mile south of the I-95 Aberdeen exit. They're usually pretty good if you order rare.

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                                  mymomisthebestcook RE: repete Jul 19, 2011 11:04 AM

                                  Is Samos right off of 95?

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                                    Hue RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 19, 2011 04:38 PM

                                    About 2 miles off 95, 1st Exit after paying toll thru Ft McHenry Tunnell bottom of ramp make a right then make a left at the very next light(O'Donnell Street),1/2 mile to a right on Oldham Street , 4 Blocks on the Left SAMOS. Maybe 5 minuites from 95

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                          rappel75 RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 19, 2011 11:16 AM

                          Try Tony Lukes in Philly. Great Hoagies, Cheesesteaks, and roast pork sandwiches. Only a few minutes from the LInc, the Oregon Ave. Exit.

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                            Dennis S RE: rappel75 Jul 19, 2011 01:35 PM

                            Second Tony Lukes; esp the pork and rabe sandwich, though someone referred me last week to a place just North of the Oregon Ave location that is a pork place only, and apparently it has a red roof. I had to hit TL's though, to show a coworker the splendor.

                            I would still put Grace Garden first, but at the same exit (MD 175), there is R&R Deli (tacqueria in the Shell station), a taco truck North of there on Rt 1, a pit beef truck next to a veggie stand near BW Pkwy, and Lily's Mexican market, where they make their own tortillas (you can see them being made) and a fairly complete menu; now with tables to sit at as well!

                            Grace Garden
                            1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

                          2. ktmoomau RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 19, 2011 12:45 PM

                            I agree on waiting till Philly, but second Grace Garden as an alternative.

                            Grace Garden
                            1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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                              dining with doc RE: ktmoomau Jul 19, 2011 05:45 PM

                              Grace garden is a 2 hr feast if done correctly. Not a good choice for these guys on their way to a soccer game.

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                                Dennis S RE: dining with doc Jul 20, 2011 04:33 AM

                                Well for the ultimate feast yes, but I've had several lunches that take the normal amount of sit down time. And then they could know about it. Again, there are the other choices on that exit (note that GG is on that exit, but a few miles from 95 - the others are near that exit).

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                              Jeserf RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 19, 2011 03:34 PM

                              you could get off and have some pit beef on Rt 40 at chaps.

                              1. kukubura RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 20, 2011 04:45 AM

                                I love any thread where I see the names of half my favorite joints within a 100 mile radius all in one place!

                                One more suggestion in case you decide to hold out until you get to Phillie: PAESANO'S! It's in the Italian Market, which is a stretch of 9th street not far north of the stadium. Their sandwiches are GENIUS! Get the arista and the gustaio.

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                                  LCDC RE: kukubura Jul 20, 2011 06:29 AM

                                  I don't know how I forgot about the Italian market, but that's a great option. Good cannolis there too.

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                                    dining with doc RE: LCDC Jul 20, 2011 02:07 PM

                                    It is going to be ungodly hot so the reading terminal mkt is indoor and air conditioned whereas Italian mkt you walk outside then enter stores. Btw, food at the Amish luncheonette is great for breakfast. Fresh blueberry frisbee sized pancakes, fresh eggs , bacon or scrapple. Great breakfast. Split a cheesesteaks and a roster pork with broccoli rabe for lunch with a buddy. You can grab very good clam chowder and oysters on the half shell up front. All good!

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                                      mymomisthebestcook RE: dining with doc Jul 20, 2011 05:38 PM

                                      Are the restaurants at the reading terminal sit down or counter service? Also, which restaurant in there do you recommend?

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                                        Hungrierthanever RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 20, 2011 05:47 PM

                                        The restaurants are counter style but there is plenty of seating in the air conditioned building.

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                                          Dennis S RE: Hungrierthanever Jul 21, 2011 01:34 AM

                                          I do have to back Reading Market. Parking cost some money, but you can get lost in there. General seating is available to eat whatever you *finally end up ordering.

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                                            kukubura RE: Dennis S Jul 21, 2011 04:25 AM

                                            There's a lengthy thread on Reading in the Philly forum.

                                            DiNic's is the classic roast pork-and-broc rab hoagie counter. It's a really great place to visit, but as others have noted, it get CROWDED!

                                            For my money, Paesano's is where it's at for sandwiches, for sure. PLus the italian market is another great stroll and it's closer to the stadium (and you won't have to pay for parking)

                                            There's ANOTHER great option for sandwiches: Banh Mi. Along Washington in either direction from the Italian Market are two huge Vietnamese strip malls with many take out joints where you can get banh mi.

                                            Here's a guide to some great Philly lunch spots from our trip up there a while back (although we didn't try the full breadth of the Paesano's menu until a subsequent visit and now it's our favorite): http://www.urbanitebaltimore.com/balt...

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                                              Dennis S RE: kukubura Jul 21, 2011 04:34 AM

                                              Nice resources, especially since I probably will be going up 2 more times in coming months. FWIW, Han Dynasty near Penn Landing is a tried and true Sichuan place. Need to get my coworkers to go there with me.

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                                                kukubura RE: Dennis S Jul 21, 2011 04:40 AM

                                                Yeah, that place is on our list for the next visit. Philly is a great food town. These weekend trips don't even get into the food trucks, since they're weekdays only. We made a long weekend visit just so we could go truck hopping.

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                                                  ChewFun RE: kukubura Jul 21, 2011 05:50 AM

                                                  If you don't want to worry about paying for parking, the Italian Market is great. It also happens to have great Mexican food, especially Taqueria La Veracruzana, cheesesteaks, etc.

                                                  Taqueria La Veracruzana
                                                  8730 Cherry Ln Ste 4, Laurel, MD 20707

                                                  Italian Market & Restaurant
                                                  126 Defense Hwy, Annapolis, MD 21401

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                                          dining with doc RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 21, 2011 07:48 AM


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                                            Hungrierthanever RE: dining with doc Jul 21, 2011 07:53 AM

                                            I completely agree with you they should survey the landscape then make their decision. The roast pork place is called DiNicks.

                                  2. Hungrierthanever RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 20, 2011 06:24 AM

                                    Going to Reading Terminal is a great choice. Because of all the different options you'll have, it's a very good look, but you'll have to battle a crowd. It's a bit touristy so it's up to you.

                                    1. crabcakereview RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 21, 2011 06:45 AM

                                      If you want to check out Reading Terminal, park at the stadiums and take the subway in ($2/person each way). It'll beat parking in Center City and then again at the stadiums. Take the SEPTA Broad Street Line (Orange line) to City Hall, and then walk to 12th and Filbert (about a 3 block walk).

                                      Only place (for the time being) around the stadiums is Chickie's & Pete's. While it's a Philadelphia institution, you're better off at the Market.

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                                        Hungrierthanever RE: crabcakereview Jul 21, 2011 07:42 AM

                                        Also, there is a parking lot across the street from the Terminal. As long as you spend $10 in the Terminal your parking will be validated.

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                                          mymomisthebestcook RE: crabcakereview Jul 21, 2011 03:36 PM

                                          How is the food @ Chickie's & Pete's? Is it hard to get a table?

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                                            crabcakereview RE: mymomisthebestcook Jul 22, 2011 04:38 PM

                                            Their food isn't bad, but it's a sports bar, so use that to gauge your expectations. Getting a table shouldn't be too hard unless it's a home game for the Eagles or Phillies. Their big seller are the Crabfries. They also do a pizza with the sauce on top, which is pretty good. Other than that, it's going to be just pub food. While it's quite a popular chain in the area, if you're going for authentic Philly food, you're better off going somewhere more authentic. But if you do end up there, it won't be the worst thing in the world.

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                                              kukubura RE: crabcakereview Jul 23, 2011 07:48 AM

                                              I'm telling you, man, Paesano's. It might ruin all other sandwiches for you forever.

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