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Sep 28, 2013 11:14 AM

Help me pick my lunch spots

Hello Philly Chowhounders,
My schedule this semester has been giving me 1-2 days a week where I finish up at noon, and get to set out on my bike to eat lunch and explore the city. I’ve been taking advantage of it thus far by going down and finally eating at John’s Roast Pork, getting a cheese steak at Chubbie’s, returning to Cucina Zapata, getting some pizza at Pizza Brain (enh), and starting to make my way through the menu at Paesano’s. I’ve had some dessert destinations, too. Sometime soon, I’m going to take a ride out to the controversially (re)named cheesesteak place on Torresdale ave, as well.
I’m looking for some other destinations, though, to keep things new and interesting.
The criteria:
-Not in downtown proper, which I explore enough during normal times (NoLibs, Bella Vista, etc. are good);
-No table/waiter service. Eating at counters is fine, as are food trucks;
-It has to be someplace I can bike to. I start at Temple’s main campus. John’s Roast Pork wasn’t too far, but I wouldn’t want to ride too much further than that;
-It has to be someplace where it’s relatively safe to lock up my bike
-urban or urban-ish destinations preferred. So, someplace in upper darby is fine, but I’m not going to head out to Jenkintown or someplace like that.
Thanks for any advice/feedback,

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  1. How about...

    Blue Belly BBQ on 6th & Catherine (lunch on Wed, Thu, & Fri)
    Chickie's Deli and/or Bitar's on 10th & Federal
    Sarcone's Deli on 9th & Fitzwater
    Moe's Hot Dogs on 26th & Washington (that might be pushing your boundary)

    4 Replies
    1. re: Philly Ray

      Oh, and how about Federal Donuts on 2nd & Federal for fried chicken.

      1. re: Philly Ray

        Last one...Jose's Tacos on 10th & Buttonwood

        1. re: Philly Ray

          Philly Ray, super suggestions, thanks.
          Curious if the area around Moe's is a bit shady? Certainly not too far?
          And I've never actually been to Sarcone's. I think that goes to the top of the list.

          1. re: Bob Loblaw

            That area isn't too bad during the day. It's where Washington Ave dead ends at Greys Ferry Ave. Your bike should be fine but keep an eye out. Or, just get your stuff to go. :)

      1. Here's another link with a bunch of good, off-the-beaten path lunch ideas.

        1. The Taco Loco truck at 4th and Washington. Tacos are sold individually so you can mix and match. Jefferson Square is a right there to sit and eat your tacos.

          1. Just give you m'y tried and true, Nick's Roast Beef at 20th & Jackson, m'y fav Philadelphia sandwich for decades.