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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)

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    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.

            1. Have you ever had Kevin Sbraga's chicken parm sandwich from the Foot Long Truck at Temple that was featured a few weeks ago on the pilot for his TV show?


              Any good?

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              1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                hunh - last place i expected to be on FN. it used to be a pretty no-frills truck, suddenly it looked like it won a spot on "pimp my food truck."
                but short answer no, haven't had that sandwich.

              2. Hardena - Indonesian steam table (South Philly)
                Sky Cafe - Indonesian soup (South Philly)
                Pho Ha (South Philly)
                Los Gallos - Tacuqeria (South Philly)
                Heng Seng - Cambodian Soup/noodles (South Philly)
                Fitzwater Cafe - Diner (Bella Vista)
                Sketch Burger (Fishtown)
                Cafe Pho Ga Thanh Thanh (Kensington)
                Porky's Point - Puerto Rican (Kensington/N Philly)
                Freddy and Tony's - Puerto Rican (Kensington/N Philly)

                If Chinatown is on your radar:
                Dim Sum Garden - for soup dumplings
                Ting Wong - for soy chicken, roast duck/pork noodle sou[
                Tasty Place - look up the laban review

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                1. re: barryg

                  BarryG, quite a list - but don't a bunch of these places have table service? Really looking to avoid that.

                2. How about:

                  Food trucks on Penn's Campus -
                  Tacos Don Memos - 38th & Walnut
                  Sugar Philly - 38th & Walnut
                  Gigi & Big R's - 38th & Spruce
                  Yue Kee - 38th & Walnut

                  Northern Liberties -
                  Taco Riendo - 5th & one block north of Girard

                  For dessert, pizza and/or hand pies (hot pockets) -
                  Kermit's Bakery (22nd & Washington)

                  1. Just a quick update on this -
                    thanks, first, to everyone for their recommendations. I didn't make it to too many spots, and never even made it to Sarcones. I did go to some of the trucks, including the taco one on washington. Several trips to Moe's, several trips to Joe's né Chinks, but it was also hard not to keep going back to Paesanos. Then the semester ended.
                    Meanwhile, I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone here happy trails for the next six months or so, as work will take me out of Philly for at least the next six months.

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                    1. re: Bob Loblaw

                      Have fun chow hounding in your new locale!