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.
-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,
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.
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)
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