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descott Jan 21, 2014 12:42 PM

Simple - what is the best food you can find? Your definition of "best" can be whatever you like. Best meal for the price. Best tasting. Best because you know the friendly face behind the counter......give your answer and your reasoning.

Best breakfast.............?
Best lunching..........?
Best dinner..............?
Best dessert..........?
Best snack............?

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    lmbgm Jan 24, 2014 05:33 PM

    what about best "take-home" item? ranging from grocery type items (either good value and/or quality) to take-out that can be eaten the next day

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      David11238 Jan 25, 2014 02:40 PM

      The Italian butcher that sells smoked turkey tails is always a fave of mine. I also like Fair Food Farmstand. They have pretty good organic meats, veggies, etc. Salumeria is really good, and Valley Shepard just opened up. We have one in Brooklyn and I am a big fan of their little ham, lemon olives and in-house cheese variety. Plenty o options.

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        caganer Jan 25, 2014 05:30 PM

        Wursthaus Schmitz has interesting German stuff - baking supplies, chocolates, sauerkraut, soft drinks, mustards, etc.
        Kaufman's, the PA Dutch stand in the middle of the market, has good canned goods and preserves (pretty pricey, though).
        The take-out apple dumplings at the Dutch Eating place keep pretty well for a day or two and are tasty.

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          Bigley9 Jan 26, 2014 08:20 PM

          The spreadable wurst (starts with M) that comes in a link from Wursthaus is pretty amazing. So is their liver wurst!

      2. linguafood Jan 23, 2014 09:47 AM

        I know DiNic's pork sandwich is akin to sacrament in Philly, but I much preferred a pastrami sandwich I got at RTM -- can't remember the name of the stand now, tho.

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          Bigley9 Jan 23, 2014 09:57 AM

          Thinking that would be Hershel's

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            linguafood Jan 23, 2014 10:06 AM

            Could be. Really juicy and fatty and lovely.

            Any opinion on Meltkraft? I wanted to stop there for lunch last time I was in town but never made it. Wah.

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              Bigley9 Jan 23, 2014 10:57 AM

              I have enjoyed their sandwich with ham - don't remember its name. The big plus is their fountain sodas are Boyton's!

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                PhillyBestBYOB Jan 23, 2014 01:48 PM

                I like Meltkraft, although I think some of their sandwiches have too many things packed into them.

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                  linguafood Jan 23, 2014 01:55 PM

                  I'll hafta check them out next time I'm back.... looks like late March. I'm pretty much a purist when it comes to grilled cheese, but some of their concoctions sounded mighty tasty.

        2. David11238 Jan 23, 2014 09:22 AM

          Has anyone been to Pearl within the last month? I heard it was sold and the new owner is changing a few things. Such as providing better oysters. Can anyone confirm?

          For best snack I like the new German stand towards the middle-rear of the market. Excellent Landjaegers.

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            cwdonald Jan 23, 2014 09:25 AM

            The stand's name is Wursthaus Schmitz, and is related to the Brauhaus Schmitd on South street.

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              bluehensfan Jan 23, 2014 10:32 AM

              They did change things up and improved the menu (wow Cape May salts!) but I haven't tried it since the switchover. They have strated serving breakfast too.

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              bugablue13 Jan 22, 2014 01:24 PM

              Not sure if it counts as a snack, but I treat it like that anyway....

              Hershel's matzos ball soup and latkes with s.c. and applesauce. YUM!

              The donuts from the Amish place are fresh and wonderful.

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                Delucacheesemonger Jan 22, 2014 01:46 PM

                One extra advantage of Beiler's apple fritters is that on a windy day they prevent you from being blown away as their weight keeps you on the ground.
                Their six pack cinnamon buns are quite good as well.

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                  Chemicalkinetics Jan 22, 2014 01:50 PM

                  <Their six pack cinnamon buns>

                  Aren't they called sticky buns? I bought them once. I like them, but I don't love them. My friend love them.

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                    Delucacheesemonger Jan 23, 2014 06:29 AM

                    Yes sticky buns. but as a kid we called them cinnamon buns. In fact the only ones l call 'sticky' are the ones from Balthazar in Manhattan. The outside on those shatter when bitten.
                    If you try the Beiler again get the ones that are a combo of raisins and nuts, not as good as when a kid, but not bad.

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                      Chemicalkinetics Jan 23, 2014 06:45 AM

                      Delucaheesemonger,

                      Not correcting you at all. I always call them cinnamon buns. In fact, I didn't know they are called "sticky buns" until Beiler's. When I asked "Aren't they called sticky buns?", I was trying to understand if we were talking about the same store. Sorry for the confusion.

                      <If you try the Beiler again get the ones that are a combo of raisins and nuts>

                      I saw them, but I usually like plain. :)

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                        Hungryin theBurbs Jan 23, 2014 07:20 AM

                        Sticky buns and cinnamon rolls are not the same things. Cinnamon rolls have a white icing, and sticky buns are soaked in caramel, usually with nuts. I haven't tried the Beiler's version.

                        Back on topic, but related--I am a big fan of the new Beiler's donut place in RTM. It's right up there on my list for sinful treats.

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                          Delucacheesemonger Jan 23, 2014 07:55 AM

                          'Sticky buns and cinnamon rolls are not the same things. Cinnamon rolls have a white icing, and sticky buns are soaked in caramel, usually with nuts. I haven't tried the Beiler's version.'

                          That is now true as Cinnabon covers the planet. That was the original midwestern term for, IMVHO,a too rich roll with no nuts or raisins with too sweet gloppy frosting.
                          On the east coast when l was growing up, as l mentioned before, the current 'sticky' buns were called cinnamon buns.

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                            cwdonald Jan 23, 2014 08:04 AM

                            FWIW, Fleck's bakery which has been around forever at the Qmart in Quakertown only sells sticky buns. They do not have the white icing, and they have versions that are cinnamon only, with nuts, with raisins, and with raisins and nuts. They are usually sold in a sheet, but they also make a single large one (similar to the Cinnabon monstrosity). But they are all called sticky buns. My two cents worth...

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                              Chemicalkinetics Jan 23, 2014 08:08 AM

                              I get the ones with icing. I may get their whoopie pies next time.

                2. Chemicalkinetics Jan 21, 2014 07:28 PM

                  I like Profi's Creperie, but that is simply because I like crepe.

                  I like DiNi too.

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                    Bigley9 Jan 21, 2014 01:44 PM

                    CW's link is good, but let me add Border Springs Farm, lamb tacos and almost any of their other sandwiches

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                      cwdonald Jan 21, 2014 02:03 PM

                      Here here Bigley, and I would add the lamb hash from Border Springs farm is my favorite breakfast dish in all of RTM.

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                        bluehensfan Jan 21, 2014 03:33 PM

                        Best breakfast.............pancakes at the Dutch Eating Place
                        Best lunching..........roast pork with provolone and rabe, wet at DiNic's
                        Best dinner..............nada. They are closed!
                        Best dessert..........cannoli at Termini's or chocolate peanut butter pretzel at Mueller's
                        Best snack............pretzel at Miller's Twist

                        As an update to the cwdonald list, people really like the stuff at the lamb place and the donuts at Beiler's, both of which were not around when the list was produced.

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                          PhillyBestBYOB Jan 21, 2014 07:41 PM

                          This is Philly, so breakfast, lunch, and dinner should all be sandwiches:

                          Breakfast: Scrapple, egg & cheese sandwich at Dutch Eating Place.

                          Lunch: Shepherd Classic grilled cheese sandwich at Meltkraft.

                          Early dinner (-6PM): Roast pork, sharp provolone, and broccoli rabe (wet) sandwich at DiNic's.

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                            BuildingMyBento Jan 23, 2014 08:11 AM

                            I second the sandwich at DiNic's

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                              Chemicalkinetics Jan 23, 2014 08:14 AM

                              <Best lunching..........roast pork with provolone and rabe, wet at DiNic's>

                              Hey, I like that combination too. Roast pork + provolone + broccoli rabe.

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                                Delucacheesemonger Jan 23, 2014 08:31 AM

                                One time try the pulled pork wet, wet, wet with greens and prov. See what you think.

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                                  Chemicalkinetics Jan 23, 2014 08:36 AM

                                  Do I actually say "wet wet wet" to him"?

                                  :)

                                  I will definitely try.

                                  On one hand, I love pulled pork. On the other hand, I lived in the South for sometime and have a different expectation of pulled pork than many other people here. Just to give you an example. I went to Fette Sau (touted as the best barbecue in Philly by my friends). I liked Fette Sau. I enjoyed it. I just didn't think it was as god damn good as people claimed.

                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                    Delucacheesemonger Jan 23, 2014 09:09 AM

                                    Tru dat, great bourbon but meat was cool temp and nothing even like my pulled pork. OTOH the one in Brooklyn was stand up and applaud.
                                    DiNic's pulled pork is not dynamite BBQ but has far more flavor than the sliced pork.
                                    Tommy always tells me to say wet, wet, wet !
                                    He could be crapping me but who knows.
                                    In any event the jus they use for the pulled was much better than the jus on the sliced.

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                                      Chemicalkinetics Jan 23, 2014 09:14 AM

                                      Thanks. Definitely will try.

                                      <Tommy always tells me to say wet, wet, wet !>

                                      Thanks. I wasn't sure if this is real. I guess it is.

                                      Just a dumb question, but I need to ask anyway.

                                      Let's say I asked for "pulled pork", "wet pulled pork" and "wet wet wet pulled pork"...
                                      Do you think I get three different items?

                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                        Delucacheesemonger Jan 23, 2014 09:38 AM

                                        You would get little, more, and way more gravy on each.

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                                          Chemicalkinetics Jan 23, 2014 09:46 AM

                                          Got it. Much appreciated.

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                                      bluehensfan Jan 23, 2014 10:31 AM

                                      Not a fan of Fatty Sow myself.

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                          cwdonald Jan 21, 2014 12:54 PM

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7475...

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