College 101: A Student's Guide to Navigating Philly

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1. Govinda’s, 1408 South St. A great way to establish indie cred in college is to become a vegetarian (bonus points for pretending to have been one all through high school). Fake it till you make it at Govinda’s, which has “are you sure this isn’t real?” chicken nuggets, cheesesteaks and even crab cakes.

2. Horizons, 611 S. Seventh St. Great place to go when you want to impress your vegetarian date.

3. Fu-Wah Mini Market, 47th and Baltimore. Best veg bang for your buck is the $4 Tofu hoagie. (E.F.)

Best Places for Unique Back-to-School Clothes

1. Sailor Jerry, 116 S. 13th St. Offers unique tattoo art clothing for men and women, as well as housewares, accessories and music.

2. Smak Parlour, 219 Market St. Run by two Philly natives, Abby Kessler and Katie Loftus, Smak Parlour offers distinctive designs for women, as well as accessories and jewelry.

3. Buffalo Exchange, 1713 Chestnut St. A popular consignment store that buys, sells and trades designer names and current trends for men and women at reasonable prices. A great place to clean out and update your wardrobe for very little dough.

4. Greene Street Consignment, 700 South St. Offers major brands as well as higher-end labels at seriously discounted prices. The store mostly caters to women, but carries some men’s clothes and sneakers.

5. South Street Antiques Market, 615 S. Sixth St. A treasure trove of antique and vintage goodies, the Market is a playground for history lovers and fashionistas alike. Various vendors sell their antique goods—from watches to pillbox hats to furniture—inside this former synagogue off South Street. (Alexis Sachdev)

Five Places to See Live Music For $15 or Less

1. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave. The Fire is a dive bar, but one that’s received new life from local bands and patrons. Most nights you can catch a random band that isn’t half-bad with a crowd that likes to drink and dance.

2. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. The Rotunda is a West Philly landmark. Most Rotunda shows are free, and very cool, like experimental music from a foreign country or the monthly “Gathering” that takes place there every last Thursday of the month.

3. Marbar, 200 S. 40th St. A modern, chic bar/venue. Check out their open-mic nights, which always attract talented musicians.

4. The Blockley Pourhouse, 3801 Chestnut St. Located on the fringes of UPenn’s campus, the Pourhouse puts on great shows and features some darn good bar food.

5. The First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. The Church, as it’s affectionately known, is one of the best venues in Philadelphia. It’s played host to underground acts and major ones whose star may have faded. (M.P.)

Top Cheap Eats Around Campus

1. Koch’s Deli, 4309 Locust St. Koch’s waiting time might make you groan “oy vey,” but the free samples, immense menu and cheap and mouth-watering hoagies and steaks will make it worth your while. Bonus: chocolate-chip cookies the size of your face for $2.

2. Saad’s Halal, 4501 Walnut St. A unique menu with, on one side, veg and nonveg Middle Eastern dishes, and on the other, cheesesteaks and onion rings. Saad’s is a great destination for indecisive friends. The falafel sandwiches cost less than $5 and huge platters of rotisserie chicken, lamb shawarma or falafel start at $7.

3. Minar Palace, 1304 Walnut St. A mecca for Indians and Indian cuisine-lovers alike, this is one spot you’ll consider eating vegetarian. That’s not to say the chicken tikka isn’t bangin’. It is. It’s open for dine-in, take-out and delivery within the area. Most dishes cost less than $10 and come with rice.

4. Noshery Gourmet Café, 1600 N. Broad St. A delicious and healthy alternative to the fried chicken and shitty Chinese food paradise that is Temple’s campus. Noshery offers a wide variety of freshly made salads, hoagies and sandwiches, paninis and sushi rolls. If nothing on the menu pleases you, Noshery also allows you to build your own salad, sandwich or panini from a litany of gourmet meats, cheeses, vegetables and spreads. (A.S.)

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1. Sarah said... on Aug 25, 2010 at 11:16AM

“How could you not mention the food trucks that abound on each and every campus!”

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2. Heather said... on Aug 26, 2010 at 04:15AM

“These lists are awful. Did your out-of-town college interns put this together?

Michael Polinsky - Have you ever gone to a live show in Philly? Who goes to the Marbar for live music!?! How does Johnny Brenda's not make the list!?! Is PW really that out of touch?

Someone needs to get a clue at the Philly Weekly, and in the end, the editors should be held responsible for this crap being printed. Also, the music section hasn't been any good since Doug Wallen left.

Keep wasting your energy on "Week's Worst" and trying to imitate Philebrity, another snarky site that certainly isn't pulling the traffic that it used to.”

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3. mary said... on Aug 29, 2010 at 05:02PM

“i agree with Heather “These lists are awful. Did your out-of-town college interns put this together?" How do you skip over Newdelhi in west philly, that place is always packed with college kids!”

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4. MPO said... on Jan 25, 2012 at 06:40PM

“Hey there, sorry I didn't include your favorite spot, but Philly has a million venues and restaurants. This is a short list of places college freshman can go to see shows. Johnny Brenda's rarely has all-ages shows, plus the stage is ten feet off the ground. As for restaurants, I like lots of places that aren't on these lists too.

Good that you're passionate about Philly though. I love the city of my birth.”

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