"I Dunno, Where Do You Wanna Eat?"

By Emily Guendelsberger
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 14 | Posted Nov. 10, 2010

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Clásico hot chocolate, Sazon (Venezuelan)
$6. 941 Spring Garden St.

Fresh pasta, Talluto’s (Italian)
$4.99/lb. 944 S. Ninth St.

Fresh mozzarella, Claudio’s (Italian)
$7.99/lb. 926 S. Ninth St.
Short of smuggling an Italian water buffalo into the States and letting it roam up and down 9th Street, the Auriemma family bought a machine from Italy to make fresh cheese in the style of the Campania region's famous mozzarella di bufala. -Tara Desmond, crumbsonmykeyboard.com

Kitfo platter, Abyssinia (Ethiopian)
Rare beef, minced and spiced.
$9.50. 229 S. 45th St.

Octopus takoyaki, Maru Global (Japanese)

$4.86. 255 S. 10th St.
Part of what I love about the octopus takoyaki is the slight fear-factor element of eating “octopus balls.” Not literally. But they are scrumptious little spheres of spicy octopus dipped in crepe batter, then topped with a tasty kewpie mayo and bonito flakes. -Daniel McLaughlin, thethirteenthdiet.com

Texas weiner, Texas Weiner (South Jersey)
$1.86-$2.85. 1426 Snyder Ave.
“Turn-of-the-century Greek cooks started spreading the gospel of encased meats by opening hundreds of hot dog stands throughout the country, called “Coney Islands” in the midwest and “Texas Weiners” in the northeast. Grilled dogs were dressed in “Texas Chili” that’s actually more of a heavily spiced Greek-diner bolognese. The one on Snyder has been around since 1923—they still serve the Greek sauce on split & grilled hot dogs with the added Philly spin of cheese whiz.” -Hawk Krall, seriouseats.com

Nacatamales Nicaraguense, El Gallo Pinto (Nicaraguan)
$4. 1163 S. Seventh St. 

Culture Mash-up

Tofu tikka masala tacos, Coup de Taco (Indian/Mexican)
$3.50. 40th St. between Locust and Spruce sts.
“Indian mashes up with Mexican street food at these lunch truck tacos. Delicately spiced tofu, basmati rice and mango chutney make for a more sophisticated taco that showcases my two favorite cuisines.” -Kelly Phillips, livingonthevedge.net

Korean Tacos, Meritage (Korean/Mexican)
$5. 500 S. 20th St.

Jubano, Delicatessan (Cuban/Jewish)
$11. 703 Chestnut St.
“As deliciously unhealthy as Cuban sandwiches can be, some of them can also be pretty bland. This house-smoked pastrami and spicy brown mustard seem more appropriate for a sandwich that shares provenance with Che Guevara.” -Marcos Espinoza, fidelgastro.com

Roast pork with BBQ sauce, Porky’s Point (Philly/Puerto Rican)
$6.50 . 3824 N. Fifth St.

Wings, Chifa (Peruvian/Cantonese)
$12. 707 Chestnut St.
“On nights when I’m not going to restaurants for work, my wife and I gravitate toward standards like wings and burgers. Chifa’s wings are crispy, savory and easy to eat—and don’t stray too far from familiar ground despite the unexpected flavor.” -Brian Freedman, PW food writer

Saag paneer pizza, Tiffin Etc. (Indian/Italian-American)
$5.50. 712 W. Girard Ave.

Pizza al pastor & pizza carnitas, San Lucas Pizzeria (Mexican/Italian-American)
$3. 18th and Mckean sts.
“San Lucas pizza is a fantastic example of street-level fusion—a convergence that happens naturally in diverse neighborhoods rather than being forced by chefs. Big, fold-over slices piled with delicious authentic Mexican toppings and drizzled with homemade hot sauce.” -Hawk Krall, seriouseats.com

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1. patty said... on Nov 10, 2010 at 10:32AM

“why not try the midtown 2 at 11th and samson, open 24 hours, 365 a year.
homemade soups daily, also homemade bakery items. Also, have a full bar
opened 11am to 2am, daily.”

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2. val said... on Nov 10, 2010 at 04:48PM

“i personally take 'slightly bonkers' to be the highest of compliments, so i will definitely be seeking out the creperie truck.....”

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3. Emily G said... on Nov 10, 2010 at 05:47PM

“Somehow this part got cut out in the "make it fit" part of the editing process, but a huge THANK YOU to all the delightful people who responded and especially to the ones who took the time to give me quotes.”

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4. SullySpeaks said... on Nov 11, 2010 at 05:33PM

“Cannot wait to stuff a FUCKING FLOUNDER HOAGIE down my gullet...ace job PW!”

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5. MAP said... on Nov 13, 2010 at 07:45AM

“Matt Levin stole the foie gras poutine dish form Martin Picard at Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal! Give credit where credit is due!”

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6. GetKilledEh said... on Nov 14, 2010 at 03:16PM

“Give credit to some fucking french fry depot 500 miles away in motherfucking Canada?? Please end your life.”

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7. MAP said... on Nov 14, 2010 at 06:55PM

“You obviously have no idea who Martin Picard is and most likely are a line cook at Adsum and think you are working for a genius when in fact you are putting fucking tater tots on a plate. Your life has already ended.”

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8. Phillyfoodie said... on Nov 15, 2010 at 10:47PM

“wow, someone suggested midtown 2? Are you kidding me? This cookie cutter Middle Eastern type slop house? It offers nothing but ordinary, at best, Sysco Systems food with no flare. VERY rude managers and average to poor quality food. They even charge extra for onions in your home fries. Its a joke. But hey, at 2 am its an option.”

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9. Guzzijason said... on Nov 18, 2010 at 07:00PM

“New rule: chefs can no longer steal from each other! BWAHAHAHAHA! Good luck with that one! Our restaurant would scene would be very boring if that were the case... (and yes, I've been to Montreal; I know who Martin Picard is; I don't caaaaaaarrrrreeee, because when I get a craving for foie, I don't book a plane ticket to satisfy it!)”

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10. MAP said... on Nov 19, 2010 at 06:30PM

“So you admit that it's blatant thievery without even a slight tip of the cap to the originator. Well done.”

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11. Guzzijason said... on Nov 19, 2010 at 10:18PM

“Ummm... how can I admit something that I had absolutely no part in? In case you haven't noticed, foie gras poutine has been popping up on menus all across the country. Do they all require genuflecting to Montreal every time someone wants to order it. No, no they don't. Have you ever been to a joint around here that points out that the Buffalo Wings they serve were invented at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo? No, no you haven't. Do restaurants that put pasta primavera on their menu give credit to Le Cirque? No.

If you ask me, it just sounds like you have an axe to grind with Levin.”

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12. MAP said... on Nov 23, 2010 at 12:07PM

“I didn't ask you. I have an axe to grind with being unoriginal.
Le Cirque is a dinosaur and Buffalo wings do properly respect the town in which they were created by being called fucking Buffalo wings.
And if you ask me, contemporaries should genuflect if they recreate a dish especially if it is a straight up copy rather than inspired by the original.”

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13. Guzzijason said... on Nov 24, 2010 at 05:56PM

“It's food... get over it. It's not like Picard invented a cure for cancer and Levin is stealing his royalties.”

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14. MAP said... on Nov 26, 2010 at 04:49PM

“I win.”


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