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Middle Eastern Restaurants and Food in Philadelphia

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Middle Eastern Restaurants and Food in Philadelphia

Shawarma platter at Hummus; Pastries from Manakeesh | Photos by Neal Santos

Shawarma platter at Hummus; Pastries from Manakeesh | Photos by Neal Santos

Middle Eastern flavors have long been a rich vein mined by chefs working in any number of styles. And Middle Eastern restaurants — whether of the wheeled or brick-and-mortar variety — have been a staple on the Philly scene for decades. But while you might think there’s nothing to this cuisine beyond chickpeas and falafel, here are six places that will prove you wrong.

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Cheap Lunch at Mama’s Vegetarian Now Even Better

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If you’re a practical cheapskate like I am and you work anywhere near Mama’s Vegetarian on 20th Street, then you know that there’s really no reason to eat at a food truck when Mama’s Vegetarian aka Mama’s Falafel is in the neighborhood.

For $3.50, I can get a small Mama’s falafel sandwich on my choice of a wheat or white pita plus as much from the pickle bar as I can cram into the little to-go side containers that they give you. And believe me, I can cram in a lot. (I’ve also been known to slide one of those insanely hot long-hots into the bag.) But now, they have sweetened the deal even more. Read more »




The Lunch Scene: Mama’s Vegetarian

They must be giving away falafel sandwiches today at Mama’s. Two things you don’t see in this photo: a) the non-existent line at the newish and quite good halal/falafel truck behind me and b) the extremely dirty look that the guy on the extreme left in the photo gave me just after I took the picture. I opted for popcorn from Nuts To You.

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