Cheap Eats: In Defense Of Vegan Meatballs


There’s no end of reasons to hate on fake meat, but the ultra-processed, pathetically aspirational, environmentally shifty stuff does have one thing going for it: it’s not fake seafood.

That’s the first thing that came to mind when the Kung Fu Hoagies cart returned to its customary weekday spot at 38th and Sansom streets at the end of March, ending several weeks of personal lunch-hour deprivation caused by owners Paul Davis and Steve Renzi’s recent jaunt to Saigon. I arrived licking my lips at the prospect of some fresh Vietnamese inspiration, only to find the following special scrawled on the wood placard dangling above their compact wares: Veggie “Shrimp” Fried Rice.

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Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival

To kick off Manayunk’s Restaurant Week – September 30th-October 5 – Manayunk is holding its first StrEAT Food Festival on Main Street on Saturday September 29th from 10am-5pm. Over 20 vendors from the Philadelphia area will attend the event, the only day of the year that street vendors are allowed to sell food in Manayunk due to district regulations.

Read on for details and a list of participating vendors.
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Quick Bites: Belle Cakery Opens, Honest Tom’s Draws Closer

Belle Cakery is set to open today at 1437 E Passyunk Avenue. [Belle Cakery]

Honest Tom’s Taco Shop storefront on 44th Street is getting to that time. Tom says he’s expecting the heath inspector this Friday, and if all goes well he could open a week after that.

The upcoming bar at 25th and Aspen from the team behind Franklin Mortgage has a name, Lemon Hill. [Philly Chit Chat]

Kung Fu Hoagies is the name of the forthcoming vegan hoagie cart that will be stationed around West and South Philadelphia. [Meal Ticket]

Rob LaScalla (LaScala, duh) bought Paradigm and Dulce over the summer. By the end of the week both will be open as affordable Italian concepts. Rocchino’s is open at Paradigm’s old address and will serve a menu of pizzas and pastas. Opening Thursday is Azione, an affordable red-gravy Italian spot that will serve family style. [The Insider]

Over the weekend a shooting took place at the tucked away PEP Bowl. Uncool. Uncool. PEP Bowl’s our spot. [Metro Philadelphia]