Vote for Best of Philly: Who Has the Best Lunch on the Go?

Falafel at Agno Grill

Falafel at Agno Grill

The fast-casual restaurant segment is booming. We’ve even taken to ranking it on Foobooz via our Fast Casual Tracker. But now it’s your turn to vote for the Best Quickie Lunch Spot in this month’s Best of Philly poll.

Vote once a day now through April 26th and when you cast your ballot, you can also enter to win two tickets to the Best of Philly party.

Vote for the 2016 Best of Philly Quickie Lunch Spot [Philadelphia Magazine]

Smooth Jazz and Skate Wing: 26 North Reviewed

Skate wing at 26 North

Skate wing at 26 North | Photos courtesy of Mike Stollenwerk

The 1990s were a bad time for the American restaurant scene. We were, as an emerging culinary entity, in our first youth—like awful (if precocious) toddlers who’d gotten into Daddy’s special juice. All we did was copycat, put things in our mouths and stagger around blindly from impulse to impulse. Sure, we were occasionally cute. Occasionally (accidentally) brilliant. There were great restaurants that somehow managed to avoid all the foibles and excesses of the age, but on balance, almost everything was terrible all the time.

Consider a brief list of things restaurateurs and chefs thought were good ideas in the 1990s:

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The Checkup: Lunch-Break Habits of Healthy People That You Should Copy 

• If you spend most of your lunch breaks hunched over in your cubicle, shoveling leftover pizza into your mouth with your left hand while responding to emails with your right, stop. Just, stop. And take note of these lunch-break habits of healthy people — one of which is stepping away from work for a minute. [Huffington Post]
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Matt & Marie’s Opening Second Location in Rittenhouse

matt maries 118 s 18th 940In just a couple of weeks, one of Philly’s lunch spots, Matt & Marie’s, will be opening its second location at 118 South 18th Street.

In addition to the Italian sandwiches, salads, bagels, and pastries the flagship shop on 18th and Arch Streets serves, the new Matt & Marie’s will also have fresh ravioli, stuffed shells, and baked Campanelle pasta, along with four house-made sauces to choose from.

All of Matt & Marie’s food is either made fresh in house or picked up early in the morning, like the bagels from South Street Bagels, and the pastries from La Colombe.

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This Is Exactly Where Snap Kitchen Is Opening 7 Stores in and Around Philly

Snap Kitchen's Harvest Kale Snack, a salad with cabbage, candied walnuts, butternut squash and a sweet and savory date dressing | Photo courtesy Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen’s Harvest Kale Snack, a salad with cabbage, candied walnuts, butternut squash and a sweet and savory date dressing | Photo courtesy Snap Kitchen

Back in August, we got pretty jazzed when we found out Austin, Texas-based Snap Kitchen, a healthy market-meets-takeout restaurant concept, was expanding in a big way in our area, with a slew of stores planned for the city and ‘burbs. Now we have more details — that is, exactly where those outposts will be located. And, yup, we’re jazzed all over again.  Read more »

26 North Starts Lunch

26 North, BYOB by Michael Stollenwerk

26 North, now open for lunch

Mike Stollenwerk has launched lunch at his Old City BYOB, 26 North. He has a menu of soups, salads, plates and “hand helds.”

If we were there right now we’d start with the steamed little neck clams with chorizo, go with the seared tuna tacos and tell our land-lover friend to get the Bistro Steak with Lancaster blue cheese.

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Brigantessa Is Now Open for Weekend Lunch

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Bell Prosciutto Pizza is on the lunch menu at Brigantessa.

East Passyunk’s Brigantessa is now open for lunch from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Executive chef and partner Joe Cicala and chef de cuisine Julia Robinson are serving up his pizzas plus antipasti, panini and Contorni (sides).

It’s a perfect break to your holiday shopping on the Avenue.

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Bud & Marilyn’s Begins Serving Lunch

Fried Chicken Bucket - For lunch at Bud & Marilyn's

Fried Chicken Bucket – For lunch at Bud & Marilyn’s

Bud & Marilyn’s is now serving lunch Monday through Friday. Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest restaurant is serving up the likes of fried chicken by the bucket (pictured) and smoked beet reubens.

Lunch is served from noon to 3 p.m. and the menu is broken down into five sections including chicken and hot buttered buns.

The buns section includes:

  • Chilled Lobster Buns
  • Korean Glazed Toful Buns
  • Nashville Hot Buns

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