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


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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Kensington Quarters Adds Lunch

KQ Burger with raw cheddar, garlic chili aioli, served on a brioche.

KQ Burger with raw cheddar, garlic chili aioli, served on a brioche.

Fishtown’s Kensington Quarters will begin lunch service starting tomorrow, November 3rd. Lunch will be served Tuesday through Friday, 12pm to 3pm and on Saturday, from 11am to 3pm. Look for daily soup specials, mixed charcuterie, salad, roast beef, a burger and several pastas.

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Meltkraft Is Open in Center City


The menu at Center City’s new Meltkraft.

Grilled cheese specialist, Meltkraft has opened its second Center City location and first standalone storefront in Philadelphia. Meltkraft, which shares space with Valley Shepherd Creamery in the Reading Terminal Market has opened a bi-level location at 46 South 17th Street.

The grilled cheese shop offers a similar menu to the Terminal location,  with favorites like the Valley Thunder sandwich of brisket and baked macaroni and cheese, as well as the Somerset, Gruyere, cured ham, cornichon pickles and wholegrain mustard. Of course if you are a grilled cheese purist, the classic is three Valley Shepherd cheeses and nothing else.

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