During the week, I try to bring my lunch to work with me, whether it’s leftovers, a sandwich, or maybe some lettuce wraps. But, sometimes I don’t feel like eating what my kitchen has to offer, and I am left with the decision of deciding where to eat. Many times, my co-workers and I eat lunch together and that is always the first question “So where are we eating?”
Philly has a wide variety of places to choose from, but I generally stay within the same radius between JFK Boulevard and Walnut Streets, and 18th to 16th Streets (with rare trips to the Reading Terminal Market). When I don’t eat at my work’s cafeteria, here are some of my favorite places to eat (not in any order of preference).
44 S. 17th Street
This is where I go when I’m in the mood for a sub. I always get #6 – Vegetarian. What I love most about this sandwich is the avocado cream. No other sandwich place makes avocado cream like JJ’s does. It’s also a great place if you don’t have time to wait for lunch, and I don’t ever remember waiting more than five minutes to get my sandwich. If you have a gluten allergy or are watching your carb intake, you can also make any sammich into an Unwich (a lettuce wrap).
JJ’s #6 Veggie
HipCityVeg 127 S. 18th Street
When I’m craving some healthy food that is 100% plant-based, this is where I go. My favorites (so far) are the Ziggy Burger and the Fajita Wrap, as well as a side of sweet potato fries served with a cilantro-black bean dip. The Jerk Cesar Salad is quite tasty as well. But, make no mistake, the food portions are just as hearty and you will never be able to complain of still being hungry after your meal.
Jerk Cesar chicken salad
Ziggy Burger and sweet potato fries with cilantro-black bean dip.
Fish is one of my favorite dishes to make. Generally, I like to bake my fish and there are a variety of sauces to bathe any fish in while it’s baking.
However, if you ever have those days, where you feel you have nothing to make a great sauce with or you’re just bored with what you always make, look no further than the salad dressings you have in your refrigerator.
The only dressings I use are Newman’s Own and they work just as well as marinades or sauces, as they do as dressings.
Another thing I enjoy about Trader Joe’s is that they always have someone offering food samples. The day I went in, a guy was serving turkey chili samples with cheese. I was already hungry and welcomed the chance to fill my stomach with something. Surprisingly, the chili was pretty good.
I love salads. Seriously, I do. I love the infinite amount of combinations that can be tossed together to create a masterpiece on a plate.
Now, you might call salads “rabbit food” (yes, I actually know people who call them that), but you can’t deny the amazing tastes that come from a meal (you heard right) that is so simple to make. Depending on the type you put together, no cooking is necessary – just wash, cut and toss.
Salads that compliment a meal or are enjoyed as a starter are nice enough, but when I come home late from work, I need a meal that will fill me up without being too heavy or taking much time to make.