THINGS TO DO IN PHILADELPHIA  
 


Contents:
- Eat around Temple
- Eat in Philadelphia
- Fun Places to Visit in Philadelphia
- Places Around Philadelphia
- Places a Little Further, accessible by car
- Philadelphia Housing


Eat at Temple:
(Brought to you by the members of the Borguet Group.)

 
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Philly Gyro King
(12th between Norris and Pollet Walk, and 11th and Norris outside the Engineering building)
# 267-335-6539 or 215-820-7925
A favorite of the Borguet Group, Philly Gyro King has the best gyro on campus and a free can of soda with any platter! The Falafel Sandwich is a must try and if you're on a diet, their salads are very satisfying and reasonably priced. The line at this lunch truck may be long, but it is worth the wait.

Insomnia Cookie Truck
(On Montgomery next to the Student Center)
Whether it's the midnight munchies or the need for an afternoon snack the Insomnia Cookie truck is Chigoziem's number one go to spot. This truck is dedicated to making the perfect warm cookie at any time of day or night, and better yet, they deliver! If you have a sweet tooth or just have a craving for homemade cookies and milk, Insomnia Cookies is the place to go! Order online at www.insomniacookies.com.

The French Crepe Truck
(Behind Beury hall)
It is not a real French Crepe according to Dr. Borguet and our French members, but this truck is only a 30 second walk from our office and their food is great. Personal favorites are the Buffalo Chicken and Beef with all vegetables + honey mustard. Shalaka likes their seafood crepe, but Gordon hates it. If you need some extra sugar, Strawberry + Banana with chocolate sauce is a great idea.

Ronnies
(Outside the Bio Department) # 856-491-5199
Roozbeh's favorite hoagie truck. Foot-long hoagies, yum!

The Korean Truck
(Outside the Bio Department) # 267-342-3190
This truck possibly has the longest waiting time on the campus. Waiting time can easily exceed 20 minutes. Ordering for pickup is a wise decision. Gordon's favorite is Tepanyaki with Beef on noodles. Ali orders their curry chicken with rice almost every Friday. Remember to ask for hot sauce and KimChi.

Fames Pizza Truck
(Outside the Bio Department) # 267-242-4737
The "official" pizza truck for the Borguet group, if not the entire Chemistry Department. Whenever we have a meeting, this is where we get our pizza from. BBQ Chicken is a must try. Other recommendations include the "red vegetable" and "Buffalo Chicken." A whole pizza with toppings is for $10 and $2 per slice.
Their rolls (BBQ or Buffalo Chicken) are good too. The size of the rolls is ~1.5 slices of pizza.

Chinese Food
(Outdoor Food Court outside Anderson Hall, first on the left)
This place has southern style Chinese Food. Some people think that their food is too oily and their rice is too sticky. I guess it is just the way Southern Chinese Food is. Gordon's favorite is Beef Ho Fan.

Vietnamese Food
(Outdoor Food Court outside Anderson Hall)
Our friend, Andrii, had Chicken + Pork combo on Rice from this place for an entire year during his visit. He ate half of the meal at lunch and finished the other half for dinner. Enough said!!

Eddies Truck
(Outside Student Center) # 267-253-0183
If you smell something really good in our student office, it possibly means Gordon is having Buffalo Chicken Finger Platter that day. The smell alone got Roozbeh to come to this truck with him. The platter is big (so big you often cannot finish it) for $6.
Another favorite from this truck is the Mushroom Cheese Steak with ketchup, mayonnaise, fried onion and hot pepper.

Not satisfied? Movable Feasts is the all inclusive guide to Philadlephia food trucks.

Please check back for more updates and new places to eat here at Temple and around Philadelphia.


Eat in Philadelphia:
(Brought to you by the members of the Borguet Group.)

The Belgian Cafe
(21st and Green Street)
If you're in the mood for some extraordinary sandwiches, mussels, and burgers, this restaurant is undoubtedly the place to go.  With a beer list that is sure to impress even a "beer enthusiast"   (at least 100 different beers) - Local Beer, Craft beer, International beer, you name it- it will surely be a great meal for everyone! 
http://www.thebelgiancafe.com/

Pietro's Coal Oven Pizza
(1714 Walnut St)
Everyone should...no must...try Pietro's Coal Oven Pizza. This place is amazing! Ellen loves the margherita pizza (just cheese and tomato sauce), and their pasta is also very good. http://www.pietrospizza.com/

Smile Cafe

(105 S. 22nd St.)
If you're a lover of Thai cuisine like Linh is, this is a must try on your list. It's an art-filled setting with dim lighting, and the place is not too big, making it a perfect charming/cozy place for a small group gathering, or simply a date with a friend or two. The duck with green curry sauce is unforgettable, seafood lemongrass; Pad Thai and papaya salad are my all time favorites. The prices are quite decent so that's always a plus. They also offer lunch hours Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30 with half price entrees.

Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant
(1800 Market St.)
Malika can be found most Saturday nights at Elephant & Castle Pub Restaurant. This restaurant is located on Market Street in the heart of center city a few minutes from museums and the historical district. Her favorite part about this pub? Saturday night Karaoke!!! Check out their daily promos and menu at http://www.elephantcastle.com.

Mixx Asian Bistro
(1002 Arch St)
Uduak's Favorite Thai Restaurant is located on the corner of 10th and arch in center city Philadelphia. It has an all you can eat sushi bar. Mixx is an amazing Asian restaurant; the atmosphere, the Waiters and Waitresses... EVERYTHING is wonderful when you walk in to this restaurant. They have a wide variety of Asian cuisines as well as assorted sushi and rolls. The host and hostess accommodates your needs; from birthdays to dates (even an alone time with yourself). The food is up to par in terms of taste, portions and fulfillment. And EVERYTHING is at an affordable price. http://www.mixxfusion.com

Max Brenner: Chocolate by the Bald Man

(1500 Walnut St. (15th St. between Walnut and Locust))
The first thing you notice when you walk up to the door is the chocolate aroma spilling out of the place. They of course have chocolate, and it's a lot at that. From chocolate pizza (with a choice of many sweet toppings), to chocolate soup (with a side of fruit and marshmallows!) and on to the usual desserts, they've got it all. But it's not just a place to live out all of your chocolate-covered fantasies. There's pretty amazing dinner food, and great drinks (Ashley always order the blueberry tea). The atmosphere is relaxed and social; the lights are dim and each table is brightened by a single candle. Ashley suggests not going here if you're looking for a hearty, healthy meal, but it's a truly unique experience that everyone must try. Check out their website at www.maxbrenner.com.

El Taco Loco
A caravan (RV) parked on Washington Ave. by Jefferson Square Park (between 3rd and 4th street)
Best tacos and tamales north of the Rio Grande (or at least in Philly?).
Service can be slow here, but always worth the wait. Love the tongue and tripe tacos. Reviews and location.

Nam Phuong
(1100 Washington Ave)
Nam Phuong was first and primary wife of the last king of Vietnam during the French war. The service is excellent and the pho is delicious (especially the special pho with oil/broth from top of the pho's stove). The friendly service and reasonably priced food has My and others coming back for more! The "fried banana with ice-cream" is a must have. Check it out http://www.namphuongphilly.com.

Mexican Post
(104 Chestnut St.)
Enjoy quality Mexican food at an affordable price in the heart of old city. Mexican Post features a wide variety of classic Mexican dishes with hearty portions and most entrees are under ten dollars. Great for social gatherings or just a relaxing night out. Sit back, chow down, and don't forget to sample the margaritas!
Check it out at http://www.mexicanpost.com/locations-oldcity.asp

Please check back for more updates and new places to eat here at Temple and around Philadelphia.


Fun Places to Visit in Philadelphia:
- Franklin Institute (Map)
- National Constitutional Center (Map)
- Independence Hall and Museum of Liberty Bell (Map)
- Art Museum (Map)
- Rodin Museum (Map)
- River Rink at Penn's Landing, Winter Season (Map)
- Manayunk District, shopping, dining, night clubs (Map)
- Chinatown, shopping, dining (Map)
- Italian Market (Map)
- Fairmount Park (Map)
- Boathouse Row (Map)

- First Fridays in Old City (Map)
(Free admission to art galleries in Old City, first Friday of every month from 5:00pm-9:00pm) (Map of Galleries)

- Dr. Li likes to combine sightseeing with a picnic/BBQ, e.g. walking in a forest, along a river, or even playing on a lawn. He suggested going to Fairmount Park or Adventure Aquarium.

-Pay What You Wish at the Philadelphia Musuem of Art:
Wednesdays from 5pm to 8:45pm

-Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia PA.
Member Colin Murphy has to say:
The Reading Terminal Market just might be my favorite place in the city.  Whether you're grabbing lunch, need to get some groceries, or just need to get out of the house, the Reading Terminal Market is a great destination.  A quick subway ride will drop you only a few blocks from the market (and its right in center city, close to plenty of other great places!).  Just be sure to stop by "The Pig" after grabbing a sandwich from famous "DiNic's" followed by a dessert cookie from "4th Street Cookies" (this is my usual routine).


Places Around Philadelphia:
- Valley Forge National Historical Park, walking, biking, BBQing (Map)
- Adventure Aquarium, Camden NJ, across the Delaware River (Map)
- King of Prussia Mall (Map)


Places a Little Further, accessible by car:
- Longwood Gardens, South US 1 Route, ~1 hour (Map)
- Princeton, New Jersey, North I-95, ~1 hour (Map)
- New York City, North New Jersey Turnpike, ~1.5-2 hours (Map)
- Bushkill Falls, North I-476, ~2 hours (Map)
- Atlantic City, Atlantic Ocean coast, New Jersey, East 70 Route, ~1-2 hours (Map)
- Six Flags Great Adventure (Map)
- Blue Mountain, Palmerton PA, Pocono Mountains, North I-476, ~2-3 hours, skiing, snowboarding (Map)
- Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, South I-95, ~4 hours (Map)
- Niagara Falls, New York, North I-476 - North 81 - West I-90, ~7-8 hours (Map)


Philadelphia Housing (document)