I worked at Philadelphia last December here. I went back there awhile ago during its coldest time and packed on loads of pounds. After coming back I had to tone down my eating habit to get back in shape. Now finally I feel comfortable posting those food exploits.
During my stays in Philly, it was constantly hit with the heaviest snowstorm. Mobility can be a problem (it’s hard to walk 10+ blocks in the snow). The overpriced food at the hotel lobby and chichi restaurants in the neighborhood weren’t good option on a daily basis, so I need to find a quick, gourmet and affordable solution. Luckily there’s Fork Etc, the deli/cafe extension of the popular bistro Fork. The bread and baked goods are baked daily and the savory deli items is updated weekly.
They have classes at night sometimes, with topics on how to cured meat, brew your own beer, etc.
Chocolate Chip and Cherry Muffin. This is HEAVENLY! The muffin is incredibly light and non oily, and the surface has a wonderful crust. I had the fresh-out-of-the-oven time figure out, so I picked up a hot, fresh one each morning before work.
Another unforgettable treats: The Key Lime Pie is DIVINE! The acidic + creamy flavor is a perfect blend and the crust is so yummy. It was so good that it made Key Lime Pie one of my top favorite desserts.
For meals, I normally order a serving of the sauteed green (not in photo, they’re very good) + soup of the day. The thick, classic chowder was so satisfying in winter time. I love their serving plate.
All their sandwiches are made with top quality ingredients and homemade bread. The Salmon Salad Sandwich has changed my bias, as I thought they tend to be dry and bland tasting. But this Salmon salad was wonderfully seasoned with herbs and yummy mayo. It is moist and not ‘meaty’ at all. The Brie and Ham Sandwich was good but a bit predictable.
My friend ordered their Bolongese Pasta, it was very yummy (homemade pasta) but the portion was too small. The Quiche was fluffy and HUGE! I love it!
This place closed at eight at night, so I tried to leave work as soon as I can. It also provide free WiFi, so I spend some afternoons here with my laptop.
I think every neighborhood that has something like this (affordable gourmet deli/bakery/meals/dessert) is a true blessing. I missed this place so much when I got back home in LA, until I found The Larchmont Larder in my hood.
306 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2709