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New Chinese Buffet on Second South of South Street

Steve | Mar 27, 2003 04:21 PM

A few weeks ago I took 2nd sStreet home and noticed a place went in where the old Fifties Diner and nightclub was at least 5 years ago a few doors south of Bridget Foys. It is called South Street Buffet.

There was a coupon in the Philadelphia Weekly yesterday for half price - and I didn't want to mess up kitchen last night - so I went.

This is going to be a tough one to keep open.

The plase is huge but no one knows it's there! Last night - a Wednesday - there were maybe 9 customers - mostly singles which is less than the staff. There was an amazine amount of food there. The food was almost all underseasoned (And I don't do "spicy"). Lots of shrimp both cold and hot. The Fried Calamiri was delicious as was the fried sole with diced tomatoes. There was a huge Ham to carve but no one was eating it. They have some weird things like macaroni and cheese with ham, beef stew, Chicken Marsala with mushrooms (pretty good) and grilled strip steaks (but with lots of pepper corns which weren't listed.) Anyway, the major problem they have is that the food is not kept hot,. It is warm. I know that excessive heat dries things out but this was more luke warm. The only really hot (as in temp) item was the sauteed greens which were fantastic and I went back three times!. the staff is more than friendly.

I think it would benefit them some if they spent a few bucks restoring the Men's Room which still has the grafitti from the last tenant - a bar.

They are only open for dinner - 7 nights - beginning at 5pm. The normal price - including all beverages and dessert - is $10.95. But until April 6th they are charging $5.50! There's a coupon in the PW but they actually put the $5.50 on the bill last night without me asking.

Anyway, they are certainly working the kinks out and I'd like to see them succeed. That block needs something. It's also convenient for single dining.

Steve

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