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Staying at Temple University in June, no car -- what's awesome and convenient?

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Staying at Temple University in June, no car -- what's awesome and convenient?

Big Bad Voodoo Lou | Apr 19, 2010 01:48 PM

Hey, folks. I'm a regular on the Florida Chowhound forum, but I'll be coming to Philly in early June with my wife, who is speaking at a conference at Temple University. We'll actually be staying ON the Temple campus and won't have a car. I've heard the area directly around Temple is "sketchy" at best, but I don't suppose there are any good places to eat ON campus, or nearby in safe areas?

Also, my wife has a disability that makes it hard to walk too far, and we're always concerned about the accessibility of public transportation. We may take a cab once or twice if necessary, especially if there are any can't-miss dinner recommendations. I'll probably have some down time during the days, so I don't mind taking public transportation on my quest for good things to eat by myself.

I'd love to try authentic cheesesteaks -- are any of the famous places near Temple? On my own, I'm a sucker for really great delis, either Jewish or Italian style. Cured meats, smoked fish, amazing sandwiches, anything like that. For a nice meal together, we love New American/gastropub-type places (although we don't drink) or really good Italian. But with my wife and her walker and our reliance on cabs, safety and convenience will trump almost other consideration. We appreciate any advice!

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