I'd like to share two unexpected delights that I have had. On the one hand, the pizza at 69th street terminal. The shop is unassuming, dingy, and altogether unattractive, yet the pizza is delicious and cheap. There is a constant flow of new pies fresh out of the oven, and a reliant arsenal of flavor combos--meatball, sausage, chicken and veggies, and pepperoni. I haven't had pizza in center city that tops it. A bold assertion I know, but I would even take it over Pizza Rustica (maybe not) or insert favorite pizza place.
Second, Hamifgash at 811 Sansom St. Great Israeli food. I found this place out of dire hunger and without any expectations; nonetheless, great food. I had a stunning lentil soup with plenty of citrus and homemade pita. The entree consisted of a perfectly spiced tender little lamb with fresh tomato and lettuce. Anyone else eat here?
I'd like to know if anyone else has these unexpected finds? I ask since it seems that the same places are often recycled on this board. OK. Ok. So I need to go to Zahav or Melagrano or Chloe or Matyson or Dmitiri or Little Fish or RTM or whatever--I got it. These are great established places. But where can I find great food (especially local and sustainable) where I would least expect it?