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After lunch special: falafel at Picnic

March 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment · University City, burgerbaroness, sammich, work lunch

Must make this quick lunch break is almost over. I had a FAIL of a lunch that I brought from home today so I was in need of something quick and relatively healthy. I put it out over twitter that I was in need of some suggestions and the great Yoko reminded me of Picnic. I don’t know why I don’t eat at Picnic more often. It’s not far from where I work but since it isn’t right around the corner I guess I just don’t think of it.

It’s a very small place which offers all kinds of freshly made food. They have a few tables inside but they usually fill up very quickly. Be prepared to take your meal to go. Their lunches might be seen as a little spendy, for a take out place, but their ingredients are top notch and their portions are pretty generous.  I imagine if I lived closer that I would come for dinner a lot because they have a great amount of prepared foods.  You could totally take it home, reheat and claim to your guests that you made it yourself. Like in Mrs. Doubtfire.

Back to lunch. I ordered one of their specials of the day, the falafel on pita. They tend to have about 3-5 sandwich specials and a couple of salad specials each day.  For $7.00 I got their falafel special. It came on half a pita and topped with lettuce, tomatoe, red onion, and tzatziki sauce. I wished there had been a little bit more sauce because it was really good.  There were 4 or 5 small falafel balls in the pita. I don’t think they deep fried their falafel because it didn’t come out super greasy. Instead they were very light and seemed to be just slightly browned in a pan or flatop griddle. Even more possible, they could have been baked now that I think about it. So this wasn’t your traditional falafle but it sure hit the spot. Be prepared to wait a bit if you order a sandwich because they are all made on demand.

Not a great shot because I was using my iPhone.


3131 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-1608


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  • yoko

    That looks tasty! Their veggies always were very fresh, and I thought that one day I would splurge for their picnic basket…. Yeah, prices are a little high for UC, but worth it for the quality, I think.

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