One of the benefits of working at Atlas Glass Company in Philadelphia Pa is traveling throughout the entire metropolitan area and getting to stop for lunch at different places every day (sometimes breakfast and dinner, too).
On Monday we may be working on 9th Street near the Italian Market in South Philly, Tuesday on Walnut Street near Rittenhouse Square in Center City Philadelphia, Wednesday at the University Of Pennsylvania Campus in West Philadelphia, Thursday in Fishtown at one of the new hipster spots that seem to be opening every other day, and Friday in Northeast Philadelphia at the Roosevelt Mall or in Far Northeast Philadelphia at Franklin Mills Mall. Saturdays and Sundays are usually so hectic that we end up doing jobs all over the city - from Chestnut Hill to Southwest Philadelphia to the Rhawnhurst Section in Northeast Philadelphia. It is on those days when it is not unusual to have to stop for lunch more than once.
After more than fifteen years of having a glass company in Philadelphia we have learned just about all the killer lunch spots in and around the city. Here are some of our favorites:
Whenever we're doing a glass repair in South Philadelphia and we're east of Broad Street, Tony Luke's on Oregon Avenue is the absolute, positive go-to spot. The roast pork (with sharp provolone, of course) is the best in the city. Most of the guy's go for the cheesesteaks, though. But I could never pass up on the juicy roast pork.
When we're doing a job on or near South Street, Lorenzo & Son's Pizza is a must-have. Like a lot of Philadelphian's, we at Atlas Glass Company in Philadelphia were heartbroken when the original burnt down a couple of years ago. I'm glad to see than the pizza is just as good as it used to be now that they rebuilt it. And it's still the finest thing you could possibly eat at 3:00 am in the morning. We know because a lot of times we're still working doing emergency board ups and glass repair jobs.
Let's skip across the city and head to the Far Northeast - When we're doing a glass repair anywhere north of Rhawn Street and West of Roosevelt Boulevard, Aldo's Pizzarama on Bustleton Avenue just past George Washington High School is the place we go. Most of our guys at Atlas Glass Company in Philadelphia went to George Washington High School so we practically grew up eating their pizza. I can remember many an afternoon after football practice (Go Eagles!) waiting for the 59B to take us to the 84 bus and subsisting entirely on their pizza. It still rocks after all these years.
I'll jump to one more section of the city - Downtown, Center City Philadelphia West - Marathon Grill at 16th & Sansom Street. The burgers at this place are other-worldly. Parking is always a drag, but we do a lot of glass repair in center city Philadelphia so we usually know all the good places to find a spot. Or we'll just walk over. There are a lot of killer burger joints in Philly nowadays but this place is an old-school classic. Always worth the trip and worth the lunchtime wait, if there is one.
When I get the chance I'll write about some of the many other places we visit for lunch as we make our rounds about Philadelphia doing our job.
Atlas Glass Repair Company
A family-owned Philadelphia glass company
2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19130