Monday, August 06, 2012

Eating Kosher in Philly

Living in Israel and visiting New York mostly when abroad, I'm pretty spoiled when it comes to kosher restaurants.  During my Phoenix, AZ visits I mostly cook for myself using a pot, cutting board and knife specially kept for kosher only visitors. 

When I enthusiastically agreed to visit relatives in Philadelphia this USA visit, I wasn't quite sure what food they'd find for me to eat.  An internet search showed that kosher restaurants do exist, but I had no idea if they were convenient or not.  It ends up that there are a few kosher places not far from the historic area we toured.

We had lunch in Hamifgash.  The food was good and even included a salad.  I got a kick out of the fact that none of us left even the tiniest morsel of food on our plates. 
We're all descended from my grandmother.  My mother is a "theirs" from a "his, hers and theirs" family, so on my maternal side I have some cousins who are only from one mutual grandparent.   I guess our hearty appetites are genetic.  Nobody complained about the food.  Hamifgash is a meat restaurant.  I ate a parve, (tuna fish) salad, because I didn't know what we'd be eating for our early dinner.
Unfortunately, I had to veto the planned dinner venue after we discovered that is isn't shomer Shabbat, closed on Saturday.  We discovered two other options.  One, if I'm not mistaken, is burger dot com, but it's very small.  We peeked in and saw one table which would barely hold the cousins who were expected to meet us. 

The other option was Momma's, if I remember the name, right. Nobody complained to me about the food, even though I could have done with less oil.  At least it included a salad, as you can see.
In all honesty, the food was the least important part of the day.  I was so happy to see so many relatives; some I had never even met before.  And nobody complained that they were "suffering" because of my Kosher requirements.  I definitely have wonderful cousins, thank G-d.


Quilting Corner said...

Thanks for mentioning these restaurants. I'm from Philly and when I visit my siblings I like to take them out to eat. These restaurants open and close so often that it's hard to keep up. Yes, it's hard to find Kosher and closed on Shabbos, places to eat.

Batya said...

It seems my timing has been good for the visit. My neighbor from Philly says that he is amazed at how many kosher places I found. Until a few years ago, even one would be rare.