Reviews written by John R
Registered on Jul 30 04
I have only been to this place twice but it was great both times.
I ordered the "vegetarian combination", which gets you a variety of lentil porridges, mustard concoctions, and just generally interestingly spiced vegetarian food, all sitting on top of Ethiopian flat bread (injera, I think).
Ask for the hot sauce to pour onto your food. It's very tasty.
A quick word of warning: your server will possibly combine multiple dishes onto one large communal serving bowl. If you bring carnivores with you, be sure to clarify with your server whether you're comfortable with meat and veg dishes being together. Our server understood totally.
I have been going to Golden Empress for years.
When my friends and I refer to "getting Chinese food to eat" it is completely understood that we actually mean we want to go to Golden Empress.
I feel that this place has the best tasting, most consistently delicious veg Chinese dishes in the entire city. Despite the fact that Golden Empress also serves meat dishes, your food tastes very veg-friendly and will NOT come out tasting like it was cooked in a pan that just cooked some flesh.
Also the main server, Sam, is extremely friendly.
I'd like to note that this restaurant is not anywhere near Chinatown. It is south of South St on the west side of 5th street.
MAOZ is a great Dutch chain who opened their first US franchise right here in Philadelphia.
At MAOZ you get a huge falafel sandwich (which you can dress up yourself with their salad/fixings bar), tasty fries, and water, soda, or fresh squeezed juice for about $6. There is also a smaller size falafel that still includes fries and a drink, and this costs maybe $1 less or so.
The quality of the food is quite good. The people working the counter only cook up so much falafel and fries at a time, so, it seems like you're usually getting some freshly made stuff.
The only real drawback to this place is that it's tiny, so, you're probably going to be left holding a pile of food and have nowhere to sit. The fountains on 2nd Street or bridge over I-95 offer some nearby seating.
This is a tasty and extremely cheap restaurant. If I recall correctly, a dinner with rice is $4.50. Get it takeout and you'll have dinner and lunch the next day.
Minar Palace's style is to have more subtle flavoring. This is NOT the place to go to get ultra hot Channa Masala.
But, it's still tasty food.
This is a tasty Indian restaurant with a clean, varied buffet of many dishes and appetizers. I've never ordered my own dish here, so, I can only speak for the buffet, which is excellent.
You might sporadically catch their tofu paneer. Yes, instead of cheese, you get tofu. (!)
The spice (hotness) level of the buffet is pretty close to 'moderate', whereas some Indian restaurants barely spice their buffet at all, presumably to appeal to all patrons. This spiciness is a plus to me.
The food at this place is insanely tasty.
Try the chili tofu.