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July 23, 2009 | By Matt Flegenheimer, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's late in the afternoon - near closing time for Rami's Luncheonette, a food cart on 40th and Locust Streets - and Sami Dakko is waxing philosophical. "When the rain comes," the owner says, peering at the empty sidewalk, "it comes for everybody. Dakko's is the consummate Ellis Island tale. Though a successful real estate developer in his native Lebanon, Dakko hungered for the promise of American shores, bringing his family across the pond to a relative's place in Havertown in 1985.
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November 25, 2003 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You might call it the hot-dog wars. A proposal that would allow the first food vendor in recent memory to park a cart outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown has Main Street merchants up in arms. For 15 years, Kuem Lee has operated his P&W Discount Store on West Main Street, across the street from the courthouse. Along with lottery tickets, cell phones and other merchandise, Lee sells hot dogs. Hot dogs also are among the menu items that would be offered by Gary Greco of Eagleville, who wants to operate the portable food cart.
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May 4, 2012 | Craig LaBan
Craig LaBan: Mike Klein and I popped by this adorable little cart, Spot, to try their house-ground burgers, and cheesesteaks. They butcher the meat themselves from a big top round, pretty impressive for a place that's 6 feet long. They've got the system down pat, with someone taking orders beneath the shade of a red awning on the yellow cart, with a grill-master inside sizzling away at warp speed. You know they've got ambitions with ingredients like "mire-poix" (for the meatloaf) and an "Umami" signature burger (excellent, with pickled daikon, mushrooms, and gochujang)
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January 15, 1991 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / ED HILLE
NOT EQUIPPED FOR DRIVE-IN BUSINESS, Joey Campo waits for a workman to lower his food cart after it was struck by a car at 16th and Race Streets. The car had been involved in a multi-vehicle collision. Joey and his brother Sal were trapped in the cart briefly.
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May 3, 2013
What is it? Philly's first Hawaiian-themed food truck, operated by island expat Kiki Aranita and her partner, Chris Vacca. The duo took the lessons they learned while slinging hash at Foo Truck and added a Pacific twist, plating delicacies hard to find outside the 50th state. Aloha, lunch crowd: The food cart, named after a now-extinct breed of dog native to Hawaii, debuted early last month, setting up an exclusive residency at 13th and Montgomery, smack dab in the heart of Temple's campus.
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December 18, 2015
The truck: Mike's Steaks, aesthetically, is a complete 180 from Unique Greek, the pastel-splashed truck featured in this space last month. Mike's looks like . . . a metal box. Basically, like every other nondescript food cart you've ever seen. However: Mike's Steaks landed on our radar about six months ago when local writer Dan McQuade wrote in Playboy that Mike's makes one of the best cheesesteaks in town. In fact, McQuade ranked Mike's No. 4, wedged between heavy hitters Dalessandro's in Roxborough and Jim's on South Street.
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June 9, 1990 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mohinder Singh testified that he still had breathing problems because his nose was crushed by blows from an iron rod and baseball bats. He said pain still radiated from his forehead and his vision in one eye remained blurred. It has been two years since Singh, 43, and his partner, Makhan Singh, 30, Center City vendors, were beaten in May 1988, allegedly by competing vendors after they set up their food cart between established vendors in front of Pennsylvania Hospital. The case against the defendants was taken under advisement yesterday by Common Pleas Court Judge Russell M. Nigro, who said he would announce his decision on June 29. The Singhs testified this week in the aggravated assault and conspiracy trial of three defendants - James Scarduzio, John Iannarone and Francis C. Brocco.
FOOD
May 9, 2013
This is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 8, 2013: Craig LaBan: Welcome to the Food Truck edition of our chat! I have two of my favorite food truck owners cohosting: Kiki Aranita from Poi Dog Philly, a Temple-based cart serving Hawaiian snack foods, and Alan Krawitz of Say Cheese Philadelphia, one of the "pioneers" of this generation of food trucks, whose Drexel-based truck specializes in variations on grilled cheese and...
FOOD
June 27, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
As Cristina Martinez heated a wide maguey leaf on the food cart's griddle, her husband, Benjamin Miller, reached into a warming box holding slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, and the earthy aromas of Capulhuac, Mexico, suddenly wafted over this South Philly corner at Eighth and Watkins Streets. "You want rib meat, leg, or spine?" asks Miller, assembling a one-pound package of moist flesh to be gift-wrapped inside the maguey leaf, with a pint of lamb consomme, spicy cactus salad, and a stack of fresh tortillas on the side.
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August 30, 1988 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
One vendor was forced to remove her food cart and a second cart was towed away yesterday when the operators challenged a ban on food vending on the 17th Street side of One Liberty Place. The vendors received warning citations from representatives of the city Department of Licenses and Inspections after parking their carts on the sidewalk near 17th and Ludlow Streets and 17th and Market Streets. City officials said that most of the 17th Street side of One Liberty Place has been set aside as a passenger drop-off area and that the rest was reserved for truck loading.
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December 18, 2015
The truck: Mike's Steaks, aesthetically, is a complete 180 from Unique Greek, the pastel-splashed truck featured in this space last month. Mike's looks like . . . a metal box. Basically, like every other nondescript food cart you've ever seen. However: Mike's Steaks landed on our radar about six months ago when local writer Dan McQuade wrote in Playboy that Mike's makes one of the best cheesesteaks in town. In fact, McQuade ranked Mike's No. 4, wedged between heavy hitters Dalessandro's in Roxborough and Jim's on South Street.
NEWS
September 5, 2014
What to eat: This nondescript food cart, on 15th Street between Vine and Race, is best known for its breakfast sandwiches - cheap protein on a roll, made fast and fresh, to keep Hahnemann University Hospital students and employees going. Nothing fancy, just the classics, with solid execution. Don't miss: Daily News Assistant Managing Editor Gar Joseph insists that Alex and Maria's makes the best scrapple-and-egg sandwich in the city. He offers the following review: "Two well-beaten, fluffy eggs are paired with properly sliced, crispy scrapple on a fresh hoagie or Kaiser roll.
FOOD
June 27, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
As Cristina Martinez heated a wide maguey leaf on the food cart's griddle, her husband, Benjamin Miller, reached into a warming box holding slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, and the earthy aromas of Capulhuac, Mexico, suddenly wafted over this South Philly corner at Eighth and Watkins Streets. "You want rib meat, leg, or spine?" asks Miller, assembling a one-pound package of moist flesh to be gift-wrapped inside the maguey leaf, with a pint of lamb consomme, spicy cactus salad, and a stack of fresh tortillas on the side.
FOOD
May 9, 2013
This is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 8, 2013: Craig LaBan: Welcome to the Food Truck edition of our chat! I have two of my favorite food truck owners cohosting: Kiki Aranita from Poi Dog Philly, a Temple-based cart serving Hawaiian snack foods, and Alan Krawitz of Say Cheese Philadelphia, one of the "pioneers" of this generation of food trucks, whose Drexel-based truck specializes in variations on grilled cheese and...
NEWS
May 3, 2013
What is it? Philly's first Hawaiian-themed food truck, operated by island expat Kiki Aranita and her partner, Chris Vacca. The duo took the lessons they learned while slinging hash at Foo Truck and added a Pacific twist, plating delicacies hard to find outside the 50th state. Aloha, lunch crowd: The food cart, named after a now-extinct breed of dog native to Hawaii, debuted early last month, setting up an exclusive residency at 13th and Montgomery, smack dab in the heart of Temple's campus.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
And elderly fruit cart vendor was fatally stabbed early Thursday in South Philadelphia while preparing to leave for work, officials said. Police found Don Ly, 68, near his cart on the 400 block of Vollmer Street before 5 a.m. He had been stabbed seven time to the neck, arm and body and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he died at 5:33 a.m. police said. Police said robbery did not appear to be a motive and investigators were studying surveillance video from the area for clues.
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May 4, 2012 | Craig LaBan
Craig LaBan: Mike Klein and I popped by this adorable little cart, Spot, to try their house-ground burgers, and cheesesteaks. They butcher the meat themselves from a big top round, pretty impressive for a place that's 6 feet long. They've got the system down pat, with someone taking orders beneath the shade of a red awning on the yellow cart, with a grill-master inside sizzling away at warp speed. You know they've got ambitions with ingredients like "mire-poix" (for the meatloaf) and an "Umami" signature burger (excellent, with pickled daikon, mushrooms, and gochujang)
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April 27, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Columnist
There was an Alcatrazlike quality to it, the way it all went down Wednesday in Row 24 of US Airways Flight 1419, as the tiny food cart on my jammed Philadelphia-to-Los Angeles flight rolled up. The snack cart, we had been warned by a flight attendant over the public-address system, might run out of food. This was largely by design, she explained, not stocking enough food for everyone on board. Oh, and what was on the menu - an Italian club wrap, a chicken salad, a fruit-and-cheese offering, snack boxes - would have to be purchased.
FOOD
July 23, 2009 | By Matt Flegenheimer, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's late in the afternoon - near closing time for Rami's Luncheonette, a food cart on 40th and Locust Streets - and Sami Dakko is waxing philosophical. "When the rain comes," the owner says, peering at the empty sidewalk, "it comes for everybody. Dakko's is the consummate Ellis Island tale. Though a successful real estate developer in his native Lebanon, Dakko hungered for the promise of American shores, bringing his family across the pond to a relative's place in Havertown in 1985.
NEWS
June 11, 2006 | By John Sullivan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia may have the most lax restaurant inspection rate among the nation's largest cities, but its inspection of food carts is even worse. That's because the city rarely examines the 1,465 or so food trucks once they are on the street. The city asks each owner, when licensed, to drive his cart to the Health Department for inspection. Inspectors make sure the carts are clean and capable of keeping food at the proper temperatures. But the carts are never examined again unless inspectors find a problem at the outset or someone complains.
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