July 2, 2013

Local 215 and Chewy's at The Porch at 30th Street

Last up in our series on food trucks at The Porch at 30th Street... Local 215 and Chewy's.

Duck and pork buns from Local 215
Local 215 

This truck is all about locally-sourced seasonal foods. At right are a duck bun (braised duck with cucumber pickled radish, baby greens, cilantro and chili aoili rolled in housemade Laffa bread) and a pork belly bun (slow braised pork belly, chili aoili, and baby greens also in Laffa).

I paid $7 for the two, plus $3 for a huge side serving of polenta. The buns' contents were very good, but the bread was kinda dry. Polenta was pretty standard. Ignore the Subway wrapper, I promise it was somebody else's.

Local 215 will be back at The Porch on Fridays in August with other entrees like pork shoulder, lamb
sausage and roast turkey. Twitter: @Local215


This one has been around for a while. Known for its burgers, BLTs and comfort food, Chewy's often draws a crowd at its usual University City digs at 34th & Market. Didn't try it, but the chicken and waffles cooking inside smelled amazing. Full size waffle maker!

I believe the burgers are usually served full size, but the day I went Chewy's was offering sliders instead. I went for The Ranger slider with Kansas City barbecue sauce, coleslaw and pickles. It was just what I wanted... but I wanted more! Juicy and flavorful (loved that bbq sauce + pickle mix) and perfect for a hot summer day, except there was only one. For $6, that day you only got one slider and a small side of tots/onion rings. It seemed excessive to pay $12 for double that, though two would have been perfect. Unfortunately my tots and rings were over-fried, too, but I would still go back for a full size burger. Twitter: @ChewysPhilly

Chewy's menu
Chewy's Ranger Slider

Server at Chewy's
Chewy's truck. I wasn't camera shy this day.

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