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“I was planning on going to a show at the Liacouras Center on Saturday ("Super Stomp 2007” – national stepping championships), and I figured you would be able to tell me where some good places to catch an early bite beforehand might be. I might end up eating in Center City and then just taking the train up, but if there’s someplace up around Temple that you recommend, I might want to check it out.”
After the jump, good eats at Temple.
When it comes to Temple University, the budget option is the best — the Temple food trucks. While it’s totally up in the air which will be open on weekends this year, we heartily recommend a stop at the barbecue truck directly across from Progress Plaza or the crepe truck located near Temple’s Communications School on 12th Street. A bit of a walk away from the Liacouras Center, but still.
But there are a few sit down options as well. The Draught Horse has solid, if unspectacular, American food and is less than a block from the Liacouras. With that said, they do a mean hamburger. Qdoba has a Temple University branch located in the new complex across Cecil B. Moore from the Liacouras Center as well. Alternately, the Girard Avenue strip on the North Philly/Fishtown/NoLibs border (Tiffin/Modo Mio/Johnny Brenda’s) is just a quick cab ride away.