Those who wake in the middle on the night to fight the crowds for a bargain will testify: Having a good spot to refuel on Black Friday is essential. Whether you’re heading to the malls or Center City, we’ve got your lunch plans covered.
For those hunting for deals in and around the Montgomeryville Mall, Pumpernick’s is a beacon of gastro hope on the horizon. The Jewish deli and restaurant offers sandwiches piled high with salty meats, smoked fish plates that’ll feed a family, and serves breakfast all day. Go for the reuben omelet: corned beef, swiss, kraut, and thousand island dressing may sound like they don’t belong in your eggs, but just trustPumpernick’s, OK?
917 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales, 215-393-5800, www.pumpernicksdeli.com
You don’t necessarily need to hightail it to the box stores of the ‘burbs to check items off your shopping list. Stroll through the annual Christmas Village erected in LOVE Park for a somewhat more relaxed shopping experience. Since the Christmas Village is based on German-style markets, you can expect plenty of European food to warm your belly. In addition to bratwurst, soft pretzels and schnitzel, you’ll find indulgent grilled cheese dishes and pastries.
1500 Arch St., www.philachristmas.com
While we love the rich and indulgent foods of winter, we also like to go for something a little lighter – especially when we have hours of shopping left. If we’re in King of Prussia for Black Friday, we’re taking a detour Shangrila for sushi. Take some time to relax and regain your strength with help from seaweed salad, spicy dynamite rolls, and maybe just a touch of sake to get you back on your feet.
120 W. Swedesford Rd., Devon, 610-687-8838, www.shangrila120.com
Looking for something a little different after hitting up the Limerick outlets? Check out this vegetarian café and computer training center (yes, that’s right). Fill up on a mix of Mediterranean dishes like fattoush, olive salad and falafel. Don’t forget the hummus and pita for good measure.
130 King St., Pottstown, 484-312-0404, www.icreate.org