Simon Powles may not be a chef, but as the founder and CEO of Starr Catering Group, he’s downright passionate about food and excellence in hospitality. Originally from the UK, Powles has lived in the Philadelphia area for the past nine years and recently moved to Center City. When he’s not working, he enjoys going to the movies, spending time with his family and of course, sampling the best bites this city has to offer. He dishes on where to get duck meatballs, sweet pea ravioli and chicken pie.
Best late night meal?
David’s Mai Lai Wah (1001 Race St.), because late night is late and dumplings are great anytime, especially the pan-fried dumplings here.
Best meal under $10?
Top of the Hill in Chestnut Hill (186 E Evergreen Ave.) is a great neighborhood place by some of our favorite clients' homes. Try the tuna, cheddar and apple sandwich on rye. It’s the best tuna salad in Philadelphia.
Best hidden foodie gem?
The Standard Tap (901 N 2nd St.) is not really a hidden restaurant, but I think that their chicken pie is a bit of a hidden secret. It is a dish that reminds me of home and is so comforting.