Monthly Archives: November 2016

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Michael James Delligatti, Creator of the Big Mac, Dies at 98

Source: NY Times Food

He modeled the first McDonald’s double-decker on burgers at a Big Boy and introduced it in 1967 in Uniontown, Pa. A year later, it was on the menu nationwide.

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The Christiane Chronicles: Food halls are a loss for urbanism

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Rant No Street Cred My idea of a city involves attractive streets jam-packed with restaurants. Atlanta’s gorgeous residential neighborhoods and awful clumps of commercial development clash in a way that disturbs me. The trend of concentrating restaurants in places such as Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market, Inman Quarter, Buckhead Atlanta, and Emory Point may be helpful in a city just beginning to embrace pedestrian arteries. But these food halls and mini-malls turn their backs to our streets, hoarding their treasures inside. I understand how great it is to have so many choices under one roof­—and the element of surprise ...

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The Christiane Chronicles: Food halls are a loss for urbanism

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Rant No Street Cred My idea of a city involves attractive streets jam-packed with restaurants. Atlanta’s gorgeous residential neighborhoods and awful clumps of commercial development clash in a way that disturbs me. The trend of concentrating restaurants in places such as Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market, Inman Quarter, Buckhead Atlanta, and Emory Point may be helpful in a city just beginning to embrace pedestrian arteries. But these food halls and mini-malls turn their backs to our streets, hoarding their treasures inside. I understand how great it is to have so many choices under one roof­—and the element of surprise ...

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An Old South Philly Corner Bar Will Reopen as Otis & Pickle’s Speakeasy

Source: Eater Philly

The bar’s name has a great story behind it

After Charlie Collazo, owner of Spring Garden’s craft beer bar The Institute Bar, signed the lease to his new Pennsport bar space, he struggled to come up with a good name. But then, like most great ideas, it hit him “like lightning”. Sometime in January, the old Cooley’s Bar will reopen as Otis & Pickle’s Speakeasy at 2500 South 3rd Street.

Otis and Pickles? They’re real people, older gentlemen — brothers from Lancaster who worked out of an auto-body garage next door to Kennett Square’s Creamery Beer Garden which The ...

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Michelin-Starred Midtown Charmer Betony to Close at the End of the Year

Source: Eater NY

Eamon Rockey and Bryce Shuman will serve their last guests on 57th Street next month

One of Midtown’s best places for a dinner date, fancy cocktail, or celebratory feast is disappearing. Today, restaurateur/cocktail guru/maitre d’ Eamon Rockey sends word that his restaurant Betony is closing for good on New Year’s Eve. Almost four years ago, Russian entrepreneur Andrey Dellos hired Rockey and chef Bryce Shuman to turn the failed Brasserie Pushkin space into a new restaurant. The result was sophisticated fine dining establishment with food in the vein of Eleven Madison Park, where Shuman and Rockey first worked together years ...

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Checking Out Brooklyn’s Emerging Kosher Barbecues

Source: Eater NY

Eater’s senior critic heads out into the night to sample two new kosher smokehouses

The Forward announced the imminent opening of Izzy’s BBQ Addiction in October, 2014, but it wasn’t until over a year later that the kosher-certified spot debuted in Crown Heights, due to delays encountered setting up and legally stoking the Texas-made smoker, and negotiating other city-mandated obstacles.

Kosher barbecue? Well, Brooklyn already boasts kosher tapas bars, kosher French bistros, kosher Chinese restaurants, kosher Argentine steakhouses, and even kosher sushi bars — though featuring fin fish only, since shellfish are not permitted under kosher law. Heralded by the ...

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Checking Out Brooklyn’s Emerging Kosher Barbecues

Source: Eater NY

Eater’s senior critic heads out into the night to sample two new kosher smokehouses

The Forward announced the imminent opening of Izzy’s BBQ Addiction in October, 2014, but it wasn’t until over a year later that the kosher-certified spot debuted in Crown Heights, due to delays encountered setting up and legally stoking the Texas-made smoker, and negotiating other city-mandated obstacles.

Kosher barbecue? Well, Brooklyn already boasts kosher tapas bars, kosher French bistros, kosher Chinese restaurants, kosher Argentine steakhouses, and even kosher sushi bars — though featuring fin fish only, since shellfish are not permitted under kosher law. Heralded by the ...

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Owner of Forthcoming Trump Hotel Restaurant Bashes DC’s Food Scene

Source: Washingtonian Food

The New York owner of the forthcoming Japanese restaurant at the Trump hotel appears to be taking the approach of reality TV contestants with his DC expansion: He’s not coming here to make friends.

In an interview with New York magazine, Nakazawa owner Alessandro Borgognone and writer Richard Morgan take turns bashing DC and spewing outdated stereotypes:

“With D.C., I had reached a point where I saw so much bad that I was actually looking for the good. I couldn’t find it,” Borgognone says.

Asked about his competition in DC, Borgognone says: “We don’t have any. I don’t know if I’m using the right ...

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Owner of Forthcoming Trump Hotel Restaurant Bashes DC’s Food Scene

Source: Washingtonian Food

The New York owner of the forthcoming Japanese restaurant at the Trump hotel appears to be taking the approach of reality TV contestants with his DC expansion: He’s not coming here to make friends.

In an interview with New York magazine, Nakazawa owner Alessandro Borgognone and writer Richard Morgan take turns bashing DC and spewing outdated stereotypes:

“With D.C., I had reached a point where I saw so much bad that I was actually looking for the good. I couldn’t find it,” Borgognone says.

Asked about his competition in DC, Borgognone says: “We don’t have any. I don’t know if I’m using the right ...

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Wolfgang Puck Gives New York the Steakhouse It Doesn’t Need

Source: Eater NY

Wolfgang Puck is an Austrian-born original gangsta of California Cuisine who’s been featured on television more than almost anyone. You’ll find him on Barefoot Contessa, American Idol, Fraser, 90210 (the new one, not the old one), The Simpsons, Iron Chef America, Las Vegas, The Queen Latifah Show, Ellen, The Tonight Show (with Jay Leno), a random documentary about Orson Welles, Keeping Up With the Kardashians (the one where Kim marries the basketball player), NovaScience Now, CSI (the episode where contestants on a cooking reality show accidentally eat human flesh), The Tony ...

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12 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in December

Source: Grub Street NY

Every month in New York, there’s bound to be a bewildering number of new dishes to eat, drinks to imbibe, and food-themed events to attend. It would be impossible to pack in every single thing each month, and the hardest part often is just figuring out what’s really worth your …

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Save Now on Philly Cooks

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Philly CooksPhiladelphia magazine and Foobooz’s annual food and drink festival returns on Wednesday, February 8th. And if you purchase your ticket before the end of the year and save $14 per ticket.

The event showcases many of Philadelphia’s best chefs and bartenders and features signature dishes from many of Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Get your tickets now, they make great gifts for the holidays.

Philly Cooks [Philadelphia Magazine]

The post Save Now on Philly Cooks appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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The Good King is Three Years Old, Time to Get Drunk

Source: Eater Philly

Plus, South Philly’s chili challenge returns this weekend, East Passyunk’s Saté Kampar is hosting a cheese-and-sambal dinner, and a Latino-inspired chef competition is going down in Rittenhouse Square

November 30

BELLA VISTA — Today is The Good King Tavern’s 3rd birthday, and the crew is celebrating Parisian-style, turning their French tavern into a “cave à manger”. Think of a cave à manger like a hybrid boutique wine shop-restaurant — the wine’s the focus, the food complements. So instead of the regular bar-dining room arrangement, there will be some standing room, some seating (reservations available from 5-6 p.m.), an extensive offering of ...

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The Dabney Finds That Hyper-Local Ingredients Help Make a Hit

Source: Eater DC

Blagden Alley’s neighborhood restaurant hits a milestone

The Dabney debuted in an old row house in Blagden Alley last Halloween, humbly concocting dishes rooted in Mid-Atlantic food traditions with a laser-like focus on using local ingredients.

With a year and change under its belt, the team is having fun fine tuning its skills and trying out new techniques in its wood burning hearth, where the cooking action takes place.

Evolution is a constant endeavor, as chef Jeremiah Langhorne alters the menu daily depending on the availability of what’s in season. This fall, Langhorne and co-owner and general manager Alex Zink ...

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Simple Food for a Family of Customers at Blue & White Carry Out in Alexandria

Source: Eater DC

The latest edition of “Still Standing”

The man, while pacing the sidewalk, kept scanning the distance in search of relief.

“I’m trying to get me some chicken but they don’t take credit cards,” the cash-strapped, first-time visitor to the Blue and White Carry Out griped as he wandered off to hunt down an easily-accessible ATM.

Rookies.

While the surrounding neighborhood has changed rather drastically over the years, adding everything from luxury condo buildings to Trader Joe’s outposts, Blue and White’s cash-only policy remains. Which only makes sense, given that most of the dinner combos cost less than a seasonal brew ...

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Beer Drinkers Are the Big Winners at Barcade

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Tonight, Wednesday, November 30th at Barcade in Fishtown, it’s an event billed as Allagash vs. Dogfish Head. And when these two premier breweries battle, beer drinkers win. Among the rarities, Allagash Confluence and Interlude from 2013, plus 2015 vintage Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA and a 2014 keg of Worldwide Stout.

Just check out the full beer list of rarities from Maine and Delaware.

Allagash vs. Dogfish Head at Barcade

Allagash Astrid – 9.7% – Brett Saison Aged in Aquavit Barrels
Allagash Avance – 10.4% – Belgian Style Wild Ale with Strawberries
Allagash Confluence 2013 – 7.4% – American Wild Ale
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Booze News: Tough Broads and More

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Tough Broad: A collaboration of Yards Brewing and Philadelphia Distilling

In our never ceasing coverage of the always expanding local distilling scene we drop the following booze news. From limited releases to cocktail tasting dinners featuring goose.

Yards Brewing and Philadelphia Distilling have collaborated to make a whiskey. It’s name is Tough Broad, named for Broad Street as well as an homage to “the strong talented women of this great city.” The whiskey started with a distillate made by Yards and similar to Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale. From there, Philadelphia Distilling ran it through its stills a couple of times ...

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Poor Hendrix Nabs a Booze License; Scope the Cocktail Menu

Source: Eater Atlanta

Drinks floweth

After opening for dinner earlier this week, Poor Hendrix has acquired its liquor license and is ready to begin pouring. Beverage service at the East Lake restaurant, located in the burgeoning Hosea + 2nd development, begins tomorrow.

The cocktail menu is a best-of list of standards such as the negroni, old fashioned, and French 75, and several local beers are available on tap and in bottles and cans. Though, for anyone who may have grown tired of the craft movement, three “schwill-icious” brews — Miller High Life, Miller LIte, and Tecate — are available for $3 a pint. ...

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Poor Hendrix Nabs a Booze License; Scope the Cocktail Menu

Source: Eater Atlanta

Drinks floweth

After opening for dinner earlier this week, Poor Hendrix has acquired its liquor license and is ready to begin pouring. Beverage service at the East Lake restaurant, located in the burgeoning Hosea + 2nd development, begins tomorrow.

The cocktail menu is a best-of list of standards such as the negroni, old fashioned, and French 75, and several local beers are available on tap and in bottles and cans. Though, for anyone who may have grown tired of the craft movement, three “schwill-icious” brews — Miller High Life, Miller LIte, and Tecate — are available for $3 a pint. ...

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Columbia Room Has a Cocktail Literally Made With Old Books

Source: Washingtonian Food

Columbia Room has played around with plenty of unusual ingredients, like fig leaf milk and potato water, in its cocktails. But “In Search of Time Past”—the third drink on its current tasting menu—is the most Portlandia yet.

That’s because it includes a tincture made of of old books. Literally. Really literally.

Owner Derek Brown got the idea after visiting El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, where he encountered candied page fragments on the avant-garde tasting menu.

He was morbidly fascinated by it,” says head bartender JP Featherston. So, the team began working on a cocktail that would ...

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