Author Archives: Collin Flatt

Last Words: A Final Note From Eater Philly Editor Collin Flatt

Source: Eater Philly

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Collin (right) in skinnier times with Eric Ripert. [Photo: Phoodie]
Today is my last day in the driver’s seat of Eater Philly, and I can’t thank you all enough for reading my regurgitation of pressers, canonization of Hop Sing Laundromat, obvious man-love for sexy Jason Cichonski, and—every once in a while—the tiniest bit of pseudo-journalism. The blog will be taken over by the very lovely and capable Carly Szkaradnik, who comes to us from the Citypaper.

I would like to thank all of the chefs, bartenders, servers, GMs, moguls, and everyone else that sat through an ...

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Opening Dates: The long-awaited Osteria opening up shop…

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ostmoorestown.jpgThe long-awaited Osteria opening up shop in the newly-renovated Moorestown Mall is cutting the ribbon on Monday, November 18. Joining Osteria in the bid to help Moorestown supplant Cherry Hill as the premier shopping destination in the area is fellow Philadelphia superchef Jose Garces, who is opening a Distrito. On the other side of the mall is upscale steak chain Firebirds, as well. [EaterWire]

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Scandals: Chef Milligan Out at Stateside After Arrest

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chefmilliganstate.jpgIn what appears to be some confusion and miscommunication, Stateside executive chef Elijah Milligan was arrested after getting involved in an argument between the mother of his child and a friend. A few hours after the arrest, he was let go from his position at Stateside. The ownership of the restaurant said they believe he is completely innocent and that his involvement with the situation had nothing to do with him losing his position, which isn’t very likey.

Milligan’s attorney, Jonathan Cohen, said that his client did nothing wrong and was only trying to mediate an argument between ...

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Pizza Time!: Bufad Pizza Launching at Union Transfer

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Bufad Pizza is coming to Union Transfer [Photo: Djoybeat]
Up until now, the food options at Avram Hornik’s Union Transfer have been lackluster at best, but they’re about to get a hell of a lot better. Michael Pasquarello has been killing it at Bufad Pizza on Spring Garden Street, and it looks like their pies will soon be available at UT starting next Tuesday, November 12.

The Bufad pies will be available by the slice in the lobby along with the other concessions, and features four of the most popular varieties: The Margherita, The Rossa (Vegan Tomato Pie), ...

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Listage: Restaurant Seats People By Looks; Chipotle Tofu

Source: Eater Philly

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Primo Hoagies [Photo: Bridge and Tunnel Club]
· No More Trans Fat: FDA Banning the Artery-Clogger [AP]
· 7 Foods That Won’t Be the Same if Trans Fats Are Banned [Time]
· How Chipotle Makes Tofu [Fast Co]
· Why Restaurant Punch Cards Don’t Work [BI]
· M.F.K. Fisher’s The Gastronomical Me, 70 Years Later [Slate]
· French Restaurant Group Seats Guests According to Looks [DM]
· The Cosmopolitan Pays Tribute to Charlie Trotter With a Buffet [-EN-]
· Alice Waters Wins WSJ’s Humanitarian Innovator Award [-EN-]

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Eater Q&A: In an interview with Eater National,…

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Chang-Atala-Redzepi-Time-Magazine.jpgIn an interview with Eater National, Time editor Howard Chua-Eoan tries to explain why there are no female chefs on the magazine’s list of 13 “Gods of Food.” Chua-Eoan says, “There was no attempt to exclude women… we just went with the basic realities of what was going on and who was being talked about.” [-EN-]

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Week In Reviews: Victor Fiorillo recenty visited the shiny,…

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oceanprimesmallext.jpgVictor Fiorillo recenty visited the shiny, new Ocean Prime in Center City and wasn’t too impressed with the food. He did mention that the decor and space were quite beautiful, but that it wasn’t enough to take attention away from the mediocre, yet overpriced dishes. There was a cold baked potato, long-standing empty glasses, a disappearing server, and an upsell for Béarnaise sauce that wasn’t Béarnaise sauce. [Philly Mag]

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A Movable Tweet: Josh Kim Wants Fairmount Pizza to Stop Biting His Burgers

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Fairmount Pizza is lifting Spotburger recipes. [Photo: Facebook]
Josh Kim, the amazing beef whisperer behind popular food cart Spotburgers, is pissed at Fairmount Pizza for boosting his burger recipes. And while it’s tough to call someone a copycat in the culinary universe where so many dishes are “inspired” by previously executed famous recipes, it looks pretty suspicious.

“One of my relatives noticed that two of the burgers served by Fairmount Pizza were replicas of ones we serve, right down to the order of ingredients listed on the menu,” Kim told Eater. “I don’t recognize any of the ...

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Hot Hot Heat!: Updating the Eater Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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eaterheatmapphilly.jpgMore often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What’s everyone talking about? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the ‘it’ places of the moment.

Thus, we offer the Eater Heat Map, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment. New to the map this time around: High Street on Market from Ellen Yin and Eli Kulp...

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Top Cheffage: Last night on Top Chef New…

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topchefnolae06.jpgLast night on Top Chef New Orleans, the brave contestants had to cook with Creole tomatoes (in the Quickfire) and then cream cheese (in the Elimination Round). There was chef John Besh, a crowdsourced analysis of his hair, and lots of sweat. Comedian Alison Leiby returns to make sense of it all. [Eater National]

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Listage: Pay-It-Forward Restaurant; Brewing Technology

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Varga Bar [Photo: Visit Philly]
· Better Brewing Through Technology [New Yorker]
· Lessons From a Pay-it-Forward Restaurant [CSM]
· Some Food Companies Ditch “Natural” Label [WSJ]
· In Praise of the Nightcap [Esquire]
· Forget Barley and Hops: Craft Brewers Want a Taste of Place [NPR]
· In Conversation: Anthony Bourdain & Roy Choi [-EN-]
· Watch Charlie Trotter in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” [-EN-]
· Media Roundup: Remembering Charlie Trotter [-EN-]

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Food TV: The Insider is reporting that Phamous…

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phamsouphillogo.jpgThe Insider is reporting that Phamous Phil’s, a barbecue joint on Germantown Pike, is starring in Rocco DiSpirito‘s new show, Restaurant Divided. In the show, DiSpirito tries to help a struggling restaurant right the ship by trying out two different concepts next door to one another to see which works better. The episode airs later this month. [The Insider]

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Renovation Nation & Free Food: Renovated Denny’s Giving Away 50 Grand Slams

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Denny’s in DelCo is giving away free food tomorrow morn. [Photo: SRC]
The Denny’s located at 5321 Baltimore Pike has gone through a major renovation after 35 years keeping the community well-fed, and are doing the big reveal tomorrow morning, November 9, at 9 a.m. A few other Denny’s franchises have undergone the same transformation to a more locally-inspired menu and design, but this is the first in our area to get the massive overhaul.

To celebrate the big occasion, the first 50 diners through the door are getting a free Original Grand Slam breakfast, which is ...

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Restaurant Week: We normally don’t get excited about…

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rosablancasmalllogo.jpgWe normally don’t get excited about Center City Restaurant Week, but it looks like Jose Garces‘ upcoming Cuban diner, Rosa Blanca, will be part of the celebration. They didn’t post any menus as of yet, but you can make your reservations right now to guarantee your chance to dine at the latest from the Iron Chef. But, if you want a peek at what it might be, check out the one we posted a little while back. [EaterWire]

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Cheap Food: Route 6 is continuing their super…

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route6smallpic.jpgRoute 6 is continuing their super popular Lobster Mania, which means reduced priced pinchers for the month of November. Whether it’s a 3-pound lobster, fried lobster tails, or a delicious lobster roll, there’s something for all of you crustacean lovers. And while we’re lucky to get another month of good stuff for cheap, we wouldn’t wait to see if it continues in December. [EaterWire]

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Listage: Worst Bordeaux Harvest in Years; The Perfect Egg

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Modo Mio [Photo: Drink Philly]
· Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter Dead at 54 [-EN-]
· Matthias Merges, Curtis Duffy Reflect on Charlie Trotter [-ECHI-]
· The Hunt for a Perfect Egg [WSJ]
· 10 Airport Restaurants That Taste Like Home [CNN]
· Debunking Thai Food Myths With Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker [SE]
· The Widow Who Created the Champagne Industry [Smithsonian]
· Bordeaux Faces Worst Grape Harvest in Decades [WSJ]
· Here’s the Cover of Lucky Peach #9: Cooks & Chefs [-EN-]

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Free Food: Geno’s Is Giving Away Free Cheesesteaks

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Geno’s is doing a cool free cheesesteak promotion. [Photo: Roadfood]
While giving Geno’s Steaks any kind of love is generally against what we stand for—considering their longstanding dedication to mild racism and xenophobia—the new ownership is attempting to change their image and distance themselves from the way Joey Vento did things, which is commendable. And to show their love for all things Philly and its residents, the Geno’s crew is running a contest and giving away free cheesesteaks.

Here’s how to play: The Geno’s crew will be posting pics of their new outdoor ads on their Facebook ...

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Obits: Renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter has…

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ctrotsmallpic.jpgRenowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter has died at the age of 54. There aren’t any details as to what caused Trotter’s death just yet, but it has sent shockwaves through the chef community across the world. Trotter’s volatility and temper were the stuff of legend, but his contributions to the American restaurant renaissance were a revelation that will not soon be forgotten. It’s a very sad day. [~EN~]

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The Shutter: Starr & Questo’s Hybird Lays an Egg, Flies The Coop

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Starr and Questlove have shut down Hybird. [Photo: Starr Restaurants/Questlove]
Everyone’s favorite expat, Questlove, and his business partner, Stephen Starr, have pulled the plug on Hybird. While it only lasted 6 months, their Chelsea Market fried chicken experiment got lots of buzz and attention from the best rags and tastemakers in the biz, but somehow the equation didn’t add up to success.

Thompson wrote a very Jack Kerouac-esque stream of consciousness missive on his Facebook wall to let his fans know about the impending closure of Hybird, and it’s absolutely worth a read. It doesn’t appear ...

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Listage: Feds Stop Horse Slaughtering; Tablets on the Table

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John’s Roast Pork [Photo: Victoria Ruan]
· The Highs and Lows of Tablets on the Table [Bloomberg Businessweek]
· Who Actually Owns Your Favorite Beer? [Gizmodo]
· Tony Maws: 5 Tips To Opening A Restaurant [FR]
· Federal Appeals Court Halts Horse Slaughterhouses [AP]
· O.G.s Making Punch [Punch]
· McNally Decides to Axe Balthazar’s Bathroom Attendants [-ENY-]
· First Look: René Redzepi’s ‘A Work in Progress’ [-EN-]
· 24 Food & Drink Events for November and Beyond [-EN-]

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Eater Inside: A Peek Inside Laurel BYOB, Opening Tomorrow

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Laurel opens to the public tomorrow. [Photo: Eater Philly]
When Nicholas Elmi isn’t busy kicking ass and taking names on Top Chef in New Orleans, he’s been busy getting his very first restaurant, Laurel, ready for primetime. And for those of you waiting to see it up-close and personal, we’ve got a few shots from inside the establishment that’s opening up tomorrow evening at 1617 East Passyunk Avenue, the former home of Fond.

Elmi told Eater that he’s cut the number of seats down to 24, but lucky for us the restaurant continues life as a ...

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Beer Here!: Deschutes Beer Camp Lands in Philly

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Deschutes Base Camp is coming. [Photo: Brewpublic]
This summer, Oregon’s legendary Deschutes Brewery arrived in Philly, after what seemed like an eternity since they first teased their desire to head east. This week, they’re taking over a few of our favorite local watering holes to spread the gospel of Deschutes for those whom have yet to imbibe in the goodness.

Called Base Camp for Beer Fanatics, they’ve organized bunch of cool events involving their many brews, focusing on the flagship Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Make sure to check out the schedule below and get yourself to a ...

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Stop It: The owners of Barcade have sent…

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barcadesmalllogo.jpgThe owners of Barcade have sent a cease and desist letter to the proprietors of Up-Down, a bar in Des Moines, Iowa. The concept is the same as Barcade, but that’s not the problem. Apparently they’ve been calling their place a “barcade” and have emblazoned that term on all sorts of marketing materials and in the press, and Barcade’s lawyers want them to stop doing that. [Foobooz]

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Listage: Moratorium on ‘Gastropub’; Why Drinks Cost So Much

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Trolley Car Diner [Photo: Bill Cannon/Fine Art America]
· Why the Hell Does Your Drink Cost So Much? [Deadspin]
· The Most Popular Pizza Topping In Every State: Pepperoni [Business Insider]
· Filter Coffee: The Return of a Has-Bean [WoM/Guardian]
· Bottle Shares Spread the Craft Beer [WSJ]
· Mash Donalds? Iranians Copy American Fast-Food Brands [NPR]
· Watch Key & Peele Appreciate the Continental Breakfast [-EN-]
· Michelin Editor Wants Everyone to Stop Saying ‘Gastropub’ [-EN-]
· 7 Chefs Pick Their Favorite Bars Around the World [-EN-]

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Chef Shuffles: The Insider is reporting on a…

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southwarkphilatop.jpgThe Insider is reporting on a massive chef shuffle of epic proportion that involves lots of restaurants and talented headliner cooks. Aaron Gottesman is moving from Border Springs Farm to Sbraga’s The Fat Ham, butcher-happy Nick Macri is leaving his post at Southwark to fill in the space left by Gottesman, and Sam Jacobson (formerly of Sycamore BYOB) is now the exec at Southwark. Got all that? Good. [The Insider]

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