Category Archives: Eater Philly

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The James Beard Taste America Tour Is Stopping in Philly

Source: Eater Philly

The dinner, packed with star chefs, hasn’t been here since 2013

Apparently having the James Beard Foundation’s top chef and top restaurateur in the country, plus the best Mid-Atlantic chef, earns you a spot on the foundation’s annual Taste America tour. The tour stops in Philly on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, with a benefit dinner and cooking demonstrations. Money raised goes to the foundation and to a local culinary student through the Taste America Scholarship. The tour, which last came to Philly in 2013, visits 10 cities total this fall.

The Friday night dinner ...

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12 Essential Water Ice Shops in Philly

Source: Eater Philly

Made with only the best wooder

Certain things are intrinsically Philly: cheesesteaks, Mummers, hatred of the Cowboys, and water ice. Any Philadelphia worth her salt has eaten a cup of water ice and a soft pretzel instead of a balanced meal at least once.

Legend has it that ancient Roman emperors sent fast runners into the mountains to bring back snow they would mix with fruit and honey. The best water ice today sticks closely to that original recipe: just fruit, sugar, and water. The texture — looser than Italian ice and smoother than shaved ice — is unique to ...

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12 Essential Water Ice Shops in Philly

Source: Eater Philly

Made with only the best wooder

Certain things are intrinsically Philly: cheesesteaks, Mummers, hatred of the Cowboys, and water ice. Any Philadelphia worth her salt has eaten a cup of water ice and a soft pretzel instead of a balanced meal at least once.

Legend has it that ancient Roman emperors sent fast runners into the mountains to bring back snow they would mix with fruit and honey. The best water ice today sticks closely to that original recipe: just fruit, sugar, and water. The texture — looser than Italian ice and smoother than shaved ice — is unique to ...

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The 38 Essential Philadelphia Restaurants, Summer 2017

Source: Eater Philly

A guide to the city’s defining restaurants spanning cuisines, neighborhoods, and price ranges

The Eater 38 is the answer to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and budgets, and collectively satisfies every restaurant need (except for those celebratory occasions where spending half a paycheck is called for). Every season, Eater Philly adds deserving restaurants that were omitted, recently stepped up their game, or have been around long enough to be eligible for the list. Restaurants must be open at least six months to be considered.

This summer, barbacoa ...

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Jezabel’s Studio Opens in West Philly Tomorrow

Source: Eater Philly

It’s a cafe and retail store from the chef behind Jezabel’s in Fitler Square

Chef Jezabel Careaga of Argentine eatery Jezabel’s is opening her second shop tomorrow — but this one won’t follow the usual restaurant format. Jezabel’s Studio at 208 S. 45th Street is a cafe, cooking demonstration studio, and home store rolled into one.

Jezabel’s Studio is compact, at 400 square feet, with a small sit-down section serving French press coffee, tea, alfajores (an Argentine shortbread cookie filled with dulce de leche and rolled in coconut shavings), and the empanadas Careaga is already known for. The chef is ...

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Luke’s Lobster Is Opening a Second Philly Location

Source: Eater Philly

More lobster rolls coming this way

Luke Holden and Ben Conniff are opening a second Luke’s Lobster in Philly. The new quick-serve seafood spot is going into 17 S. 11th Street, on the other side of Broad from the original Rittenhouse location. Holden is a former lobster fisherman turned restaurateur with Luke’s Lobsters set up in his native Maine, along with New Jersey, New York, Maryland, D.C., Florida, Boston, Las Vegas, and Chicago. Outside of the U.S. there are five Luke’s Lobsters in Japan.

The restaurant refers to itself as a “seafood shack” and goes for a low-key look. The ...

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Cake Life Is Pairing Cream Puffs With Wine

Source: Eater Philly

Plus a Bastille Day Tastykake tradition and more things to eat this week

Welcome to Eater Philly’s events roundup, a curated listing of not-to-miss dinners, food and drink festivals, classes, and more.

Block Party at Bar Amis

What: The newly opened Bar Amis at the Navy Yard is hosting a block party with live music, games, and activities for the kids. The food and drink lineup includes $5 Victory, Yards, and Brooklyn brews, $8 mango water ice made with tequila, $5 nachos, and $7 burgers.

When: Wednesday, July 12, 5-9 p.m.

Where: Bar Amis, 4503 S. Broad ...

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The Critics Weigh In on Fried Chicken and Dim Sum

Source: Eater Philly

Jason Sheehan supports chicken obsessives

Todd Lyons cracked the magic fried chicken formula over at Love & Honey according to Philadelphia magazine critic Jason Sheehan, who wholeheartedly supports chicken obsessives like Lyons: “I stand squarely on the side of the freaks and fetishists, the compulsive deep-fryers and long-haul searchers after shattering skin and brothy dark meat.”

The chicken at the mostly take-out spot in Northern Liberties, which Lyons opened with his wife, Laura, is “fantastic,” Sheehan writes, with its “crisp crust touched with just a tiny bit of honey as it comes out of the warming ...

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Barcelona Wine Bar: ‘We’re Not Out to Change the Neighborhood’

Source: Eater Philly

The East Passyunk restaurant is inching closer to its opening date

The upcoming Barcelona Wine Bar may be a stylish wine and tapas spot nestled among the destination restaurants on Philly’s hottest food strip, but that doesn’t mean the owners are scrubbing off old graffiti. “We’re not out to change the neighborhood. Graffiti is part of the neighborhood, so that’s staying,” says Adam Halberg, gesturing toward a splash of graffiti on an outside wall of the restaurant, facing East Passyunk Avenue, and another inside next to a glass-doored wine room. “It’s a raw, fun space. Cinder block walls. Concrete ...

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Eat and Drink Your Way Through West Philadelphia

Source: Eater Philly

The neighborhood’s under-the-radar food scene is one of Philly’s most interesting

West Philly doesn’t get as much attention for its food scene as its over-the-river neighbors, but the area is quietly home to the city’s most diverse crop of restaurants. Go just past the big-name eateries and fast-casual student hangouts of University City and all sorts of eating adventures abound. Within a few blocks, Senegalese home-cooking spots cozy up to craft beer destinations and innovative new American tasting menus can be enjoyed within walking distance of bangin’ burritos.

Note that the map points are arranged geographically, not ranked.

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BurgerFi Is Testing Out a Vegan Burger in Philly

Source: Eater Philly

It’s available starting today

The list of best burgers in Philly is almost 100-percent beef, but a meat-free option could soon join the lineup — if BurgerFi has anything to say about it. The burger chain is adding Beyond Burgers to its offerings starting today at just eight locations nationwide, including the one in Philly (44 N. 12th Street). Beyond Burgers are already sold in grocery stores but BurgerFi is the first national chain to put them on the menu. It’s no surprise Philly was picked to be a test market out of BurgerFi’s 101 locations, given the city’s impressive ...

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22 Essential Philly Rooftops and Patios for Outdoor Drinking and Dining

Source: Eater Philly

Where to eat and drink outside this summer

Summertime is made for outdoor drinking and dining at Philly’s best patios and rooftops. Along with lounges atop some of the city’s coolest hotels, Philly has rooftop bars in unexpected places, like a former public high school and a skyscraper office building. Pretend you’re on vacation with tiki drinks in Midtown Village, take a break from sightseeing in Old City on a 200-year-old roof, and support local breweries in Northern Liberties.

At ground level, the city’s top patios offer a tour of international flavors. Also coming your way: craft brews, chilled rosé, ...

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Spend All Day at the Sleek, Airy Walnut Street Cafe

Source: Eater Philly

The new eatery in the FMC Tower is a coffee shop, cafe, restaurant, and bar rolled into one

Branden McRill, Patrick Cappiello, and Daniel Eddy are hoping to bring their Michelin star mojo to the Schuylkill banks with Walnut Street Café, set in the new FMC Tower at Cira Centre South just over the river from Center City. The Walnut Street Café crew lands in Philly by way of New York, where they run Rebelle. But this isn’t a remote operation: All three rented apartments in Rittenhouse to be near the restaurant and dive into the Philly food ...

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Brooklyn Brewery’s Beer Mansion Is Coming to Town

Source: Eater Philly

The brewery is pairing with Philly beer companies and local Eater-approved restaurants

Brooklyn Brewery’s Beer Mash is heading to Philly. On August 11 and 12, find the event at the Woodlands Mansion and Cemetery in University City on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

At the Beer Mash, there will be five rooms, each with a different theme and serving a different beer — from hoppy, outdoorsy brews in the Forest room and rich, heavy stouts in a room called the Darkness, to the “Anatomy of a Beer” room serving a sour beer aged in red wine barrels alongside some ...

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July 4th: Where to Eat and Drink Near the Parkway

Source: Eater Philly

Grab a beer and a bite before the fireworks

Heading to the Ben Franklin Parkway on Independence Day for Philly’s Fourth of July festivities? Skip the generic vendors and get some eats and drinks nearby before the main event. From Marc Vetri’s pizza paired with hoppy brews to steak, sushi, and cocktails — plus sandwiches packed with Philadelphia history — these spots will keep concert-goers sated through the fireworks grand finale.

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Puyero Is Celebrating Independence Day, Venezuelan Style

Source: Eater Philly

Hot dogs, patacón burgers, and shakes for days

There are more hot dogs and hamburgers to be had after July Fourth festivities: Venezuela’s Independence Day is July 5 and the crew at Puyero Venezuelan Flavor are grilling up their home country’s favorite late-night street food to celebrate. Starting this Friday and running through July 9, they’ll be adding Venezuelan-style burgers and hotdogs, including a veggie version, to Puyero’s usual lineup of arepas and patacóns. “Being the Venezuelans that we are, we can’t just celebrate for a couple of days,” says Simon Arends, who owns Puyero with his brother Gil and ...

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18 Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Bars in Philly

Source: Eater Philly

Pups welcome

There was once a dark, sad time in Philadelphia history when sidewalk seating was prohibited. In 1998, Rouge in Rittenhouse started the trend, fought the bureaucracy, and today the city has, according to Visit Philly, nearly 400 alfresco dining establishments. In this city of dog lovers, restaurants and bars with sidewalk seating or patios cater to furry friends with treats, water bowls, and events to support local animal causes.

Most restaurants with outdoor dining welcome dogs, but these 18 go the extra mile. For more outdoor spaces, check out Eater Philly’s essential rooftops and patios.

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Hawthornes IPA Block Party, a Dessert Pop-up at Volver, and More Things to Do This Week

Source: Eater Philly

Get your calendar out

Welcome to Eater Philly’s events roundup, a curated listing of not-to-miss dinners, food and drink festivals, and more.

Day of New Beginnings

What: Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller are closing their Bon Appétit-approved South Philly Barbacoa and moving it into sister restaurant El Compadre in the Italian Market. To ensure a smooth transition, they’re hosting a tradition Cuban ceremony at El Compadre with percussionist Shakoor Sanders, Bembesito, Emory Damon, and other musicians. Wear white clothes.

When: Tuesday, June 27, 7-10 p.m.

Where: El Compadre, 1149 S. 9th Street

How Much: Free ...

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Gaze at Bar Amis’ Cacio e Pepe Fries

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Or contemplate the meatball sandwich

After a record-speed renovation, Bar Amis opens tomorrow at the Navy Yard in what was until last Friday Lo Spiedo. Marc Vetri’s restaurant group closed the grill-focused Lo Spiedo to make way for a casual offshoot of Amis, its stylish Washington Square West Roman trattoria, with chef Brad Spence running the show at both Amis and Bar Amis.

“The atmosphere at Amis is casual, fun, energetic — I always thought it would make for a cool bar,” Spence says. “People sit at the bar at Amis and order little bites. It’s ...

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The Palm Is Finally Reopening at the Bellevue

Source: Eater Philly

The restaurant got a major facelift

The Palm at the Bellevue, temporarily closed since February 2016 after a 27-year run, is about to reopen following an extensive renovation. The classic Philly restaurant sent word out today that it’s slated to start serving up steaks and its signature summer lobster special in mid-July, though a specific reopening date hasn’t been given yet.

The Palm’s parent company has been in the process of renovating several of its restaurants, including the one in Las Vegas, where 50 celebrity caricatures adorn the walls. In the Philly location — on the ground floor ...

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Jesse Ito Is a 2017 Eater Young Guns Winner

Source: Eater Philly

The sushi chef is representing Philly in the national awards

Winners of the national Eater Young Guns 2017 awards were just announced and chef Jesse Ito of Royal Sushi & Izakaya in Queen Village earned a spot on the list. The awards go to rising stars in the restaurant industry. The catch? They must be under 30 or have less than five years of experience. This year, Eater received more than 1,000 nominations, including chefs, bar managers, restaurateurs, distillers, and more, in 101 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

Ito, 28, learned the art of sushi-making from his father, Masaharu ...

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23 Essential Cheap Eats in Philadelphia, Summer 2017

Source: Eater Philly

Fill up on tacos, pho, falafel, roast pork, tomato pie, and much more

With one of the strongest sandwich games around and a diverse array of casual neighborhood spots, Philly is a dining destination no matter what sort of budget you’re working with. It would be impossible to name all of the cheap eats that keep this city running, but to start, here are 23 of the best bets for tacos, falafel, burgers, noodles, and other affordable must-eats.

Note that the map points are arranged geographically, not ranked.

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Original 13 Is Opening in Kensington This Summer

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There’s more hard cider coming to town

Original 13 Ciderworks is opening a cider brewery and tasting room in Kensington in a converted industrial building dating back to the late 1800s. The new cidery, at 1526 N. American Street, will be brewing its flagship Sir Charles Hard Cider, based off a recipe from company founder John Kowchak’s grandfather, Charles. Kowchak plans to open the Original 13 brewery this summer, with the tasting room opening later.

This isn’t the first go-round for Sir Charles. The cider was first brewed in 2014 in a space rented out from a winery. A ...

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Tria in Fitler Square Is Shutting Its Doors

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It will close sometime this summer

Tria Café Fitler Square, one of the city’s four Tria locations, is closing after two years at 23rd and Pine streets. The building, which housed Dmitri’s previously, has been bought by real estate developer Allan Domb. Tria’s last day hasn’t been revealed yet.

The Fitler Square location originally offered a more extensive menu than the other Trias, going beyond their focus on fermentation in the form of beer, wine, and cheese. But it later became more like the Tria Cafés in Rittenhouse and Washington Square West, which have shorter, more casual menus of ...

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Rembrandt’s in Fairmount Is Likely Becoming Modo Mio 2.0

Source: Eater Philly

Chef Peter McAndrews freed up some time by closing his Girard Avenue BYOB and two Paesano’s

After 32 years in Fairmount, Rembrandt’s is closing. The restaurant, up the street from Eastern State Penitentiary, will likely reopen as a new version of Modo Mio, chef Peter McAndrews’ about-to-close Italian BYOB on Girard Avenue in Northern Liberties.

McAndrews also closed two of his Paesano’s sandwich shop locations, telling BillyPenn.com he wants to go back to being a chef, not an owner of several restaurants: “I just run around and put out fires,” he said of rushing between Modo Mio, Paesano’s, ...

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