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Where to Eat This Weekend: Party Like Donald Trump

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo courtesy of Oyster House

Congratulations! You made it to the weekend without melting. I think that calls for a celebration, don’t you? And whether you’re looking for a lobster dinner, French food, cheap shots, barbecue or just somewhere to party with a bunch of your friends in Atlantic City, we’ve got you covered.

And as always, if this list of weekend diversions isn’t enough for you, don’t forget to check out our list of the 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia, just updated for the summer.

When in Atlantic City…

A.C. has had a rough go of things ...

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Eastern State Penitentiary Celebrates Bastille Day With 2,000 Tastykakes

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Eastern State Penitentiary/Facebook

It turns out there are more perks to having a historical site like Eastern State Penitentiary in the neighborhood (aside from education about mass incarceration and a world-class haunted house, of course): its towers make for the perfect Bastille Day re-enactment.

And in Philly, that comes with cries of “Let them eat Tastykake!”

Eastern State teams up with its Fairmount neighbors and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret for Bastille Day each year, and the collaboration is impressive: the troupe will re-enact the French Revolution, including storming the Bastille (Eastern State), capturing Marie Antoinette, played by London Grill ...

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Party For ITV’s First Birthday on Saturday Night

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz


East Passyunk’s ITV just turned one year old. And Nick Elmi and his crew are throwing a special celebration on Saturday night.

On Saturday, July 15th from 10 p.m. until midnight, ITV will host a late-night happy hour in honor of its first birthday. They’ll serve up free hors d’oeuvres — treats like fried chicken, oyster tartare, and pork cheek rillettes — plus drink specials: $3 Peroni, $5 punch, $6 wine, and, er, $2 Miller High Life.

The crowning glory of Saturday’s celebration? An ice luge through which free shots of Old Granddad and Cynar will flow. Happy birthday ...

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Where to Get Your Frosé Fix in Philly This Summer

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

The frosé at Bud Marilyn’s / via Facebook

Right off the bat, I think I should say that I am not recommending that anyone actually drink frosé. I am not endorsing this mystifying fad for frozen rosé wine. I am not condoning its consumption. There are already so many alcoholic beverages that are perfect for summer (the classic gin and tonic, mai tais and zombies, salty dogs for when you’re sweaty and cold beers from a foam cooler when you’re not), so I’m not sure why anyone would want a wine slushy.

But this is Philly and Philly sometimes goes ...

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Barcelona Finally Makes its Debut on East Passyunk Avenue

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

This past Tuesday, South Philly’s long-in-the-making Spanish wine bar and restaurant, Barcelona, ever-so-quietly opened its doors at 1709 East Passyunk Avenue — the old Man’s Image space at the intersection of 12th and Morris Streets.

It’s in soft-opening-mode, meaning the restaurant’s hours are still a bit wonky. Right now, it’s dinnertime-only — the company’s marketing team tells me the staff wants the chance to feel out the neighborhood before it ...

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Art-B-Que 2 Returns to MilkBoy Philly This Sunday

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz


Art, food, music, and booze: what more do you need?

That’s the premise of MilkBoy Philly’s Art-B-Que 2, a returning celebration of visual art, BBQ, beer, bourbon, and rock ‘n’ roll, taking place this Sunday, July 16th at 1100 Chestnut Street.

The event will feature two floors of works by local artists to admire and purchase, plus a BBQ competition featuring meats from MilkBoy Philly, MilkBoy South Street, MilkBoy ArtHouse in Maryland, The Blind Pig, and Smokin’ Betty’s. The bar will be pouring special drafts from Ithaca Beer Co. and 2SP Brewing , and Philly’s ...

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High Street Kicks Off Producer Dinner Series Next Week

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

High Street on Market/Facebook

High Street on Market is known for its local sourcing and strong producer relationships. And they’re launching a new dinner series celebrating the hardworking farmers, brewers, butchers, and distillers whose products become their ingredients.

First up? Camp, Hill, Pennsylvania’s Highway Manor Brewing Company.

On Tuesday, July 18th, High Street will kick off the Producer Dinner Series with a brewmaster’s dinner featuring Highway Manor owner and brewer Johnnie Leroy Compton III, who specializes in funky, French oak barrel-aged sours made with a proprietary yeast strain — a fitting complement to executive chef Jon Nodler’s food, ...

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Crab Fries King Pete Ciarrocchi Talks Chickie’s & Pete’s, Miller Lite, and Being Gluten Free

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Pete Ciarrocchi, photographed by Gene Smirnov.

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. Click the links for previous Behind the Line interviews with Marc Vetri and Michael Solomonov, or to see the full archive, go here.

In honor of National French Fry Day, we thought we would check in with the progenitor of those massively popular crab fries, Chickie’s & Pete’s owner Pete Ciarrocchi.

I grew up in… Northeast Philadelphia. I barely graduated from Northeast High in 1975. I actually took two cooking ...

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Tour Makes Its Philly Debut This Fall

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

James Beard Foundation

For the past four years, the James Beard Foundation has hit the road to raise funds for culinary scholarships with its Taste America Culinary Tour of all-star chef dinners around the country.

And this year — the event’s fifth anniversary — they’re finally coming to Philadelphia.

A Night of Culinary Stars will land in Philly on Friday, October 13th at the Museum of the American Revolution. James Beard Award winner Marc Murphy of New York’s Landmarc and Ditch Plains — the evening’s “all-star chef” — local star and fellow Beard winner Greg Vernick of Vernick Food ...

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South Philly Food Co-op Is One Step Closer to Opening

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo by Michael Ermilio

The South Philadelphia Food Co-op — a member-owned retail grocery store and community hub in East Passyunk — has been in the works since 2010.

While there’s no projected opening date yet, the co-op kicked off a $1 million capital campaign to fund the store’s completion and startup costs back in May. And today, they announced that they’re already a third of the way to their goal.

So far, the campaign has raised more than $320,000 towards opening the co-op, which will be located just off the East Passyunk strip in a 3,400-square-foot space at 2031 South Juniper ...

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Wednesday Night Is Lobster Night at Oyster House This Summer

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo courtesy of Oyster House

Summertime is the perfect excuse to eat seafood — and Oyster House is making it even easier with their Twin Lobster Dinner, which starts tonight. It’s the taste of the season, no shore traffic necessary.

On Wednesday nights this summer, executive chef Brett Naylor is cooking up this sweet deal for the seventh year in a row. The Twin Lobster Dinner includes two whole steamed one-pound lobsters, sweet corn on the cob, and, of course, drawn butter, all for just $30 per person.

To make a great deal even better, the lobsters are super fresh: ...

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Here’s What You’ll Be Drinking This Summer at Hop Sing’s Happy Hour

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

So I was talking with Le the other day, and he told me that, like last summer, he was going to be releasing a new list of happy hour shots.

But this being Le (and his bar, Hop Sing Laundromat, being Hop Sing Laundromat), this wasn’t going to be any collection of lemon drops and Irish car bombs. No, he uses his happy hour lists like maps to discount adventure — incredible deals on simple pours from some of the best and most interesting bottles he keeps behind the bar. We’re talking a 12-year-old Redbreast for $7.77. A ...

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Tickets Go On Sale Today for This Year’s Feastival

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz


I know it’s summer. And I know that summers in Philly are absolutely full of awesome food events. But those of you out there who know a thing or two also know that some of those events are more important than others. If you’re serious about this kind of thing, some of them are just can’t-miss.

Feastival is one of those. And today we get to announce that Feastival 2017 has a date and a location, and that for those of you willing to buy your tickets early, you’ll get $75 off by using our Foobooz discount code...

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You’re Better Than a Free Chick-fil-A Sandwich

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Today is “Cow Appreciation Day” at fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A, which means free entrée chicken sandwiches, nuggets and breakfasts for those who go in dressed in cow-related attire. “Cow-related attire,” by the way, includes everything from a full-on, head-to-toe cow costume or something cow-themed: a watch, a hat, etc. Cow Appreciation Day also — and absolutely — means long lines at the city’s Chick-fil-A locations: the Liberty Place food court, off Columbus Boulevard in South Philly, and on Drexel’s campus. Because people adore Chick-fil-A. They adore it for its always-chipper service, for its fried chicken (in all of its many forms), and for its pretty fantastic ...

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Luke’s Lobster Expands to Market East

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Luke’s Lobster/Facebook

Maine-style seafood shack chain Luke’s Lobster is adding a new location east of Broad Street.

In addition to their Rittenhouse spot at 17th and Moravian Streets, the new outpost at 17 South 11th Street will be their second in the Philly area.

The chain specializes in lobster rolls and other shellfish dishes, with several locations across the northeast United States as well as one in Las Vegas and five in Japan. Owner Luke Holden is a former lobsterman; the company supervises its own supply chain, offering sustainably harvested, traceable seafood.

The Market East location will open for business ...

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Hungry Pigeon Chefs Cook From One of Their Favorite Cookbooks Tomorrow Night

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo courtesy of Hungry Pigeon

Part of why we love Hungry Pigeon so much is that the menu combines Pat O’Malley and Scott Schroeder’s formidable culinary chops with a personal vibe that can make guests feel like they’re eating around the chefs’ home table.

On Wednesday, July 12th, they’re taking that dinner party touch one step further with a meal drawn entirely from one of their favorite cookbooks: Prune, named for chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton’s eclectic, idiosyncratic New York restaurant.

The three-course menu starts with snacks like pickled shrimp and canned sardines with Triscuits and cornichons — the ...

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Jezabel’s Studio Opens Tomorrow In West Philly

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo courtesy of Jezabel’s Studio

Jezabel’s Studio, chef Jezabel Careaga’s miniature outpost at 208 South 45th Street, officially opens Wednesday, July 12th.

The 400-square-foot space combines some offerings from Careaga’s popular Argentinian cafe in Graduate Hospital with a retail space that will offer handmade kitchenwares from Argentina and her own woodcrafts, like cutting boards and small furniture, that she makes at Philly’s NextFab workspace. There’s seating for guests to enjoy French pressed coffee, tea, and a yerba mate that Careaga has created specifically for the shop. She’ll also offer bagged coffee beans from La Colombe.

Food-wise, she’s offering ...

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Chill Out At Reading Terminal Market’s Philly Ice Cream Scoop

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Bassets Ice Cream/Wikimedia

Reading Terminal Market already showcases a piece of Philly’s (and the nation’s) rich, creamy food history history: it’s the home of Bassetts, the oldest operating ice cream company in the United States.

On Saturday, July 29th, the market is highlighting all that the city’s frozen treat scene has to offer with the Philly Ice Cream Scoop, a day of ice cream-centric fun.

In addition to Bassetts, Reading Terminal has invited independent frozen treat companies Franklin Fountain, Zsa’s, Little Baby’s, and Li’l Pop Shop to join them for the festivities. More than 15 ...

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Celebrate Bastille Day With The Good King Tavern

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo courtesy of The Good King Tavern

Bastille Day is this Friday, and the Francophiles at The Good King Tavern are celebrating it Philly-style — with a block party, of course.

On July 14th from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., owner Chloe Grigri and her team will take over Kater Street between 7th and 8th Streets, adjacent to the restaurant. They’re serving up a special street food menu from chef Nich Bazik, plus face painting, games like bocce, volleyball, and hackey sack, and live music from the accordionists at Liberty Bellows. Food and drink are cash only; the regular ...

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Sip 10-Year-Old Wines Today for Tria Cafe’s 10th Birthday

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz


Tria, Philly’s source for perfectly paired cheese, wine, and beer, is marking a big milestone tonight: Tria Cafe, their flagship location in Washington Square West, turns 10.

And the cafe is celebrating today with a sweet deal on 2007 wines and a special cheese.

From noon to midnight today, July 10th, glasses of select 10-year-old wines — from fruity Riesling to dusty Rioja to mineralic Vouvray Demi-Sec — will be just $10.

Cheese-wise, you can order up a whole round of Vermont Creamery’s Bijou, a lush, creamy goat’s milk button, for the same price to go along ...

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Monday Morning TL;DR: Is the Best Wine in the World Really $10 a Bottle?

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Happy Monday everyone. If you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you want to know more about this $10 bottle of bubbly that’s rocketing up the charts and being called (somewhat misleadingly) the best wine in the world. It isn’t. Not really. But it is ranked among the best sparkling wines in the world. And it does cost only $10 a bottle. Which maybe isn’t such a great headline, but IS a rather remarkable feat.

Oh, and also? We’ve got news about a naked coffee fight in Elkhart, Indiana, a McDonald’s lobster roll and the true cost of ...

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In Atlantic City, Bet on the Food

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Tacos at Pancho’s, left, and the chicken at El Chalán. Photography by Ted Nghiem.

Jose Garces Is Back in Town

Jose Garces’s new restaurants in the Tropicana make the Revel snafu feel like ancient history. Olón has ocean views, an outdoor deck and a bright interior — all surprising for a casino eatery. The seafood here (grilled, raw, however it comes) is choice. His other spot, Okatshe, is just the opposite: You’ll duck through a secret door in a tiny Japanese candy shop and enter a dark, sprawling space styled like a buzzy Tokyo intersection. The large menu has sushi, ...

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Where To Eat This Weekend: Nothing But The Best, Day Or Night

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Side of the Road Jerk Chicken, from our list of Philly’s best drunk food/Facebook

Okay, so this weekend more than any weekend in recent memory, we’re presenting you with a wealth of options for experiencing the best of Philadelphia dining. For starters, we’ve got the newly-updated 50 Best Restaurants list. Then there’s our guide to the best drunk food in Philly. And that’s not even counting the fried chicken and ice cream.

You ready? Because here we go…

The Best In The City

As promised, let’s start thing off with the brand new list of 50 Best ...

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Get Your Spaghetti and Crabs Fix at Little Nonna’s

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo courtesy of Bondfire Media

Bust our your claw crackers and mallets: Little Nonna’s is bringing the shore to Midtown Village with a special spaghetti and crabs menu this Sunday and Monday.

On July 9th and 10th, chef Marcie Turney and crew will serve up two courses, a seasonal green salad and spaghetti and crabs in either red or white sauce, with garlic bread for the table. The evening’s soundtrack will include old-timey tunes from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Four Seasons.

The dinner is $35 per person, not including tax and gratuity — check out the ...

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Philly’s Biggest Italian Chef Will Host a First-Come, First-Serve Pop-Up Pasta Bar Tonight

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz


Marc Vetri’s flagship restaurant — which might be the most expensive single dinner (if you include wine pairings) in Philly — is a sophisticated affair. It’s always been. That’s its thing. And it’s succeeded in being that thing.

But Italian food isn’t exactly rooted in sophistication, not like it is with French food at least. There’s an ever-present rusticity about Italian food. Rules-shmules.

And pasta? Pasta is the most casual Italian food of them all, basically just a starch used as vessel to highlight other ingredients. The different shapes and styles are for added texture and fun. Pasta is so casual, ...

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