Category Archives: Philadelphia Food

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Have You Visited These New Local Brewery Taprooms Yet?

Source: Eater Philly

Plus, a lager-focused brewery is coming to the Atlantic City area.

Kensington: St. Benjamin’s Brewing

Have You Visited These New Local Brewery Taprooms Yet?
St. Benjamin’s

Coming off an extraordinary year that’s won them attention — and visits — from some of the top names in craft brewing, the team behind St. Ben’s has opened its long-awaited taproom and kitchen. Open every day but Monday, the taproom serves the brewery’s suds, plus both large and small plates — everything from vegan chili to a full-sized Jamaican jerk chicken.

Collingswood, NJ: Devil’s Creek Brewery

Have You Visited These New Local Brewery Taprooms Yet?
Devil’s Creek

They said it would never happen but finally even the mayor relented. After more ...

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Craftsman Row Has A New Dinner Menu

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Craftsman Row Saloon has been going through some changes lately. Lot’s of changes, actually. First, there’s just the fact that it exists (in the former home of Coco’s on Jewelers Row) and that new owners George and Vasiliki Tsiouris were able to take such a…let’s just say well loved bar and turn it into someplace comfortable for lunch, dinner or cocktails. Then there was the first iteration of the menu (good, but short and heavy on the snacks), a chef change early on (losing the opening chef in favor of Jason Reif who has been running the kitchen for a ...

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Reserve Your Spot on the Diner En Blanc Waitlist NOW

Source: Eater Philly

Other upcoming events include George Perrier back in the kitchen, and dining al fresco at The Rittenhouse

PHILADELPHIA — The wait list is open for this year’s Diner en Blanc, which will occur at a secret location on August 18. To celebrate its 5th anniversary in Philly, the mysterious dinner where everyone wears white, packs a picnic and finds out where to go minutes before the start time will increase capacity to 5,000 and showcase two new caterers. Sign up for the wait list here to be notified when the ticket lottery opens.

RITTENHOUSE SQUARE — The one and ...

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Food Underground’s Newest “Pop-up” Sandwich

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Food Underground is back with their newest “pop-up”sandwich creation: the Sabih.

We’ve given Food Underground props for their Friz Wit cheesesteak that debuted last fall at the Garage. They’re also hosted several other events around the city.

Now Ari Miller of Food Underground is popping up with another sandwich. The Sabih is a sandwich of Iraqi-Jewish origins that is getting a Philly twist, being turned into a hoagie. The vegetarian sandwich will be piled high with roasted eggplant, huevos haminados, tahina, fingerlings, Arabic salad, and schug (type of Middle Eastern hot sauce). Miller is sourcing the tahina from Soom, produce from Heritage Farms ...

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Italian BYOB Coming to Main Street in Manayunk

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson | Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Craig Wilson and his fiancee Jacqueline Au who are behind the curiously punctuated Maya.J are preparing to open their second restaurant in Manayunk. Gigi Italian Bistro BYOB is replacing So Crepe at 4357 Main Street. Wilson and Au are promising a cozy feel, like being invited into a mother or grandmother’s home.

The menu will offer pasta, poultry, meat and seafood. The menu will range from $15 to $40.

Italian BYOB Coming to Main Street in Manayunk

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Baby arugula. Roasted red peppers. Asiago balsamic vinaigrette

Italian BYOB Coming to Main Street in Manayunk

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Italian BYOB Coming to Main Street in Manayunk

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PA Residents, You Can Finally Buy Wine at a Grocery Store

Source: Eater Philly

Package of reform laws allows other off-premise sales, eases restrictions on direct shipping and relaxes pricing and scheduling

In a huge step toward possibly ending state control of liquor sales, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill yesterday that permits many grocery stores, hotels and restaurants to sell wine by the bottle. Additionally, the law allows for direct residential wine shipments, lets shops set their own Sunday and holiday hours, sanctions state stores to offer discounts and sales, lets casinos sell alcohol 24/7, and permanently lets gas stations sell beer.

Starting in 60 days, groceries, hotels and restaurants that can legally ...

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City Council Members Approve "Soda Tax"

Source: Eater Philly

A final vote next week will make Philly just the second city in the U.S. to tax sugary beverages

After more than six hours of private negotiations, truck rallies and toddler read-ins, city council members gave preliminary approval to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sodas and sugary drinks last night. The decision won’t be final until council takes a full official vote next week but yesterday a majority of members approved the bill in committee after spending the afternoon and evening meeting with opponents from the grocery and beverage industries.

According to Philly.com,

The levy, which is expected to ...

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Yes, You Will Soon Buy Wine at Grocery Stores

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

It’s official.

Governor Tom Wolf signed a historic PA liquor reform bill Wednesday afternoon that will make wine more easily accessible: Soon you’ll be able to grab bottles on-the-go from restaurants, hotels and grocery stores that already sell beer.

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South Helm, Ruth’s Chris Open, and Dave Magrogan Announces Another Suburban Harvest

Source: Eater Philly

Plus, Hai Street Kitchen launches Ai Ramen at Liberty Place

1) Helm’s younger sibling, South Helm, is now open in Pennsport. Less than a year after opening the lauded Helm BYO in KensingtonMichael Griffiths and Kevin D’Egidio are miniaturizing the plates and prices for their southern reprise. The American locavore BYO will change its menu weekly and keep its dishes priced so that you can pay for them with a $20 and have money leftover for tip. Status: Certified Open. 100 Morris Street

2) The new Center City location of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is open after ...

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National News Round Up: Fried Chicken, Donuts and Duck Meatball Sandwiches

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

See that, Nashville? That’s what’s coming your way when Federal Donuts opens its first ever outside-of-Philly expansion in your town.

You lucky bastards.

Apparently, the good people of Nashville have been wondering lately just which big-time James Beard Award winning chef was going to be moving into the former mattress store in East Nashville. Yesterday, they got their answer. Cook and Solo has chosen Nashville as the first city which they will grace with a brand spankin’ new FedNuts as part of their new view toward national expansion.

According to Eater Nashville, there isn’t much more information than ...

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City Council Committee Expected to Approve Soda Tax

Source: Eater Philly

Compromise bill to charge 1.5 cents per ounce could pass any minute

A powerful city council committee is expected to approve a 1.5% tax on sugary drinks today, which practically guarantees its passage by the full council. According to Philly.com, a compromise proposal to charge a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax instead of the 3 cent-per-ounce Mayor Jim Kenney had pursued, had enough votes last night to win passage during this afternoon’s meeting of the Committee of the Whole. With more casual rules than an official city council meeting, The Committee of the Whole comprises all city council members ...

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Where to Find the Best Food During Center City Sips

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Sky Garten will be open tonight and serving potato pancakes, brats and pretzel sticks

We are now a little over a week into Center City Sips. The drinks ($3 beer, $4 wine and $5 cocktails) are flowing and when the threat of unyielding downpour subsides, the weather should be great.

The true beauty of this event though is not just the drinks, but the endless half-price appetizers to soak it all up. While it is easy to find snacks to accompany the booze, it can be hard to track down the places with great appetizers. Nachos, mozzarella sticks, and ...

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Ai Ramen Opens at Liberty Place

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Ai Ramen is now open at Liberty Place

Ai Ramen opens today in the food court at the Shops at Liberty Place. The ramen, bao and sushi quick-serve restaurant is from the same people who have given us the rapidly expanding Hai Street Kitchen and the just opened Wok Bowl. And for some reason, Wok Bowl is competing with the opening of Ai Ramen by offering their Asian-inspired bowls for just a dollar between noon and 3 p.m.

Ai Ramen offers four types of ramen, including their signature ramen, spicy miso, garlic butter miso and vegetarian ramen for $10.99. The menu also features ...

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Jose Andres Comes To Philly

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Beefsteak by Jose Andres is now open on Penn’s campus.

Chef Jose Andres is kind of a big deal.

Actually, Jose Andres is kind of a huge deal. The Spanish-born chef behind such concepts as minibar and Jaleo in D.C., China Poblano in Vegas and Tres in L.A., he trained with Ferran Adria at El Bulli, has won just about every award there is to win, and is (more or less) the guy who formalized the small plates concept in the United States. He is one of the best-known chefs in the world, a serious rock star, and guess where ...

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Lacroix’s Jon Cichon to Host Pop-Up Restaurant

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Courtyard at the The Rittenhouse

If you have always wanted a taste of what Lacroix is dishing out, but did not want to break the bank, your opportunity has come.

For one night only, Lacroix’s executive chef, Jon Cichon, will be hosting Aubergine, a pop-up restaurant.

On Tuesday, June 21st, the restaurant will open in the outdoor courtyard at The Rittenhouse (yes, the Rittenhouse has a courtyard). At $50 per ticket, you will get a taste of Cichon’s small plates and family style dishes, as well as complementary beer and wine.

“Aubergine will highlight the ...

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Borgata to Open "Beer Garden," Pool and Fast-Casual Eatery This Summer

Source: Eater Philly

The outdoor pool brings swimming to the casino resort for the first time

On July 1, Borgata will open its first outdoor drinks garden serving 15 unspecified craft and domestic beers, cocktails like the Honeydew Mimosa and Cucumber Cooler, and snacks like a watermelon salad with feta and smashed brisket and short-rib burger; offering yard games and live bands on weekends; and programming special events like Pig Roast Thursdays and Sunday Scotch and Cigars. Later in July, Borgata will open an adults-only outdoor pool next to the beer garden for guests of the hotel and The Water Club. The 3,200-square-foot ...

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Andres Opens Fast-Casual Veggie-Bowl-and-Burger Spot Today

Source: Eater Philly

The Penn location is his first outside DC

Jose Andres opens Beefsteak on the Penn campus today, his first iteration of the healthy fast-casual veggie-bowl-and-burger spot outside of Washington, D.C. Andres’ signature bowls consist of a custom selection of grains such as quinoa, blugur or rice; 20 different blanched veggies; sauces (think garlic yogurt or cilantro); toppings like corn nuts and crispy chickpeas; and optional proteins like roast chicken, poached egg or local salmon sourced from Samuels & Son.

Employees squeeze fresh juices on site and prepare gazpacho to go. They also pre-make bowls like the Kimchi-wa (rice, corn, carrot, ...

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Pa. House Passes Bill Allowing Wine Sales in Grocery Stores

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

This may soon be a reality in Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dannielle Blumenthal, used under a Creative Commons license)

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow some grocery stores, restaurants and hotels to sell take-out wine.

House Bill 1690 passed in a 157-31 vote. It permits restaurants, hotels and grocery stores with existing licenses to also sell wine for consumption off the premises. Up to four bottles will be able to be purchased at a time.

“This is a very significant step for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in terms of privatization,” House Speaker Rep. Mike ...

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2SP Brewing Releases Cans of Their Delco Lager

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Great news. 2SP Brewing Company is finally throwing their Delco Lager in a can.

Legend says that as 2SP was deciding what beers they would make, head brewer, Bob Barrar said the only beer he wanted to brew was Delco Lager. Now exactly one year out, the “All-Weather” beer is getting canned.

The lager taste is described as subtlety sweet and drinkable and is said to pair well with hoagies, tailgates, and Delco’s own Tina Fey.

2SP has only been open since last winter, but they have created a number of inventive brews and stock tweaked versions of Barrar’s award-winning ...

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Fishtown’s Wine Bars Add Happy Hour

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Gin and Tonic #2 at ROOT | Photo via ROOT

ROOT, which opened a bit over two months ago is now rolling out a happy hour. The wine bar and restaurant is offering a 5-6-7-8 happy hour between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weeknights. That means there are:

  • $5 snacks and toasts
  • $6 sangria and special wine
  • $7 cheese and salumi plate
  • $8 gin and tonics

ROOT isn’t the only new wine bar in Fishtown as Fishtown Social opened around the same time ROOT did.

Fishtown Social also offers happy hour on weekdays between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. ...

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Fishtown’s Wine Bars Add Happy Hour

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Gin and Tonic #2 at ROOT | Photo via ROOT

ROOT, which opened a bit over two months ago is now rolling out a happy hour. The wine bar and restaurant is offering a 5-6-7-8 happy hour between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weeknights. That means there are:

  • $5 snacks and toasts
  • $6 sangria and special wine
  • $7 cheese and salumi plate
  • $8 gin and tonics

ROOT isn’t the only new wine bar in Fishtown as Fishtown Social opened around the same time ROOT did.

Fishtown Social also offers happy hour on weekdays between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. ...

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South Helm Is Now Open

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

South Helm’s doors are now open

The awaited sequel to Helm officially opened its doors on June 3rd.

Located at 100 Morris Street, South Helm is Michael Griffiths’s and Kevin D’Egidio’s second restaurant. General manager of Helm, Justin Manne, will also be heading up operations at South Helm. The team opened Helm just over a year ago, and they are on a roll.

A preview of their menu posted on Instagram teases at the dishes they will be offering and tops out at $14. Just like Helm, the menu will rotate and change week to week with ...

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15th and South Beer Garden Rocks Its First Weekend

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Quesadillas, barbecue chicken, ships and salsa and the Khyber’s Pulled Pork BBQ | Photo via PHS

The PHS South Street Pop-Up Beer Garden officially opened last Wednesday, but did so by the skin of its teeth. The Khyber Pass Pub backed beer garden saw the last contractors leave the garden just a half-hour before the first guests arrived. But by Saturday, things were humming along. The draft cocktails were pouring, the kitchen was popping out Khyber Pass Pub Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches and vegan meatball sandwiches. The benches were packed and everyone seemed to be having a great time on our several ...

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Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl: Get Ready for the New Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

A “cheater booth” at the new Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse| Photo by Chelsea Portner

Marsha Brown is back in Philly with her newest venture.

Today, June 6th at 1800 Market St. the new location of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse opens.

This is Brown’s first new restaurant in 12 years. She has been working on making the big move from Broad Street to Market Street for the past two years.

“Once I got a hold on this location I knew I couldn’t let it go,” says Brown.

So what should you expect at this new Ruth’s Chris?

Brown is passionate about the updated ...

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The Philadelphia Zoo Is Opening a Beer Garden

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

A plan for the Philadelphia Zoo’s new beer garden, The Watering Hole, which will open in late June or early July. (Courtesy Philadelphia Zoo)

You can now drink at the zoo.

The Philadelphia Zoo began selling alcohol at two stands, Tiger Terrace and Eagle’s Roost, on Memorial Day weekend. But that’s not all: The zoo is planning a late-June or early-July launch for a beer garden, The Watering Hole, which will be adjacent to Eagle’s Roost.

Amy Shearer, the zoo’s Chief Marketing Officer, says the reversal of a longstanding policy came after talking with visitors and Philadelphia Zoo members over ...

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