Tag Archives: Queen Village

Deep Fried and Overstuffed: Puyero Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

When you’re staring down the barrel of a pabellón arepa stuffed full of braised beef, black beans, and plantains like caramel, nothing else matters. You’re zoned in like you’re defusing a bomb because, from the looks of it, it’s all about to burst—the seams of the cornmeal bun holding it together, yes, but barely. And that’s how it should be. That’s how arepas often come: comically overstuffed.

AT A GLANCE

★★★★
Puyero

524 South 4th Street, Queen Village

CUISINE: Venezuelan Street Food

PRICES: $

SNAP JUDGMENT: With the fast-casual explosion happening right now in Philly, Puyero brings to town ...

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The Best Cafes (and Restaurants) to Bring Your Laptop and Eat an Actual Meal

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

The Cusco Sandwich at Plenty Cafe

Maybe you’re a freelancer with a few hours between meetings downtown and you want to keep up the productivity. Or there’s construction in your office building and you can’t get anything done with power tools grinding away upstairs. Or you work from home but you’ve reached the point at which you’ll freak out if you don’t leave the house today.

You need a spot to get work done — school, freelance, creative, or just catching up on email. You also need to eat, and as tasty as the croissants and cookies at most coffee ...

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Eat Korean Food at Serpico and Help a Philly Restaurant Worker Fight Cancer

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

As tragic as it is to be diagnosed with cancer, it’s good to know you have an entire industry in your corner ready to support you in any way that it can. Philly’s Theresa Lazzari — a back-of-house pro most recently turning out pastas at Southwark and Ambra — recently had that happen to her.

And while she’s out there kicking cancer’s butt, some Queen Village restaurants are stepping up to help her out.

Lazzari’s friend — a fellow Queen Villager and one of the best chefs in the city — Peter Serpico, is hosting a Korean buffet in his restaurant Serpico on May ...

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Humpty’s Dumplings Lightens Up with New Queen Village Location

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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We’ve never met a foodstuff that didn’t taste more delicious encased in a wonton wrapper and deep fried. Lucky for us, Glenside-based Humpty’s Dumplings is setting up a city outpost in Queen Village.

Known for its nontraditional take on dumplings — fillings range from apple pie to cheesesteak to spinach-ricotta-mozzarella — plus noodle bowls and fresh salads, the new Humpty’s will take up residence at 705 East Passyunk Avenue.

The shop, owned by Jack Craig, Pat Doyle, and Phillip Yesenoski, was hyped by Rolling Stone as the “best thing [they] ate” at Bonnaroo last year ...

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Eat This Now: Baked-to-Order Madeleines at Hungry Pigeon

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo by Scott Charles Schroeder III

Look for the nipple. That’s the secret to a great madeleine — the nipple, or téton as the French would say. It’s the bump on the backside of the shell-shaped dessert native to the town of Commercy in the Lorraine region; the bigger the nipple, the fluffier the cake.

Hungry Pigeon’s madeleines? Well, you’ll see.

By now, you probably know the Hungry Pigeon origin story, but here’s a recap: two chefs, friends for many years, decide to open an all-day cafe together in Queen Village. Pat O’Malley, the pastry-half, returned to Philly after running one of the New ...

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Eat This Now: Royal Sushi and Izakaya’s “Industry” Chirashi

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

You know what’s cool about Royal Sushi and Izakaya? Like we told you last week, pretty much everything, from the shumai to the sushi to the space robots. But when a restaurant like this surprise-opens on you (mind you, nearly six years after it was first announced), the smaller details reveal themselves over time, on the fly, something new for every visit.

Like, say, Royal chef Jesse Ito’s off-the-menu “industry” chirashi.

First thing’s first: it comes in a kitchen pint container. Why? Ito says the idea was born in Laurel of all places, at a pop-up dinner right before Jesse and his ...

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Dinner At The Fish Riot: Royal Sushi And Izakaya Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

There are restaurants you go to because you’re hungry, and restaurants you go to because they’re cool. There are restaurant you go to because they’re close—the old soldiers of your particular block, with rooms as comfortable as faded blue jeans and a bartender who knows your name. And then there are restaurants you go to because they make you feel better about your neighborhood, your city or yourself. That’s what Royal Sushi and Izakaya is for me.

AT A GLANCE

★★★
Royal Sushi And Izakaya
780 South 2nd Street, Queen Village
267-909-9002

CUISINE: Japanese

PRICES: $-$$$

SNAP JUDGMENT: Giant space ...

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Hungry Pigeon Offering a Lasagna Family Dinner

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Scott Schroeder and the Hungry Pigeon team are kicking off a series of family dinners. The idea is to do meticulous versions of comfort food for parties of 4 to 14. And the initial dinner is built around lasagna and is being offered now through Saturday, December 10th.

The dinner is $40 per person and in addition to the main course of lasagna, which is made with housemade pasta and Country Time Farm pork, it isaccompanied by Hungry Pigeon’s own prosciutto, baked oysters, roasted brussel sprouts and much more. Schroeder tells us that each dinner will come with an optional drink pairing. In this ...

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Third Plenty Cafe Opens in Queen Village

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Plenty Cafe opens in Queen Village on Monday

The anticipated opening of Anthony and Damon Mascieri’s Plenty Cafe in Queen Village is set for Monday, November, 14. Like the other two Plenty locations, the storefront at 705 South 5th Street will be an all-day cafe with specialty coffee; sandwiches and salads for lunch; cocktails, wine and beer; and more robust food at night.

The Queen Village Plenty will be the largest of the three cafes with 2,000 square feet housing a 10-seat bar and enough tables for 54 diners. With good weather, another 28 can be seated outdoors.

Third Plenty Cafe Opens in Queen Village

Once just a coffee ...

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Now Serving: Ambra

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

It’s been said before that no plan survives first contact with the enemy. That same thinking applies to restaurants opening their doors to customers for the first time. Now Serving is Foobooz’s series of interviews with the chefs and owners of just-opened restaurants and bars where we ask what has changed between opening night and today.

Without Southwark, Ambra wouldn’t exist. At least not now. Not in the form it has taken. And without Ambra, owners Chris D’Ambro and his wife, Marina De Oliveira would’ve never taken over the Southwark space operated for years by Kip and Sheri Wade.

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Royal Sushi & Izakaya Is Open

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Royal Izakaya Staff | Photo via Cristina Tessaro

We’ve been talking about Royal Sushi & Izakaya for almost six years now. First the izakaya concept was a pop-up night at the Khyber Pass Pub and then as a location was chosen at 2nd and Fulton Streets in Queen Village. Then starts and stops that had us doubting the bar would ever open. When the location was announced, it was supposed to open in September, 2011. But what’s five years in the restaurant business? A lifetime of course. On the day the location was announced, Foobooz also wrote about Queen Village’s Village Belle, Fairmount’s Fare, ...

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Plenty Cafe Turns Its Focus to Wine

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Plenty Cafe is adding more taps and they’re dedicated to wine.

Plenty Cafe’s location at 1602 Spruce Street reopens today after a whirlwind redo to make its offerings more in line with the East Passyunk location. That means a fourteen tap system featuring nine tap wines, two cocktails and three beers. Also being rolled out to the Spruce Street location is East Passyunk’s split service model. The cafe will offer counter service from opening till 4 p.m. and then full service from 4 p.m. to midnight. If all goes well, the small plates and evening items will be available by ...

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Seeds and Stems: Hungry Pigeon Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

The breakfast sandwich at Hungry Pigeon KOs the Egg McMuffin | Photo by Neal Santos

The first time I went to Scott Schroeder’s new restaurant, Hungry Pigeon, I showed up for breakfast and liked it so much, I stayed for lunch. There was just something so … welcoming about the place. Comfortable. It felt cool without even trying (which, I suppose, is the essence of cool), and as though it had been living there forever, in its little corner on Fabric Row, rather than for just a few weeks: the pale wood, the tarnished and mismatched silver wrapped in ...

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Revamped Southwark Is Now Open

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

The new brightened interior of Southwark.

Chris D’Ambro and Marina De Oliveira quietly reopened Southwark over the weekend but today they shout it out to the mountains that the Queen Village restaurant is open for business.

For fans of the old Southwark, rest assured that the bar is the same as it was when Kip Wade commanded the bar. The rest of the space has been lightened up and the linens removed from the table.

D’Ambro has been in the restaurant business since he was a 19-year old at Vetri. Since then he’s his Savona in Gulph Mills, Sovana Bistro in Kennett ...

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Hungry Pigeon Now Open All Day

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

The Hungry Pigeon is now open | Photo by Scott Charles Schroeder III

Scott Schroeder and Pat O’Malley quietly opened their Hungry Pigeon for dinner service last week. And now they’re officially open as an all-day eatery.

The menu starts out with a lengthy coffee service with offerings that go far beyond latte and mocha. A savory breakfast menu is served weekdays with O’Malley’s specialty, a selection of pastries. On weekends the breakfast and pastry options expand to include a short rib hash, French toast and a bread basket. Lunchtime offers salads, sandwiches, burgers and a selection of vegan sides. At dinner, ...

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Philly’s First Kitty Café Opening in Queen Village

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

kawaii-kitty-cafe-400There’s a new kind of café opening on Fabric Row next month —one where the cats roam free.

The Kawaii Kitty Café will be the first cat café in Philadelphia and it will foster about 10-15 kittens and cats in need of a home. In other words, not only will you be able to stop by for a drink and a snack, but you can get your cat fix as well.

The idea started when Kristin Eissler was traveling overseas for her previous job and noticed that cat cafés were abundant—especially in Japan—and they were successful. After leaving her stressful corporate job and ...

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Whetstone Tavern Begins Late Night Happy Hour

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

WhetstoneBellyWhetstone Tavern has begun a Late Night Happy Hour. From 10 p.m. to midnight, the Queen Village bar and restaurant is offering $3 beers and $3 house wines every day (yes, including weekends). Chef Jeremy Nolen is also offering his Dad’s Burger (1 patty) and Roast Beef sandwich for $5. That’s just about half-price for the sandwiches.

There will also be a rotating sandwich special as well. Right now that’s the pictured braised pork belly with Korean Napa cabbage slaw. Expect the specialty sandwich to change every three to five days as the culinary team gets creative with the special.

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Plenty’s Rittenhouse Starts Serving Booze Today

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

plenty-center-city-940Earlier this week we told you about the complete redo at Plenty Cafe on East Passyunk. But the Center City location is also getting an upgrade. Starting today, the cafe at 1602 Spruce Street is also serving booze. The drink list includes 5 beers, 1 dry cider, 2 red wines, 2 white wines, Prosecco, mimosas and Bloody Marys.

As for Plenty Cafe’s planned third location in Queen Village, that’s still under construction at 5th and Monroe Streets. The Queen Village location will be the biggest Plenty Cafe at 1,500 square foot. The corner is the anchor of owner Damon Mascieri’s Fabric Lofts, eight bi-level ...

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Twice in a Lifetime: Whetstone Tavern Reviewed

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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Passyunk Pork – pork chop, sharp provolone polenta | Photo by Caroline Russock

Jeremy Nolen—chef at Whetstone, the man behind Brauhaus and Wursthaus Schmitz, lonely local champion of modern German cuisine and a fella who knows an awful lot about tube-shaped meats—stopped by our table somewhere between the drinks arriving and the menus being taken away. He looked distracted, tired— sucking breath like a boxer in the third round suddenly realizing that the guy across the ring from him is more of a fighter than he’d expected.

He’d just come off a crushing brunch. I don’t remember the number ...

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Whetstone Kicks Off Daily Brunch

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo by Emily Teel

Whetstone Tavern offers brunch every day | Photo by Emily Teel

Whetstone Tavern at 5th and Bainbridge is now offering DAILY brunch, seven days a week. Brunch is offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The brunch menu offers breakfast-y dishes like duck confit hash, Carolina shrimp and grits and banana bread French toast. Whetstone dinner plates like the roast beef sandwich and Dad’s Burger are also included on the menu.

The Full Whetstone Tavern Brunch Menu

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Whetstone is also offering an afternoon menu from 3-5 p.m. daily ...

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Square Pie on the Move

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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Pizza ovens being delivered to the former Cochon.

Gene Giuffi’s Square Pie takes over their recently closed Cochon location as of tomorrow. Yesterday the ovens made the short move from the west side of 6th and Catharine Streets to the corner of Passyunk and Catharine.

If all goes well, the Best of Philly winner for new pizzeria will be back in business tomorrow for lunch.

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Pastry Chef Jessica Nolen Opening Bakery and Cafe

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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Jessica Nolen with husband Jeremy at a book signing for their cookbook, New German Cooking.

Jessica Nolen, the pastry chef for Brauhaus Schmitz and Whetstone is striking out on her own. Nolen is opening The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe at 517 S 5th Street, the former home of Cookie Confidential. The Little Bird will make all the bread and pastries for the two restaurants as well as offer breakfast pastries, desserts, soups, salads and lunchtime sandwiches to the public.

Nolen, who is the wife of Brauhaus Schmitz chef and Whetstone owner Jeremy Nolen, has most of her funding in place but has ...

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Chef Rob Marzinsky Pops Up at Little Fish

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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Ready for a pop-up?

Last February, Chef Rob Marzinsky, formerly of Fitler Dining Room hosted a pop-up dinner before jetting off to Australia, Thailand and Vietnam. Well now he’s back and he’s taking what he learned abroad with Australian chef Ben Shewry to host a second pop-up.

Marzinsky is teaming up with chef and former co-worker, Palmer Marinelli to host the lunch and dinner pop-up, DemoTapes2 at Little FishThe pop-up will run from Thursday, August 13th through Sunday, August 16th.

Lunch is curry bowls. Each day will feature a new Thai curry which can be ordered with or without meat. ...

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Opening Menus for Whetstone Tavern

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo by Brian Leahy

Whetstone | Photo by Brian Leahy

Whetstone Tavern, the American restaurant from Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen is scheduled to open this Wednesday, July 15th at 700 South 5th Street. The restaurant, saw several setbacks as it approached its opening day, including water damage, inspection woes, and even a visit from an inflatable rat. But that’s all behind Nolen and Doug Hager, the Brauhaus Schmitz owner who is a partner in Whetstone. The food veers away from the German food that has brought him notoriety at Brauhaus. Instead expect dishes as diverse as Kung Pao chicken wings and Passyunk Pork, ...

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Scott Schroeder Opening Hungry Pigeon in Queen Village

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo by Neal Santos

Pat O’Malley and Scott Schroeder | Photo by Neal Santos

In a project that has managed to stay rather quiet since being presented at a neighborhood meeting last year, the cat (or bird) is finally out of the bag. Hungry Pigeon is a European-style cafe coming to 743 S 3rd Street, on Fabric Row in Queen Village. South Philadelphia Taproom/American Sardine Bar chef Scott Schroeder is behind the project with his longtime friend Patrick O’Malley. O’Malley comes back to Philadelphia from New York’s Balthazar Bakery. Schroeder and O’Malley’s friendship goes back to when the both of them worked at ¡Pasion! with ...

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