New Year’s Day

Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC

Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC

What are you doing for New Year’s Day? As we were recently quoted as saying, “when you drink on New Years Day, you drink with the pros.” We think we’re proud of saying that.

There is of course the Mummer’s Parade and with it a boat load of traditions. Will you be at Philadelphia’s oldest bar, McGillin’s Olde Ale House for a pint? Or perhaps at Dirty Frank’s, where men in sequin rule the roost.

A few miles away from the parade route will see the unveiling of Local 44, 20 taps of beer and bottles of Orval will start flowing at 5pm.

NYD brunch is a growing tradition. Check out our incomplete list of brunch spots and other happenings after the jump.

New Year’s Day

Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC

Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC

What are you doing for New Year’s Day? As we were recently quoted as saying, “when you drink on New Years Day, you drink with the pros.” We think we’re proud of saying that.

There is of course the Mummer’s Parade and with it a boat load of traditions. Will you be at Philadelphia’s oldest bar, McGillin’s Olde Ale House for a pint? Or perhaps at Dirty Frank’s, where men in sequin rule the roost.

A few miles away from the parade route will see the unveiling of Local 44, 20 taps of beer and bottles of Orval will start flowing at 5pm.

NYD brunch is a growing tradition. Check out our incomplete list of brunch spots and other happenings after the jump.

No Luck Necessary

David Snyder finds that South Philadelphia’s Lucky 13 Pub is dishing out some good grub.

I appreciated that Johnson paired a sausage and peppers app with a minty couscous, but it was the depth of flavor in his herbed tomato broth, along with the deliciously spicy merguez from D’Angelo Bros., that made this dish special. I liked the contrast of the rich tempura batter on the Mexican wild shrimp against the bitter orange zest in the glaze. Johnson deserves props not only for putting a sustainable seafood choice like bluefish on the menu, but also for taming its oily texture with a crispy cumin and coriander rub and a tangy puttanesca-style sauce.

Luck of the Draw [City Paper]
Lucky 13 [Official Site]

Getting To Little Fish

little_fishBon Appetit’s ranking of Little Fish as one of the country’s top seafood restaurants has sent local writers to the tiny South 6th Street eatery. Last week it was Trey Popp who belatedly made it into the restaurant and this week Adam Erace visits, finding the pint sized spot can put off cravings for summer seafood.

Swimfan [City Paper]
Little Fish calms stubborn seafood cravings [Philadelphia Weekly]
Little Fish [Official Site]

Taste Daily: Dining on the Cheap: Snockey’s Oyster and Crab House

I lived in Queen Village for a year and never stepped into the venerable Second Street fish house, Snockey’s. But this recent eGullet discussion of my favorite briny bivalve drew me in. The place is casual and brightly lit. There’s no fancy mignonette sauce like at Ansill or Pub & Kitchen. But I enjoyed freshly shucked Chincoteagues for 75 cents apiece during a recent “Clammy Hour” and a pint of Flying Fish’s extra pale ale for just 2 bucks.

Sarcone’s Internet Video


Sarcone’s Deli has live video streaming on their web site and that just tickles us for some reason.

Looks like just a couple people are waiting so hurry over for the Junkyard Special. By the way Sarcone’s is looking to move into their new digs next door sometime in early 2009.

Sarcone’s Deli [Official Site]

Critic’s Notebook: The Top 10 (New) Dishes of 2008

10. Navratna curry at Ekta: The vegetables in this creamy-with-a-kick cashew sauce are not overcooked or mushy — rare for Indian food.

9. Fried olives at Le Virtu: These crisp goodies are stuffed with moist and flavorful braised beef, pork and chicken.

8. The Remy Roll at Izumi: This unusual roll is filled with white fish, eel and crab, then topped with savory bonito flakes and homemade mayo.

7. Chestnut potato gnocchi at The Blue Horse Restaurant & Tavern: I’m still thinking about these light, nutty dumplings almost a full year after I had them.

6. Trout in brown butter at 10 Arts: Fresh local fish in the best brown butter sauce I’ve ever tasted.

5. French onion soup at Parc: A crock of onion soup is so often a let down. Not here — it’s everything you want it to be: A rich broth filled with sweet onions and topped with bubbly provolone and gruyere cheese.

4. Greek meatballs at Pub & Kitchen: The flavorful, seared exterior and moist pink inside are the perfect bar bite.

3. Athenian stuffed pepper at Kanella: Rarely do I clean my plate on a review meal, but I devoured every molecule of this vegetarian entrée of peppers stuffed with feta, olives, onions and tomatoes and paired with lentils, rice and yogurt.

2. Tortilla soup at Distrito: Tortilla soup is one of my favorite dishes and this one, brothy and herbaceous with tender chicken and a hint of tomato, is simply the best I’ve ever had.

1. Hummus and laffa at Zahav: If I had to commit to only one food for the rest of my life, it would be Zahav’s heavenly, creamy, nutty hummus-masbacha with fresh laffa.

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