If the thought of watching another Eagles game right now is just too much to bear, here’s something to do instead. Distract (or anesthetize) yourself by drinking a whole lot of beer at World Café Live’s seventh annual winter beer fest. A variety of styles will be represented, but there’ll be special attention placed on dark and winter beers (natch), of both foreign and domestic origin.
The Whiskeyhickon Boys will be playing, and among the 40+ confirmed breweries are Avery, Bell’s, Dogfish Head, Troegs (maybe with some Mad Elf?) and Duck Rabbit. Everything will be happening downstairs at World Cafe Live, starting at 1pm (same as game time). And all it’ll take is $40 to get you through the door.
Winter beer Festival [World Cafe Live]
The Pub gets in the holiday spirit | Photo by Dan McQuade
Danya Henninger reviews The Pub for the Courier-Post and finds that the throwback steakhouse is still worth a trip, for the drinks, the all-you-can-eat salad bar and of course, the steaks.
No seasoning is added to the choice cuts, but the char over hickory is enough to saturate even the biggest cuts of meat with flavor. A 12-ounce filet mignon was surprisingly easy to polish off — I don’t think I’ve ever seen three quarters of a pound of beef disappear so fast.
At $35.99 (including salad bar and sides), that giant filet is a good value. The stuffed flounder ($25.99) was less exciting, but still a good deal, since the huge mound of seafood was full of big, sweet jumbo lump crab, and the fish was perfectly flaky.
Dining Review: The Pub
The Pub [Official]
Everything Fresh has opened at 1222 Walnut Street.
Here’s a look at what’s happening in food market news in-and-around Philadelphia. This past Saturday marked the last farmers’ market at Headhouse Square but there are several outdoor farmers’ markets that go all year long, most notably the Clark Park farmers’ market in West Philadelphia that happens every Saturday morning.
In some very surprising news, Local Collingswood closed after just three weeks in operation. The market was located in a former Woolworths on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. It closed after the owners decided the business wasn’t sustainable. Check out the NJPen.com article for more on the downfall.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan reviews La Peg and finds that the restaurant it heading in the right direction after a rocky start. But along the way, at least there were some naked performers and a great view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and Delaware River.
By my final visit in December, though, a shift to a more traditional app-entree menu format, and a subtle reversion to a more classic French repertoire, seemed to have smoothed out most kinks in chef de cuisine Nicholas Bazik’s kitchen.
Two Bells – Very Good
La Peg, pumping up the polish [Philadelphia Inquirer]
La Peg [Foobooz]
A recent dish at Conshohocken’s Blackfish | Photo via Blackfish
In years past, there always seemed to be a few suburban spots we could depend on to crack our list of the best restaurants in Philly—places that were worth the drive and the time it took to step outside the echo chamber of Philly’s urban restaurant scene.
This year, though, was tougher. We lost a couple places that were always solid, saw some brave, pioneering chefs looking outside the more traditional restaurant neighborhoods, and decided that while not really strong enough yet to deserve a full list of its own, the suburban scene was sufficiently interesting to stand slightly apart from the main catalog of the 50 Best Restaurants.
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From left, Laurel chefs Kyle McCormick, Edmund Konrad, Nick Elmi, and Paul Becker.
| Photo by Michael Persico
Three months. That’s about how long it takes us to eat at every important restaurant in the city. And then eat there again. And, sometimes, again.
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The holiday season might be upon us, but the restaurant news just keeps coming. Here’s what you might’ve missed…
Shopping For Foodies Trey Popp’s Holiday Gift Guide, parts 1-5
Anthrax In Atlantic City The band, we mean, who are releasing their own bourbon brand
One Liberty Place Is Getting A Restaurant And an observation deck, too
Hop Sing Laundromat Is Throwing A Sneakers Party Comfortable footwear allowed, just for one night
Top Chef Episode 9 Recap Literature-to-table cooking
Instacart Teams Up With Di Bruno Bros. Because sometimes you just really need cheese delivered to you in an hour
Main Line Happenings Ardmore is becoming a beer destination?
Stephen Starr Invents Novel Way To Make You Overpay For A Pitcher The growler deal at Dandelion…isn’t
Fork Debuts Winter “Our Terroir” Menu Just another menu from the King Of Menus, Eli Kulp
Tickets Are Now On Sale For Philly Cooks It’s gonna be the best party of the year
This week, we’re running daily surveys, polling readers about where they believe certain restaurants will land on Philadelphia magazine list of the 50 Best Restaurants.
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Michael Solomonov of Zahav, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, etc. appears on the above edition of Munchies where he explains how to make a Hanukkah slow roasted short rib while wearing his bathrobe.
Also of note, we have the menu for Zahav’s Very Jewish Christmas that is set for December 23rd. Tickets still remain.
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It’s time, friends, to say goodbye for the year to the Headhouse Farmer’s Market, as this Sunday will be the last one until spring. While this cornerstone of Philly’s market scene is winding down for the year, you still have a chance this weekend to plan a trip to Headhouse (or Rittenhouse, Fitler Square, Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill or whatever your market of choice is) to pick up the goods for your holiday table. Haven’t planned your menu yet? Here’s a little inspiration…
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