Happy Thanksgiving from Foobooz

As is our tradition here at Foobooz, we end our pre-Thanksgiving posts with WKRP in Cincinnati’s “Turkeys Away” episode. One of the finest bits of comedy ever created. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s worth the 24 minutes. And if then you’ve already hit Play.
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Black Friday Means Dark Beers at These Philly Bars

Black truffle deviled eggs and a black beer at Bru | Photo via Bru Craft & Wurst

Black truffle deviled eggs and a black beer at Bru | Photo via Bru Craft & Wurst

Somewhere along the line someone got the good idea to tap some stouts, porters, black IPAs and other dark beers on Black Friday. And so now that’s becoming as much a tradition as heading out to the mall early. But we have to say, dark beers appeal to us a lot more than heading out to a big box store while its still dark out.

So check out these dark beers on Black Friday specials, and one that couldn’t wait till Friday.

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LISTEN: Chefs Andrew Wood and Guillermo Pernot Talk Turkey

radio-times-400Today, Wednesday, November 25th, Andrew Wood, executive chef of Russet and Guillermo Pernot, chef-partner of Cuba Libre will be guests of WHYY’s Radio Times as host Marty Moss-Coane continues the show’s Thanksgiving tradition of inviting in area chefs to talk turkey and all the fixings.

The chefs will be on in the second hour of the show, that means from 11 a.m. to noon on 90.9 FM and rebroadcast from 11 p.m. to midnight. Radio Times can also be heard on Sirius/XM’s NPR Now 122 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

WHYY’s Radio Times [Official]

Whetstone Tavern Begins Late Night Happy Hour

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.

For more late night deals, check out these Late Night Happy Hours.

Whetstone Tavern [Foobooz]

Tonight: Pub & Kitchen Goes Country

p and k country delightWhen Pub & Kitchen held their first Country Delight night six years ago, I suggested bringing your own earplugs. Now I’m married to a country music fan and I admit, sometimes I tap along to the twangy tunes. I’m not happy about it (the tapping along to country music part, not the married part, being married is great), but it’s true.

Tonight, Tuesday, November 24th, P&K will be throwing another country night with cheap beer, cheap whiskey and an impressive menu from chef Eli Collins. Collins will be frying up chicken and trout, smoking pork shoulder and ribs, and also whipping up mac and cheese, peel-and-eat shrimp and much more.

Grab three friends and order the “I’m Higher than Willie Nelson” Platter. The $91 feast comes with a dozen oysters, fried chicken, brisket, pork ribs, collard greens, coleslaw, classy biscuit, burnt ends beans and whiskey on the side.

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Girard on Girard Moving to Breakfast and Brunch Only

avocado-toast-girardJust in time for its first anniversary, Girard on Girard is shifting its concept to focus on daily breakfast and brunch only. The change goes into effect on Tuesday, December 1st and will feature a new menu as well as new hours.

The BYOB will open daily at 7 a.m., serving coffee, breakfast sandwiches, house-made pastries and morning specials.

Chef and owner Brian Oliveira says he’s “listened to what the neighborhood told us they wanted, which was a more casual place where they could relax, grab a coffee, and enjoy our popular brunch menu all week long.”

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Mike Stollenwerk’s 26 North Is Now Open

26 North, BYOB by Michael Stollenwerk

26 North, BYOB by Michael Stollenwerk

Last night was the official opening of Mike Stollenwerk’s latest restaurant, 26 North. The Old City BYOB features a seafood-centric menu of Stollenwerk’s greatest hits. Yep, skate wing with truffled spaetzle is on the menu, as is salmon belly and seared octopus. The space feels particularly large for a BYOB. The 48-seats in the long space with high ceilings provides plenty of room between tables. A marked difference for the chef who first got noticed in the tiny kitchen and restaurant of Little Fish. In addition to the seafood hits, 26 North also offers lamb for meat lovers and a vegetarian entree.

The space features exposed brick walls with dark wood accents. The wall art features pages from the Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications. A marble bar in the center of the room is a leftover from when the space was going to be a coffee shop but will be put to good use, especially at lunch.

The restaurant is currently dinner only but weekday lunch will be starting shortly with a “Hand Helds” section.

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Paesano’s Offering Scrapple Cheesesteak Seen on Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods

Peter McAndrews' Scrapple Cheesesteak is on the menu now.

Peter McAndrews’ Scrapple Cheesesteak is on the menu now.

Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods were in town for their 200th episode and Zimmern got together with Paesano’s Peter McAndrews for a scrapple cheesesteak. In the episode, which first was broadcast a month ago, McAndrews walks Zimmern through making the scrapple and turning it into a riff on the cheesesteak. McAndrews compares the sandwich to Philadelphia itself, ballsy, tough, made with love, integrity and flavor.

The sandwich is currently on the menu at the Italian Market location of Paesano’s. That location has just extended its hours. You can now get a Paesano’s sandwich from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays.

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Japanese Curry Festival in Ardmore

maido-curry-festivalMaido, the Japanese grocery market and restaurant in Ardmore is throwing down a Japanese curry challenge for this Saturday, November 28th. The curry festival pits homemade curries from customers against Maido’s house curry. Over a dozen pre-registered contestants have a shot at $350 in prizes. Maido will also be offering tastes of the dishes from the restaurant’s new expanded menu.

Japanese curry is very different from Indian curry and no two Japanese curries are the same.

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The Procrastinator’s Guide to Thanksgiving

Pecan pie at Percy Street

Pecan pie at Percy Street

So there’s less than a week left until Thanksgiving … and you still aren’t ready. Maybe you have a good excuse, or maybe you’re just the type of person who always leaves your plans or your food contribution to the last moment – and even then, you just show up with booze. (Not that there’s anything wrong with showing up with booze.) Whatever the case, we’ve got some truly great ideas and last-minute lifesavers. Whether you’re still trying to find something special to bring to party, or desperately looking for a place to get a table for eight, this guide is for you. Read more »

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