Here’s What’s #OpenInPHL

We coined the #OpenInPHL hashtag back when Hurricane Irene was drenching us in 2011. We thought it would be an interesting social media experiment and useful tool for people looking to splash their way to a local bar.

Today, businesses take to the hashtag without prompting, telling everyone when and where they can go to avoid cabin fever.

And as the big snow storm closes in, here’s what’s #OpenInPHL.

Here’s what’s #OpenInPHL »

The Food at South Bowl

south-bowl-purple-940Jennifer Choplin will be co-sous chef at South Bowl when it opens (soonish?) in South Philadelphia. Choplin, who has been in the kitchen at many Philadelphia restaurants/bars including Dock Street, Taproom on 19th, SoWe and others will be working with chef Todd Goldman, who is the chef at North Bowl and co-sous, Mark McQuown.

Choplin dishes to Food Junkets about her career and what we can expect from the kitchen at South Bowl. Namely, pizza, tots, burgers and something for young and old.

Get more dirt on the menu at Food Junkets.

Interview: Jennifer Choplin Talks about Her Move to South Bowl Philly, Her Pizza Education [Food Junkets]

Iron Hill Updates House Beers

pintglasses_artOn Monday, February 2nd, Iron Hill Brewery will debut a new line of house beers at all 11 of their locations.

White Iron Wit, an unfiltered Belgian-style wheat beer; Ore House IPA, an American IPA with citrus and pine aroma and flavor; and Witberry, another wheat beer, this one brewed with a touch of raspberry, orange and spice flavors.

The three new beers will join Iron Hill Light Lager, Pig Iron PorterVienna Red Lager and the rotating Belgian as Iron Hill’s house beers. Gone from Iron Hill’s lineup is the Raspberry Wheat and Ironbound Ale.

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Hunger Burger Opening in the Reading Terminal

hunger burger february squareGeorge and Kim Mickel, who already own By George! in the Reading Terminal Market are getting ready to open a second stall, Hunger Burger. The burger stand is scheduled to open on February 2nd on the center court of the market.

Hunger Burger will serve up Black Angus beef burgers, fries, breakfast burgers, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and milkshakes made with the Terminal’s Bassett’s Ice Cream.

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All Restaurants Confirmed for Philly Cooks

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The Foobooz Speakeasy

If you were waiting to until all of the restaurants were confirmed before buying your tickets to the Philly Cooks Big Event, your time is now. 50 restaurants and bakeries will be at the February 18th event, including many from Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2015, plus some of the most exciting newcomers to Philadelphia.

Another feature returning this year is the Foobooz Speakeasy. The bar and lounge will be helmed by bartenders from Franky Bradley’s, Olde Bar and the Franklin.

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What’s a Weekend Without Football?

sports-triva-fb-796x1024What’s a weekend without football? Well it’s pretty awful. All anyone does is talk about Tom Brady’s balls. If you want to get beyond that, head to Founding Fathers Sports Bar at 1617 South Street on Sunday afternoon, at 5:30 p.m. for an all-football Quizzo hosted by Johnny Goodtimes.

In addition to the quiz, select craft beer will be available for $4.50 and nachos and quesadillas will be $5.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar [Foobooz]

Fond Adds $35 Prix Fixe, Revamps Menus for Winter

Chef's Table at Fond

Chef’s Table at Fond

Fond on East Passyunk Avenue has updated its menu for winter 2015. Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki’s restaurant is now offering a $35 prix fixe menu that changes weekly.

That’s in addition to the regular a la carte menu and the five ($59) and seven course ($69) menus, Fond’s Chef’s Table can be reserved for four to ten people and chef Styer will work with his guests to create a custom nine-course tasting menu.

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Three More Tasting Tours Are Now on Sale

PhillyCooksLogo_2014Tuesday, our first two sets of Tasting Tours went on sale and the tickets went fast (as of now there is just a single ticket to the Center City tour left). Today, we’ve put our final three tours on sale.

The East Passyunk Tour is sure to sell out in a flash. The tour kicks off with a stop at the number one restaurant on Philadelphia magazine’s #1 restaurant for 2015, LaurelTop Chef winner Nick Elmi will demonstrate and serve his fresh gnocchi with wines to match. Then it is off to Brigantessa for pizzas, appetizers and matching beers. The final stop is at Townsend where the tricks of pairing food and wine will be spilled over organic chicken with leg galantine, speck, sultanas, walnuts, baby turnips and rosemary aigre-doux.

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Get a $10 Dinner from Pizzeria Vetri

Get a Rotolo and that pistachio sauce, right to your door | Courtney Apple

Rotolo | Courtney Apple

Postmates, a-kind-of-Uber-for-delivery service has launched in Philadelphia and they’re partnering with Pizzeria Vetri on a swell deal.

Today and tomorrow, you can use Postmates’ app for a mid-week pizza party. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., you can order Pizzeria Vetri’s Best of Philly winning rotolo appetizer and pizza (Margherita, Marinara or Renato) for just $10. Normally that would run you $16.50 to $18.50 and Postmates is paying for the delivery fee too. So this a really good deal. So good I ordered it myself yesterday.

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Restaurant Week Alternative: American Sardine Bar

american sardine bar gourmet pittsburgh cheesesteakScott Schroeder is upgrading his Best of Philly winning Pittsburgh Cheesesteak between now and January 30th, during dinner hours (5 pm. to 10 p.m.), as an alternative to Center City’s restaurant week.

The $35 Pittsburgh Cheesesteak at American Sardine Bar is a 60-day dry-aged Creekstone NY Strip, grilled royal trumpet mushrooms, truffled triple cream Brie and foie gras gravy fries served on a seeded roll. The over-the-top-steak is accompanied with a pickle salad.

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