Laurel Goes Exclusively to Tasting Menus

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Starting in May, Laurel will be moving to only offering tasting menus. Currently, Nick Elmi’s East Passyunk BYOB offers the option of a la carte during the week with tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays. Elmi tells us, 70% of weeknight guests are now choosing the tasting menu and “it really doesn’t make sense for a small space like ours to carry a full menu.” Elmi says it has always been the goal to go tasting menu only at Laurel, and the restaurant’s reception has allowed him to speed up the process.

The number of courses and pricing remains the same, 7 courses for $85 per person.

May reservations will be available beginning on Tuesday, March 3rd, starting at noon.

Laurel [Foobooz]
50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia – 2015 [Foobooz]

Iron Hill Adding 12th Location

photo_ironhillIron Hill Brewery which opened its 11th location late last year in Ardmore has announced its next location. Iron Hill founders Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies have picked the Huntingdon Valley for their location number 12. Expected to open in early 2016, the brewpub will be located in the Huntingdon Valley Shopping Center at Huntingdon Pike and Rockledge Avenue.

And if you’re anything like me, know that Huntingdon Valley, isn’t some far off land but is just outside of the city line, near Fox Chase and east of Jenkintown.

Iron Hill began in Newark, Delaware back in 1996 and has expanded regularly over the last 19 years. The brewpub chain has regularly brought home awards from the Great American Beer Festival, this past year saw them bring home three.

Iron Hill – Huntingdon Valley [Foobooz]

First Philadelphia Area Pliny the Younger Tastings Scheduled

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Get the Pliny, it goes fast.

Yesterday, Tom Peters of Monk’s Cafe sent out an email to his mailing list announcing that the beer temple would be pouring the highly sought after Russian River beer on Monday morning, March 2nd at 11:30 a.m. The event is cash only and raises money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. In addition to Pliny the Younger, Monk’s will be pouring other Russian River favorites including:

  • Pliny the Elder
  • Blind Pig
  • Damnation
  • Temptation
  • Supplication
  • and many more

Where else can you find Pliny »

Six Pack: Top Picks for Hot Dogs in Philadelphia

Tuscan Tony from Paesano's

Tuscan Tony from Paesano’s

With last month’s surprising news that Hot Diggity closed on South Street and the most recent bummer about Moe’s Hot Dog House at Grays Ferry and Washington Avenue closing, we got to thinking about where else you can get a good hot dog in Philadelphia. Yes, you can get a hot dog at just about every street vendor, but we were thinking about hot dogs a step above.

Here is our list of some of the top hot dogs in Philadelphia.

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NOW OPEN: The Lanes at South Bowl

south-bowl-lanes-940The long awaited South Bowl has softly opened on Oregon Avenue, just east of I-95. The 26-lane bowling alley from the team that brought us North Bowl is currently open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. In addition to being much bigger than its neighbor to the north, South Bowl also offers pizzas from a wood-fired oven.

The two-floor space includes a large bar, private lane nook and a roof deck. Grand opening festivities will be announced soon.

More on the food at South Bowl

South Bowl [Foobooz]

Avram Hornik Bringing William Street Common to University City

Photo by Jason Melcher

Photo by Jason Melcher

Zagat has the scoop on William Street Common, the new restaurant and bar from Avram Hornik (Morgan’s Pier, Union Transfer, Boot & Saddle and more) and chef David Gilberg (Koo Zee Doo, Morgan’s Pier in 2014). There will be no tipping at William Street Common though there will be a service charge added. Check out Zagat for more on that. We’re much more excited for Gilberg’s food, the old-school arcade with Skee-Ball, $5 cocktails, and the three drink brunch with bottomless donuts.

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Old City Shuffling

irish-pol-show-400Drink Philly has the scoop on Irish Pol, the long running Irish/Polish bar at 45 S 3rd Street is closing this Saturday, February 28th.

But the bar will resurface at 114 Market Street, the subterranean home to a club and eons ago, a restaurant named DiPalma’s.

No word on when the reopening will occur.

Irish Pol to Close Its 3rd Street Doors and Reopen on Market Street [Drink Philly]
Irish Pol [Facebook]

Pop Shop Opens in Medford

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Collingswood family institution, The Pop Shop has opened in Medford. This second location takes over the former Farmers and Mechanics Bank at the corner of Main and Bank Streets. The inside is very reminiscent of the Collingswood location with a vintage soda fountain feel.

This Saturday, February 28th will be the official grand opening with live music outside from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and an official ribbon cutting ceremony set for 12:30 p.m. Inside, balloon artists will be on hand to entertain.

The menu will be the same as the Collingswood location with plenty of milkshakes and grilled cheeses to choose from.

The Pop Shop – Medford [Foobooz]

Blackfish Brings Back Downton Abbey Dinner

Downton-Abbey-Dinner-940Blackfish’s Downton Abbey themed dinner is back on Sunday, March 8th. Inspired by the popular British TV show, chef and owner Chip Roman and his team are creating a meal fit for the Crawleys.

Highlights from Mrs. Patmore’s Roman’s menu include:

  • Smoked Salmon Rillettes with stone ground mustard, crostini
  • Royal Miyagi Oysters with champagne vinegar mignonette
  • Mrs. Patmore’s London Particular with petite pois, smoked ham hock, yorkshire pudding
  • Escargot A La Mrs. Hughes with fermented garlic, parsley, oyster mushroom, grilled bread
  • Downton Estates Wild Boar with stewed barley, madeira, green peppercorn
  • English Eccles Cake with black currant, sweetened yogurt

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