Once upon a time, Le Bar Lyonnais was a sexy hideaway beneath Le Bec-Fin. But that time has passed. Le Bec-Fin has given way to Avance. And beneath Avance is its bar—still clandestine, still sexy, but now modern rather than hung with blue velvet drapes and mirrors. The space shares the same theme as the dining room upstairs—black-walnut-topped bar and high tables—but downstairs, the gray walls and low ceilings combine for a darker, more intimate space, ideal for pre-dinner drinks or a late-night rendezvous. The drinks are creative and playfully named; “A Roll of Quarters in a Clutch Purse” and “See You Around the Bend” are among the most clever. Besides the signature cocktails, drinkers can peruse the long menu of liquors, wines and beers. Diners can order from the regular Avance à la carte menu or try one of the bar-only dishes, including the lamb burger—a two-handed sandwich featuring Border Springs Farm lamb topped with red onion marmalade and feta cheese. Ordered at medium-rare, this juicy burger teases at just what chef Justin Bogle has in store upstairs.
First appeared in the March, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Nomad Roman has a pretty great happy hour. It runs seven days a week including late-night on Fridays and Saturdays. And tonight they’re making it even better with Troegs beer paired with Nomad pizzas. From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. one pizza and one Troegs beer is just $8.
The pairings include:
- Margherita Pizza and Troegs Cultivator
- Trenton Tomato Pie and Troegs Pale Ale
- Spicy Soppressata and Nugget Nectar
- Castelvetrano and Scologno with Troegenator
The details of the regular happy hour »
Beginning on Thursday, March 6th, Oyster House will be bringing back classic dishes from the Mink family’s 60+ years in the seafood business. They’ve dusted off their old school menus from Sansom Street Oyster House as well as Kelly’s on Mole in order to feature a special Throwback Thursday dish every week.
Things kick off today with Oyster Pan Roast, oysters lightly poached in a creamy tomato broth and served with blackened shrimp-buttered crostini.
Other throwbacks will include Crab Imperial, and Dockside Flounder. The full schedule of chef Brett Naylor’s Throwback Thursday plates will be announced via social media. So follow @PHLoysterhouse on Twitter and Instagram or Like them on Facebook.
Oyster House [Foobooz]
As we continue the Year of the Cheesesteak, we’ll be taking a look at cheesesteak spots that are new, been flying under the radar or been suggested to us. Today, we visit the SPOT Burgers truck at The Porch at 30th Street Station. Yes, SPOT Burgers has gotten plenty of rightful ink for their hamburgers but you cannot sleep on owner Josh Kim’s cheesesteaks.
The Tale of the Tape »
Shawn Darragh and Ben Puchowitz have signed a lease for the current El Zarape at 12th, Passyunk and Morris Streets. Passyunk Post has the details on what will not be another Cheu Noodle Bar but a different Asian concept. No doubt inspired by Darragh and Puchowitz’s recent trip through Asia.
El Zarape will be open through March 14th, when it will move to 1304 S 9th Street.
Huge! Owners of Cheu Noodle Bar plan second restaurant in El Zarape space [Passyunk Post]
Tonight, Northern Liberties newest bar, Bourbon and Branch is kicking off its burlesque and variety shows with the Beauty Brains troupe. That goes down at 8 p.m. but before that, there are other attractions at B&B. Namely, the pictured banh mi sliders which are half-price between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Bourbon and Branch [Foobooz]
File this one under positive thoughts. Here’s the March schedule for food trucks at The Porch at 30th Street Station. We’ll be dining outside in no time.
This month, breakfast will be served on Mondays and Tuesdays. Lunch will be served, each weekday but Thursday.
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On Sunday, March 9th, Il Pittore will be presenting a special five-course wine dinner with exclusive pairings from c. Pira & Figli Winery. Chef Chris Painter has created a special menu for the dinner, with each course tailored to pair each wine served. Winemaker Chiara Boschis will be on hand to walk guests through each selection.
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This Saturday, March 8th is another edition of the Craft Beer Express. Twelve Philadelphia craft beer bars are throwing special events and they are all connected by a series of hop-on-hop-off buses. It’s pay-as-you-go for the events, $10 for the bus. You can buy your bus tickets at any participating bar or purchase them online. Just make sure you click the link for the bar from which you will be boarding the bus. Check out each bar’s special event.
On the day of the event, make sure you follow @CraftBeerXpress for updates on bus locations and more.
Craft Beer Express [Official]
The Federal Donuts coming to 3428 Sansom Street is opening shortly. How shortly? According to a tweet from Federal Donuts yesterday, “in fewer days than you can count on two Simpsons hands.” Which if our arithmetic is correct, means the new Federal Donuts will open within eight days, seven as of today. Unless thumbs don’t count, then it’s five.
Counting on Simpson fingers is tougher than it seems.
UPDATE: Just got word that FedNuts West will be opening the doors at 7am on Monday, March 10–which, true to their promise, is a number of days that can be counted on two Simpsons hands.
All the new flavors of donuts and fried chicken right this way…