Introducing the Bruno at Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

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The Bruno at Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

Chef Brian Lofink got inspired while walking through Di Bruno Bros. recently. And with all that cheese and other wonderful products, that’s not surprising. So Lofink got to grabbing cheeses, balsamic dressing, bacon and more. Then he headed back to Kermit’s Bake Shop to create a the fanciest pizza the bakery and pizza shop has made yet.

The Bruno, as this brussels sprouts pizza is called, is offered as a whole pie only. The $25 winter pizza is earthy, smoky, bright and acidic. An intense and delicious pie for sure. Since getting to sample it a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been waiting for it to finally be offered for sale so I can get it again.

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Little Lion Launches Happy Hour

Southern Poutine, exclusively during the Little Lion's happy hour.

Southern Poutine, exclusively during the Little Lion’s happy hour.

Starting this evening, the Little Lion at 3rd and Chestnut rolls out its happy hour. Among the highlights, southern poutine, which is handcut fries tossed in a dry rub and then topped with pork belly, short rib jus, farmers cheese sauce, fried egg and scallion. To wash that down there are beer wine and cocktail specials.

The Little Lion happy hour runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays throughout the Old City restaurant.

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Revamped Southwark Is Now Open

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The new brightened interior of Southwark.

Chris D’Ambro and Marina De Oliveira quietly reopened Southwark over the weekend but today they shout it out to the mountains that the Queen Village restaurant is open for business.

For fans of the old Southwark, rest assured that the bar is the same as it was when Kip Wade commanded the bar. The rest of the space has been lightened up and the linens removed from the table.

D’Ambro has been in the restaurant business since he was a 19-year old at Vetri. Since then he’s his Savona in Gulph Mills, Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square and both Talula’s Table and Talula’s Garden. It was at Talula’s Garden that he met De Oliveira.

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Loco Pez Is Coming to Graduate Hospital

The Twi-Lite Lounge looks to add a floor and become a second Loco Pez.

The Twi-Lite Lounge looks to add a floor and become a second Loco Pez.

Over the summer we told you that the Twi-Lite Lounge at 20th and Bainbridge had been acquired by Loco Pez owner Joe Beckham and his partners. At the the time Beckham wouldn’t say for sure if the one-time nuisance bar would be remade into a second Loco Pez but now that has been confirmed.

Before the Graduate Hospital neighborhood gets another taco joint (Loco Pez would join Cafe Ynez, Los Camaradas and Tio Flores in the area), there will be some extensive work put into the property. Up first, a meeting with the South of South Neighbors Association’s Zoning Committee. The proposal is to add a second floor to the corner building. That meeting is set for Tuesday, February 17th at the SOSNA office (1901 Christian Street) at 7 p.m.

Zoning Committee Meeting [SOSNA]

Opa Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Spanakopita: spinach, kefalotiri & feta cheese, house made filo

Spanakopita: spinach, kefalotiri and feta cheese, house made filo

Owners George and Vasiliki Tsiouris and chef Bobby Saritsoglou are celebrating the fifth anniversary of Midtown Village’s Opa today with a special menu of $5 bites and drinks all day.

The menu includes favorites like hummus with yellow fava bean puree, slow cook roast pork and spanakopita stuffed with spinach, kefalotiri and feta cheese.

Drink deals are also available including:

  • Xinouli – a Greek-style margarita
  • Gai’a Notios Red Wine
  • Trace Ouzo – a Greek Spirit

The specials are available all day as is the rest of Opa’s menu of Greek dishes.

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Helm Team Opening Second Restaurant

Photo by Emily Teel

Photo by Emily Teel

When Michael Griffiths and Kevin D’Egidio opened Helm in Kensington last March, they were relative unknowns despite solid resumes. Grifftihs had been at Lacroix, Rittenhouse Tavern and opened Ela with Jason Cichonski. Directly prior to Helm his was a sous chef at Fork. D’Egidio had a similarly solid resume with work at Tangerine and Lacroix plus being Chris Kearse’s opening sous chef at Will. He headed out on his own after a stint as the head chef at Stateside. Now they’ve debuted at number ten on Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2016 and are already planning their second restaurant.

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For One Night Abe Fisher Is Going Korean

Koreatown comes to Abe Fisher

Koreatown comes to Abe Fisher

For one night only, Abe Fisher executive chef Yehuda Sichel will collaborate with Manhattan’s Deuki Hong for a short rib feast.

Hong and writer Matt Rodbard are releasing a cookbook: Koreatown: A Cookbook. Hong is the chef at the hit Korean barbecue restaurant Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong in Manhattan’s Koreatown. Rodbard is familiar with Sichel and Abe Fisher after calling the restaurant’s Montreal-style short ribs “smoked meat nirvana” for Food Republic

On Tuesday, March 1st, the two chefs will come together on a four-course short rib focused dinner. Tickets to the dinner are $150 per could and include one cookbook. There will be two seatings, one at 5:30 pm and a second at 8:30 pm.

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Garces Promises Wood-Fired Fare at His Next Restaurant

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Garces and his culinary team will also have a research and development kitchen adjacent to 24.

In other Garces Group news, Amada New York is getting closer as final hires are being made. The first New York restaurant from the Iron Chef will be opening shortly with chef Justin Bogle at the helm.

And mark your calendars for Friday, March 18th. That’s the date of the Garces Foundation’s Annual Benefit.

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Last Call for Philly Cooks

philly cooks last call 400Tickets to Philly Cooks are just about sold out and sales will close at 5 p.m. today. Philly Cooks happens on Tuesday, February 16th and features more than 40 of Philadelphia’s best restaurants offering bites of their food at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

In addition to the food there will be craft cocktails and a dessert lounge that cannot be skipped.

Get your tickets before it is too late.

Philly Cooks [Philadelphia Magazine]

World Readies for La Colombe Draft Latte

Di Bruno Bros. Emilio Mignucci with a cup of La Colombe Draft Latte.

Di Bruno Bros. Emilio Mignucci with a cup of La Colombe Draft Latte.

Back in June, Todd Carmichael told Philadelphia magazine that he planned to revolutionize the world with his Starbucks killing canned draft latte. A bold statement for the founder of Philadelphia’s La Colombe but that’s the kind of guy he is.

Shortly after that statement, he rolled out draft latte at all his cafes in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. This week, Di Bruno Bros. Rittenhouse Square location at 18th and Chestnut Streets became the first external location to offer La Colombe Draft Latte on tap.

Draft Latte for the uninitiated is a frothy iced latte served from a tap system. The process allows La Colombe to pressurize the milk and give it a silky textured mouthfeel like a traditional latte.

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