Another Weekend of Crabs

Photo by Arthur Etchells

Photo by Arthur Etchells

Since a Sunday hockey post-game barbecue turned into a crab fest a few weeks ago, I’ve had a major hankering for crabs. Last week there were several events to satiate that craving and this Labor Day weekend looks to have several more.

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Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House Coming to SugarHouse

hugos-bar-sugarhouse-400 Today, as we predictedSugarHouse Casino announced that Chicago’s Gibsons Restaurant Group Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House in the expanded casino that is expected to open before 2015 ends.

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House will be located in the northwest corner on the first floor of SugarHouse’s second phase. The restaurant, with its bar and dining rooms will accommodate more than 300 guests.

The restaurant will offer steak, chops, fresh seafood, featuring lobster, king crab legs, oysters and a variety of fish. Exclusive to SugarHouse’s Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House is the Philly Cut. A 12-ounce ribeye cap aged 50 days and cooked with smoked provolone, crispy shallots and fried herbs.

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Whetstone Kicks Off Daily Brunch

Photo by Emily Teel

Whetstone Tavern offers brunch every day | Photo by Emily Teel

Whetstone Tavern at 5th and Bainbridge is now offering DAILY brunch, seven days a week. Brunch is offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The brunch menu offers breakfast-y dishes like duck confit hash, Carolina shrimp and grits and banana bread French toast. Whetstone dinner plates like the roast beef sandwich and Dad’s Burger are also included on the menu.

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New Reservations App Comes to Town

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Is Reserve an OpenTable killer?

In what seems to be the never ending quest to take a bite out of OpenTable (remember CityEats?), a new reservations app came to town today. Reserve rolled out in Philadelphia with more than 20 of city’s best restaurants onboard. Reserve is also in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. The service is free to restaurants and to users for the first six weeks. After that, Reserve will charge diners a $5 concierge fee per reservation. Reserve customers are also required to leave a review before they can reserve a second meal.

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$8 Pizzas All Day at Bufad: Meatless Mid-Week on Wednesday

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Meatless Mid-Week: Pizza topped with eggplant, basil, pine nuts, and raisins.

Tuesday isn’t just about tacos. Bufad offers $8 margherita pizzas all day on Tuesdays. And that deal is available whether you eat-in or get your pizzas to go.

But Tuesday isn’t the only day that Bufad offers something special. On Wednesdays, the 13th and Spring Garden Street pizza spot is offering Meatless Midweek. For $35 a couple, you get a four-course dinner to share.

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Preview Restaurant Neuf at American Sardine Bar

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Fennel Three Ways; one of the dishes at the Restaurant Neuf preview at American Sardine Bar | Photo via Instagram

Joncarl Lachman’s Restaurant Neuf is set to open on Wednesday, September 16th if all goes well. And on Tuesday, September 8th, Lachman and Best of Philly winning bartender, Jesse Cornell (who will be the  head man at Neuf) are offering a preview at American Sardine Bar.

Cornell will be testing out several cocktails including a Cynar Sour and a riff on a cognac French 75. While the wine will feature Southern French and even Moroccan offerings, Cornell will play around with French spirits and herbs and spice blends that will also be in the food, but he doesn’t want to get boxed in too much by those ingredients.

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Cooper River Whiskey Heads into the Wild

cooper-river-single-run-whiskey-400Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1st, Cooper River Distillers is going to be distributing its Single Run Series Whiskey outside of the distillery for the first time. 22 bottles of the whiskey will make their way to Benash Liquors in Cherry Hill (2405 Route 38).

It is the third run Cooper River has done of whiskey and it is distilled from a base of locally brewed beer. In this case, the whiskey is distilled from Saint Benjamin’s Foul Weather Jack English Mild. We were lucky to get a taster of an earlier Single Run whiskey (made with Saint Benjamin’s IPA) and were very impressed with the results. 

Cooper River’s Single Run Whiskey is the first whiskey that has been distilled, aged, and sold in New Jersey in a long time, perhaps even since Prohibition.

But with just 22 bottles in this run, it won’t last long.

Cooper River Distillers [Foobooz]

Square Pie on the Move

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Pizza ovens being delivered to the former Cochon.

Gene Giuffi’s Square Pie takes over their recently closed Cochon location as of tomorrow. Yesterday the ovens made the short move from the west side of 6th and Catharine Streets to the corner of Passyunk and Catharine.

If all goes well, the Best of Philly winner for new pizzeria will be back in business tomorrow for lunch.

Square Pie [Official]

So You Want to Open a Food Truck

ccp-food-truck-940The Community College of Philadelphia is offering classes on how to own and operate a food truck. The course, Mobile Food Management: Introduction to Food Entrepreneurship, begins on Wednesday, September 2nd and according to CCP, it is the only such course offered by an accredited institution anywhere in the United States.

The course is broken down into three sections, each costing $249.

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Eat Junto’s Best of Philly Winning Fish for a Good Cause

Junto's smoked sturgeon

Junto’s smoked sturgeon

The August full moon is known as a “Sturgeon Moon” as historically native Americans found it the best time to catch sturgeon in the Great Lakes and on Lake Champlain.

And now, MacGregor Mann of Junto will be donating a portion of each Best of Philly winning sturgeon dish sold to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

The sustainable-farm raised sturgeon dish is smoked on Alder wood with romanesco, fermented celery root, watercress, lemon verbena and white wine emulsion. The dish at the Chaddsford restaurant is $30.

Atlantic sturgeon were once plentiful on the Delaware River, although now less than 300 spawning adults from the Delaware River’s distinct genetic line of Atlantic sturgeon remain. Learn more about Atlantic sturgeon here.

The donation will continue as long as the sturgeon dish is on the menu, which hopefully isn’t going anywhere.

Junto [Foobooz]

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