The Fat Ham Launches Burger, Beer and Bourbon Deal

fat-ham-late-nightStarting this Friday, August 22nd, The Fat Ham is offering a late evening burger, beer and bourbon special. For $18 you can get a pimento cheeseburger with fries and a side of “Comeback sauce”; a can of Neshaminy Creek beer and a shot of Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon. The deal runs from 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Fat Ham [Foobooz]

Han Chiang Educates Drexel Basketball Team About China

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Photo via Drexel University

The Drexel University men’s basketball team is travelling to China to play four games against Chinese University and professional teams. To get the team ready for Chinese culture, the school invited the occasionally foul-mouthed and bombastic Han Chiang, owner of seven Han Dynasty restaurants, to come in and give them food to try and also offer some tidbits to avoid culture shock.

Among Chiang’s tips:

  • Never hold the door open for someone
  • Never let someone pay for the bill without fighting for it
  • Don’t waste food
  • And take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity

Han Dynasty Owner Gives Drexel Men’s Basketball Team a Taste of China [Drexel University]
Han Dynasty – University City [Foobooz]

UPDATED: High Street on Market #2 on Bon Appetit List

kulp-high-street-market-940Last week, we told you High Street on Market made Bon Appetit’s short list of the 50 best new restaurants in the United States, along with South Street’s Serpico. Today the top ten list came out and High Street is number two. The magazine’s Andrew Knowlton calls out head baker Alex Bois in particular.

I dare anyone who has jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon (without a doctor’s note) to eat at High Street on Market and still call himself gluten-intolerant. You don’t stand a chance. Know why? Because chef Eli Kulp basically built this restaurant around head baker Alex Bois’s superstar bread program. 

UPDATE: And hey, there’s a video, too! All about Kulp, High Street, Alex Bois and the bread program. Check it out after the jump.

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End the War on Summer

southern-tier-pumking-940The weather today is 81º and sunny. It is pretty much as perfect an August day as you can wish for and yet, forces are battling against summer.

Pumpkin beers have already hit the shelves. Even as one of the most wonderful summers in recent memory rolls on, friends are already bragging about finishing their first bomber of Southern Tier Pumking. But it’s August, why are we rushing towards fall? A trip to the beer store this weekend featured such a display of orange and black, I thought it was opening night for the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. I was looking to stock up for a sunny rooftop party, not a hayride. The summer’s hot selling Hell or High Watermelon was banished to a back corner, forgotten like so much Bud Light Straw-ber-rita. Only a single sixtel of Boulder’s Kinda Blue Blueberry Wheat kept our party in keeping with the calendar.

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New Restaurant/Bar Coming to Lofts District

goldtex-square-400Zagat has the scoop on Brick & Mortar, a new restaurant and bar from Franklin Mortgage alum Mike Welsh. Welsh, who was also involved in Lemon Hill is promising a neighborhood-friendly establishment in the Goldtex Building at 315 N 12th Street.

The 3,500 square foot space will offer enough room for 100 seats and will be open for lunch, brunch and dinner.

Check out Zagat for more details.

Brick & Mortar: New Loft District Bar From Franklin Mortgage Alum Mike Welsh [Zagat]

Brick & Mortar [Foobooz]

Uneven Barbecue in Ambler

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Craig LaBan ventures to Ambler for the promise of barbecue and whiskey at the Lucky Well. What he finds is uneven at best. Chef/owner Chad Rosenthal has trouble with consistency.

I don’t doubt Rosenthal’s passion for BBQ. I could taste those good intentions on the St. Louis pork ribs, the bones dusted Memphis-style with spice, the pink-haloed meat clinging just right. The Lucky Well’s chicken wings also wore their smoke well enough. But I should have stopped there.

Food Network notoriety is no guarantee of culinary genius, a fact made abundantly clear by two meals in which virtually everything else fell flat.

One Bell – Hit-or-Miss

Dining Review: The Lucky Well [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Lucky Well [Official]

Michael Solomonov in Esquire

solomonov cropped esquire 400Michael Solomonov has certainly been in the news lately. From his story of battling addiction in the New York Times to the buzz created by Rooster Soup Company and opening two new restaurants, the chef has been keeping a high profile.

And now he’s featured by Esquire in a feature of 22 men who are redefining style across America. Solomonov is shown wearing a Giorgio Armani wool suit at the Reading Terminal. We’re much more used to seeing Solomonov in chef whites or board shorts but have to admit, he cleans up nicely.

Another Philadelphia connection in the list, former Eagles linebacker and bow-tie enthusiast Dhani Jones makes the list.

22 Men Who Are Redefining Style Across America [Esquire]

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