Best Sandwiches in Philadelphia

Best Cheesesteak: Philly's Finest Sambonis | Photo by Courtney Apple / Styling by Lisa Russell

Best Cheesesteak: Philly’s Finest Sambonis | Photo by Courtney Apple / Styling by Lisa Russell

The Washington Post acknowledged it yesterday and we’ve known it practically from the crib. Philadelphians know good sandwiches. And here are the Best of Philly winning sandwiches for 2015, including the best cheesesteak, hoagie and roast pork sandwich.

Best Sandwiches in Philly [Best of Philly]

Beach Day at Kraftwork

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Corn Dogs, Kraftwork-style.


For Kraftwork’s monthly Staff Picks event that’s taking place this evening, Tuesday, July 28th, the Fishtown bar is embracing the hot weather with a beach menu. The menu will feature beach friendly food like grilled corn, corn dogs, and fried oreos. For beer, picks from California beach towns will be highlighted.

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Pastry Chef Jessica Nolen Opening Bakery and Cafe

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Jessica Nolen with husband Jeremy at a book signing for their cookbook, New German Cooking.

Jessica Nolen, the pastry chef for Brauhaus Schmitz and Whetstone is striking out on her own. Nolen is opening The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe at 517 S 5th Street, the former home of Cookie Confidential. The Little Bird will make all the bread and pastries for the two restaurants as well as offer breakfast pastries, desserts, soups, salads and lunchtime sandwiches to the public.

Nolen, who is the wife of Brauhaus Schmitz chef and Whetstone owner Jeremy Nolen, has most of her funding in place but has launched a GoFundMe campaign for a couple of high price pieces of equipment. Nolen is looking to raise money for her coffee setup and an industrial mixer.

If all goes well, the Little Bird Bakery and Cafe will open in October.

The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe [Foobooz]

More Details on Fishtown’s Andy’s Chicken

andys-fried-chicken-koreanAndy Choi is the owner of the forthcoming Andy’s Chicken at Memphis and Norris Streets in Fishtown. Choi says he’s about two weeks out from opening and has some other details to share.

Andy’s Chicken will be serving Korean fried chicken with at least six special sauces:

  • Sweet Chili
  • Honey Garlic
  • Golden Soy
  • Cajun
  • Hot and Spicy
  • Sweet BBQ

Also look for Korean-style beef and pork barbecue dishes on the menu.

Andy’s Chicken [Foobooz]

For One Night, Kanella Returns to Spruce Street

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Kanella chef de cuisine Evan Butkovsky at COOK.

The Washington Square West neighborhood has missed Kanella since the Cypriot restaurant closed to move to Queen Village at the end of May. Chef/owner Konstantinos Pitsillides should open the new location within four weeks or so. But, WashWest is getting a taste of Kanella once again.

Kanella’s chef de cuisine Evan Butkovsky is joining up with Mercato’s Ryan McQuillan for a collaborative dinner on Tuesday, July, 28th. The Greek/Cypriot and Italian inspired tasting dinner (one sea, one people) will be held at Mercato, and will consist of three courses for $30.

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SpOt Burgers Gets a Storefront

Spot Burgers can often found at 33rd and Arch Streets on Drexel's campus.

Spot Burgers will go brick-and-mortar in Brewerytown

Josh Kim isn’t just busy coming up with new sandwiches. The owner of the SpOt Burgers food cart has also landed a storefront. According to Drew Lazor’s story on Philly.com, Kim will be setting up shop at 2821 West Girard Avenue in Brewerytown this fall. SpOt Burgers will take over Butter’s Soul Food, which just moved up the street.

SpOt, the restaurant will offer burgers, cheesesteaks and according to Lazor, more of the specials that he sometimes had at his cart.

SpOt Burgers to open a restaurant this fall [Philly.com]

Friday Saturday Sunday Throwing One Last Wine Dinner

Weaver and Jamie Lilley  at Great Chefs Event | Photo by HughE Dillon

Weaver and Jamie Lilley at Great Chefs Event | Photo by HughE Dillon

Restaurant institution Friday Saturday Sunday has been around since 1973, the lone survivor of Philadelphia’s first restaurant renaissance. Weaver and Jamie Lilly have guided the Rittenhouse Square restaurant through the decades and are selling the restaurant to Chad Williams, a Garces veteran and current chef at Tela’s Market. Williams and his wife Hanna are going to keep the name but make some cosmetic changes after a brief closure.

That closure is set for Saturday, August 15th, but before that happens, the Lilley’s are throwing one last wine dinner.

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Opportunity Is Knocking

coeur-hard-400Knock, knock. 

Who’s there? 

Opportunity.

Opportunity who? 

Foobooz Jobs. 

Looking for an exec chef position at a 60-seat bar restaurant? There’s a position available. Looking for a chance to be on the opening front-of-the-house team at Coeur. That’s possible as well.

Foobooz Jobs, the better and cheaper alternative to Craigslist, where candidates are legitimately energized by Philadelphia’s food scene.

Restaurant Jobs in Philadelphia [Foobooz]

Spotburger Showing Off a New Sandwich Today

spot-jawn-940Last night, Josh Kim, the owner and operator of the SpOt Burgers cart posted about his latest creation, the JAWN. It is a Frankenstein-ian combination of ribeye, sloppy Joe, cheez whiz, onions and fries, all served on a burger roll. Though French fries on a sandwich may have some thinking Pittsburgh, the ribeye and cheez whiz make this a force to be reckoned with in Philadelphia.

If you need this in your life, SpOt Burgers is at 33rd and Arch today from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and then at Headhouse Square from 6 to 9 p.m. It will also be available tomorrow back at 33rd and Arch.

SpOt Burgers [Foobooz]

Capogiro + Bluecoat Means Blueberry Gin Gelato

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Lancaster blueberries plus local gin.

Philadelphia Distilling, makers of  Bluecoat American Dry Gin, and Capogiro Gelato are teaming up for several collaboration gelato flavors. Now through Labor Day, all five Capogiro locations, along with Old City’s Capofitto will be serving Bluecoat + Blueberries. The gelato features Lancaster blueberries, and of course Philadelphia Distilling’s signature gin.

Stay tuned for more flavors like Penn 1681 + Cucumber and others. But here’s the big question: Just what gelato would you pair with Bay Vodka?

Follow Capogiro’s Instagram feed to stay in the loop.

Capogiro [Official]
Philadelphia Distilling [Official]

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