Spencer’s Burgers Are All About the Toppings

Brian Freedman took a trip on over to Drexel‘s campus to check out Spencer ETA Burger, brought to campus by the team behind Sabrina’s (the brunch spot’s West Philly locale is in the same building). What he found there was “drunk-food par excellence” and patties with scene-stealing toppers that’ll make the biggest carnivore love Spencer’s veggie burgers.

The homemade toppings here take center stage, not just over the meatless burgers but over the beef as well. The meat is fine, mind you—plenty juicy and seasoned with a deft hand—but the toppings tend to be so generously applied, and occasionally so baroque in their constituent combination of components, they simply steal the proverbial show.

The Toppings Are What Stand Out At Spencer ETA Burger [Philadelphia Weekly]
Spencer ETA Burger [Official Site]

Photo by Felicia Perretti.

Final Four Seasons, Dock Street Collaboration Debuts Tonight

The fourth and final collaboration in the Dock Street Brewery-Four Seasons Hotel Beer Four All Seasons series is debuting tonight at 6pm at the Swann Terrace at the Four Seasons, accompanied by dollar oysters. This last brew, Spanish Fly, has been created with aphrodisiac herbs from the Four Seasons rooftop garden and will be available on draft and in champagne style bottles at the Swann Lounge.

Spanish Fly ends the Beer Four All Seasons series which began with the Truffled Old Ale, brewed with winter truffles last January, and includes the Caliente Golden Ale brewed with chiles in April and the Cherry Verbena Saison which debuted during June’s Philly Beer Week.

Dock Street Brewery [Official Site]
Four Seasons Hotel [Official Site]

Matyson’s Last Suckling Pig Sunday

Despite the news that a pork shortage of apocalyptic proportions is apparently eminent (but probably not) and may preclude the creation of any more bacon-based gimmicks (gasp!), Matyson is finishing its Suckling Pig Sundays with one last hurrah this weekend on September 30. The $35 four-course menu will be the last of the pig-filled meals, but October will bring a new prix fixe Sunday dinner featuring whole fish. For the last full suckling menu, read on. Read more »

Bathtub Beer Fest Coming to the Constitution Center

If you have been counting down the days until Philly Beer Week 2013 (May 31-June 9) you can start counting down until the Bathtub Beer Fest too. On Thursday, November 15 from 7-10 p.m., the National Constitution Center will be hosting the Prohibition-era beer drinking party and PBW 2013 fundraiser. Until October 12, advance tickets are available online for $40 a person, which includes samples from 20 craft breweries and admission to the Constitution Center’s new exhibit “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.”

Read on for details and a list of participating breweries. Read more »

Monday Night Football Fiestas at Distrito

Distrito is bringing back their Football Fiestas for another season. Every Monday throughout football season Distrito will be serving up endless tacos and enchiladas for $25 a person from 8-10 p.m.. If that wasn’t enough of a deal, Dos Equis Amber and Lager will both be $2 during the special. The big game will be shown on the flat screens downstairs as well as projected on a big screen in the upstairs lounge.

What kind of enchiladas and tacos, you say? We’re glad you asked. Read more »

New Brunch Menus at Kris

Chef Kristian Leizzi has created a new menu for his Saturday and Sunday brunch at Kris from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu is full of Leizzi’s take on brunch classics like a pecan crusted brioche French toast and made to order frittatas as well as a modern version of classic Italian Giambotta (pictured above). The Giambotta stew is one of the many hearty vegetarian options along the brunch menu, which carnivores can add some meat into for a little extra.

Check out the full menu after the jump.

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Tasting Menus at Cantina & La Calaca Feliz

Two new tasting menus will be gracing the tables of La Calaca Feliz and Cantina Feliz. The first is the “Back to Cool” menu served at both restaurants now through September 23rd. For $30 at La Calaca or $25 at Cantina, each guest will receive a multi-course meal of dishes prepared by chef Tim Spinner and Cantina’s line cooks, some of whom hail from Mexico, based on their favorite hometown dishes. An optional beverage pairing with Herradura Tequila will be available for $12.

Look for the full La Calaca “Back to Cool” menu and details on the second menu after the jump. Read more »

Erace Reviews Blue Belly BBQ

Over at Meal Ticket Adam Erace has taken a look at Blue Belly BBQ and likes (some of) what he sees. It seems Gene Giuffi’s meats and Blue Belly’s sandwich toppers are sending some mixed and muddled signals.

With no rules to curtail the over-embellishment of the sloppily built sandwiches, you wind up with lime-splashed jicama, crunchy radish, chile vinegar and crispy tortilla strips all clamoring to be heard atop that lamb barbacoa. The unfortunate result: None is heard, and some very fine protein suffers.

Smoke and Cheerers [City Paper]
Blue Belly BBQ [Official Site]

Photo by Neal Santos.

Tale of the Tape: Center for Culinary Enterprises

The Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises, the new food incubator from the Enterprise Center, was ceremonially opened just last week at 48th and Spruce Streets. As Philly.com and HiddenCity are reporting, the large property will be home to multiple commercial kitchens for food entrepreneurs and small business to use in order to launch or accelerate their businesses. State of the art equipment and high tech facilities mean Philly has a breeding ground for its next generation of food industry leaders. Read more »

Fall Festivals Galore

Fall is upon us and that means beer fests, pumpkin fests, and Oktoberfest fests that all roll up into one giant festival fest. Luckily for you, we have the best of the fests all sorted out for you, from fall harvests to beer-soaked extravaganzas and everything in between. Read more »

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