A Peruvian Food Revolution Is Afoot in Philadelphia

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Apart from the very few Peruvian restaurants that exist exclusively on the fringes of this city (the El Balconcitos in the Northeast and Inka Wall in Upper Darby), Philadelphia doesn’t have much input in the Peruvian restaurant revolution happening across the globe.

But when the El Balconcito crew opens their Old City outpost later this year, and when Giovanni Delfino, Francisco Acevedo and Carmen Silva open Chalaco’s in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia will finally have the bolstered Peruvian scene it deserves.
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Old City’s Eulogy Tavern Closes; Owner Blames Philly’s “Drug and Crime Spree”

Eulogy Belgian Tavern. Photo via Google Maps

This story has been updated.

After 15 years at the corner of 2nd and Chestnut streets as one of the city’s premier Belgian taverns, Eulogy has closed up shop. According to a statement, it “was the last remaining authentic Belgian-owned restaurant in Philadelphia after Cuvee Notredame and Zot restaurants closed.” Read more »

Best of Philly: Dining With a Mission

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Best of Philly 2017 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in dining for a cause as well as the rest of the Best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

When good chefs, good eats and good causes come together, everyone wins. Here’s where to get the tastiest feel-good food in Philly.

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East Passyunk’s Manatawny Still Works Tasting Room Is Now Open

Last year, Pennsylvania distilleries were given a little gift by the PLCB called the Limited Distillery license. It allowed in-state distilleries to open satellite tasting rooms, and, in doing so, it gave Pennsylvania residents the opportunity to legally purchase their liquor — for the first time in ages — outside of a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store.

When the bill passed, Manatawny Still Works pounced on the opportunity and announced their plans to open a tasting room and bar at 1603 East Passyunk Avenue. And now, a little over a year later, the Manatawny Tasting Room is open for business.

Well, kinda.

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Peter Serpico’s Rittenhouse Korean Restaurant Has Been Called Off

Peter Serpico in front of his restaurant, Serpico — Facebook

The last we heardPeter Serpico and Stephen Starr’s latest joint-project — a Korean restaurant that would replace Il Pittore — was “under construction.”

And while a restaurant will surely fill the space eventually, Serpico’s Korean restaurant has been nixed from the docket — at least at the 2025 Sansom Street space.

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Maison 208 Just Might Be the Unluckiest Restaurant in Philly

Poor, poor Maison 208. It just can’t catch a break, can it?

I mean, before it even opened, some dude set the construction site on fire. Then, after it opened, a truck plowed right through one of the floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room (they’ve kept it boarded up until they could fix it).

And, most recently, a burglary in the early morning of July 20th.

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Screw It. Let’s Just Go to This Post-Apocalyptic-Themed Restaurant in Fishtown

Photo provided by Michael Johnigean

You win, World. Want me to get excited about Mad Rex? Okay, you got it. I am now excited about Mad Rex, the post-apocalyptic-themed restaurant opening in Fishtown. Because, believe it or not — and whether we want it or not — Mad Rex is happening. It will exist here in Philly (1000 Frankford Avenue). And it will open to the public by the end of September.

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