Volver Is Shutting Down For A Very Long Summer Vacation

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Volver is done for the summer. Not for a week (as is becoming almost standard among many of the more notable Philly restaurants), or for two weeks (which is the point at which we grow nervous about them ever opening back up again), but for a full two months.

The final night of service was June 30, at which point the whole place (Bar Volver included) went quietly dark. This is the message left on their Open Table page:

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FedNuts Brings Back Fried Chicken Sandwiches For One Day Only

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Yeah, so you’re gonna want to make your National Fried Chicken Day plans early this year.

That snap up there? That’s a Port FedNuts Fried Chicken Sandwich. Normally available only at the Spruce Street Harbor Park location, they’re crazy-good and have a tendency to inspire a kind of obsessive love among fans. And for one day only, they’re going to be available everywhere.

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Gastronaut: The Case for Crawling

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Illustration by Kagan McLeod

When we were young cooks, none of us could ever stand still.

Work — 12 or 14 or 16 hours. White jackets and checked pants; prep and then more prep and then the first hit, the dinner rush, the long, slow glide toward wipe-down. Crews rolled out the back doors of restaurants, converged on the nearest bars for first drinks, then moved on — looking for salty things and fried things and sushi and pho and flat, floppy slices and weed. We were perpetually unsatisfied, a whole knot of us growing antsy and weird if we spent more than 45 minutes in any one place, because no matter where we were, there was always the chance of something better waiting right next door.

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Philly’s Best BBQ Spots: A Guide to Sides

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Clockwise from top left: Burnt end baked beans from Fette Sau, burnt ends from Percy Street and collard greens from Sweet Lucy’s | Photo by Jason Varney

Even in this Yankee city, barbecue is a summertime staple. And while any dilettante can find good ribs in Philly these days (and brisket, too), a truly great barbecue joint should be judged by how it handles dishes other than the main attraction. Here’s a brief guide to going deeper at the region’s best barbecue spots. Read more »

Gone Blimpin’

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Yeah, you read that right. The staff of Foobooz World HQ is taking the morning off to go and float around the city aboard the Hendrick’s Air flying cucumber blimp. Provided we experience no blimp-related accidents (or gin-related hijinks, which seem far more likely), we’ll be back at the stick this afternoon.

In the meantime, may we present this (really kinda awesome) blimp safety video. Enjoy…

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Hoagiefest Is Here

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Hoagiefest is here, people. Same deal as always–$4.99 hoagies at all participating Wawa locations from now until some point later in the summer which seems impossibly distant right now, but which will likely sneak right the hell up on you before you know it.

It’s a summer tradition already–important enough that we were sitting around Foobooz World HQ talking about it and realized that almost everyone we knew had a special “recipe” that they went for at Wawa. A combination of stuff that they felt was uniquely theirs and which, for the next few weeks anyway, can be gotten for a discounted price because it’s Hoagiefest.

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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Is Coming To South Philly

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We first made the joyous announcement back in February that Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken–that famous Memphis brand, currently in the middle of an expansion cycle–was looking at Philly as one of the possible cities for a new, out-of-state location. We didn’t know much other than the fact that Gus’s was exploring its options. Hell, despite our enthusiasm, we weren’t even sure that Philadelphia was going to make the final cut.

But now, we have some good news.

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Your Guide To The Callowhill Night Market

Night Market hits Callowhill with about 70 food and drink vendors, including newbies like the Rio Brazilian Steak Truck, Roe Thai and Japanese and Sweet Nectar Delights. Nearby PhilaMOCA has curated an evening of local tunes, Dance Philadelphia will be performing, and suds will be available via the Underground Arts beer garden and Penn Distributors. Thursday, June 18th, 6-10 pm, free, 13th and Callowhill streets.

So here we are–mere hours away from the start of the Callowhill Night Market which will bring together 70-some food trucks and vendors (plus beer and live music and tee shirts and all the usual weirdness that comes when you pack tens of thousands of Philadelphians together in one place and make them stand in line for tacos) for a one-night party unrivaled by any other food event in the city.

Whether this is your first Night Market or your tenth, whether you’re comfortable hanging out with 20,000 of your closest friends or nervous about the mob scene, whether you’re laser-focused on just ONE THING YOU MUST EAT BEFORE THE END OF THE NIGHT or (like us) planning on trying everything on offer (and the good stuff twice), we’re here to help you get the most out of your Night Market experience. Check out our battle-tested advice below, and make note of the picks we’ve made for the must-hit trucks of tonight’s event.

Ready? As always, let’s start with…

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