Greatest Hits and What You Missed: La Peg, Beast & Ale, Society Hill Society, Crow And The Pitcher, Corn Dogs, Cooking With Vetri and More

Bar Area | Photo by Kevin Monko

La Peg | Photo by Kevin Monko

The week running up to Labor Day weekend can be kind of slow, but that doesn’t mean things were completely quiet in the restaurant world. Here’s what you might’ve missed.

Crow And The Pitcher Reviewed It’s got Georges Perrier and Cool Ranch Doritos omelettes

Learn To Cook From Marc Vetri And some of his friends

The Menu At Abe Fisher You know you want to check it out

Beast & Ale Opens In Manayunk And we have the details

La Peg Opens, Too Pictures and menus, right this way

Holiday Weekend Corn Dogs at Shake Shack and Hot Diggity

Society Hill Society Reviewed Fewer Doritos and Perrier sightings, but more stars

Philadelphia Owns The List Of America’s Outrageous Foods So…yay?

Lolita Launches Lunch Because alliteration is fun!

Best Of Philly Online The best of everything, all in one place

 

Corn Dogs Are Back At Shake Shack

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Ok, so people are saying that summer is winding down. Labor Day is right around the corner, the kids are all going back to school, the grocery stores are already full of Halloween candy. But the surest sign that we’re in the final throes of the season? Corn dogs are back at Shake Shack.

Just like they did last year, the Shake Shack crew will be adding corn dogs and a Peach Pie Oh My concrete to the menu, starting Friday. They will only be available (along with pints of Shack X IPA) through Monday, September 1. After that they, like summer 2014, will only be a memory…

Shake Shack [f8b8z]

Learn To Cook From Marc Vetri (And Friends)

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Team Vetri just released their schedule of September cooking classes at Osteria and in the new upstairs room at Vetri. So if you’ve ever wanted to have Marc Vetri show you how to make pasta (or have him and his dad Sal teach you the secrets of a proper Sunday supper), you should probably get over to the ticketing site and make your reservations now.

And hey, Vetri isn’t the only one playing teacher in September. Jeff Michaud is doing classes on Pizza and Italian bar snacks. Brad Daniels is hand-rolling pasta. Adam Leonti is making risotto. Ian Brendle is coming in to do an end-of-summer dinner. Brad Spence is doing a class on “cucina casalinga” (housewife cuisine and Italian soul food, more or less). And on Tuesday, September 16, 10 lucky folks will get to be among the first to try the food from Lo Spiedo when chef Scott Calhoun crops by to do some menu testing. That one should be awesome.

September Cooking Classes at Vetri and Osteria [Official]

UPDATED: Geno’s On TV For “Drunk History”

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UPDATE: The viewing party at SPBG has been cancelled, but the show is still on tonight.

So it looks like Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” series is taking on Philly tonight. Or cheesesteaks. Or both. In any event, we’ve been promised that, as a part of that, Geno’s Steaks is going to be mentioned.

No, I don’t know how much focus is going to be put on the cheesesteak shop. I don’t know if they’re going to be talking about any other restaurants. But apparently, there’s enough of Geno’s in the episode for them to be throwing a viewing party at neighboring South Philly Bar And Grill. From 9pm ’til 11pm, there’ll be cheesesteaks and beer specials ($2.50 Yuengling bottles and drafts, $1 off any Victory or Yards beers) and the episode will be shown at 10pm.

Geno’s [f8b8z]
Year Of The Cheesesteak [f8b8z]

Because SPAM Is Awesome, That’s Why

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As if there needs to be a reason to celebrate SPAM–the world’s favorite canned meat product–a team of chefs and troublemakers have determined that next Wednesday, August 27, should be a day devoted to the greater glories of Hormel’s wonder-meat.

And so, on that night, at American Sardine Bar, there’s going to be a SPAM party. Photographer Neal Santos, food writer and man-about-town Drew Lazor and chef Scott Schroeder will be “expressing [their] hermetically sealed love” with an a la carte spread of “original SPAM-centric snacks.” Oh, and if that’s not enough, these three somehow managed to convince the good people at SPAM headquarters to ship them out a bunch of rare, weird or locally unavailable varities of SPAM, like hot-and-spicy SPAM, teriyaki jalapeno SPAM and bacon-flavored SPAM.

So you’re already excited, right? I know you are. And you’re going to be even more into it when you see the menu that the guys are putting together.
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Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Solomonov On Addiction, Philly Diners, Craft Beer Rankings, Revel Is Done, Best Restaurants In America, Yachtsman’s Drink Menu

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It’s another beautiful summer weekend, and we’re sure you have plans. But in case you’ve got some time to kill between your picnics and dinner plans, here’s what you might’ve missed on Foobooz this week…

Michael Solomonov Reveals That He’s A Recovering Crack Addict But he’s feeling much better now

13 Diners You’ll Find In Philly Where are you on this list?

How Citizens Bank Park Rates In Craft Beer We’re #11 (or so)!

Feastival Restaurant List Released What you’ll be eating at the biggest food party of the year

Revel Is Done And Jose Garces is down four restaurants

Today: Franklin Flea Here’s who’ll be serving today

Philly Restaurants Named Among The Best In America Who made the cut?

Meet The New Owners Of Resurrection Andrew Wagner and Marcus Versace

The Yachtsman Is Officially Open And we have the opening drink menu

Today: Michael Solomonov On The Radio

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WHYY’s Radio Times is bringing in Michael Solomonov today to talk about Israeli food, donuts, the loss of his brother and his recent admission that he was addicted to crack when he opened Zahav.

Marty Moss-Coane is giving Solomonov a full hour to chat, so the odds are good that we’re going to hear lots of stories both about how he got clean and how he’s been almost single-handedly responsible for bringing about a mini-boom in modern Israeli cuisine. So if you’re a Solo fan, tune in at 11am this morning and give the man a listen.

Michael Solomonov [Radio Times]
The Inimitable Michael Solomonov [Philly mag]

High Street On Market And Serpico Named Among The 50 Best New Restaurants In America

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This morning, Bon Appetit released their big list of the 50 Best New Restaurants In America. And man, it is one hell of a list. We’re talking Blackbird Chinese in Miami, Lusca and Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow in Atlanta, Hot Joy in San Antonio, Chicago’s Mott Street, Odd Duck in Austin, Q in L.A., and so many more.

Philly made a game of it, too, with not just one of our best tagged by Andrew Knowlton and his team, but twoEli Kulp’s High Street On Market and Peter Serpico’s Serpico on South Street. You guys can all start arguing now about whether or not these are the two best new restaurants that have opened in Philly in the past year, who should’ve really gotten the nod and whether its weird that both of our nominees came to our fair city from New York, but I think we can all agree that High Street and Serpico are certainly among the best of a strong crop.

This list of 50 will be winnowed down to 10 big winners over the next couple weeks. But you can check out the full list/slideshow right now over at Bon Appetit and start arranging your bucket list for the next year.

America’s 50 Best New Restaurants [Bon Ap]

Revel Is Done, And Jose Garces Is Down Four Restaurants

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The news came down today: Atlantic City’s Revel Resort is shutting down next month.

Oh, sure. They’re still trying to sell the place. But they’ve been trying to sell it pretty much since the day it opened. Or at least since the first bankruptcy filing, which happened just a little over a year after it opened. As things stand now, the resort has never made a dime in profit, and the current owners are admitting that even if a buyer is found, Revel will still close before anyone can come in to save the day.

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Feastival Restaurant List Released

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And we just got our hot little hands on it, so now we’re letting you know.

For those of you who’ve never been before, Feastival is one of the biggest food events of the year. It serves as a fundraiser for FringeArts and brings together some of the biggest names in the city for a one-night-only party full of music, food, booze, food, naked people, food, weird gymnasts, a live auction, food and more food. This is the 5th year of the event, and it’ll be happening on Thursday, September 18, at Penn’s Landing. Tickets are pricey at $250 for general admission and $350 for VIP, but the money is going to a good cause and, on top of that, it’s the kind of scene where eating and drinking away the price of that ticket really isn’t that hard.

So here’s a list of the restaurants that’ll be on hand for this year’s Feastival.

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