Video: The Best Meatballs In Philly

Duck meatball sandwich at High Street on Market | Photo by Caviar

Duck meatball sandwich at High Street on Market | Photo by Caviar

A while back, we put together a list of some of the best meatballs in Philly. Apparently, our friends over at 6ABC liked it enough that they decided to put it on TV. Ot, more to the point, decided to put me on TV (which is rarely a good idea) to talk about some of the best meatballs in this meatball-loving town.

I went on and on and on. I also managed to wear almost exactly the same color outfit as Alicia Vitarelli. Neither of those things was on purpose.

You can check out the results after the jump.

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About Last Night: Where My Nerds At?

Bantha Milk for our Star Wars themed Open Stove Night

Bantha Milk for our Star Wars themed Open Stove Night

Okay, so I learned something last night. I learned that not everyone is quite as big a Star Wars nerd as I am. Or, really, that maybe no one is as big a Star Wars nerd as I am.

Or at least no one who showed up last night for our Foobooz Open Stove May the Fourth Spectacular. I mean, no one knew the name of the Wookie homeworld. Only one of the chefs (and none of the crowd) was able to remember what Luke’s aunt and uncle on Tatooine did for a living. And I ended up bagging the sound effects contest completely. In the end, I could barely get the chefs to use the Force to identify spices by smell while blindfolded, and we were only playing that game because COOK’s insurance wouldn’t allow me to make them cook blindfolded.

But whatever. The food was good. And there were certainly plenty of drinks. Art spent last night documenting the dishes from Abe Fisher’s Joseph Howard and Felias Peralta of Marigold Kitchen via the Foobooz Instagram, so if you missed the fun live, here’s a recap of how it all went down.

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Future Imperfect: SuGa Reviewed

Dumplings and Scallion Pancakes at SuGa | Photo by Emily Teel

Dumplings and Scallion Pancakes at SuGa | Photo by Emily Teel

I love the smell of SuGa. The dim warmth of it. The banquette tables that run along the wall opposite the bar, in the front of the narrow, shotgun space in the middle of Center City. I love the weird, blobby lights that hang down, casting spotlights onto those tables. There’s a drama there that I can appreciate. A sense of controlling the environment.

There’s a sheen to everything at SuGa of newness and polish and efficiency. It’s a new restaurant (not even quite three months old yet) that operates like there are 20-year grooves cut into the floor. Everything is on rails, running with a precision that would make German train engineers jealous. This place represents the culmination of decades of experience—of Susanna Foo’s return to Center City (where she got famous, where she made her name) after closing her namesake Walnut Street restaurant in 2009 and its Radnor offshoot last summer. A veteran returning to the trenches, Foo is backed up by her son Gabriel on the floor (he grew up in the restaurant industry, went to medical school, but then found his way back to restaurants again) and sous chefs Clara Park (who opened SuGa with Foo, then left) and Chris Dougherty (who stepped up when Park left) in the kitchen. There are no amateur mistakes at SuGa. Nothing happens without a reason.

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Checking In With Peter Serpico

Photo via Starr Restaurants

Over the past three years, one of the most dependably awesome things about Serpico on South Street has been the presence of the Cope’s corn ravioli. But now, for what I think is the first time, that dish is gone from Serpico’s new menu.

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You Guys Wanna See Star Wars: The Force Awakens For Free This Weekend?


Of course you do. That’s just a ridiculous question. I mean, who wouldn’t want to check out one of the biggest movies of the year for free?

Well here’s the good news: You can do exactly that this weekend. On Saturday, April 30, they’re going to be showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Market & Shops At Comcast Center at 1pm. A matinee showing, more or less. Perfect for a Saturday afternoon.

And there’s even more good news, too.

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Seeds and Stems: Hungry Pigeon Reviewed

The breakfast sandwich sandwich at Hungry Pigeon | Photo by Neal Santos

The breakfast sandwich at Hungry Pigeon KOs the Egg McMuffin | Photo by Neal Santos

The first time I went to Scott Schroeder’s new restaurant, Hungry Pigeon, I showed up for breakfast and liked it so much, I stayed for lunch. There was just something so … welcoming about the place. Comfortable. It felt cool without even trying (which, I suppose, is the essence of cool), and as though it had been living there forever, in its little corner on Fabric Row, rather than for just a few weeks: the pale wood, the tarnished and mismatched silver wrapped in a side towel on the counter, the birdcages everywhere. It just worked in a lo-fi, garage-sale kind of way that rich restaurateurs pay tens of thousands of dollars to try to mimic.

It didn’t hurt that I am, by nature, a lazy man and relished the excuse to just hang out there for a couple hours, scrunched up in a corner banquette seat, sipping tea and eating Schroeder’s one-punch takedown of the Egg McMuffins of our collective youth. His version is assembled from a house-made English muffin toasted on the flat grill, an egg done just tight enough to hold together as part of a sandwich, local jack cheese and, variously, bacon, ham, or chicken sausage—the latter being the perfect accompaniment unless you’re into scrapple, in which case the scrapple is even better.

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Zahav Wins Book Of The Year At James Beard Awards

Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov | Photo by Kent Miller Studios

Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov | Photo by Kent Miller Studios

Know what that is right there? That’s what victory looks like.

A double victory, actually, as Michael Solomonov’s book Zahav: A World Of Israeli Cooking took home both Best International Cookbook and Book Of The Year at this year’s James Beard Awards

The awards were given out last night and, obviously, Cook and Solomonov were there to accept those medals in person. Unfortunately, they were the only local names to show up during the Broadcast and Journalism awards last night, but that’s cool. It’s not like Philly hasn’t brought back their share of gold over the years.

In the meantime, we reached out to Solomonov’s team and got some of Michael Persico‘s beautiful shots from the book, plus two recipes: one for beets with tehina, and another for shakshouka.

Check ’em all out after the jump.

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Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival Is Next Week


So this is it, folks. We’re coming down to the wire. And if you’re serious about your wine (or your food, really), this is the event you should be planning for.

This year’s Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival is happening on Tuesday night, May 3, at Lincoln Financial Field. There’s going to be more than 600 wines available for sampling, from wineries all over the world. Some of the best restaurants in the city are going to be there to feed you (Laurel, Amada, Circles, tacos from Revolution Taco, snacks from Marigold Kitchen, baked goods from Termini Brothers, plus so many more), and there’ll be an on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits pop-up store so that if you find something you like, you can buy a couple bottles before you go home.

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Tickets To The Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival On Sale Now

Philadelphia Magazine's own Wine and Food Festival will tempt your taste buds this Wednesday. Over 650 wines will be available for tasting at Lincoln Financial Field's SCA Club, plus there will be plenty of great food vendors ready to pair their delicious food with your vino. Even better, an on-site wine and liquor store will offer your favorite wines for purchase, so you can continue the fun at home. Wednesday, May 6th, 6:30 pm, $130, Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Avenue.

Don’t forget: If you’re a wine nerd, a food geek, or just like rubbing elbows with Philly’s swells, you can still get your tickets to the Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival happening May 3 at Lincoln Financial Field.

There’ll be 650 wines available for sampling, from wineries coming in from all over the world, plus some of the best restaurants in the city providing snacks for you while you drink. We’ve got all the details on the restaurants coming cataloged right here, and if you’re more into the wines, there’s a full list of participating wineries here. You can get your tickets at the link below.

Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival [Tickets]

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