US Open Eating Guide

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During US Open week, tens of thousands of golf fans will invade Merion and the Main Line. Here are some suburban suggestions on where to eat (and drink) while remaining chain-free.

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Weekend: Beer Week Begins

If you somehow missed the memo, this weekend is the start of Beer Week. There are hundreds and hundreds of events that are going to be awesome, but here are a few of them that you definitely shouldn’t miss.

Friday 

Michael Nutter taps open the ceremonial first keg of beer week at Independence Mall at 7 p.m., followed by a $45 tasting inside the Independence Mall Visitors Center with 29 regional brewers.

The Hammer of Glory will be traveling through the city opening kegs at a number of bars. You can follow the HOG on the Sugarhouse double decker bus for free.

Memphis Taproom begins No Repeat Beer Week celebration. No repeat kegs at all. After a keg is kicked, it will be replaced by an entirely different keg.

Saturday

The best way to beat that morning-after-opening-tap hangover is to start drinking again. Standard Tap is hosting the Dogfish Head Brunch with some special Dogfish brews to go along with Standard Tap’s normal brunch offerings. 

Bainbridge St Barrel House is hosting The Roasty Toasty Pig Roast with 4-Hands. 4-Hands brews will be on tap and the brewers will be on hand to talk beer.

Nothing to do with Beer Week, but don’t forget that Collingswood’s favorite BYOB, IndeBlue, is opening their new Philadelphia location in Washington Square West tonight.

Sunday

If you’re hungover again on Sunday morning (and if you aren’t, you probably aren’t doing it right), you can try to shake the headache by heading over to Eulogy Belgian Tavern for the Coffee Beer Brunch where coffee stouts will be paired with brunch food. 

Di Bruno Bros. cheesemonger Joe Green will be at 12 Steps Down at 7 p.m. pairing cheeses with Perennial Artisan Ales. 

Vegetarian tapas tasting at Jamonera for $40 a head. Surprisingly, not Beer Week related. 

Stop reading and go enjoy Beer Week

 

Foobooz Six Pack: Ice Cream

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If you haven’t noticed yet, it is brutally hot outside right now and will be for the rest of the weekend. There is only one food out there that can possibly bring down your body temperature to something slightly reasonable in weather like this and that food is ice cream. It is the most summery food there is, and because we’re getting an early taste of the summer heat, it only seems right to tell you where to score the best ice cream in town.

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Garces Opens Yuboka at Revel in Atlantic City

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Iron Chef and James Beard Awarding winning chef Jose Garces has opened Yuboka, a new restaurant at Revel in Atlantic City. Yuboka serves dim-sum, Asian-inspired small plates, and bowls of noodle soup. The 36-seat noodle bar, right next to Amada on the casino floor, is designed for a quick, cheap meal and takeout for lunch, dinner, and late-night dining. Highlights include chicken wings with spicy garlic-ginger sauce; a lamb burger; seafood noodle soup with poached shrimp, crab, Taiwanese barbecue sauce, crispy shallot, and udon noodles; and dumplings, some of which will be brought in from Philadelphia’s Dim Sum Garden. The restaurant will also serve cocktails, beer, wine, sake, and tea.

Garces is also bringing his Distrito Cantina Food Truck (formerly Guapo’s Tacos) to the boardwalk at Revel Beach. Every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., the truck will be serving up Garces’ Mexican bites for beach-goers to enjoy.

Revel [Official Site]

LaBan Reviews Bufad

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Craig Laban enjoys Bufad, but he says he would have appreciated it more if there weren’t so many other great new pizza spots opening up around town.

I enjoyed many of the salads here, like the antipasto with remolata-topped roasted beets and sweet carrots paired with salsa verde. But the plain dough triangles of “pizza bianca” served alongside were so hard, we could barely bite through them. Ditto for the otherwise tasty ricotta panna cotta with tangy broccoli rabe and toasted almonds.

My biggest hesitation is that the pizzas – usually so appealing in their toppings – also often seemed to be missing the kind of subtle touch that can elevate one cool new pizzeria above the rest. Bufad’s Neapolitan crust itself is good, complex, chewy, and leopard-ed with char marks. But the classic Margherita lacks the flavor pop of a brighter sauce. Broccoli rabe, prosciutto, and mustard-spiked white beans are a smart combination. But the pureed beans were layered too thickly on the bottom. The mortadella pie would have been better with less sweetness from the rhubarb mostarda.

Two Bells – Very Good

Bufad [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Bufad [Official Site]

Mugshot Diner Opening Thursday

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The Mugshot Diner in Fishtown is opening for business this Thursday. The 150-seat diner will be serving classic diner favorites in a fresh looking space. Omelets, fritattas, pancakes, waffles, and the rest of the breakfast items will be served all day long. The lunch and dinner menu includes salads, burgers, sandwiches and some fancier, less diner like entree dishes.

Hopefully the Mugshot will become a great neighborhood diner, something that Fishtown could certainly use. The diner will be open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday, and 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.

Check out the full Mugshot Diner menu.

Mugshot Diner [Official Site]

Weekend: Memorial Day Edition

Friday

Celebrate Johnny Brenda’s reopening after their unfortunate water main break with a local beer.

If you are down the shore this weekend, try to get a table at The Diving Horse in Avalon.

Red Owl Tavern’s Sausage cart debuts today.

Saturday 

Champions League soccer final serves as a good reason to start drinking early.

Consider a BYO dinner at Ants Pants Cafe. Check out the dinner specials.

Sunday

Enjoy brunch at Fitler Dining Room. Maybe it will be possible to grab a table with everyone leaving the city for the weekend.

Bainbridge Street Barrel House is shutting down Bainbridge Street for their first ever street festival.

Monday 

Enjoy Memorial Day with brunch at Local 44. Also, take advantage of their cantastic savings all weekend long.

Have a great holiday weekend.

Taco Angeleno Opening in West Philadelphia

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Taco Angeleno, a new food truck based in West Philadelphia, is opening this summer. The truck debuted the Go West Craft Fest, and also had a preview picnic on on May 17 and was at Clark Park on the 18th. The truck is run by Vanessa Jerolmack, who just completed a 9-month run as a cook at Loco Pez, where she honed her knowledge of the restaurant business. The truck will serve chicken, beef, pork, eitan, soy miso, and soy-free tacos that will also be available in burrito form.

There is also a rotating daily platter special such as enchiladas, taquitos, and tamales served with rice and beans. The truck will be based at 5019 Baltimore Avenue, which will have picnic tables where you can enjoy your tacos. If all goes well, Jerolmack plans on opening a shack on the Baltimore Ave. site that can house a full kitchen and some counter seating.

Look for the taco cart on Baltimore Avenue or at festivals throughout the summer. And you can check out a much longer profile on Jerolmack and her new truck over at West Philly Local.

 Taco Angeleno [Facebook]

West Philly To Have ANew Taco Food Truck This Summer [West Philly Local]

a.bar Is a.few Weeks Away but They Have a.menu

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Back in April we gave you details on a.bar, the sister restaurant to a.kitchen that is opening this summer. Now we have a full menu, featuring some snacks, an extensive raw bar highlighted by the American white sturgeon caviar, seafood like barbecued octopus, charcuterie, and an ice cream sandwich. The menu is short and sophisticated, much like the a.kitchen menu. We have not gotten our hands on a drink menu yet, but expect we have been promised a wine list designed to match with the seafood menu.

a.bar Opening Menu (PDF)

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