Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Volver Season 2, City Tap House, Oktoberfest, More Burgers, More Whiskey and A 13th Street Update

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It was another big week in the food world. Here’s what you might’ve missed:

“Bar Rescue” Heads To Glenside Plush is now Osteria Calabria

Turney And Safran 13th Street Update Everything you need to know about their new and upcoming operations

Oktoberfests And Fall Festivals In Philadelphia The big list of stuff to do

P’unk Burger Coming To Passyunk More burgers is never a bad thing

Philly Restaurants Are Some Of The Best In the U.S. 12 local spots make the big OpenTable list

Volver Rolls Out Changes For Season 2 No more tickets and a new price structure

Where We’re Eating: City Tap House More than just beer

Discounted Early Bird Tickets On Sale For Whiskey Festival It pays to plan ahead

New Menu At Serpico

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Peter Serpico just tweeted out this snap of the newest menu at Serpico on South Street. There are some classics on there (the corn ravioli, the lamb ribs), but I like seeing those two kinds of ramen. And the $9 pig’s head? That alone is enough to make me want to get back for another dinner. It’s been too long.

Serpico is also saying that they’re doing five specials tonight. And there’s always the tasting menu, too.

Serpico [f8b8z]

This Weekend: Lineup for the PHS Fall Festival

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For those of you who didn’t get your fill of outdoor food-and-booze festivals at last night’s Feastival or Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, here’s another chance for you to get out in the sun and eat some stuff–the PHS Fall Festival.

It’s happening tomorrow at the Navy Yard and we’ve got the full list of food, drinks and sweets that’ll be on site to distract you from all the gardening displays and flowery knick-knacks.

Here’s what you’ll be eating and drinking at the PHS Fall Fest

Celebrate Franklin Fountain’s Tenth Anniversary

franklin fountain 10Celebrate The Franklin Fountain’s 10th Anniversary on Saturday, September 20th from noon until 6 p.m. at 116 Market Street.

The old timey American soda fountain with the well-informed staff dressed in period attire and house-made ice cream has been in business for ten years and it is celebrating with a street fair.

The celebration will include live music throughout the day. A children’s booth with face-painting, arts and crafts, ice cream and candy will serve the kids, and a Brown Swiss dairy cow named “Bessie Ross” will be on hand and udderly fantastic.

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Yards PYNK Event Series Kicks Off

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Join Yards Brewing Co. for their annual Yards Pynk events during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are brunches, PYNK cocktails, PYNK ice cream, a Weezer cover band, a reasonable excuse to go to the Hard Rock Cafe, and more. Proceeds from these events will help sponsor breast cancer research and treatments, and we’ve got a list of the upcoming events below.

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Volver Rolls Out Changes for Season Two

volver illuminated 940Jose Garces is rolling out big changes for the second season at Volvér, his restaurant at the Kimmel Center. Effective immediately, the ticketing requirement has been abolished and starting Wednesday, September 24th, the menu format will change.

As of today the restaurant will no longer require tickets purchased in advance. Reservations can now be made through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly. A credit card is required to hold a reservation, similar to how some other restaurants do.

Starting on September 24th, the dining options also change. Gone is the pre-theater and performance menus. The restaurant will have two tiers, a six-course tasting menu for $75 or a twelve-course tasting for $150, not including tax tip or beverages. An optional beverage pairing will be begin at $95.

This marks a drop in price for Volvér where the performance tasting for two would set a couple back $448 with tax and tip. Now the twelve-course dinner for two would come in at $384 with tax and tip but no alcohol.

What’s new at Bar Volver »

Meet the Makers at Green Aisle Grocery

green-aisle-grays-ferry-400Green Aisle Grocery is the master of quality over quantity and now we get to meet those behind all the awesome items sold there. Green Aisle’s Meet the Maker series will happen at the Grays Ferry location every Saturday afternoon this fall.

The first of the bunch, tomorrow, Saturday, September 20th, will be ReAnimator Coffee. The Kensington based roaster will be in the shop from noon to 3 p.m.

The series runs through the end of November, other guests include Sip N Glo Juices (a Best of Philly recipient), Soom Foods Tahina, and Mast Bros. Chocolate from Brooklyn.

Special sales on the maker’s products, lots of samples, and time to meet the people producing the foods will be featured.

The full Meet the Makers schedule »

Where We’re Eating : City Tap House

City Tap HouseCity Tap House has been on a bit of a tear lately. For the past year or so — ever since chef Chad Vetter took over the kitchen — the beer bar has been showing new culinary aspirations. Sure, there are still nachos on the menu, and chicken wings and other snacks friendly to the 60-plus beers on tap. But those wings are rubbed with a house blend of 10 spices, and the nachos are crowned with pulled pork and topped with a Walt Wit white cheddar sauce. What’s more, Vetter does shrimp-topped fried green tomatoes, and chicken and waffles with honey-thyme butter. And as if all that isn’t enough to convince people this is a perfectly respectable place to settle in for dinner and drinks, he recently added a spread of new gourmet pizzas topped with everything from Cantimpalo chorizo to Benton’s ham, peaches and arugula.

Oh, and you know. There’s still beer, too.

City Tap House [Foobooz]

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