Hope you’re getting RAMP-ed up, because spring produce is hitting the farmer’s markets hard this weekend! It’s still too early for the asparagus and the rhubarb, but the trees are blooming and there are for-sure signs of life on the forest floor and in the fields.
Sure Seems Like Eataly Could Land on Market
New Gallery plan leaves room for Eataly at 8th and Market.
Our Guide to Seasonal Beer Gardens
Everything you need to know, all in one place.
The Salted Caramel Budino Donut Is Arriving
You may all begin freaking out now.
Gran Caffè L’Aquila wants to take you to Italy. Every last corner of it.
Meritage (500 S 20th Street) hasn’t had the best of luck with chefs lately. After only three months on the job, chef Paul Gauthier recently left the restaurant due to what Meritage co-owner Michele DiPietro described to Eater as an “uninspired menu.”
Now, chef Steven Forte is in the kitchen and he’s creating something that everyone can agree with: a new happy hour menu.
Beginning today, Meritage will host happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The specials include $6 red and white wine, $6 sangria and a $10 Corona bucket.
You can check out the full food menu below.
I’m almost afraid that writing this publicly will jinx it, but it’s supposed to be 79 degrees and sunny this Saturday (April 18), which means it’s officially T-shirt weather (and that means everyone’s arms will be out, and who doesn’t love a good view of arms?).
But springtime means something else in addition to visible arm flesh: pub strolls (and allergies, but lets just talk about bar crawls.) Namely, the South Street West Business Association Pub Stroll this Saturday from 1-7pm.
And we here at Foobooz are giving away a pair of VIP tickets to the event (a $450 value).
Each year, Glen Macnow of WIP scours the region to find the best food for his annual Food Hunt. Last year both Rouge and Dog & Bull took home the title for best burger.
This year, Macnow’s Food Hunt is centered around bacon. But he’s not looking for items like a bacon cheeseburger. He’s looking for an innovative, creative bacon dish.
Macnow reviews each dish and scores it out of 100. So far he has reviewed 16 different bacon creations, with Grubhouse‘s bacon cakes tied in first place with Beiler’s Bakery‘s maple bacon doughnut, both with a score of 92.
After about seven weeks of searching, WIP will hold a public event on Saturday, May 16th at the Valley Forge Casino, where you get to try the top contestants and vote on who’s the best.
You can check out all of Macnow’s reviews here.
Glen Macnow’s Best Bacon Creation [94 WIP]
Rob Mitchell, owner of the Cow and the Curd has been working with Drexel University’s Food Lab to get his cheese curds out to the masses.
The Curd Caprese Salad, served with classic curds, basil aioli, aged balsamic vinegar, oven dried tomatoes and micro basil salad will be available for a limited time only. So get out there and get yours while you can.
The curd salad will also be available at the Sidecar Bar & Grille starting next Friday, April 24th.
I was lucky enough to try the “salad” yesterday with some friends and it was a hit. Just one word of advice, don’t pop the whole curd in your mouth at once, bite halfway through and stretch that curd out. It just makes it even better.
<—That picture right there? That was the line to pick up a new salted caramel budino donut at Verde this morning. They went on sale at 10am. This snap was taken at about 10:17.
As of 10:29, they were all gone.
Now you’re going to have one more chance to get your hands on one tomorrow. Again, they’re going to go on sale at 10am so you’re going to want to show up early, understand? Like, really early. And it being Saturday, I think it’s likely that the crowds are going to be even bigger, so plan accordingly.
This Saturday, April 18th, Jean Broillet and the rest of the brew team at Tired Hands Brewing Company are hitting up five different bars, showing off beer brewed from their operational (but not yet open to the public) Fermentaria.
The brewers will be at Local 44 from 12-1 pm, Strangelove’s from 2-3 pm, Standard Tap from 4-5 pm, Memphis Taproom from 6-7 pm and Alla Spina from 8-9 pm. They’ll be pouring their popular HopHands as well as debuting Rutilant, their new IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Cascade Hops.
Plan on meeting up with them at one spot or another. Just don’t follow them around all day. That’s stalking.
Tired Hands Brewing Company [Official]
Golden Monkey is not just one of the best beers that Victory makes, it’s one of the best beers out there, period. It’s all weird and spicy and fruity and eff’s you up like there was opium dissolved in it. We can all agree on that, right?
And in terms of the great breakfast foods of the world, waffles have to be at the top of every sane person’s list. And Belgian waffles should rank even higher.
So how’s this for good news?