Bourdain Eats a Cheesesteak

donkeys-place-cheesesteak-400When Anthony Bourdain finally came to Philadelphia to film one of his TV shows, he steered clear of the city’s iconic cheesesteak. But he recently came back around these parts for an episode of his CNN show, Parts Unknown and he showed he wasn’t afraid to woof down the region’s singular sandwich.

Debuting on Sunday, May 31 at 9 p.m., this week’s episode is all about New Jersey and Bourdain makes his way to Camden for a cheesesteak from Donkey’s Place. Bourdain calls the cheesesteak “sublime” and “unbelievably good.”

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The Porch 2.0 Is Here

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The Porch 2.0

Michael Schulson’s food truck and booze wagon are now set up at the Porch next to 30th Street Station. Rotisserie at the Porch will serve lunch seven days a week. Wednesday through Saturday, a beverage trailer will offer beer and liquor from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. On those days, the Rotisserie at the Porch will serve food till 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday lunch will be served til 2 p.m.

The Porch 2.0 solidifies an experiment to breathe life into what was a parking lot next to 30th Street Station. The University City District teamed with Groundswell Design Group and Gehl Studio to enhance the space with new planters, seating and lighting. The UCD also partnered with Michael Schulson as the food purveyor.

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High Street On Market Goes Big On The Farm-To-Table Action

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This starts with a partnership–just announced between Plowshare Farms (with land in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties) and High Street Hospitality Group (which operates Fork, High Street, a.bar and a.kitchen). The two groups got together with the idea of bringing fresh produce to the restaurants and, further, to Old City as a whole. The results? Something a bit more far-reaching.

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MoJo’s Storefront Popping Up in Pennsport

Popcorn looks even better with a bow.

Popcorn looks even better with a bow.

Ignore the awful pun; Passyunk Post reported that Mojo’s Pop Co, a mother-daughter team making gourmet toffee popcorn, is finally getting its own brick-and-mortar location in Pennsport. Though no definitive opening date is set, they are taking over the space that previously held Brown Chicken Brown Cow, and, before that, Strange Brew Coffee (1321 S. 2nd Street).

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PHS Beer Gardens Set to Open

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

At least two of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s three pop-up beer gardens for 2015 are set to open by Monday, June 1st and probably earlier.

The 9th and Wharton location has come a long way since it was an empty lot just three weeks ago. Today, we have been told that the beer garden backed by David Frank and Stephen Simons (Khyber Pass Pub, Triangle Tavern, Royal Tavern and the two Cantinas) will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29th. Look for cocktails, beer, wine, fernet and food borrowing from the Italian heritage of the neighborhood.

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New Seasonal Dishes at Palladino’s

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Speaking of exciting stuff happening on East Passyunk Ave, chef Luke Palladino just announced his late spring/early summer menu additions at Palladino’s. The new offerings include eighteen fresh dishes, and are the first major changes in the menu since the restaurant opened in December 2014. And this is only the first round of additions Palladino has planned. Going forward, he will debut new dishes two to three times a season.

Highlights? Palladino’s personal favorite spring antipasti, the NJ Asparagus Two Ways, and two new types of flatbreads. In the coming weeks, other seasonal dishes will be introduced (squash blossoms beware, Luke Palladino is coming for you), but for now the current new additions are available as of this week.

Check the new items out below…

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Hammer of Glory Relay Announced

HOG Relay: Who ya gonna call? | Photo by Stephen Lyford

HOG Relay: Who ya gonna call? | Photo by Stephen Lyford

“Noble carrier, we entrust you with the Hammer of Glory, the omnipotent symbol of our beloved Philadelphia Beer Week. May your journey be safe. Work ye up a thirst, for there shall be a beer waiting for you at your destination. Godspeed!”

One of our favorite events of Philly Beer Week is also the first. The Hammer of Glory (HOG) is used to kick off the opening of Philly Beer Week when a dignitary taps the first official keg of Beer Week, at the beginning of the Opening Tap event. But before the hammer arrives at the 23rd Street Armory, it will go on an Olympic flame-like tour of Philadelphia bars and other destinations. Part of the fun is how the hammer travels from bar to bar. This year the HOG will be transported by Philly Roller Derby, the Two Roads VW bus, horse-drawn beer wagon, the Fishtown Beer Runners, wheelbarrow, motorcycle, and Marie Antoinette.

The HOG will make a whopping 23 stops this year. The relay kicks off at CBS 3 Studios at 6:45 am and culminate at Opening Tap at 6:53. Plan on ducking out of work if the Hammer of Glory passes near or perhaps, hop on the SugarHouse Casino’s double-decker bus which will be providing transportation throughout the day.

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The Khyber Makes Esquire’s Best Bars List

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Photo by Arthur Etchells

The Khyber Pass Pub makes Esquire’s list of the best bars in America. The bar is one of 15 new bars on the list, and the only one from Philadelphia. Esquire describes the bar from David Frank and Stephen Simons as:

Back in the 1980s, the Khyber was where all the punk bands played. Nowadays the bands are gone and it’s a lot cleaner. But there’s still a great rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, decent New Orleans food (and cocktails), and a whole lot of craft beer on tap.

The Khyber is the first Philadelphia bar to make the Esquire list since 2007.

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