Gigi Italian Bistro In Manayunk Has An Opening Date

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Manyunk’s newest BYOB, Gigi Italian Bistro, has an opening date.

Next Thursday, August 3rd, Craig Wilson and Jacqueline Au will officially open the doors to their second restaurant. As promised, the menu focuses on pasta, poultry, meat and seafood, and tops out at $32. Check out the full menu below.

Gigi will be open Wednesdays through Sundays starting at 4 p.m.

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New BYOB to Open in Wayne

IMG_3821Despite good reviews, Wayne’s tiny crepe spot, Creperie Bechamel just closed itss doors this past Sunday. But the creperie is making way for something a little more upscale and refined.

Tara Buzan, owner of To the Table Catering just bought the restaurant and is planning to open BYOB in the space this fall. Buzan previously owned A Taste of Britain, but has been working as a private chef and caterer for the last 5 years. But she’s ready to get back into the restaurant business.

“The timing just seemed right. I sold my previous restaurant when my son was one,” said. “Now he’s six and I guess I just have the itch.”

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A Fish Story: Blackfish Revisited

Blackfish Reviewed | Photo by Samuel Markey

Blackfish Reviewed | Photo by Samuel Markey

The dining room at Blackfish in Conshohocken is white, but not cold. Not icy, the way some white, restaurant-shaped boxes can be. The dark wood floors help. The matching chairs. The colorful spines of cookbooks stacked on a shelf, making the place look like it’s been styled for an Architectural Digest photo shoot, or maybe something from a summer issue of Martha Stewart Living. Not lively, exactly, but alive.

The white ceilings and white tablecloths and white plates make every color pop. The sharp red of garden tomatoes in a summer salad, the green tangles of seaweed on which sit the stony shells of oysters, the rich, textured yellow-brown of a curry sauce puddling around a fist-sized cut of tilefish perfectly golden from the pan: In this sterility of white-on-white, the plates being put out by Chip Roman’s chef de cuisine, Yianni Arhontoulis, and his crew go off like fireworks. The entire restaurant becomes a blank space, and all you can see are the blooms and sparks in front of you. Everything else fades into the background.

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Philly Eateries Say DNC Is a Mixed Bag

East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week.

East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week.

The stretch of blocks on East Passyunk Avenue from Broad Street to Passyunk Square was mostly calm Tuesday evening, the second night of the Democratic National Convention.

Just before 9 o’clock, a fleet of the Philadelphia Police Department’s major incident response vehicles slowly meandered down Broad Street in what was largely a silent spectacle of flashing blue and red lights. They were tailing the protest throngs marching their way down to the Wells Fargo Center.

Couples and small groups of onlookers clustered on corners along Broad Street, watching the traffic amble along, but few wandered down Passyunk Avenue, where many businesses reported an average or slower-than-usual night.

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Grab a Pint (or Two) At The Dog Wash

DogWash-2016This weekend grab a drink with your true best friend, your dog. The Trestle Inn and Philly Pet Hotel are pairing up to host the “At The Dog Wash” event for the third year.

From 2 to 7 p.m., this Saturday, July 30th, stop by the corner of 11th and Callowhill Street to get a drink and a bath for your dog. Bombay Local Food Truck and a DJ will be there. And plenty of pet-based fun will be happening.

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DNC Passyunk Passeggiata Street Festival

Passyunk PasseggiataTonight, Wednedsay, July 27th, the weekly Passyunk Passeggiata will turn into a Street Festival for the DNC.

From 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. tonight, Passyunk Avenue will be closed from Broad Street to The Singing Fountain. The avenue will be lined with street food  and outdoor bars and restaurants from Cantina Los Caballitos, Mamma Maria Ristorante, Noir, Stogie Joe’s and lots of food trucks.

There will be special happy hours, appetizer discounts, movie screenings, and extended late hours at a ton of restaurants and bars. Check below to see the full list of specials.

In addition to all the food and drinks specials, there will be live music from local bands and DJs and shopping promotions up and down the avenue.

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Check Out the Restaurants That Will Be at the Best of Philly Soiree

bop-soiree-400Next Thursday’s Best of Philly Soiree will feature a roster of restaurants that have won Best of Philly awards this year, or in years past. Look for bites from the likes of 2016 winners like Bing Bing Dim Sum, Bud & Marilyn’s, Double Knot, Hungry Pigeon and Opa. They’ll be joined by past winners and crowd favorites like American Sardine Bar, Laurel, Marigold Kitchen and V Street.

And it wouldn’t be a soiree without bubbly and spirits. Look for SKYY Vodka, Buffalo Trace and La Marca Prosecco among others.

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SouthGate Turns One


One of the best Korean fried chicken joints in town, SouthGate, is turning one. Known for their Korean style fried chicken and green tea waffles, they just recently made the cut for our fried chicken field guide.

Also, they’re turning a year old this week. And to celebrate they’re offering $4 Koren fried chicken wings, $4 Sapporo pints, and $6 Sake Punch. Stop in today or tomorrow between 5 and 11 P.M. to help them mark the occasion.

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