Tomorrow: Luke’s Lobster Turns Five

They started with 250 square feet in East Village and no restaurant experience. Today, they’ve grown into a small empire with 13 different locations across the Northeast–including Philly. And now, Luke’s Lobster is turning five.

So to celebrate, on Wednesday, October 1st, Luke’s will be giving a $5 discount to any order of $15 or more (while supplies last).

The Gold Standard on Fitz Is Now Serving

gold-standard-on-fitz-400The Gold Standard on Fitz is up and brewing coffee, as well as serving breakfast pastries, bagels, sandwiches and salads. The branch of West Philadelphia’s Gold Standard succeeds the Beauty Shop Cafe at 20th and Fitzwater in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

The coffee shop, which serves up Green Street coffee offers an a.m. special where a small coffee or tea and pastry is available for just $3.50.

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Nirvana at Abe Fisher – Praise for the Montreal-Smoked Short Ribs

The Montreal-smoked short ribs at Abe Fisher

The Montreal-smoked short ribs at Abe Fisher

Food Republic’s Matt Rodbard has been a fan of Zahav and its lamb shoulder for some time now. But now he might have a new favorite dish in town, the Montreal-smoked short ribs at Abe Fisher.

Yes, the result is tender. Incredibly tender, in a way that an unctuous short rib should be after this much love and attention (the tougher brisket cut is the typical protein used in this type of smoking). But it’s also deeply smoked and sliced perfectly to reveal a shade of prime rib pink I’d never seen with smoked meat. Our party of five ate in near-silence (the poor vegetarian sixth was left hanging for the eight minutes it took us to polish off the platters — there were two of them involved).

An order of the Montreal-smoked short ribs at Abe Fisher feeds four and is served up with rye bread and garnishes. There are currently only two orders available a night, so make your reservations for early.

Philadelphia Restaurant Abe Fisher Has Possibly Achieved Smoked Meat Nirvana [Food Republic]
Abe Fisher [Foobooz]

Charlie Sheen Makes Good On His $1,000 Tip To PYT Server Stiffed By LeSean McCoy

Hey, remember back a couple weeks ago when the internets melted because LeSean McCoy from the Eagles left a 20-cent tip for a server at PYT?

Remember when the melted internets then exploded and caught fire because Charlie Sheen (yeah, THAT Charlie Sheen) got on Twitter and pledged $1,000 to the stiffed server (#nojudgement)?

Yeah, well now it looks like Topper Harley has come through. The Daily News is reporting that 10 hundred dollar bills and a signed photo were mailed to PYT, in care of server Rob Knelly, and the cash is now resting comfortably in Knelly’s wallet.

No word yet on what he’s doing with the signed picture.

Support the Rena Rowan Breast Center while Drinking Beer

saison-de-roseThis October, in light of Breast Cancer Awareness, support the Rena Rowan Breast Center all while enjoying a really awesome pink-hued beer, Saison de Rose.

Erin Wallace of Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery, Old Eagle’s Tavern, and Devil’s Den, joined up recently with Free Will Brewing Company and female writing professionals Marnie Old, Tara Nurin and Carolyn Smagalski to create a delicious saison that would support breast cancer research. Proceeds from this beer will be donated to the Rena Rowan Breast Center at University of Penn.

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CoZara Celebrates Sake with Four-Course Dinner

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Drunken Zama sake

Looks like Japan celebrates made up food and drink holidays too. Tomorrow, October 1st is National Sake Day in Japan, so if you needed any more of an excuse to indulge in sushi or sake, here’s the go-ahead.

CoZara is hosting a four-course, $35 dinner from 5 p.m. until close in honor of the Japanese holiday. The University City izakaya will welcome Nanbu Bijin Sake to pair with the dishes. Nanbu Bijin is the company that produces Zama private label sake, “Drunken Zama.” 

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REX 1516′s Burger Series for October

am burger rex 1516REX 1516′s Citywide Special Burger Series has been a big success and the South Street restaurant has just announced its upcoming participants.

Today, FOX 29′s Good Day co-hosts Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley have collaborated to create the AM (Alex and Mike) Burger. It’s topped with Maglio breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese and finished with a fried egg.

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Two Bells for Society Hill Society

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Craig LaBan enjoys much of what he eats from chef Yun Fuentes’s menu at Society Hill Society. In particular he enjoys brunch and the fresh Pilsner Urquel.

His ode to pierogi are delicate, their handmade sour cream dumpling skins stuffed with truffled mashed potatoes over molasses-sweetened Vidalia onion jam. He tapas-izes chicken pot pie, tucking a creamy velouté of leg meat, carrots, and peas into croquette sticks that would please even the toughest Amish Spaniard. His summer peach soup is simply a gazpacho-good tribute to ripe local summer fruit, the sweet pureed peaches tanged with a hint of vinegar and garlic, sparked with salty bits of shaved ham and tiny floating spheres of creamy goat cheese.

Two Bells – Very Good

For another opinion on this Society Hill restaurant, read Trey Popp’s review of Society Hill Society from the October issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Society Hill Society inspired by the past [Philadelphia Inquirer]

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