As is our tradition here at Foobooz, we end our pre-Thanksgiving posts with WKRP in Cincinnati’s “Turkeys Away” episode. One of the finest bits of comedy ever created. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s worth the 24 minutes. And if then you’ve already hit Play.
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Black truffle deviled eggs and a black beer at Bru | Photo via Bru Craft & Wurst
Somewhere along the line someone got the good idea to tap some stouts, porters, black IPAs and other dark beers on Black Friday. And so now that’s becoming as much a tradition as heading out to the mall early. But we have to say, dark beers appeal to us a lot more than heading out to a big box store while its still dark out.
So check out these dark beers on Black Friday specials, and one that couldn’t wait till Friday.
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Today, Wednesday, November 25th, Andrew Wood, executive chef of Russet and Guillermo Pernot, chef-partner of Cuba Libre will be guests of WHYY’s Radio Times as host Marty Moss-Coane continues the show’s Thanksgiving tradition of inviting in area chefs to talk turkey and all the fixings.
The chefs will be on in the second hour of the show, that means from 11 a.m. to noon on 90.9 FM and rebroadcast from 11 p.m. to midnight. Radio Times can also be heard on Sirius/XM’s NPR Now 122 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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Whetstone Tavern has begun a Late Night Happy Hour. From 10 p.m. to midnight, the Queen Village bar and restaurant is offering $3 beers and $3 house wines every day (yes, including weekends). Chef Jeremy Nolen is also offering his Dad’s Burger (1 patty) and Roast Beef sandwich for $5. That’s just about half-price for the sandwiches.
There will also be a rotating sandwich special as well. Right now that’s the pictured braised pork belly with Korean Napa cabbage slaw. Expect the specialty sandwich to change every three to five days as the culinary team gets creative with the special.
For more late night deals, check out these Late Night Happy Hours.
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Remember way back when (say, five years ago) when long-time residents of Point Breeze tried to stop real estate developer John Longacre from turning the former Wander Inn into a craft beer bar? Their fears of gentrification delayed the opening of American Sardine Bar by at least a year.
But open it did, and fans of Longacre’s landmark South Philly Tap Room a few blocks away now had another place to drink high-end beer from cans and curb their munchies with fried PB&J sandwiches. Things haven’t gotten much easier for Longacre–what with community members trying to shut down his Point Breeze Beer Garden this summer–but at least the Sardine Bar still stands, four years after opening.
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When Pub & Kitchen held their first Country Delight night six years ago, I suggested bringing your own earplugs. Now I’m married to a country music fan and I admit, sometimes I tap along to the twangy tunes. I’m not happy about it (the tapping along to country music part, not the married part, being married is great), but it’s true.
Tonight, Tuesday, November 24th, P&K will be throwing another country night with cheap beer, cheap whiskey and an impressive menu from chef Eli Collins. Collins will be frying up chicken and trout, smoking pork shoulder and ribs, and also whipping up mac and cheese, peel-and-eat shrimp and much more.
Grab three friends and order the “I’m Higher than Willie Nelson” Platter. The $91 feast comes with a dozen oysters, fried chicken, brisket, pork ribs, collard greens, coleslaw, classy biscuit, burnt ends beans and whiskey on the side.
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Just in time for its first anniversary, Girard on Girard is shifting its concept to focus on daily breakfast and brunch only. The change goes into effect on Tuesday, December 1st and will feature a new menu as well as new hours.
The BYOB will open daily at 7 a.m., serving coffee, breakfast sandwiches, house-made pastries and morning specials.
Chef and owner Brian Oliveira says he’s “listened to what the neighborhood told us they wanted, which was a more casual place where they could relax, grab a coffee, and enjoy our popular brunch menu all week long.”
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26 North, BYOB by Michael Stollenwerk
Last night was the official opening of Mike Stollenwerk’s latest restaurant, 26 North. The Old City BYOB features a seafood-centric menu of Stollenwerk’s greatest hits. Yep, skate wing with truffled spaetzle is on the menu, as is salmon belly and seared octopus. The space feels particularly large for a BYOB. The 48-seats in the long space with high ceilings provides plenty of room between tables. A marked difference for the chef who first got noticed in the tiny kitchen and restaurant of Little Fish. In addition to the seafood hits, 26 North also offers lamb for meat lovers and a vegetarian entree.
The space features exposed brick walls with dark wood accents. The wall art features pages from the Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications. A marble bar in the center of the room is a leftover from when the space was going to be a coffee shop but will be put to good use, especially at lunch.
The restaurant is currently dinner only but weekday lunch will be starting shortly with a “Hand Helds” section.
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The brewpub at the Victory Brewing Co. in Parkesburg | All photographs by Bradley Maule
Now that the owners of Victory Brewing have unveiled their newest brewery and restaurant to the public (it opened today for lunch), beer fans can eat, drink and learn at the biggest and most eco-friendly of their two brewery and three brewpub locations. Two years after beginning to brew out of Parkesburg, in Chester County, visitors can finally tour the EPA-approved brewery and relax at the two-story pub part of the brewpub that captivates the eye with 350 seats and a whole lot of reclaimed wood.
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Peter McAndrews’ Scrapple Cheesesteak is on the menu now.
Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods were in town for their 200th episode and Zimmern got together with Paesano’s Peter McAndrews for a scrapple cheesesteak. In the episode, which first was broadcast a month ago, McAndrews walks Zimmern through making the scrapple and turning it into a riff on the cheesesteak. McAndrews compares the sandwich to Philadelphia itself, ballsy, tough, made with love, integrity and flavor.
The sandwich is currently on the menu at the Italian Market location of Paesano’s. That location has just extended its hours. You can now get a Paesano’s sandwich from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays.
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