Opening Soon: Mercer Cafe In The Navy Yard

First Tacconelli's pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

First Tacconelli’s pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

Mercer Cafe, the small, beloved Port Richmond eatery, is expanding to the Navy Yard at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk.

The new location will have its grand opening on May 1, offering their breakfast and lunch menu, along with La Colombe Coffee, a grab-and-go market and lunch delivery.

What’s even more exciting is co-owner Dina Woltjen and her brother Vincent Tacconelli have decided to merge their businesses under one roof. The new Mercer Cafe will serve the famous Tacconelli’s pies, with their own brick oven in the cafe.

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Brittingham Hosts Their Annual Patio Party

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Photo by Courtney Apple

 

Add this to your list of summer outside venues: Brittingham’s in Lafayette Hill is opening their outdoor patios this Saturday, April 25.

The restaurant is throwing their second annual patio party, with BBQ sandwiches and specially priced drinks. Seamus McGroary is performing live beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the Secret Service.

The party begins at 4 p.m. and there is a $10 cover at the door. The restaurant has two outdoor areas with fire pits and bars.

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New Friday Night Family Friendly Options at Supper

Supper's pastrami fried chicken

Supper’s pastrami fried chicken

Supper knows that not everyone sees Friday nights as the second best night of the week to get blackout drunk (the best night, of course, being Thursday). That’s why the restaurant has made Friday night, Family Night. Chef and owner Mitch Prensky has added a Family and Friends dinner option ($35 for adults, $15 for kids) as well as an a la carte kids menu that sounds like one of the best kids menus anywhere.

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Flavors of the Avenue Free Street Festival Is This Weekend

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Flavors of the Avenue on East Passyunk is this Sunday and though the culinary tour is sold out, you can still take advantage of the free street festival. Along with shopping and live music on the street, restaurants are offering drink specials all day.

Bing Bing Dim Sum will also open for special lunch hours. You can get a preview of what’s to come when the fun dumpling spot launches their lunchtime hours. They’ll be serving their full menu from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. with $4 Victory Summer Love drafts.

To check out the drink specials at the rest of the East Passyunk restaurants, look here.

Wine Tasting Class at Amada

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Amada” basically translates to “beloved” or “sweetheart,” so it’s very fitting that Amada is hosting a class for people to learn all about my sweetheart: wine. On Sunday, Apr. 26 from 2:30-3:30 pm, Alexandra Cherniavsky (Amada’s Sommelier) is teaching a wine tasting class.

The class will feature wines intended to perk you up after a dreary winter, so you can expect sparkling wine from Raventos i Blanc, a rosé from Amestoi, and other bright, white wines. Also, light tapas will be served, and the whole thing only costs $25, which is a pretty good deal for wine and tapas.

You can call (215)625-2450 to make reservations.

UPDATE: This event is now sold out. Amada says to stay tuned for the next one.

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Opening Today: Tired Hands Fermentaria

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Tired Hands, but welcoming hands in Ardmore.

Today marks the official opening of Tired Hands Brewing Co.’s Fermentaria. Located just down the street from the original Tired Hands brew cafe, the new space will immediately more than double Tired Hands brewing capacity, with future expansion room allowing for around seven times the volume. The Fermentaria also means more room for patrons looking for a beer, a bite, and a growler fill to go. The new spot at 35 Cricket Terrace has room for 180 seated.

Tired Hands Fermentaria also has its own menu featuring tacos, ceviches and bigger plates. Chef Bill Braun, who is also the head guy at the brew cafe is in charge here as well, though with the help of Kyle Yates. Highlights of the menu, which is taco focused but not necessarily Mexican, include:

  • brisket taco with Swiss cheese, caraway slaw, pickled mustard, 
 tarragon crema
  • patatas bravas taco with chorizo-style bulgar, goat cheese, salsa rojo

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Aldine Debuts New Menu Format

Poached Mussels with English Peas, Shaved Radish and Vinaigrette

Poached Mussels with English Peas, Shaved Radish and Vinaigrette | Photo via Aldine

When I heard that Aldine was changing its menu format, I thought maybe that meant the menu would no longer feature stupid colons in between ingredients (like sorry but,”sugar snap peas : pickled chili : smoked almond milk : rhubarb,” just does not look right). But alas, that was too much to hope for. Instead, Aldine is abandoning its unique tasting menu, which was divided into either the “omnivore” or “herbivore” menu, in favor of a more traditional format.

Chef and owner George Sabatino’s new menu is divided into first, second and third courses. First courses are either served cool or room temperature, second courses are slightly larger and served warm, and third courses are really the bigger main courses.

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The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Is Coming

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

If you’re looking for a fun, free way to celebrate the beginning of allergy season (or what some people call, “spring”),  on Saturday, May 2, head down to Center City for the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. There will be a fashion show, beauty booths, live music, and most importantly food demonstrations and cocktail lounges.

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