You’d think that, in the space between the big holidays of the season, that the restaurant news would slow down. I mean, these guys are busy. But no. It was another big week. And for those of you just getting out of the hospital now after being trampled during the annual Black Friday stampede, here’s what you might’ve missed.
Where We’re Eating A quick look at the new Han Dynasty in Old City
Nicole Marquis Is Opening A Vegan Bar Charlie Was A Sinner is looking at a March opening
Eataly Is Coming To Philadelphia Let the rejoicing begin now
Sugar Mom’s Has Closed Saying goodbye to one of Philly’s classic dive bars
First Look at The Fat Ham An early peek at the opening menu
New Holiday Donuts At Federal Donuts Three new flavors for the holidays
Now Accepting Applications For The COOK Masters Program Free cooking school for 10 lucky cooks and food writers
Avance Advances A look inside Le Bec Fin’s replacement
Top Chef Restaurant Wars Recap It was over before it started
New Cycle Of Tees At The Foobooz Store Little Baby’s and Oyster House are having their moment in the sun
This weekend we’re playing with a new way to deliver weekend picks to you. Below is a custom Twitter timeline of things that are happening today. We’ll update the timeline throughout the weekend with more picks.
Mama Palma’s is kicking off a new weekend brunch. The Fitler Square pizzeria is providing orange juice to all guests who bring their own Champagne. Check out the brunch pizzas on the menu.
Mama Palma’s Brunch Menu (PDF)
Mama Palma’s [Official Site]
While I don’t think that the novelty of having gravy as a permanent side dish option could get old, let’s do try and move on from heavy holiday dishes at least for a moment before the Christmas-themed gluttony really gets going. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of juicy green things to put some virtue back onto your plate.
–Baby Spinach and Arugula Hoophouse-grown greens are starting to arrive! Though it’s too cold to grow these little babies outside at the moment, they thrive in passively-heated greenhouses, but they do tend to be a little more fragile than their counterparts grown outside, so handle them gently and enjoy them soon.
What else to look for at the farmers’ markets »
The Victoria Freehouse is offering a special happy hour today of Christmas Ales. For $15 you can get a flight of British holiday beers plus “Devils on Horseback,” stilton stuffed dates wrapped in bacon.
The flights include:
- Reindeer’s Revolt – English Strong Ale
- Criminally Bad Elf – English Barleywine style beer
- Pickled Santa – Winter Warmer style beer
- Lump of Coal – Foreign Stout beer
But that’s not all that’s happening tonight »
The easiest way to tell a bar from a restaurant is by the smell of the men’s room.
I couldn’t keep that thought away from my olfactory nerve during a recent night at Southwark. It had been years since my first time there. And my first time had also been my last. I remember having a fine dinner, but one that failed to cast the spell that so many other folks had fallen under at the then-new, classically styled Queen Village haunt.
In retrospect, that was probably because I’d eaten in the back dining room instead of at the bar, where bartender George Costa was mixing Gibsons and Aviations when the rest of the city was still one big slosh of pink-lemonade Cosmotinis.
Almost ten years later everyone else has caught up—and Costa has moved on—but Southwark is still humming along. It recently installed a new chef, Sam Jacobson, whose previous tenure at Sycamore helped put Lansdowne on the dining map.
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This Monday, December 9th is going to be all about Sherry at a.bar. Though many people’s only experience with sherry is on the sweet side, there are dry Sherries that work very well with food.
From 3 to 6 p.m., all oysters are $1.50 each and several local wine reps will be pouring multiple Sherries, ranging from $5 to $10 a glass.
At 7 p.m. chef Terence Feury (Tavro 13) will prepare a four-course dinner with Sherry pairings. The dinner is $85 per person and there is only one seating. Contact beverage director, Tim Kweeder for reservations.
The menu and what’s happeing late night … »
Can’t get enough dancing on Friday night? Then check out the new Saturday brunch party at Alma de Cuba. All three floors of Stephen Starr’s Cuban restaurant are transformed into a brunch-and-dance affair with progressive DJs, Latin brunch favorites and lots of mimosas.
Doors open at 11 a.m. with dishes ranging from French toast and mini banana pancakes with crispy Serrano ham and candied walnuts to a chorizo and Manchego breakfast quesadilla and Cuban sandwich. Get those plates polished off by 1 p.m. because that’s when the DJ begins spinning in earnest.
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There are a lot of things to love about Wawa. But one thing to hate about Wawas? Parking. Check out this list of the five worst Wawa parking lots in the area. And be sure to add your own least favorites to the map.
The 5 Worst Wawa Parking Lots in the Philly Area [Philadelphia Magazine]
Tickets are now on sale for The Brewer’s Plate 10th Anniversary Celebration. This year the local beer and food pairing festival will be held at the Kimmel Center on Sunday, March 9th. Each year, The Brewer’s Plate is one of the can’t miss beer events of the year and the event as always benefits Fair Food.
For the tenth anniversary, they’re pulling out all the stops with the promise of celebrity guests, exclusive beers and more.
Brewer’s Plate Tickets [Official Site]