Philly’s summer has just become a little more delicious and a little less expensive with all of the upcoming restaurant weeks. But with as many as there are, it can be hard to keep track of the whens and wheres, so here’s a guide to the deals happening in Philadelphia.
Tomorrow, Thursday, July 17th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., restaurants from all over South Philadelphia will compete for what may be the most honorable, and certainly delicious, title known to man: Pizza Olympics Champion. And this year, you get to decide who takes home the crown.
The 6th Annual Pizza Olympics at Penn’s Landing Caterer, 1301 S. Columbus Boulevard, will feature fifteen of Philadelphia’s pizza parlors, all of which will
fight knead for your votes. Guests will decide the top slices in seven categories – Best Crust, Best Veggie, Best Creative Topping, Best White, Favorite Sicilian, Top Tomato Pie, and Best Sauce. Tickets are $15 and get you three hours of all-you-can-eat pizza sampling. And in addition to your full stomachs, the event is providing a DJ, prizes, and performance by the Mummers.
This Saturday, July 19th, the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off is back and bigger than ever. Last year’s event featured 11 restaurants and food trucks, and this year’s will feature 20. The judges’ decision will be much more difficult and as a visitor, your stomach will be much more full.
Starting at 1 p.m., guests are welcome to sample the hot dogs, enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewing Company, jam out to live music and even vote for their favorite dog of the day. General admission is free, but food/drinks tickets cost $10 for 4 and $30 for 15. Or, if you’re looking for that VIP treatment, spend $30 and get early access at noon, a VIP gift, and 20 food/drink tickets. Proceeds will go to the preservation of the Headhouse Square Shambles. To purchase tickets, click here.
This Wednesday, July 16th, Eakins Oval will transform into more than just a parking lot on the Parkway. For the second summer, The Oval returns, as Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation partnered with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Association for Public Art, changes the otherwise dull space into a public park. The Oval will be used to promote the parkway as a space all Philadelphians can utilize and enjoy, not just those looking for daytime parking.
The kick-off event will feature music, food, BEER and a performance by the Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy. The space also doubles as a canvas for this year’s art installation and theme entitled, Magic Carpet by the artist Candy Coated.
Yards Brewery will also be debuting something for Philadelphians to get excited about. The brewery will be launching their new concoction, the Fairmount Park Ale. The new brew is “for outbeersy folk” so there’s no better place to enjoy it than outdoors at The Oval, right? Do we even need to say more? Well, Yards will also be the exclusive draught beer at The Oval. The Fairmount Ale will always be available, plus a rotating tap.
This evening, Soom Foods, the Philadelphia-based, women-owned business of three sisters— Shelby, Jackie and Amy is going to be in the food cart at the Garage on Passyunk Avenue. They will be serving a Middle Eastern street food menu of dishes like sabich, a traditional eggplant pita sandwich and a spiced lamb dish. All dishes will feature Soom Foods Tahini and for dessert, they’ll be offering samples of their Chocolate Sesame Butter, which they are describing as similar to Nutella with only three ingredients and only seven grams of sugar.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and runs till the food runs out.
The Garage [Foobooz]
This Wednesday, July 16th, Will is hosting chef Adan Trinidad of Sancho Pistola’s and Jose Pistola’s for a special five-course dinner and clambake. The dinner is $50 per person and includes a complimentary drink.
And then next Tuesday, July 22nd, Chris Kearse is heading to Rosemont, New Jersey to collaborate with Matthew Ridgway, chef and owner of The PASS restaurant.
Crime and Punishment Brewing Co. is hoping to put the brew back in the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia. This Saturday the potential brewpub unveils its crowd-sourced fundraising campaign with an evening of live music, Russian dishes and of course craft beer.
Brewers Michael Wambolt and Michael Paul will be serving up four of their beers, all inspired by Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Among the beers pouring, The Guillotine, a saison brewed with blood oranges and hibiscus and Grand Theft Polka, an oak-smoked Polish wheat beer.
Top Chef contestant Stephanie Cmar is in town today at castmate Jason Cichonski’s Gaslight in Old City. Cmar is in the midst of a national pop-up tour for her Stacked Donuts and Trademark Tarts. The pastry chef is joined by Justin Burke-Sansom to form Party of Two. The pair have been popping up in Boston every week for the past five months offering their Stacked Donuts and Trademark Tarts. They have now joined forces and are working as a collaborative.
Today they will be offering three donuts and two types of tarts, starting at 11 a.m. Each sweet treat is $3 and is cash only. Get there early, there are only 100 donuts and 80 tarts to go around.
Forget sugar and spice because you’ve changed is hosting a Smoke & Spiced Pop-Up Bar tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Prime Stache in Old City. The event will feature a speciality cocktail menu of five smoky and five spiced creations for you to enjoy. And if you’re looking for that extra kick? Burned wood and peppers will be on site for you to add to your drink. Cocktails are $11, but for an extra $1 you can get a customized or spiced drink.
You’ve changed is an idea started by bartenders Brian Kruglak, Derek Moorer and Anna Henderer of the Ranstead Room to keep Philadelphians on their toes and give them new, exciting bar experiences. And they’re not new to the game: this is their second event following the Mad Libs themed bar last April.