Waffles & Wedges Celebrates 1st Birthday with a Block Party

waffles-wedges-940Waffles & Wedges is turning one, and on Sunday, April 24th, owners Andrea Capecci and Laura Judy are celebrating with a block party on South Hicks Street, right next to the restaurant on 1511 Pine Street.

The outdoor celebration will start at 1 p.m. and will include waffle specials (naturally) and menu additions including $1 Party Crasher Mini Waffles and The Birthday Waffle Sandwich—Liege waffle with Nutella on both sides and Bassett’s vanilla ice cream, all coated in rainbow jimmies.

Which sounds awesome.

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Vote for Best of Philly: Who Has the Best Lunch on the Go?

Falafel at Agno Grill

Falafel at Agno Grill

The fast-casual restaurant segment is booming. We’ve even taken to ranking it on Foobooz via our Fast Casual Tracker. But now it’s your turn to vote for the Best Quickie Lunch Spot in this month’s Best of Philly poll.

Vote once a day now through April 26th and when you cast your ballot, you can also enter to win two tickets to the Best of Philly party.

Vote for the 2016 Best of Philly Quickie Lunch Spot [Philadelphia Magazine]

First Look: Wm. Mulherin’s Sons

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Potentially edging Charlie Was A Sinner out for most esoteric restaurant name in town is Fishtown newcomer, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. The restaurant takes its name from the facade of the building itself, a 1890’s whiskey blending and bottling facility just across from the El Bar and the Good Spoon Soupery at Front and Master.

Together, the three businesses are, in fact, dead-on examples of how Fishtown is changing. The El Bar is a long-established stalwart–a proper dive bar with karaoke, live music and cheap beer. Good Spoon Soupery arrived a few years ago, a seasonally-focused food business looking to set up in an area where local entrepreneurs had begun to migrate. Now, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons represents something new; the Fishtown of fresh new condos, glossy live/work spaces, and that particular Mumford & Sons aesthetic of a perfectly worn-in vintage leather jacket. It’s an ethos that matches the old and industrial with the fresh and new already on display in La Colombe’s distillery and cafe and in the very bones of what Kensington Quarters does. Fishtown is so hot with development that it’s only fitting that someone add a wood-fired pizza oven.

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Rittenhouse Row’s Spring Festival Preview Party Is Coming Up

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

On May 4, from 7-9:30pm, the folks behind the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival will be throwing their annual Preview Party at the Westin Hotel ballroom.

There’s going to be food, there’s going to be booze, there’ll be a silent auction and samples and, I don’t know… Fashion-y things (because it’s Rittenhouse, so there kinda has to be, right?). But the food and the booze is what we care about here, so let’s focus on that, shall we?

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Here’s What You’ll Be Eating (And Drinking) When Morgan’s Pier Opens This Week

Philly knows it's close to summer when Morgan's Pier re-opens for the season, and this Thursday, you can get a little taste of the warm weather and sun to come as the outdoor beer garden welcomes back guests. This year, Chef Nick Elmi, from TV's Top Chef, will be at the helm, creating memorable snacks and meals that you'll be able to enjoy throughout the venue. Opens Thursday, April 30th, various times, Morgan's Pier, 220 North Columbus Boulevard.

We already announced who would be cooking for you when Morgan’s Pier opens for the season this Thursday (April 21). But you know what else we can tell you? What you’re going to be eating (and drinking) when things light up for the season at Morgan’s Pier.

We’ve got Jim Burke‘s full food and brunch menus, plus the lineup of beers and cocktails all right here.

Happy spring everyone.

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Popular Alliance For Undocumented Workers’ Rights Bringing Back #Right2Work Dinner Series

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Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Garden

For the second time, the Popular Alliance for Undocumented Worker’s Rights (PAUWR) has pulled together another #Right2Work Dinner Series. The mission for this series is to bring awareness of undocumented workers not being able to work legally to the restaurant industry, and to give undocumented workers a platform for sharing stories about their struggles in the industry.

So if you’re in the mood for a little solidarity (and some really good food), here’s the list of upcoming dinners, which will all be donation-based:

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Now We Don’t Use The Word Hero Often Around Here…

Photo by Allison Lewis.

Photo by Allison Lewis.

Over at the news desk, they’re telling the tale today of Eric Wagner, veteran sous chef at Standard Tap in NoLibs, who took to the streets to defend the peace and quiet of his customers’ Sunday brunch this past weekend–doing battle against an evil car alarm with the best weapon at his disposal.

Post-It Notes. Lots and lots of Post-It Notes.

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Some Big Changes At Whetstone

Photo courtesy Vanessa Beahn

Photo courtesy Vanessa Beahn

I really liked Jeremy Nolen‘s Whetstone when I checked it out a few months ago. It was one of the places that shaped the way I review neighborhood restaurants, and became a point of comparison for a lot of them that came after.

And now, with the new season, Whetstone is going through some changes. They’ve got a new menu, a new cocktail program, and a new (though very recognizable) face behind the bar.

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Shake Shack Is Popping Up At Garage In South Philly

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Okay Shake Shack fanatics, this one is just for you.

If you didn’t manage to get your hands on Shake Shack’s limited edition, 100% all-natural, split and griddled flat-top hot dog a few years ago at Feastival (the only time it has ever been offered in Philly), that’s okay—now you have another chance.

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