Cheese Curd Redemption at Independence Beer Garden

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Adam Erace reviews the pop-up Independence Beer Garden and offers tips for where and when to hang out but skewers the food, save what comes with cheese curds.

But don’t miss the cheese curds, light little poufs of tempura-fried Vermont goodness served with sweet, smoky tomato jam, the marinara to these new-school mozzarella sticks.

At Independence Beer Garden, a democratic menu of bar fare [City Paper]
Independence Beer Garden [Foobooz]

Today: Michael Solomonov On The Radio

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WHYY’s Radio Times is bringing in Michael Solomonov today to talk about Israeli food, donuts, the loss of his brother and his recent admission that he was addicted to crack when he opened Zahav.

Marty Moss-Coane is giving Solomonov a full hour to chat, so the odds are good that we’re going to hear lots of stories both about how he got clean and how he’s been almost single-handedly responsible for bringing about a mini-boom in modern Israeli cuisine. So if you’re a Solo fan, tune in at 11am this morning and give the man a listen.

Michael Solomonov [Radio Times]
The Inimitable Michael Solomonov [Philly mag]

13 Diners You’ll Find in Philly

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The Winos | Illustration by Jessi Falcone

We here at Foobooz certainly enjoy Philadelphia’s food scene but that doesn’t mean we don’t occasionally roll our eyes at some of the other dining room’s tables. Here is our list of the thirteen kinds of diners you’ll find in Philadelphia. Who do you recognize, what behavior are you guilty of?   

Compiled by Isabelle Gallicchio, Ela Torres and Alex Tewfik

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Meet New Faces at This Week’s Night Market

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Come one, come all, because Night Market is back Thursday, August 14th and you better bring your appetite. The Food Trust will be hosting the street food festival from 6 to 10 p.m. on Lancaster Avenue between 35th and 39th Streets. Over 80 of Philly’s finest food vendors on four wheels will occupy the five blocks. Some new faces will be among the crowds such as, SeoulFull Philly, serving up a taste of South Korea in Philadelphia, Luscious Bakery, cooking all kinds of brunch favorites from the sweet to the savory, The Flying Deutschman, to meet all of your schnitzel needs, The Grilled Cheese Truck, serving… well you know and finally Siddiq’s Real Fruit Water Ice, whom you can count on for an authentic Philadelphia treat. While you’re trying and testing food trucks galore, sip on some brew provided by Yards Brewery and catch a listen to the West Philadelphia Orchestra. Follow the food trust on twitter for updates on the event or check out their website.

Lancaster Avenue Night Market Program (PDF)

Night Market [The Food Trust]

Experiencing the Heights of Soup at Stock

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Brian Freedman sings the praises of Stock, the Vietnamese cafe on Girard Avenue in Fishtown.

Beef pho tastes as deep as some sort of soupy Mariana Trench, the liquid exquisitely, exuberantly rich in character. Mushroom pho is built on a stunning umami-rich broth. Both of them, with a generous scattering of herbs and their perfectly cooked rice noodles, are large enough to share but good enough that you won’t want to. 

There’s way more to Stock than simple broth [Philadelphia Weekly]
Stock [Foobooz]

Meet the New Owners of Resurrection

resurrection_ale_houseWe told you last month that Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft were selling Resurrection Ale House. Today, we have some news on the new owners, Andrew Wagner and Marcus Versace.

Wagner is the chef and has worked for the Starr Restaurant Organization for the last twelve years, mainly as executive chef at Jones and now at Continental Midtown. Versace is a bartender, working at Las Vegas Lounge and since 2004 at Coco’s on 8th Street.

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Get a Sneak Peek (and Complimentary Food) at Logan Square’s City Tap House

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As a thanks to those who supported the University City location and in celebration of the soon-to-be Logan Square location, City Tap House is hosting Pop-Up Wednesdays in the courtyard of One Logan Square. Every Wednesday until September 3rd, you’ll not only get a sneak peek at what’s to come in the fall, but complimentary food, as well.

Each week, the restaurant will pair up with a different beer distributor to give you an on-the-house treat. Today, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., enjoy a Victory Root Beer Float and Bacon Popcorn.

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High Street On Market And Serpico Named Among The 50 Best New Restaurants In America

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This morning, Bon Appetit released their big list of the 50 Best New Restaurants In America. And man, it is one hell of a list. We’re talking Blackbird Chinese in Miami, Lusca and Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow in Atlanta, Hot Joy in San Antonio, Chicago’s Mott Street, Odd Duck in Austin, Q in L.A., and so many more.

Philly made a game of it, too, with not just one of our best tagged by Andrew Knowlton and his team, but twoEli Kulp’s High Street On Market and Peter Serpico’s Serpico on South Street. You guys can all start arguing now about whether or not these are the two best new restaurants that have opened in Philly in the past year, who should’ve really gotten the nod and whether its weird that both of our nominees came to our fair city from New York, but I think we can all agree that High Street and Serpico are certainly among the best of a strong crop.

This list of 50 will be winnowed down to 10 big winners over the next couple weeks. But you can check out the full list/slideshow right now over at Bon Appetit and start arranging your bucket list for the next year.

America’s 50 Best New Restaurants [Bon Ap]

Luke Palladino Meets the Neighbors

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Palladino’s on East Passyunk | Rendering by Friday Architects/Planners

Last night Luke Palladino met his East Passyunk neighbors, showed off some renderings and got to cook some food as well.

Palladino’s, is chef Palladino’s first Philadelphia restaurant, he has five along the Jersey Shore. The restaurant will replace the long vacant Collombo’s at 1934 E Passyunk Avenue. The informational meeting was held at Noord and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation head Sam Sherman led the program and introduced Palladino, Tony Bracali from Friday Architects and Planners and interior designer Scott Eccard.

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