Ask Nicely: Secret Dishes Around Philly

Photo courtesy Zagat

Photo courtesy Zagat

A couple days back, Danya Henninger from the Philly Zagat blog put together a great list of the 20 best secret menu items at restaurants in Philly. And while yes, there are a few odd ones in there to round out the list (the pork pastrami sandwich at Fitler isn’t exactly “secret” and the blistered shishito peppers at Bar Ferdinand come with the patatas bravas), but that doesn’t matter because the list, as a whole, is awesome for those who don’t already know about the existence of these dishes, and a fantastic reminder of some of the best one-off plates in the city for those seen-it-all souls who think they already know everything.

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Tale of the Tape: Cheesesteak at Jimmy G’s

Jimmy G's Steaks next to the Divine Lorraine.

Jimmy G’s Steaks next to the Divine Lorraine.

Jimmy G’s is a relative newcomer to Philadelphia’s cheesesteak scene, opening in 2013. The location sits below the Divine Lorraine where Broad Street intersects Ridge Avenue. Though the building that houses Jimmy G’s is a large corner property, the cheesesteaks are ordered at a window similar to Pat’s or Geno’s in South Philadelphia. And this Broad Street cheesesteak place also only offers outdoor seating in the lot next to the cheesesteak stand. Jimmy G’s offers roast pork, roast beef, chicken steaks and French fries in addition to cheesesteaks, but on a splendid summer afternoon, we were hankering for a cheesesteak.

Jimmy G’s offers the option of chopped versus slab steaks. We tried one of each.

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Suburban Eats: Lobster Dinner at Susanna Foo

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Although news of Susanna Foo’s return to Center City was released yesterday, things are still up in the air as to when exactly that will be. And if you can’t handle the suspense, well…we can’t do anything about that. But what we can do is give you the scoop on Susanna Foo’s Weekend of Lobster Dinners in Radnor.

Starting Friday, July 25, and going until Sunday, July 27, head out to the Main Line for some good eats and cheap prices (when it comes to lobster). For $39, each guest can enjoy 3 courses – 2 courses of Asian Fusion lobster-style meals, plus 1 course to satisfy your sweet tooth. Dishes include Lobster Claw Tempura with Pei Mussels, Roasted Maine Lobster & Diver Scallop, and Jersey Peach Cobbler.

Make your reservations by calling 610-688-8808 or by clicking here.

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This Saturday: Clam bake and Beer at Johnny Brenda’s

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Looking for a good ole’ clam bake in Philly? Well look no further than Johnny Brenda’s. The Fishtown bar is hosting an evening of oysters, crabs, lobster, and much more, including a very special menu item –  Crab Poutine with Andouille sausage gravy over Old Bay fries. And to wash it all down, beers and ciders from Philadelphia Brewing Company.

So stop by on Saturday, July 26, to feast on the good food and enjoy the only kind of music that seems right for a clambake: beach songs and surf tunes, provided by DJ DNA, David April.

The event is pay-as-you-go and will be running from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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DIY Down the Shore: Nick Elmi’s Traditional (But Not Traditional) Clambake

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Nick Elmi’s BYO, Laurel has captured the appetites of those who frequent East Passyunk’s restaurant scene. And chef Elmi’s Traditional (but not traditional) Clambake needs only his introduction (below) for you to understand that this recipe is indeed very special.

So fire up the grill, gather everyone you know (seriously, this one calls for a party) and get your ingredients together because this weekend seems like the perfect time for a clambake.

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Citron And Rose Is Headed For Center City

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Big news today from 6 Points Restaurant Group, the gang now in control of the kosher mini-empire booming on the Main Line. It looks like Citron + Rose–the group’s flagship which was begun in collaboration with Michael Solomonov and his team, and is now being run by Six Points and chef Karen Nicolas sans Solo–is going to be expanding into Center City. Specifically, into Rittenhouse Square.

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Happy Birthday to Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

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Kermit’s Bake Shoppe turns one  today. And from now until Friday, July 25th, the first twenty people a day who recite, in their best Lady Gaga voice, the words “pink polka dot” will get a free Funfetti cupcake.

Also, over the course of the week, twenty-five customers will receive a pink polka dot inside their to-go boxes, redeemable for a gift certificate.

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe [Foobooz]

Pop-Up Restaurant Incubator Coming To West Philly

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One of the biggest barriers to entry in the restaurant world has always been knowledge.

Well, money, too. And business savvy, management experience, real estate acumen and then lots more money. But knowledge is a big one. I’ve known serious, talented, well-known chefs who, in moments of honesty (or frustration) have told me that the biggest reason why they’re not opening their own restaurant is because they don’t know how to open their own restaurant.

But now there might be some help coming. Because the Enterprise Center in West Philly is launching Common Table–a restaurant incubator and “technical assistance program” which will help everyone from working chefs to young entrepreneurs get their food concepts out of their heads and into the real world.

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Detox Retox: Do Yoga and Drink Beer

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What do you get when you combine yoga and beer? Detox Retox and some very happy Philadelphians. On August 3rd, Core Fitness and City Tap House are teaming up for the first time to put on an event that will be as rigorous as it is refreshing.

Starting at 10 a.m., join yoga instructors Cindy Brown and Sandy Aurelia for a 50-minute class on the outdoor patio of City Tap House, followed by a cold draft beer inside.

Group fitness instructor Lauren Rybas spoke to event saying, “[Core Fitness] has a social group of people that already go out after a workout, and we thought we would combine the two.” So whether you’re a yoga lover, beer drinker, or someone who just needs to spice up their Sundays, the first-ever Detox Retox has something for you. Tickets are $20, and include the class and a beer. Purchase them at the door or by emailing lauren@core-fit.com.

And for those of you looking to brunch afterwards (it is Sunday after all), stick around and check out the City Tap House’s brunch menu. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted as well.

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DIY Down the Shore: Beach Rental Daiquiris by Kevin James Holland

Photo by Trevor Dixon

Photo by Trevor Dixon

To help your summer along, Foobooz plans to give you some recipes by notable chefs and bartenders in Philadelphia. We’re calling it the DIY Down the Shore series, and we’ll be posting them all week. We’re bringing Philly’s dining scene into your summer homes.

Kevin James Holland, the little man with the little bar in West Philly, Fiume, weighed in on our DIY series. And here’s his story:

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