Adaptive Reuse Proves Difficult at La Peg

La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko

La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko

Rick Nichols checks in at La Peg, Peter Woolsey’s two month old French brasserie at the once-upon-a-time pump house that is now the home of FringeArts. Nichols finds that the transition from early 20th century high-pressure water station to present day restaurant has been difficult.

That its menu takes liberties with disciplined bistro classics doesn’t help matters. My bowl of Vietnamese beef-noodle pho consomme was cloyingly sweet. And while my wife was happy with her steak-frite, as was I with a small plate of roasted striped bass, my choucroute garnie – so wonderful when the sauerkraut is cooked long and slow enough to soak up the flavors of the sausage – tasted as if a bag of crunchy, coarse-cut kraut had been warmed up at the last minute, then layered with grilled sausage, entirely missing the point of the dish.

Reinventing pump house as eatery proves daunting [Philadelphia Inquirer]
La Peg [Foobooz]

Tickets On Sale Now For La Tuade de Cochon, Part Deux

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If the Kensington Quarters’ Instagram feed is any indication, we’re getting very close to experiencing meaty, pasture-raised goodness at the much anticipated butcher counter, bar, and restaurant opening tomorrow in Fishtown.

For many, the event that introduced butcher Bryan Mayer to Philadelphia was Wyebrook Farm’s first La Tuade du Cochon–an opportunity for bacon lovers to confront their crimes and their passions, and one that the farm is reprising this year, on November 16. The event will be a start to finish hoof-to-table dining experience. That’s right, a heritage hog, slaughtered, bled, scalded, and butchered (as professionally and respectfully as possible), and then memorialized in a meal by chef Andrew Wood of Russet.

There are a few spots remaining for this year’s event. Class and dinner are $125 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Secure your place at the table by e-mailing: info@wyebrookfarm.com. And, in the meantime, we have the menu.

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Tomorrow: Garces Gala (And We’ve Got The Menus)

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Good news for all of you who have purchased your Garces Gala tickets: we have menus.

And good news for those of you who haven’t gotten your tickets yet: There are still general admission tickets available (but the VIP tickets are sold out).

For those of you who don’t know, the 3rd Annual Garces Gala will be held tomorrow, October 29th, starting at 6:30 p.m. (VIP doors open at 5:30 for a meet-and-greet with all of the event chefs and a special seated dinner). The Garces Foundation is hosting the event to benefit Philadelphia’s immigrant community by helping them to gain access to medical, educational, and nutritional services. The event will feature tons of food samplings from Philadelphia’s best chefs, as well as silent auctions.

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Royal Tavern Recreating Bob’s Burgers Specials

jack-o-lentil-burger-royal-tavernRoyal Tavern in Bella Vista has long been known for its burgers and it looks like it about to get a lot more notoriety for them. Starting yesterday and running for the next eleven weeks, the Royal is recreating special burgers that were mentioned on the TV show Bob’s Burgers.

First up is the “Jack-O-Lentil burger,” it’s a Lentil burger with pumpkin habanero aioli, wilted spinach, tomato and poblano salad, served on a brioche bun. New burgers debut every Sunday. Next up, “Mushroom with a View.”

Royal Tavern [Foobooz]

The Menu: Here’s What You’ll Be Eating (And Drinking) At Aldine

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It was a rush to the finish line, but AldineGeorge Sabatino‘s new, second-floor restaurant in the old Noche space at 19th and Chestnut–got open late on Friday afternoon for its first night of service. And while the official first night of business isn’t actually until tomorrow, we’re happy to report that the Aldine crew managed to get through the weekend without burning the place down.

Now we’ve already been inside to snap some photos of the interior. And we’ve been tracking Sabatino via Instagram as he did some menu testing. But now, for those of you maybe thinking about heading over to Aldine to check it out tomorrow night, we have an official version of the opening night menu.

Enjoy…

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Hot Diggity Shows Off Chow Mein Sandwich

hot-diggity-chow-mein-sandwich-940Hot Diggity is kicking off a series of regional sandwich specials. First up is the Chow Mein Sandwich from Fall River, Massachusetts. According to owner Keith Garabedian, the sandwich has been a local classic since the 1930s when it “helped feed thousands of hungry laborers and immigrants.

The sandwich is made with Hot Diggity’s own chow mein, celery, peppers, carrots, scallions, ginger, garlic and soy. The sandwich is available with chicken or vegetables.

Hot Diggity [Foobooz]

WATCH: Is This the Fitler Dining Room Dog Vandal?

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Early on Saturday morning, video cameras outside of Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce recorded someone vandalizing the restaurant’s iconic dog statues. A segment of the video (below) shows a male kicking and twisting the statue.

According to Fitler Dining Room’s Ed Hacket — who has seen the entire surveillance video of the incident — the suspect was walking west on Spruce Street when he tried to catch a cab at the corner. Hacket says the man was quickly tossed from the cab, and after that he headed for the dogs. Hacket says that the video shows the man kicking at one of the statues, finally knocking it over and breaking it.

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Tale of the Tape: Lo Spiedo

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Marc Vetri’s seventh restaurant, Lo Spiedo officially opens today. Located just inside the gates at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, Lo Spiedo aims to be a lunch option for the Navy Yard’s 11,000 plus employees as well as a dinner destination for Philadelphia diners.

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From The Tip Line: Garces At The Granary?

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The Granary, over at 19th and Callowhill, has already got a couple of heavyweight restaurant tenants. First, there’s Pizzeria Vetri, for those craving Italian. And second, it’s got an outpost of Gyu-Kaku–the Japanese BBQ restaurant with the decidedly Korean angle (in-table grills, bibimbap and kimchi on the menu). But according to some information we’re getting from tenants living at the Granary, it looks like there’s soon going to be a third big name in the building: Jose Garces.

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