Where To Eat This Weekend: Holiday Edition

Bok Bar/Official

With Memorial Day weekend here, summer has (un)officially begun. And while sure, a whole bunch of you will be heading for the Shore or points more distant this long weekend, the rest of us will still be right here in Philly looking for something to fill the long hours before Tuesday morning comes.

So where should you eat and drink this weekend? There are plenty of excellent options. And we’ll begin with one of the best and most anticipated openings of the season…

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The New Gold Standard: Goldie Reviewed

Photo by Michael Persico

At Goldie, Cook and Solo’s new project on Sansom Street that’s situated above their charitable deli, Rooster Soup Co., the kitchen is an assembly line, turning out falafel, french fries, tehina milkshakes and … that’s it.

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Monday Morning TL;DR: Speaking of Last Meals…

It’s Monday morning, and if you’ve found yourself here yet again, it’s probably because you want to know about eating dogs in China, gas station botulism, and how avocado toast is ruining the housing market (at least according to one idiot).

But let’s start this week with something that you’ve always wanted to know: What they were eating on the Hindenburg right before…well, you know.

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What To Eat This Weekend: SPAM, Lobsters, Plant-Meat and SPAM

Poi Dog/Facebook

Once again, we have made it to Friday. I think we deserve to celebrate. And how better to do that than with lobsters, SPAM, donuts, plant-based proteins and more lobster? We’ve got everything you need, from the best bagels in Philly to Hawaiian food that’s perfect for a hot afternoon and a new seafood brunch.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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On Island Time: Poi Dog Reviewed

Until recently, Philly had only one real option when it came to Hawaiian food: the Poi Dog truck run by partners Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca. But now there’s also … well, now there’s the Poi Dog brick-and-mortar location, also opened by Aranita and Vacca.

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The Best Italian Restaurants In Philadelphia Right Now

Pizza, pasta and booze at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons in Fishtown | Photograph by Christopher Leaman

It can sometimes be hard for even the most dedicated gastronauts to keep up with all the changes happening in Philly’s restaurant scene. And when it comes to Italian food — where we change so fast and so fundamentally that entire neighborhoods can turn over from one month to the next — it’s almost impossible.

What you need is a guide. A list of places to eat right now. And we’re here to help. Below is a list of the Italian restaurants that matter most in Philly right now — the best, the newest, the most interesting, and those that have recently gone through some major changes. They’re in no particular order, but every single one of them is worth your time and attention.

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Han Dynasty Offers Free Dan Dan Noodles to the Uninsured

Han Dynasty owner Han Chiang is not exactly apolitical. He has strong opinions on how things in this country are going and even stronger ideas about how people should look out for each other when times are tough.

So when it came time to figure out how to celebrate Han Dynasty’s 10th anniversary (which happened this past Sunday), he decided to do something good for the community. Namely, to give free dan dan noodles to those who really need them — in particular, those with no health insurance. This is how “DanDanCare” was born.

He announced it late last week via his Facebook page. And now he’s looking for your help.

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Monday Morning TL;DR: Olive Garden Knife Fight

Here we are again. Another weekend done. Another Monday morning upon us. And if you’ve found yourself here, it’s probably because you want to see some sneakers made of sushi or know the truth about what Trump eats at the White House. Because that’s the news that really matters on a Monday morning.

But we’re going to start with something else this week. Today, we’re beginning with an important piece of investigative (Twitter) journalism: The truth behind what goes on at the Times Square Olive Garden.

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Where To Eat This Weekend: Rainy Day Plans

Scallion pancakes/Suga

So you’ve made it through another week. Congratulations! You should celebrate by having something awesome to eat. And if you’re looking for suggestions, we’ve got you covered with our weekly round-up of the best food things happening this weekend.

Let’s start with bagels.

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Is Taste in Phoenixville Going to Be a Game-Changer for Philly’s Vegans?

Yesterday, I got a fairly run-of-the-mill press release announcing the impending opening of a new restaurant. Taste, which is going into the former home of the Sand Castle Winery wine shop at 236 Bridge Street, is scheduled to open on Thursday, May 18, and will be a vegan restaurant, seating about 50, with another 20 seats at the bar.

And sure, a high-end vegan restaurant in the ‘burbs? That’s news. Especially one that has a bar. But that wasn’t what intrigued me. This was the line in the press release that caught my eye:

“Situated in the heart of historic downtown Phoenixville, TASTE, the former wine and small plates retail store, has been transformed into a chic vegan restaurant, featuring savory and elegant comfort food, with the emphasis on proteins.”

Now, wait. Read it again. A vegan restaurant, with an emphasis on proteins. That’s weird right from the start, isn’t it? Because that’s not the way any vegan operation normally talks about their food. But what makes that line even more important is where those (plant) proteins are coming from. Namely, the Herbivorous Butcher, one of the most talked about food start-ups of the past couple years.

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