P’unk Burger Coming to Passyunk

punk-burger-passyunk-400SliCE owners Marlo and Jason Dilks are filling in one of the few culinary gaps that still remain along East Passyunk. The couple is opening P’unk Burger in November at 1823 East Passyunk Avenue (former Chhaya location).

The burger shop will offer beef, poultry, salmon burgers and soy-free veggie burgers. The menu will also include hand-cut fries and milkshakes.

The restaurant will be BYOB and have room for 25-30. Inside the front window will be an arcade game table-top with the classic Burger Time.

P’unk Burger will be open daily with late-night hours on Friday and Saturday. P’unk is aiming to open in November.

P’unk Burger [Foobooz]

Where We’re Eating: Forno Antico

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Suburban restaurants are often doomed by the difficulties they have to overcome: lack of foot traffic, low customer counts, competition with the big-box chains that spring up on every major corner. But the one thing they have going for them? Their neighbors. Because when a great restaurant comes to a place previously served only by the mediocre and the lame, it can become the center of a community the way no urban restaurant ever can. Forno Antico is one of those places — a sprawling BYO that opened in a terrible location behind a jewelry store a few months back, but that’s been working hard to win over every single customer who comes through the doors. The pizzas come out of a traditional Neapolitan oven brought over from Italy (the name means “antique oven”), the alfredo tastes nothing like what you’ll get at the Olive Garden (meaning it’s wonderful and rich and buttery and creamy in the way that only a scratch-made sauce is), and the meatballs are huge, perfectly textured and delicious, even when, like me, you just ask for two orders to go so you can eat one in the parking lot before driving home.

Forno Antico [Foobooz]

Originally published in the September 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine

Discount Code For Feastival Tickets

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So we’re now counting down the days to Feastival, which is happening this Thursday, September 18, at Penn’s Landing. And while we’ve already told you all about the restaurants that will be there, the crazy auction items they’re offering, and even played a game of Find The Kale in order to give away $700 worth of VIP tickets, we still have some more news.

Like how about a 20% discount code for tickets?

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Turney and Safran 13th Street Update

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Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney at a still under construction Lolita | Photo by Jack Cotter

There’s always a lot of going on along the Thirteenth Street empire of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney, although recently, it has been extra newsworthy.

Craig LaBan visited the post BYOT Lolita and rewarded the Safran and Turney’s original restaurant two-bells, though he predictably does gripe about the noise.

What’s happening at 13th and Locust » 

“Bar Rescue” Converts Glenside Bar to Osteria Calabria

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Photo via Drink Philly

Last week Jon Taffer broke Lickety Split into two concepts for his “Bar Rescue” show. Downstairs is now Alleged Pizza and upstairs is 2nd State Lounge. Last night Taffer and company revealed the remade Plush on Keswick Avenue in Glenside. That spot is now an Italian themed bar and cafe, Osteria Calabria.

A post on Plush’s Facebook page sums up the changes:

As the big reveal of our new bar approaches, I want to take the time to thank Jon Taffer and the entire Bar Rescue crew for this incredible opportunity. Aside from providing us with a new concept and look, they have touched us in the most profound way.I cannot begin to express my gratitude. I would also like to thank all of our loyal customers for nearly 12 years of support. Plush was a dream come true for us and could not have been possible without you. We look forward to another 12 years and truly hope the we can surpass all of your expectations. We launch our new bar Sunday night. Do stop by to see the amazing transformation of the bar. Menu provided by chef Nick Liberato. A true culinary professional. Drinks provided by Mia Mastroianni, mixologist extraordinare. Onward and upward. Hope to see a lot of faces, new and old….From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.

The new season of Bar Rescue begins October 5th. Look for the Philadelphia locations to be featured in late November.

More on “Bar Rescue” in Philadelphia.

Osteria Calabria [Foobooz]

Gluten Free Pasta Flyer Pop Up Coming To Fork And High Street

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Chef Mark Ladner, the exec at Manhattan’s Del Posto (which is the only Italian restaurant in the United States to earn four stars from the New York Times in the past 40 years) and chef Eli Kulp (who has previously worked at Ladner’s Del Posto) of Philadelphia’s Fork will come together to create an entirely gluten-free dinner at Kulp’s restaurant on October 2nd.

The dinner serves as part of Ladner’s new pop up program, Pasta Flyer, which combines the tradition of Italian pasta and the efficiency of a Japanese ramen shop in a gluten-free environment. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be a five-course seasonally-inspired meal.

But wait, there more

Where We’re Eating: AmeriThai

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If you’re going to open a Thai spot within walking distance of Circles — still the best Thai within city limits — you’d better bring your A-game. Unfortunately, the folks behind AmeriThai, a new spot next to Nick’s Charcoal Pit don’t have a clue what they’re doing. From gummy satays and the grease-oozing, undercooked slop pile they’re trying to pass off as a Thai corn cake, to the kind of service that will make your blood boil, to the flies swarming my plates, I couldn’t wait to pay my check and walk out the door. And when a cockroach scurried by my feet in the dining room, that walk became more of a run.

AmeriThai
1244 Snyder Avenue
215-334-0400

Greatest Hits and What You Missed: The LeSean McCoy Tipping Story, Avance Reopens, Gordon Ramsay To AC, La Colombe, Chipotle Strike

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Okay, so obviously the big news of the week (whether you like it or not) was the LeSean McCoy/PYT/Charlie Sheen tipping kerfuffle–all of which is linked below. But believe it or not, some other stuff happened, too. Here’s what you might’ve missed.

The LeSean McCoy/PYT/Charlie Sheen Tipping Kerfuffle Everything you need to know (and more)

Avance Reopens Yeah, we were a little surprised, too

Chops Opens At Comcast Center And we have the details

The Anti-Restaurant Week List 22 excellent Center City Restaurants NOT participating

Capital Teas Coming To Philly A tea bar? Yeah, a tea bar

Gastronaut: We Like To Watch Open kitchens vs. closed kitchens

La Colombe Is Taking Over The World Expansion plans and a multi-million dollar investment

Penn State Chipotle Workers Strike They cite “sweat shop” conditions (though I’m not sure they really know what “sweat shop” means)

Gordon Ramsay Opening A Restaurant In Atlantic City But hasn’t A.C. suffered enough?

The Revisit: Vedge Consider the radish

Ben & Jerry’s Is Now Open, Will Be Giving Away Ice Cream

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This afternoon we spotted that the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop at 1726 Sansom Street is now opened. The ice cream shop will be marking the brand’s return to Rittenhouse Square with three days of free cones. On Monday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 17 between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and again between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted to benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.

New from the last time Center City had a Ben & Jerry’s, the storefront will offer handmade Core Sundaes featuring a core of hot fudge or caramel between two flavors of ice cream.

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – Rittenhouse Square [Foobooz]

This Weekend: Dancing On The Falls Bridge

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On Saturday, celebrate the 4th annual Dance On The Falls Bridge in East Falls. Tickets are $50, but that includes a $5 voucher for any of the food trucks offering grub (The Tot Cart, Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream, Kami, The Dapper Dog, Just Jackie’s, Local 215 and Poi Dog Snack Shop) and complimentary wine and beer all night. There’s going to be live music, a photo booth, a cigar lounge (because why not?) and, of course, dancing.

The action starts at 8pm. Get your tickets and more information at the link below.

Dance On The Falls Bridge [Facebook]

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