Best of Philly: McGlinchey’s, the Best Dive of Them All

McGlinchey's - Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Classic Best of Philly: The Eternal Draw of McGlinchey’s

I remember the first time I went to McGlinchey’s, the notoriously divey (and smoky) dive bar on 15th Street. It was just after my 21st birthday (I’m 39 now, egad!), and I had heard that the beers were some of the cheapest in the city, which is all I needed to know.

Given that these were the days before Philadelphia was Beer Town U.S.A., I ordered a Rolling Rock. Within minutes, I managed to get screamed at by the prickly bartender and have a beer spilled on me. On a later visit, a blond bartender pegged me in the eye with an ice cube, and a girl puked on my shoe. Little has changed.

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Best of Philly: Best Burgers for Burger Lovers

The Best Burgers for Every Mood

Philadelphia magazine’s 40th anniversary Best of Philly issue is online now. We at Foobooz are highlighting some of our favorite food and drink winners. Here are the winners for best burger, from gastropub to backyard.

Best Gastropub Burger
The Dandelion

Best Gastropub Burger - The Dandelion | Photo by Jason Varney

We’re not sure what’s the best part—the aged beef blend, Vermont cheddar, smoked bacon, pickles from Brooklyn Brine, or mysterious Churchill Sauce with its dozen-odd ingredients. 124 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse, 215-558-2500.

Best Bar Burger
Best Backyard Burger

Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Fire At The White Dog, Georges Perrier On TV, Indeblue, Morgan’s Pier, Starr and Garces Expanding and All The Ice Cream You Can Eat

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Fire! Ice Cream! Interstate restaurant expansions and Georges Perrier on Top Chef! It has been a helluva week. Here’s the biggest of all the big news of the week.

Georges Perrier On Top Chef? Well, the French version, anyway

Crazy Ice Cream Flavors Philly makes Zagat’s list–twice

Indeblue Reviewed You want some blue cheese with those samosas?

Trying To Do Right at Morgan’s Pier Trey Popp drops in on George Sabatino

Jose Garces Headed For Washington D.C. And that’s just his first stop…

Starr Makes It Three In FLA A new opening in Miami for our most prolific restaurateur

New Dinner Menu At Citron & Rose And it looks more than a little awesome

Annotated Menu: Little Baby’s Ice Cream Today is the perfect day for it

Operation Swill Update Here’s what being an asshole will cost you

Cheap Eats: Farmer’s Road Eating healthy(ish) at the drive thru

Fire Hits The White Dog Cafe All the news you need

Ice Cream Party This Weekend Happening at Brooklyn Flea Philly

Annotated Menu: Little Baby’s Ice Cream

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Little Baby’s is a strange place that serves some of the oddest and most delicious ice creams known to man. And it’s run by strange people—notably, its founders and owners, Pete Angevine, Martin Brown and Jeffrey Ziga. Here, Angevine talks about the new August menu at Little Baby’s World HQ on Frankford Avenue and gives some insight into what makes the weirdness work.

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Trying To Do Right at Morgan’s Pier

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Trey Popp laments the loss of George Sabatino’s $30 three-course dinner menu at Morgan’s Pier.

On the first weekend of June, four weeks after it came into being, the best dining value in Philadelphia was murdered at Morgan’s Pier. George Sabatino’s $30 three-course menu was bludgeoned with PBR cans by a mob of 25-year-old frat bros, stabbed in 16 places by five-inch stilettos, and finally trampled to death in a midnight stampede to the on-site hot-dog cart. The corpse was dumped into the Delaware River as the perpetrators and accomplices got busy grinding to a DJ beat.

Two Stars – Good

Summertime Blues [Philadelphia Magazine]
Morgan’s Pier [Official Site]

Photo by Michael Persico

Unorthodox Indian at Indeblue

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Trey Popp visits Indeblue’s Midtown Village location and finds that chef Rakesh Ramola is willing to go far afield in order to appeal to Philadelphia diners.

His cooking is most interesting, though, when it features just enough of a twist to cast something familiar in a fresh light. Exquisitely tender lamb chops, thrumming with mace and nutmeg, come with a white wine/rice wine vinegar “mojito” sauce that provides a pleasantly harmonious top note. Long hots stuffed with house-made paneer and a touch of mozzarella, spiked with extra chili powder and sauced with tomatoes, seemed both credibly Indian and classically Philadelphian at the same time. Squash stuffed with paneer, cashews, pistachios and raisins was also a winner.

Two and a half stars – Good to Excellent

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Unorthodox Indian Food at Indeblue [Philadelphia Magazine]
Indeblue [Official Site]

Photo by Jason Varney

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