Little Lion Launches Happy Hour

Southern Poutine, exclusively during the Little Lion's happy hour.

Southern Poutine, exclusively during the Little Lion’s happy hour.

Starting this evening, the Little Lion at 3rd and Chestnut rolls out its happy hour. Among the highlights, southern poutine, which is handcut fries tossed in a dry rub and then topped with pork belly, short rib jus, farmers cheese sauce, fried egg and scallion. To wash that down there are beer wine and cocktail specials.

The Little Lion happy hour runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays throughout the Old City restaurant.

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Let Me Go Wild: Revolution Taco Reviewed

Duck Tacos at Revolution Taco | Photo by Claudia Gavin

Duck Tacos at Revolution Taco | Photo by Claudia Gavin

The first time I walked into Revolution Taco, they were playing “Blister in the Sun,” and all the people in the neighborhood were still getting used to it. At the counter, everyone seemed to know someone.

Your first time?

Yeah.

You’re gonna love it. This place is great.

The tables were crowded, and turned over quickly. The space was spare, clean, simple—just a box painted yellow, blond wood tables, the barest necessities. Lunch rush was running the small kitchen ragged, and customers kept coming as fast as the crew could get them out the door, but the place wasn’t much more complicated than the food truck (or trucks, really) that it’d been born of. A roof instead of wheels. An open kitchen to replace the submarine claustrophobia of a repurposed panel van. But the vibe was the same: Get ’em in, give ’em tacos, get ’em out.

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Saté Kampar Brings Malaysian to East Passyunk

Ayam Kurma at Sate Kampar on Passyunk Avenue

Ayam Kurma at Sate Kampar on Passyunk Avenue

If you’ve never had Malaysian food, Saté Kampar might be the place to go try it. Opening today on 1837 East Passyunk Avenue, Saté Kampar will be serving a variety of styles of Saté (marinated meat on bamboo skewers, grilled over charcoal), as well as other authentic Malaysian food and drinks.

Here’s what to expect tonight:

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Get Ready for More Beer Gardens this Summer

Photo by Flickr user Rich Lee

Belmont Plateau | Photo by Flickr user Rich Lee

Let’s fantasize together for a moment: It’s a beautiful Saturday in the summertime. You have no plans. While thinking about what to do, you get a text from a friend who lets you know that there’s a new beer garden at Belmont Plateau and they want you to come.

Okay, I know it’s February and it just snowed, but summer will be here before we know it and drinking a cold beer in one of Philly’s parks sounds nice right now.

Lucky for us, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy has plans to select vendors to operate temporary food and beverage gardens throughout the Department’s park system. In other words, we are going to have more cool places to sit outside and have a bite and a drink.

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Revamped Southwark Is Now Open

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The new brightened interior of Southwark.

Chris D’Ambro and Marina De Oliveira quietly reopened Southwark over the weekend but today they shout it out to the mountains that the Queen Village restaurant is open for business.

For fans of the old Southwark, rest assured that the bar is the same as it was when Kip Wade commanded the bar. The rest of the space has been lightened up and the linens removed from the table.

D’Ambro has been in the restaurant business since he was a 19-year old at Vetri. Since then he’s his Savona in Gulph Mills, Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square and both Talula’s Table and Talula’s Garden. It was at Talula’s Garden that he met De Oliveira.

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Loco Pez Is Coming to Graduate Hospital

The Twi-Lite Lounge looks to add a floor and become a second Loco Pez.

The Twi-Lite Lounge looks to add a floor and become a second Loco Pez.

Over the summer we told you that the Twi-Lite Lounge at 20th and Bainbridge had been acquired by Loco Pez owner Joe Beckham and his partners. At the the time Beckham wouldn’t say for sure if the one-time nuisance bar would be remade into a second Loco Pez but now that has been confirmed.

Before the Graduate Hospital neighborhood gets another taco joint (Loco Pez would join Cafe Ynez, Los Camaradas and Tio Flores in the area), there will be some extensive work put into the property. Up first, a meeting with the South of South Neighbors Association’s Zoning Committee. The proposal is to add a second floor to the corner building. That meeting is set for Tuesday, February 17th at the SOSNA office (1901 Christian Street) at 7 p.m.

Zoning Committee Meeting [SOSNA]

Opa Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Spanakopita: spinach, kefalotiri & feta cheese, house made filo

Spanakopita: spinach, kefalotiri and feta cheese, house made filo

Owners George and Vasiliki Tsiouris and chef Bobby Saritsoglou are celebrating the fifth anniversary of Midtown Village’s Opa today with a special menu of $5 bites and drinks all day.

The menu includes favorites like hummus with yellow fava bean puree, slow cook roast pork and spanakopita stuffed with spinach, kefalotiri and feta cheese.

Drink deals are also available including:

  • Xinouli – a Greek-style margarita
  • Gai’a Notios Red Wine
  • Trace Ouzo – a Greek Spirit

The specials are available all day as is the rest of Opa’s menu of Greek dishes.

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with Fasnachts and $5 Hurricanes

Fastnachts at Brauhaus Schmitz | Photo by Vanessa Beahn

Fastnachts at Brauhaus Schmitz | Photo by Vanessa Beahn

As you know, today is Fat Tuesday, and it isn’t a true Mardi Gras celebration without Fasnachts. While they were traditionally made so people could get lard, sugar, fat, and butter out of their pantry, most of us eat them now because they’re just so darn good. Here are some places to get the fried treats if you haven’t already:

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Helm Team Opening Second Restaurant

Photo by Emily Teel

Photo by Emily Teel

When Michael Griffiths and Kevin D’Egidio opened Helm in Kensington last March, they were relative unknowns despite solid resumes. Grifftihs had been at Lacroix, Rittenhouse Tavern and opened Ela with Jason Cichonski. Directly prior to Helm his was a sous chef at Fork. D’Egidio had a similarly solid resume with work at Tangerine and Lacroix plus being Chris Kearse’s opening sous chef at Will. He headed out on his own after a stint as the head chef at Stateside. Now they’ve debuted at number ten on Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2016 and are already planning their second restaurant.

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Blaze Pizza Opening First Philadelphia Location

blaze pizza 400This Thursday, February 11, California-based artisanal pizza joint, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, is opening at 1100 West Montgomery Avenue near Temple University. Better yet, they’re offering free pizza to everyone on Friday.

Blaze Pizza first opened in Irvine, California and is growing at an insane speed—they are currently operating 110 restaurants in twenty-seven states and Canada, and they have almost fifty lined up to open in the next year. The company is backed by investors including LeBron James, and their main goal is to serve fresh, artisanal pizzas that are made fast and are affordable. 

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