Four Seasons Hotels has launched a food truck tour. The FS Taste Truck is making stops in nine cities as it travels from Boston to Miami. This week the food truck is in Philadelphia. Tonight, the truck will be at the hotel from 5:30 to 8 p.m., offering a locally influenced menu to hotel guests and people near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway hotel. A portion of proceeds will be going to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for cancer research.
Craig LaBan is full of praise for MacGregor Mann’s Junto in Chadds Ford, calling it the best suburban dinner he’s had in a long time.
But there were so many highlights, especially with seafood, that my quibbles were minor. Huge scallops were perfectly fried in a sheer tempura crust made from sweet corn, amped by an intense brown chip of dehydrated scallop and a creamy remoulade of pureed mussels and lovage. Tart sorrel granita and shavings of fresh horseradish enlivened briny raw Cape May Salt oysters. Beautifully steamed black bass fillets basked in anise-scented froth over poached fennel. A lemon verbena white wine butter glaze added a subtle herbaceousness to that juicy fillet of smoked sturgeon.
Three Bells – Excellent
Read Trey Popp’s similarly positive review of Junto from the September issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Robeks, the fresh juice and smoothie chain has been getting its name out there via their food truck since July. Today they open their first storefront at 1035 Chestnut Street. Robeks started in California in 1996 and is looking to open 36 franchises in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Robeks makes their juices and smoothies to order, promising to use only the freshest fruit and featuring a proprietary Greek yogurt with more protein and less carbs. The store also offers dairy-free, soy and almond milk options. “Boosts” of added vitamins and minerals promising to increase energy, improve the immune system, reduce cholesterol and help digestion can be added.
Robeks – Center City [Foobooz]
Haddonfield, New Jersey, a “dry” town since 1873, has recently made strides in changing the law due to an approved initiative called the Alcohol Management Plan for Retail Outlets. By leasing a portion of their business to New Jersey-based wineries, restaurants are now allowed to sell wine by the bottle.
Restaurants in the town that have applied to sell wine include Jersey Java & Tea, MiaMare Ristorante and The Little Tuna.
Jersey Java & Tea will be partnering with Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery in Pilesgrove; MiaMare Ristorante will be partnering with Coda Rossa Winery in Franklinville; and The Little Tuna will be partnering with Amalthea Cellars in Atco.
Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Volver Season 2, City Tap House, Oktoberfest, More Burgers, More Whiskey and A 13th Street Update
It was another big week in the food world. Here’s what you might’ve missed:
“Bar Rescue” Heads To Glenside Plush is now Osteria Calabria
Turney And Safran 13th Street Update Everything you need to know about their new and upcoming operations
Oktoberfests And Fall Festivals In Philadelphia The big list of stuff to do
P’unk Burger Coming To Passyunk More burgers is never a bad thing
Philly Restaurants Are Some Of The Best In the U.S. 12 local spots make the big OpenTable list
Volver Rolls Out Changes For Season 2 No more tickets and a new price structure
Where We’re Eating: City Tap House More than just beer
Discounted Early Bird Tickets On Sale For Whiskey Festival It pays to plan ahead
Peter Serpico just tweeted out this snap of the newest menu at Serpico on South Street. There are some classics on there (the corn ravioli, the lamb ribs), but I like seeing those two kinds of ramen. And the $9 pig’s head? That alone is enough to make me want to get back for another dinner. It’s been too long.
Serpico is also saying that they’re doing five specials tonight. And there’s always the tasting menu, too.
Despite the inevitable hand-wringing about the cold winter ahead, it is worth noting that we are currently smack in the middle of some of the nicest weeks of the year in Philadelphia. The humans love it and the vegetables do, too.
For those of you who didn’t get your fill of outdoor food-and-booze festivals at last night’s Feastival or Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, here’s another chance for you to get out in the sun and eat some stuff–the PHS Fall Festival.
It’s happening tomorrow at the Navy Yard and we’ve got the full list of food, drinks and sweets that’ll be on site to distract you from all the gardening displays and flowery knick-knacks.
Celebrate The Franklin Fountain’s 10th Anniversary on Saturday, September 20th from noon until 6 p.m. at 116 Market Street.
The old timey American soda fountain with the well-informed staff dressed in period attire and house-made ice cream has been in business for ten years and it is celebrating with a street fair.
The celebration will include live music throughout the day. A children’s booth with face-painting, arts and crafts, ice cream and candy will serve the kids, and a Brown Swiss dairy cow named “Bessie Ross” will be on hand and udderly fantastic.