The Dutch | Photo by Emily Teel
Breakfast is the last great, untouched frontier. Of all the meals available to us (lunch, dinner, supper, elevenses, fourthmeal, midnight snacks, etc.), breakfast is the most pure, the most un-fuck-with-able. No one in his right mind tries to innovate during breakfast. No one tries to dazzle you with technical wizard-powers or supply lines to long-lost fruits and vegetables. Breakfast is toast and jelly. Coffee. Pancakes. Eggs and bacon. Waffles in all their myriad glories. It is, occasionally, oatmeal. Complicated (but comforting) pastries. Half a grapefruit doused in Wild Turkey. Whatever.
I love congee and chilaquiles as much as anyone, but Americans own breakfast the way the French do dinner. We have stolen all the great ideas ever had about breakfast and made them our own. Americans are so good at breakfast that our canon doesn’t extend merely to regional variations, but to social, religious, economic and historic ones as well. The trucker’s breakfast is a thing. The yoga breakfast. The camp breakfast. The Lutheran pancake social or Continental or Southerner’s petit déjeuner. Breakfast knows no bounds save temporal. And brunch? Well, brunch doesn’t even have those rules to adhere to. Brunch laughs at the notion of rules.
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The “Three Strikes You’re Stout” milkshake | Photo by James Narog
Joining clubs as an adult kind of sucks. Running clubs? No thanks. Book clubs? I would rather do anything else. Craftsman Row Saloon has a much more appealing option. Their new Whiskey Club might be a little more our speed.
When you order a drink, ask for a Whiskey Club card and start filling it up. With each drink you order, another stamp is added. Prizes get better and better as you complete each card. You can work your way up to complimentary glasses of whiskey, t-shirts, and a personalized glass kept behind the bar for every time you imbibe.
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Joe Gunn is crazy for Pokemon
This evening Jose Pistola’s owner Joe Gunn and Pokémon Go fanatic is hosting the first meeting of the Pistola’s Go Club. Gunn has gone crazy for Pokémon and will be leading a walk from Pistola’s down to Spruce Street Harbor Park. Along the way, adult beverages may be consumed at Pokémon rich stops along the way.
The “meeting” begins at 6 p.m. with beer, tacos and chef Adan Trinidad’s poke specials. Then the assembled will head out on a quest to capture as many Pokémon as possible. Trinidad is offering two poke dishes for the evening:
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V Street will take over the EYEsite building on 18th Street | Photo by Arthur Etchells
A liquor license application in the window of V Street shows that Rich Landau’s vegan empire is expanding next door. The building is the current home of EYESite, which is moving around the corner to 17th Street.
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Like us, Morgan’s Pier is enjoying visiting local distilleries this summer. The riverfront bar is offering tours of Stateside Vodka and Red Brick Craft Distillery. The tours start out at Morgan’s Pier with light snacks and a specialty cocktail made with spirits from the distilleries. Then everyone gets on a trolley bus and learns how those drinks came to be. Each distillery offers an exclusive tour and tasting to the guests.
After the two stops, the trolley heads back to Morgan’s Pier for a nightcap. The tours cost $35 and there are two more this summer, Tuesday, August 16th and Tuesday, September 14th. The events start at 5:30 p.m. at Morgan’s Pier, with the trolley leaving at 6 p.m.
Purchase your tickets online.
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Poke continues to have a moment here in Philadelphia and Davio’s is putting an Italian twist on the traditionally Hawaiian dish of marinated raw fish.
Executive chef Chris Tavares’ version takes ahi tuna and mixes it with a wakame salad, avocado, cucumber, scallions, yuzu ponzu, truffles and Davio’s pasta chips.
The dish is $18 and is available now.
Sara Justice at COOK
A cocktail dinner at a BYOB? Yep, that’s what’s happening on Tuesdays in July at Russet. Today, July 19th, sees The Franklin’s Sara Justice creating two cocktails to go with chef Andrew Wood’s four course tasting menu.
Justice is shaking up two cocktails for tonight’s dinner:
- Violent Femme Punch – with tequila, Fino sherry, falernum, ginger, pineapple, lemon, beet and cilantro
- The Woman in the Dunes – with gin, scotch, fino sherry, orgeat, lemon, lime and bitters
Tickets for the dinner are $65 per person (plus gratuity). Guests may call 215-546-1521 to reserve a space.
If you can’t make it tonight, you will have one last chance to attend a Tuesday Night Cocktail Dinner. Chris Arnone from Zahav will be making cocktails on Tuesday, July 26.
The Dixie from Scratch Biscuits
Scratch Biscuits, the quick-serve biscuit sandwiches spot at 1306 Chestnut Street by chef Mitch Prensky, closed after a year in business. Prensky posted a photo of the closure notice, hanging in the window of Scratch Biscuits, on Facebook today. Prensky thanked all his customers who gave the store a try.
He also says Scratch Biscuits will continue to appear at Night Markets and at other pop-ups throughout the summer. Follow @ScratchBiscuits on Twitter for more announcements.
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Tria before it was Tria and was just an old laundromat | Photo by Arthur Etchells
On Tuesday, July 19th, Tria Cafe’s Washington Square West location is celebrating nine years at 12th and Spruce. The wine bar will be pouring a variety of sparkling, white, red and dessert wines, all from the year 2007, the year Tria’s Wash-West location opened.
The wines will be available all day for the price of $9 per glass.
Tria will also have a special aged cheddar that also dates back to 2007.
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Deviled Crab – just one of the new dishes at Whetstone Tavern | Photos by Vanessa Beahn
On Tuesday, July 19th, Whetstone Tavern, the bar/restaurant of Jeremy Nolen and Doug Hager (Brauhaus Schmitz) is celebrating its first birthday with an evening long happy hour.
The night will feature $3 Pilsner drafts, $4 wines, $5 Dad’s Single burgers and $6 punch. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Whetstone’s just released Summer 2016 menu will also be served along with popular items from the original menu like Kung Pao wings.
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