Nan Yang Opening in Chinatown

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Photo via Lê, @Merchandise7X

The former Lucky Fortune at 932 Race Street is becoming Nan Yang and will open this Saturday. Last night, the above sign was being installed. The new restaurant will serve Singaporean and Thai food and will be open till 4 a.m. on weekends.

In fact, in a random email we received the following images:

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V Street Is Now Open

Lima Mist Cocktail at V Street

Lima Mist Cocktail at V Street

V Street’s first Instagram photo announces that the vegan bar from Vedge’s Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby is now open. The bar is located at 126 S 19th Street, just off of Rittenhouse Square. The attractive spot serves a menu of small plates, influenced by street food from around the world.

UPDATE: V Street will not be open tonight, Friday, October 17th but will have its grand opening tomorrow.

V Street [Foobooz]

New Jersey has Food Trucks Everywhere This Week

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If you just so happen to be in Mercer County or Lambertville, and you just so happen to be looking for something social to do, check out the food truck fairs hitting Jersey this week.

The Lambertville Food Fair is happening tonight from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will be featuring some familiar food trucks like:  Nomad Pizza, Say Cheese and Bonjour Creperie. The Food Fair will have two beer gardens, 15 food trucks, and 20 restaurants serving up bites and brews. Tickets for tonight’s event are available here.

If you’re not available to party in New Jersey tonight, not to worry, Mercer County’s Fall Food Truck Fiesta is happening Saturday, October 18th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food trucks, including Cow and the Curd, KAMI, The Taco Truck, and Oink and Moo will all be at the event happening at the Festival Grounds of West Windsor Park. Hopewell Valley wine and beers will be on tap, and there will be plenty of children’s activities as well. Live music as well as DJ performances will also be happening.

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Five Starr Restaurants Among Top 100 Independent Restaurants in Sales

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Restaurant Business magazine has released its list of the Top 100 Independent Restaurants by Sales in the United States. And Stephen Starr owns five of them. Starr’s NYC Buddakan was ranked #9 with estimated sales of $21.5 million. His top Philadelphia restaurant is Parc with estimated sales of $11.9 million.

The top independent restaurant is Tao Asian Bistro in Las Vegas with sales of $64.4 million. The only other nearby restaurant on the list is The Lobster House in Cape May, New Jersey. Despite a short busy season, the seafood restaurant brought in $14.5 million in sales.

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What’s On Tap for 2nd Story Brewing

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Old City’s 2nd Story Brewing is set to open on Tuesday, October 20th in the former home of Triumph Brewing Co. We’ve got the opening beer list and the bar menu as well. Check out what on tap and the bites that’ll be offered at the bar. The brewpub will offer four standard brews plus five rotating selections.

While you’re drinking your beer, the kitchen will be offering bar bites like short rib poutine, smashed fingerling potatoes that are fried until crispy and blakc bean egg rolls with braised chicken.

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Tomorrow: Sixpoint Showcase at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

Photo by M. Kennedy

This weekend, on Friday October 17th, from 6 p.m. to midnight, Johnny Brenda’s is hosting its 4th Sixpoint Showcase.

Rated as on of the Philadelphia’s 50 best bars,  Johnny Brenda’s exclusively serves local brews. However, the Sixpoint Showcase is an annual exception. There will be tons of Sixpoint Brewery creations on tap–both old favorites and limited brews.

And yes, we have a tap list:

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Farm & Fisherman Tavern Hosting Beer and Pig Extravaganza

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Since it’s an Eagles bye-week and your Sunday afternoon is probably free, Farm and Fisherman Tavern’s Beer and Sausage Fest may be just what you’re looking for.  The Tavern, in Cherry Hill is hosting the big event this Sunday, October 19th  from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.: Beer and Pig. The event will include a cocktail hour with passed pig h’orderves before the four-course meal.

Dishes will be created from two Rettland Farm heritage pigs that will be paired with local beers. At least four of the six beers that will be served (Kane, Cape May, and Forgotten Boardwalk) aren’t distributed in Pennsylvania. They will also be serving a punch containing rum distilled by Cooper River Distillers in Camden.

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Ode to the Dumpling: History in a Single Bite

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Photo by Neal Santos

This love affair we have with bacon is stupid. Bacon is delicious, but it’s one-dimensionally delicious. The best thing you can do with bacon is have more bacon, and this leads to nothing but a sort of culinary one-upmanship reminiscent of Cold War nuclear proliferation.

Lemongrass was the bacon of the 1990s. We got past it. The recent obsession with cupcakes nearly derailed the upward curve of American cuisine. Thank the food gods that long national nightmare is behind us. Fried chicken worries me a little because in some quarters, it’s worshipped like the Second Coming of flourless chocolate cake — the thing that’s going to save us all, translate across all customer demographics, make any chef who can dunk a bird in hot fat the prettiest stripper in town.

You want to know the thing we all should be obsessed with? The dumpling. The dumpling is the solution to all the (bad, dumb, ridiculous) questions posed by fusion cooking in the days when fusion was huge. It’s the thing that unites all cuisines everywhere — more than the taco, more than fried chicken — because it’s the thing that all cuisines have in common. The dumpling gives comfort to diners in duress as they stare down a menu filled with words they’ve never seen before and ingredients they can’t pronounce. The dumpling is beloved in its innumerable forms and disguises. It’s a tiny, unassuming and awesome hand grenade that can be packed with a virtually limitless spread of culinary ordnance and deployed in a thousand different ways. Lucky for us, they are all over Philly.

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