Greg Vernick in the kitchen of his restaurant | Photo via Facebook
Every restaurant has an inaugural “regular,” and for Vernick, it was me.
At least that’s what chef Greg Vernick divulged, with a chuckle, when I called to ask a few questions about a late-spring meal. It was news to me. It seems that after I paid my third visit — a bit too quickly on the heels of my first two upon its 2012 opening — general manager Ryan Mulholland giddily proclaimed that the restaurant’s first serial patron was officially in the bag.
Whereupon I returned once more — and then completely disappeared for almost three years. Read more »
Justin Swain of Rex 1516 won the 2014 Battle of the Burger.
Philadelphia magazine’s Battle of the Burger is set for Monday, September 14th at the Armory on 23rd Street. 20 burgers have qualified via popular vote and guests will get to taste them all and vote for the best of them all.
And since the event is co-sponsored by Birds 24/7, you don’t have to worry about missing the Eagles season opener, the game will of course be on.
Tickets are $50 per person and include burgers, beer and of course the Birds.
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It’s hot out. Baking in the sunshine, chasing the shady side of the street, slugging a frosty beverage, looking the same when you got out of the shower as when you went in hot. And you know what? That’s okay, because it’s August and it’s supposed to be hot around here. In the spirit of this time of year, this week we’re taking a closer look at the heat that you’ll find at area farmer’s markets: chili peppers. It’s easy to just go for the jalapeños or the poblanos out of habit, and that’s fine if you want to do your shopping at an ordinary grocery store, but area growers have for you a huge array of spice that you’re never gonna find at the Acme. Here are a few you’ll find at area markets.
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For three nights, from Monday, August 24th through Wednesday August 26th, the restaurants of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo, Lolita, Little Nonna’s, Jamonera) are celebrating Rosé Week.
Each of the restaurants will be offering special deals on rosé wine and food for all three nights.
Barbuzzo is offering 23 rosé wines from seven countries. Jamonera is offering a rosé happy hour plus a special Spanish seafood dish with a full bottle of wine for $30 per person. Little Nonna’s has a Calabrian BBQ menu that’s paired with a carafe of gagliopo rosé and Lolita is doing DIY Baja tacos teamed with rosé sangria or margaritas.
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Serpico | Photo by Mike Persico
South Street’s Serpico has launched happy hour. From Sunday to Thursday (closed Mondays) between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., the restaurant is offering all glasses of wine and specialty cocktails for $10 each. A savings of up to $5 a glass.
Chef Peter Serpico’s food gets in on the deals too, with Deep Fried Duck Leg (hoisin, cucumber, Martin’s bun), the Korean Fried Chicken Wings (chili, white sesame, kimchee), Duck Liver Mousse (caramelized beets, bone marrow, black pepper), and Wagyu Breseola (black cherry, sumac, horseradish) all for $10 each.
The deals are available throughout the restaurant, not just at the bar.
La Colombe is putting its rum and draft coffee to good use.
With each Philadelphia location of La Colombe now offering the sweet, creamy and impossible to resist Draft Latte (City Hall location gets it Friday) as well as flaky biscuits from the Fishtown flagship, I thought I might have less reason to head to Fishtown. But a liquor license is a fluorescent orange siren to us at Foobooz, and La Colombe’s cocktail list, empowered by the Draft Latte as well as the Pure Black on draft makes the coffee shop a must-visit cocktail spot.
La Colombe’s current drink list makes use of those draft coffee offerings as well as the coffee-based beer, Yards’ Brewing’s Snorri’s Awakening. Of particular note, the Carte Blanche, a Different Drum Rum and Draft Latte version of the White Russian provides a delicious and amped way to salute Jeff Lebowski.
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Today is Sam Jacobson’s birthday and he’s celebrating by offering a preview of his East Passyunk pie shop, Stargazy.
The British bakery is offering a limited menu of pies and mash, tea and some other treats. Philadelphia’s food man about town, Holly Moore has already called Stargazy, 5 Grease Stain worthy.
Stargazy is serving today but will be closed this weekend. Look for an official opening on August
26th or 27th 28th.
We’re looking for talented interns for the fall semester here at Foobooz. If you’re a college student, love food, and want to write about Philadelphia’s restaurant and bar scene, we’ve got the opportunity for you.
Cover events, interview chefs, try tripe (we won’t force you to eat tripe or get us coffee), eat fried chicken, get bylines.
To be eligible, you MUST be able to receive college credit for this internship, and you must be a currently enrolled college student to qualify. If you’re interested in applying, you can fill out an application here and make sure to choose Food as your top area of interest when prompted.
Internship Program [Philadelphia Magazine]
No, this is good news. This is responsiveness and trouble-shooting. Though I wish it’d happened sooner, this is Mitch Prensky and his crew getting the message that their biscuit sandwiches at Scratch were pretty much impossible to eat without the biscuits crumbling to pieces, and attempting to do something about it.
Prensky’s explanation, right this way…
Over the past few days, we’ve been getting you all the information we can on a couple of big-name openings coming to the neighborhood–Bud & Marilyn’s (from Marcie Turney and Val Safran) and Bar Bombon (from Nicole Marquis). As of this morning, we’re able to provide more specifics. And hit you with some very good news.
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