Bernie Sanders Takes A Coffee Break In Limerick

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Photo courtesy Julie Barretta

Bernie Sanders had a busy day yesterday. He came out against Mayor Kenney’s soda tax as a regressive burden on poor people. He rallied the troops in Oaks at a rally. And when he was done with that, he dropped in on my favorite suburban coffee shop for a cup of coffee and a snack.

Apparently, someone on the local campaign staff is a fan of Java’s Brewin’ in Limerick, because once the speech was done and the candidate had a chance to take a breath, he decided he wanted a cup of coffee and wanted it to come from a local business. So his team brought him straight to the little shop owned and run by the Barretta family.

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A Beer Garden in the Sky Coming to Center City

Rendering of the upcoming Skygarten at 3 Logan Square

Rendering of the upcoming Skygarten at 3 Logan Square

At a height taller than the even the observation deck of Berlin’s famed TV tower, Fernsehturm Berlin, Skygarten will be one of the highest places in the world to hoist a pint or boot of German beer. And that’s what you’ll be doing on the 51st floor of 3 Logan Square (1717 Arch Street). Top of the Tower is teaming up with Brauhaus Schmitz to launch what they’re calling the “World’s Most Celestial Beer Garden.”

The 3,000 square foot indoor and outdoor space will curated by Doug Hager and his team at Brauhaus Schmitz. Hager will have four draft lines plus multiple German beers by the can and select local craft beers. Jeremy Nolen is working with the Top of the Tower’s culinary team to create a menu of bar bites and snacks.

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SouthGate Opening for Brunch

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That’s right—starting this Saturday, April 23rd, you can head over to SouthGate to get yourself some Korean-inspired brunch. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., they’re offering a menu that includes things like kimchi poutine in a hot stone bowl and Korean fried chicken and waffles (pictured above, with green tea Belgian waffles!).

There’s also a nice cocktail list, which you can see below along with the full menu.

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Diving Horse Opens Early This Season

One of the 2016 Diving Horse postcards.

One of the 2016 Diving Horse postcards.

The Diving Horse, the Avalon, NJ BYOB from the team behind Philadelphia’s Pub & Kitchen and Fitler Dining Room are back for another season down the shore. Reservations are now being accepted and in a change for 2016, the Diving Horse will be open weekends in May. Owner Ed Hackett says, “we usually hold off till Memorial Day Weekend but we received a lot of feedback from guests wanting us to open earlier in the season” so they’re obliging with reservations starting on Saturday, May 7th.

Chef Paul Carrier is back as chef at the Diving Horse. He’s spent his winter with the Fitler Dining Room team but is now back prepping for the new season. The preview menu features the likes of black pepper squid, Barnegat Light scallops and Hudson Canyon Mahi Mahi.

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Pig Out At La Calaca Feliz

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Yup, it’s that time again. La Calaca Feliz is throwing another Pigout party next Tuesday, April 26.

The basic details are this: $35 gets you all the roast suckling pig you can eat, plus nachos, sides, and all-you-can-drink margaritas, sangria, Dos Equis and Corona Light from 9pm to midnight. Awesome, right?

But there’s more.

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Waffles & Wedges Celebrates 1st Birthday with a Block Party

waffles-wedges-940Waffles & Wedges is turning one, and on Sunday, April 24th, owners Andrea Capecci and Laura Judy are celebrating with a block party on South Hicks Street, right next to the restaurant on 1511 Pine Street.

The outdoor celebration will start at 1 p.m. and will include waffle specials (naturally) and menu additions including $1 Party Crasher Mini Waffles and The Birthday Waffle Sandwich—Liege waffle with Nutella on both sides and Bassett’s vanilla ice cream, all coated in rainbow jimmies.

Which sounds awesome.

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Vote for Best of Philly: Who Has the Best Lunch on the Go?

Falafel at Agno Grill

Falafel at Agno Grill

The fast-casual restaurant segment is booming. We’ve even taken to ranking it on Foobooz via our Fast Casual Tracker. But now it’s your turn to vote for the Best Quickie Lunch Spot in this month’s Best of Philly poll.

Vote once a day now through April 26th and when you cast your ballot, you can also enter to win two tickets to the Best of Philly party.

Vote for the 2016 Best of Philly Quickie Lunch Spot [Philadelphia Magazine]

First Look: Wm. Mulherin’s Sons

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Potentially edging Charlie Was A Sinner out for most esoteric restaurant name in town is Fishtown newcomer, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. The restaurant takes its name from the facade of the building itself, a 1890’s whiskey blending and bottling facility just across from the El Bar and the Good Spoon Soupery at Front and Master.

Together, the three businesses are, in fact, dead-on examples of how Fishtown is changing. The El Bar is a long-established stalwart–a proper dive bar with karaoke, live music and cheap beer. Good Spoon Soupery arrived a few years ago, a seasonally-focused food business looking to set up in an area where local entrepreneurs had begun to migrate. Now, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons represents something new; the Fishtown of fresh new condos, glossy live/work spaces, and that particular Mumford & Sons aesthetic of a perfectly worn-in vintage leather jacket. It’s an ethos that matches the old and industrial with the fresh and new already on display in La Colombe’s distillery and cafe and in the very bones of what Kensington Quarters does. Fishtown is so hot with development that it’s only fitting that someone add a wood-fired pizza oven.

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