Free Food From Carla Hall At Drexel


Anyone who’s interested in getting an early taste of Carla Hall’s new kickstarted restaurant concept, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, should make plans to be at Drexel next week.

On November 5th, at 5:30 p.m., you’re going to want to be in line at Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center, because that’s where Hall–“Top Chef” finalist and co-host of ABC’s “The Chew”–will be giving away samples of her Southern-style grub.

Servings of Hall’s hot chicken, macaroni and cheese, braised greens and fresh lemonade will all be free, and distributed right before the Drexel Basketball Tip-Off Event at 6 p.m.

The dishes sampled on the 5th will go on to become staples at Hall’s casual, Nashville-inspired restaurants – called Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchenone of which looks like it might be opening in Philadelphia.

Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen [f8b8z]

PHOTOS: Opening Night At Aldine


Aldine opens | raw beef : mushroom : gribiche : quinoa

Aldine officially opened to the public yesterday afternoon at 4pm, and we were right there to witness it.

As a matter of fact, we were the first, official paying customers in the place, and so felt it our duty to give the kitchen and the bar a bit of a workout. Wisely, we also had our cameras with us. So in order to help you decipher (at least a little) the heavily colon-ated menu (rabbit : sour cherry : turnip : brioche is actually one of the more descriptive of the minimalist menu items, but it still doesn’t explain that you’re getting a terrine, or how excellent the vinegar-brined cherries are), we offer you this–our photo tour of Aldine’s opening menu.

We didn’t eat and drink everything on offer, but we did get most of it. At least enough to give you an idea of what’s you might be eating this weekend.

Menu photos, right this way

Late Night Deals in Midtown Village

Photo by Sam Oberter

Photo by Sam Oberter

It’s late night and you’re about to dip into rent money to keep the buzz going – but 13th Street’s got ya covered when it comes to late night happy hour deals.

Lolita has had a late night happy hour since it retooled, but now it includes a Mexican take on the Citywide Special. Get a taco (some food in the stomach), a shot of tequila, and a Tecate for just $10. Or you can do the two tacos for $5 deal and pair that with a cerveza for $3 or a margarita for $6. The deal’s available from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

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Shake Shack’s Halloween Specials Start Today

Shake Shack Halloweenie 2

From today, Tuesday October 28, through Friday, October 31, all Philly Shake Shack locations will be serving their Halloween specials: The Halloweenie and the Shack O’Lantern Shake. 

Shake Shack’s Halloweenie is a Vienna all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with pumpkin-maple mustard–and it’ll only cost you $4.50.

As for the Shack O’Lantern? That’s vanilla frozen custard topped with pumpkin, marshmallow and autumn spices. It’s $5.50 for one of those which, yes, means that you can score both for a ten-spot.

All Shake Shack coverage [f8b8z]

Philadelphia Bars Bailing on Bar Rescue

2nd State drink list, guess this is a Taffer-maniacs collector's item.

2nd State drink list, guess this is a Taffer-maniacs collector’s item.

Michael Klein has the story that both recently filmed Bar Rescue bars are backing away from their Jon Taffer makeovers. The former Lickety Split has removed the “Alleged Pizza” graphics from its first floor and dumped its drink list from 2nd State Lounge upstairs. That might be just as well as the “South Street Sazerac” I was served was given an Absinthe rinse of about 4-ounces.

As for Plush in Glenside, that bar was rechristened Osteria Calabria, though the staff evidently referred to it as “OC” from day one. A Facebook post shows they uncovered the bar top that Taffer overhauled.

The Philadelphia episodes of Bar Rescue will appear on Spike TV in November with Lickety Split airing on November 9th and Plush a week later on the 16th. Hopefully both bars make it to their air dates.

Bar Rescue clients give up on Taffer’s changes [The Insider]
2nd State Lounge [Foobooz]
Osteria Calabria [Foobooz]

Adaptive Reuse Proves Difficult at La Peg

La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko

La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko

Rick Nichols checks in at La Peg, Peter Woolsey’s two month old French brasserie at the once-upon-a-time pump house that is now the home of FringeArts. Nichols finds that the transition from early 20th century high-pressure water station to present day restaurant has been difficult.

That its menu takes liberties with disciplined bistro classics doesn’t help matters. My bowl of Vietnamese beef-noodle pho consomme was cloyingly sweet. And while my wife was happy with her steak-frite, as was I with a small plate of roasted striped bass, my choucroute garnie – so wonderful when the sauerkraut is cooked long and slow enough to soak up the flavors of the sausage – tasted as if a bag of crunchy, coarse-cut kraut had been warmed up at the last minute, then layered with grilled sausage, entirely missing the point of the dish.

Reinventing pump house as eatery proves daunting [Philadelphia Inquirer]
La Peg [Foobooz]

Tickets On Sale Now For La Tuade de Cochon, Part Deux


If the Kensington Quarters’ Instagram feed is any indication, we’re getting very close to experiencing meaty, pasture-raised goodness at the much anticipated butcher counter, bar, and restaurant opening tomorrow in Fishtown.

For many, the event that introduced butcher Bryan Mayer to Philadelphia was Wyebrook Farm’s first La Tuade du Cochon–an opportunity for bacon lovers to confront their crimes and their passions, and one that the farm is reprising this year, on November 16. The event will be a start to finish hoof-to-table dining experience. That’s right, a heritage hog, slaughtered, bled, scalded, and butchered (as professionally and respectfully as possible), and then memorialized in a meal by chef Andrew Wood of Russet.

There are a few spots remaining for this year’s event. Class and dinner are $125 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Secure your place at the table by e-mailing: And, in the meantime, we have the menu.

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Tomorrow: Garces Gala (And We’ve Got The Menus)


Good news for all of you who have purchased your Garces Gala tickets: we have menus.

And good news for those of you who haven’t gotten your tickets yet: There are still general admission tickets available (but the VIP tickets are sold out).

For those of you who don’t know, the 3rd Annual Garces Gala will be held tomorrow, October 29th, starting at 6:30 p.m. (VIP doors open at 5:30 for a meet-and-greet with all of the event chefs and a special seated dinner). The Garces Foundation is hosting the event to benefit Philadelphia’s immigrant community by helping them to gain access to medical, educational, and nutritional services. The event will feature tons of food samplings from Philadelphia’s best chefs, as well as silent auctions.

Show me the menus

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