YESSS: HipCityVeg Is Adding Breakfast to Its Menu — Plus More Details on the New Midtown Village Location

Rendering of the HipCityVeg location on Broad Street | Image courtesy HipCityVeg

Rendering of the HipCityVeg location on Broad Street | Image courtesy HipCityVeg

Breaking news, people: We just got word that HipCityVeg’s new Midtown Village location, slated to open at 121 South Broad Street in December (so soon! Eeeee!), will have — wait for it — breakfast on the menu. We’re talking vegan breakfast sandwiches, wraps, bagels, coffee and more. Insert all the praise-hands emojis here.

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Heritage Presents First FRYday on First Friday

first-fryyay-heritage-400We didn’t think that First Friday, Philadelphia’s monthly celebration of art and artists needed revision. But we thoroughly appreciate Heritage’s addition this month of Sly Fox Beer specials and fried food cooked by chef Sean Magee. The event at the Norther Liberties restaurant will include live jazz music, a mellow dinner jazz session by Tom Moon’s Love Room and a classic soul, funk and jazz session by The Sermon!

There will also be the chance to browse and buy artwork from featured InLiquid artists. Featured artists include Brendan McAtamney, who makes wooden bowls with stock lumber and salvaged wood, Sandra Tarcov who specializes in hand-woven beadwork and Matthew Hall who makes whiskey drawings.

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Kensington Quarters Is Making Some Changes

... to the not so familiar Flat Iron.

There was always something weird about Kensington Quarters. For a place so focused on meat–with its whole-animals and in-house butchers and deli cases full of prime cuts–it was always strange that the kitchen didn’t have a proper steak on the menu.

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Otis & Pickles Speakeasy: A Craft Beer and Cocktail Bar for South Philly

Above the drop ceiling, the original tin ceiling.

Above the drop ceiling, the original tin ceiling.

Charlie Collazo of the Institute is working on another bar project, this one in deep South Philadelphia at the corner of 3rd and Porter. Otis & Pickles Speakeasy will be the name and beer, cocktails and yes, pickles will be the focus.

Collazo got the name from a couple of characters he met who over the summer while working at the Creamery Beer Garden in Kennett Square this summer. Otis and Pickles are brothers who owned an automotive garage near the Creamery. Both are over 70, Otis just lost his last tooth and Pickles, well he’s often pickled.

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Butcher Bar Launches Lunch Service

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The upstairs at Butcher Bar

Center City’s Butcher Bar, from the team behind Varga Bar, Mercato and Valanni is now open for lunch. Though there are some vegetarian dishes, as the name suggests, Butcher Bar is about the meat. Highlights include Sloppy Joe Poutine; a Butcher Bar grinder with sobrasada, rigani salami and provolone; and a $29 plate of steak frites.

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Scarpetta Launches Happy Hour on Rittenhouse Square

Scarpetta offers half-priced cocktails, wine and beer for happy hour.

Scarpetta offers half-priced cocktails, wine and beer for happy hour.

The lounge at the still brand new Scarpetta inside the Rittenhouse Hotel has begun happy hour and it offers 50% off all beer, cocktails and wines by the glass. There is also a bar menu of plates and crostini ranging from $5 to $14.

The cocktails include classics and newfangled concoctions that will rotate seasonally. Look for some holiday cocktails in the next few weeks.

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Ramen Pop-Up at Taqueria Feliz

A Mexican bao bun? It's happening this week in Manayunk.

A Mexican bao bun? It’s happening this week in Manayunk.

Have you ever felt like your burrito needed more noodles? Or your ramen needed more tortilla chips? Neither have we, nonetheless we’re intrigued by the pop-up Taqueria Feliz has planned. The Manayunk Mexican restaurant is hosting a ramen pop-up. Mexican-Asian fusion might sound weird but we’re willing to give dishes like Ramen Poblano a try.

And the Main Street bar will also be well stocked with Sapporo Pilsner and Black Raspberry “Sake-Ritas.”

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Cuba Libre Celebrates A New Era In The Wake Of Castro’s Death

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Some view him as a champion of the revolution. Others view him as a ruthless despot who brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

Either way, if you are willing to recognize Fidel Castro’s death with political discussion (and say the words “Viva Cuba” to the bartender), Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar will reward you with a free rum and coke at Happy Hour during the nine days leading up to Castro’s funeral, between now and December 4. There will also be discounts on empanadas, ceviche and other signature tapas items. News coverage of Castro’s death will air throughout.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Foobooz

wkrp-thanksgivingAs is our holiday tradition here at Foobooz, we end our pre-Thanksgiving programming with the classic WKRP in Cincinnati episode “Turkeys Away”. It is, without a doubt, one of the finest bits of comedy ever created. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s definitely worth 24 minutes of your time. And if you have? Well then you’ve probably already hit Play…

Check it out below.
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