Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Private Dining Rooms, Kevin Sbraga Interviewed, Center City’s Best Soups, Bookbinder’s Opening And A Holiday Shopping Guide For Foodies


Things are getting a little quiet in the restaurant world, with everyone just putting their heads down and trying to make it through the holidays. But that doesn’t mean that nothing was happening this week. Here’s what you might’ve missed.

The Gastronaut: Hey, Santa… A Christmas wish list for the Philadelphia restaurant scene

The List: Private Dining Rooms In And Around Philly Because sometimes you don’t want all your relatives hanging out at your house

Celebrate The Holiday Season Rittenhouse Style Parties for you and your teddy bear

The Best Soups In Center City Perfect for these gray and cold afternoons

Even More Of The Best Soups In Center City Because one list was just not enough

First Look: Juniper Commons Inside Kevin Sbraga’s 80’s theme restaurant

Also, An Interview With Kevin Sbraga Because everyone wants to know how many pairs of shoes he has

Garces Is Opening Bookbinder’s On New Year’s Eve Or at least the bar

Shopping For Foodies, Part 1 Trey Popp’s holiday gift guide

Top Chef Recap Restaurant Wars and the aftermath


The Market at Maglio’s Is Giving Away 500 Pounds of Sausage to Eagles Fans

market-at-maglios-940The brand new Market at Maglio’s at 3632 S 3rd Street (3rd and Pattison) is offering a pound of sausage to the first 500 fans that present their Eagles tickets for this Sunday, December 14th. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

So before you park and tailgate, swing by Market at Maglio’s and pick up you hot or mild pound of sausage and then get that grill going. With its location close to the stadiums, and the market’s selection of sides, meats and cheeses, Maglio’s pre-game, might become a tradition.

Market at Maglio’s [Foobooz]

Did Georges Perrier Bring That Ladder, Too?


In keeping with our pretty-much-unbroken streak of posting about Kevin Sbraga every day (no, seriously), we present you with this. A nice little peek into some recipe testing with Georges Perrier happening at Juniper Commons. According to Sbraga’s Twitter, this is all about “Making sauces with the master.”

Kevin Sbraga [Twitter]

The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend


The weekend ahead is, for some, sure to be jammed with early holiday celebrations, braving the retail bonanza, and imbibing and dining in a way befitting of a year rapidly drawing to a close. Local markets are holding down the fort in the form of nutritious, cruciferous veggies, apples and roots, but vendors are also sporting a celebratory sparkle and offering local gifts as well. Those listed below are but a few…

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In Riva Turns Three and Celebrates with $3 Pizzas


Falls Bridge art work at In Riva

Arthur Cavaliere’s In Riva in East Falls turns three today. And the Italian restaurant and pizzeria is celebrating with $3 Margherita pizzas. From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., just say “Happy Birthday” to your server and receive a pizza for just $3.

Limit one per table and not available for takeout.

Congrats to Cavaliere and In Riva for proving the riverfront location was not cursed but simply needed the right concept executed well.

In Riva [Foobooz]

More Of The Best Soups In Center City: Readers Edition


A few days ago, we posted a list of some of the best soups in Center City–a perfect little thing for a gray, cold day. But almost as soon as it went up, readers started commenting with places that we’d forgotten. And since the first post was never meant to be anything like a canonical list, we’ve decided to expand it here with reader suggestions–plus a couple of extra places that we just love.

So first, I finally got the chance to stop by the new(ish) Hippot Shabu Shabu, which opened a couple months back in Chinatown. I have two things to say about it right off the bat…

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Garces Alums Are Spreading Their Wings


El Poquito on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill

This week we’ve seen two sets of Garces alums open new restaurants. Former Garces director of operations, George Atterbury has opened El Poquito in Chestnut Hill. The Mexican restaurant takes over the Chestnut 7 property ad Atterbury has hired former JG Domestic chef de cuisine, Andrew Sabin as executive chef. El Poquito is open for dinner seven days a week.  Michael Klein reports that Atterbury already has a deal in place for a second location in a new development by the Christina River in Wilmington. Check out El Poquito’s menu here.

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Because Lo Spiedo Isn’t Just For Meat Lovers…


The guys at Lo Spiedo? They know their way around some meats, no doubt. But as good as that spit-roasted pork shoulder or whole chicken is, the honest-to-jeebus best thing I had there the first time I stopped in? A salad of shaved pumpkin and goat cheese with pumpkin seed vinaigrette. It wasn’t just a great salad, but a surprising one–something I never would’ve normally considered in a restaurant built around a rotisserie made for roasting delicious animals.

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