The biggest food story of Philly in 2016? The upscaling of quick cuisine. Philly chefs are turning their attention to sandwiches, salads and tacos, Philly restaurant owners are dreaming up killer concepts, and Philly eaters are demanding that every meal is just better — better tasting, better quality. The result is our new fast-food revolution, where takeout is as exciting as a meal at Vetri. This week on Foobooz, we’ll be publishing our guide to this new world of cheap eats. (There’s not a cheesesteak mentioned!) Or pick up the October issue of Philly Mag, on newsstands this week, to see it all in one place. Read more »
Kevin Sbraga’s Southern food concept, the Fat Ham opens today at the King of Prussia Mall. In addition to the Fat Ham’s signature hot chicken, the suburban outpost offers a full menu of toasts, salads, entrees and sandwiches. The Fat Ham will be open in the mall’s Savor expansion for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Honeygrow, the fast-casual noodle concept from Temple Fox School of Business alum Justin Rosenberg is opening on Temple University’s campus (1601 North Broad Street) on Monday, September 19th at 11 a.m. This is the tenth Honeygrow location to open since the original in 2012.
The first 100 guests to arrive on Monday will be entered to win a special Temple Football Experience with four tickets to the October 1st game versus SMU, a pre-game tour of Lincoln Financial Field and sideline access plus a parking pass.
If you have German heritage, can’t wait for October, or just really enjoy beer, here are the events you should be aware of happening now through early October.
Rob Szatkowski couldn’t take it anymore.
It was the early 2000s. He was tending bar at Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon, a bar at the corner of Conrad Street and Indian Queen Lane in East Falls. It was homecoming weekend at Philadelphia University. When Szatkowski walked into the bar 15 minutes before his shift started at noon, the place was packed. “Motherfuckers were already drunk, doing shots, car bombs, and acting like it’s almost midnight — and this was just alumni,” he tells Philadelphia magazine.
Just as he started his shift, he heard it: “Tommy used to work on the docks …” At 1:15, he heard it again. And again and again and again. By 7 o’clock, he’d heard Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” at least seven times — maybe more. He had enough. Someone played it again. He hit the reject button, which is behind the bar and skips songs on the juke if pressed. The crowd groaned.
It’s almost time again.
Feastival–one of Philly’s biggest, wildest, weirdest and best food festivals–is coming to the FringeArts complex (140 North Columbus Blvd) on Thursday, September 29. If you’ve never been to a Feastival before, it’s a tough thing to describe–a potent combination of food, booze and performing arts, the kind of event where both the fried chicken from Questlove and the naked acrobats coexist peacefully in blurry memories of what went down last night. If you have? You know exactly what I’m talking about.
Anyway, tickets are on sale now and going fast. In the meantime, we’ve got all the details on this years food-a-palooza, so let’s take a look, shall we?
The team behind New York’s Michelin-starred Rebelle is opening a restaurant in University City’s FMC Tower at Cira Centre South. The restaurant, which will be at the base of the mixed-use tower at 30th and Walnut is expected to open in early 2017. The tower is also home to AKA University City, a mix of luxury hotel rooms and apartment residences occupying the upper floors of the tower.
A couple days ago, we rolled out our Fall Restaurant Preview. In it, we talked about the opening of Scarpetta–the fancy-pants, double-decker modern Italian restaurant coming to the former Smith & Wollensky space at the Rittenhouse Hotel–and said that it was looking to open “in a couple weeks.”
Turns out, our estimate was right on. Because we just got word today that after some test dinners and a full run of friends and family services, Scarpetta will be opening to the public on September 28.
Mission Taqueria–the new taco concept opened by Sam Mink of Oyster House–has only been open a month, but they’ve already made a splash with their dinner service and happy hour.
But now? Mink and his partner, Brett Naylor (exec chef at Oyster House) are cranking things up with brand new lunch and brunch services.
Nick Elmi’s East Passyunk bar, ITV (or as we prefer to refer to it 👁📺 – oh you thought we were done with restaurant emojis?) is adding happy hour. Beginning this evening, the attractive bar is offering discounted, wine, beer and snacks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
Wines are available for $7 and beers are $5. ITV is also offering a house-made version of Quina for $5. Quna is the French aperitif that most probably know from this famous poster.