- Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
- 812 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 267-687-1309
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- Cuisine: Thai
- Alcohol: BYOB
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Last week, we learned of a most unfortunate situation at Circles Thai in Northern Liberties that is best summed up with this one phrase from a March 31st Philadelphia Department of Health report: “Mouse droppings observed … in a bowl of fried chicken.” But that’s just a sliver of the chaos happening at Circles right now. Read more »
While we were on our year-end break the hospitality industry saw several closures and changes.
The biggest news is that Il Pittore will close after service on Saturday, January 9th. The restaurant has been a partnership between Stephen Starr and Starr’s former culinary director, Chris Painter. The restaurant has received critical acclaim since its 2011 opening and was recently included in Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2016. According to Alex Tewfik of Eater, Painter is planning to leave the Starr universe and to go it alone. As for the Il Pittore space, which was formerly Noble, Eater says plans are already in motion to reconceptualize the space.
Every Tuesday for the past few weeks chef Alex Boonphaya, owner of the Circles Thai mini-chain, has been hosting a “Hog Thai’d” pig roast at his newest restaurant on South Street.
Well, we tried it – and the pig meat was as juicy and tender as we thought it would be.
Each week Boonphaya gets a fresh pig from D’Artagnan, marinates it overnight in Thai herbs and spices, then roasts it and serves it with rice, bao buns, tamarind chili sauce and steamed vegetables including broccoli, carrots and bok choy for $17 per person.
All good, right? Well next Tuesday, Dec. 15, Boonphaya has scheduled a special “Social Circles” event, meaning that guests get to come and pig-out for free – literally.