Chris Kearse is a chef’s chef. His technique and food make chefs like Eli Kulp a fan. So it isn’t surprising to see a couple of collaborations coming up with the chef/owner of Will BYOB.
This Wednesday, July 16th, Will is hosting chef Adan Trinidad of Sancho Pistola’s and Jose Pistola’s for a special five-course dinner and clambake. The dinner is $50 per person and includes a complimentary drink.
And then next Tuesday, July 22nd, Chris Kearse is heading to Rosemont, New Jersey to collaborate with Matthew Ridgway, chef and owner of The PASS restaurant.
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It would be worth visiting Joe Gunn, Casey Parker and Adan Trinidad’s sequel to Jose Pistola’s purely to read the beer menu. The Pabst Blue Ribbon is described as “Frank Booth’s favorite. F’ Heineken.” The Allagash White is a “way worse dancer than Allagash Black.” It’s a fun list to read, and indicative of the time you can have at Sancho Pistola’s even if you skip the beer list entirely and settle in with a margarita or smoked piña colada. But Sancho’s isn’t just a place to drink; Trinidad is putting out serious food. The tacos that make up half the menu are a good place to start; they’re broken up by land and sea. On land, the spicy pork tacos are on point; on the sea side, you can’t go wrong with tuna — or, expand your taco horizons with the scallop version. Trinidad is at his best with sea creatures, and nowhere more so than the whole fish. Wash it down with a Berber stout, which, according to the beer menu, is a “dark gift from Mexico, like Adan.”
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Get ready to rumble (or at least get your stomach’s rumbling) on Sunday, June 22nd, for MANNA’s 2nd Annual Guac Off. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sonesta Hotel. Competitors from all over Philadelphia, young and old, pros and newbs, will be fighting for the title of Best Guacamole in Town. The competing bunch includes guac-connoisseurs Jose Pistolas’s Adan Trinidad, who was awarded with a People’s Choice Award 2013, and Guerilla Ultima’s Robert Leggett, who was awarded with a Blind Tasting Award 2013. And returning to the competition is MANNA’s youngest competitor, 9 year-old Allison Flam.
Yet the competition goes far beyond the winner. MANNA works to provide those at nutritional risk due to life-threatening illness with meals that are plentiful in both good taste and nutrients. Executive Director Sue Daugherty said, “MANNA works wonders by supplying therapeutic nutrition to the critically-ill, so it makes sense that we’d celebrate a great food source like avocados, packed with vitamins and the source of so many health benefits. The fact that it’s delicious is a great side benefit.”
The lucky judges include Tracy Davidson, Emmy-winning journalist and co-anchor of NBC10 News Today, Roberta Pipito of Homemade Delish, Patty Jackson from WDAS 106.3 FM and Keith Lucas, MANNA Executive Chef and Food Network’s “Chopped” alum.
And if you’re looking to attend, tickets can be purchased at the door, online or by calling 215-496-2662, ext. 115. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. May the best guac win.
Photo by Neal Santos
Adam Erace visits Sancho Pistola’s in Fishtown and has praise for chef and partner Adan Trinidad’s food.
The tomato-based Veracruzana sauce forming a crimson moat around the whole snapper is like a Mexican puttanesca — punchy with crushed olives, salty capers and fresh cilantro. The fish’s salamander-broiled skin shone and crinkled like tinfoil, its flesh beneath moist and glistening as it flaked into the chunky sauce dammed by tender peanut potatoes and sweet fried plantains. I’d put it up against any whole fish in the city.
Sancho Pistola’s brings solid Mexican fare and a righteous beer list to Fishtown [City Paper]
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Did you know Mexican craft beer existed? It came as a surprise to Jose Pistola’s as well. But this Sunday they’re welcoming Berber Brewing Co. to Philadelphia.
Berber is being imported by David Suro and Oscar Serrano. You probably know them Tequila’s Restaurant and Siembra Azul Tequila. They’ll be at Jose Pistola’s this Sunday starting at 10 p.m. to midnight as Pistola’s pours Berber’s beers and of course some tequila as well.
Even better, there will be some specials as well.
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Korean Rib Tacos | Photo by Danya Heninger
Last night marked the opening of Sancho Pistola’s, the second bar from Adan Trinidad, Joe Gunn and Casey Parker, the team behind Center City’s Jose Pistola’s. The bar at 19 W Girard Avenue is turning out serious Mexican dishes and serving up Pistola’s signature great beer.
The food here struck us as a bit more authentically Mexican than what we’ve enjoyed at Jose Pistola’s. Those most authentic dishes were also the most successful as I would rank the spicy pork tacos ahead of the Korean rib tacos and I’d also highly recommend the black bean soup, which was just what the doctor ordered on a very cold night. Well that and some mezcal.
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Sancho Pistola’s, the second bar from Joe Gunn, Casey Parker and Adan Trinidad is set to open this Wednesday at 19 West Girard Avenue. The team is swinging open the doors at 7 p.m.
The sequel to Jose Pistola’s will offer chef Trinidad free reign to come up with a menu, a menu that will heavily feature mole sauces. In fact, Trinidad’s mother will be making mole and sharing how she does it, today at 3 p.m.
So if you ever wanted to learn how to make mole from a real expert, today’s your lucky day.
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Yes, Dallas F’n Sucks.
Zagat’s Danya Henninger sits down and talks with Joe Gunn, Casey Parker at Adan Trinidad about their new place in Fishtown, Sancho Pistola’s. And from the sound of it, Fishtown is going to be really lucky.
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Casey Parker and Joe Gunn’s Jose Pistola’s has been a great place for beer since it opened. But the food has definitely had its ups and downs. But with hiring of Adán Trinidad, food will be one more reason to head to the Center City bar. Trinidad has most recently working and creating menus for Richard Sandoval Restaurants. He is known to Philadelphians for his time as chef de cuisine at Fish and his stint at Stephen Starr’s El Vez.
Trinidad has just rolled out a new menu which is much much more aggressive than some of its past efforts. The Mexican menu features multiple types of guacamole and salsa plus some exciting ceviche, queso fundido and sopes. Of special note is the Random section of the menu which includes mole meatballs and carnitas steamed buns.
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The rocky existence of Fish took another turn last night as Michael Klein reported that Mike Stollenwerk has left Fish. No details are yet available but with the summer’s short shutdown, the moving of Fish around the corner and all the other drama that seemed to follow Stollenwerk and business partner Evan Prochniak, it isn’t exactly shocking.
Stollenwerk burst on the scene with his postage stamp-sized Little Fish on 6th and Catharine. National praise from Bon Appetit put Stollenwerk on the map in 2008. In 2009, Little Fish begot Fish at 1708 Lombard Street. Fish also won plenty of accolades before departing its Graduate Hospital location for bumping 13th Street in early 2012. Since then Fish closed temporarily over the summer and just this fall, moved around the corner to a smaller location, as big Fish made way for Rhino Bar.
What this means for Stollenwerk, Fish and Rhino Bar is still unclear. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Michael Klein names Stollenwerk’s successor at Fish. It will be Adán Trinidad, the current chef de cuisine.
Stollenwerk leaves Fish [The Insider]