The Best Hot Dogs in Philly

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Even before the warm weather started, we lost two of the city’s best hot-dog joints. (RIP, Hot Diggity and Moe’s Hot Dog House.) But while we may be a couple grills short this summer, don’t despair. Our hot-dog bench is deep in Philly, and here are six dogs to try while the sun is hot and the days are long.

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All The Best Stuff: Your Philly Beer Week Guide For Tuesday, June 2

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Odds are good you already missed the weirdest Beer Week event of the day–the Oxbow and Mike Fava lunch at Jose Pistola’s which was attended by two live owls–but have no fear. We combed through the entire schedule and picked three events happening tonight that are totally worth your attention.

There’s one for the beer lovers, one for the chef-stalkers and one for those of you who just love drag queens and glitter. And beer. But also glitter.

So check out our picks after the jump, won’t you? We would never steer you wrong.

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All The Best Stuff: Your Philly Beer Week Guide For Monday, June 1

philly beer week pbw 400Okay everyone, deep breath.

We’ve all made it through the first weekend of Philly Beer Week, but things are far from over. For you happy few who live life with no governor (or fear of hangovers or liver damage), just keep right on doing what you’re doing–bouncing around from event to event like sharks who have to keep drinking to survive. But for those of you out there looking to pace yourselves just a little, we’ve put together a list of the three coolest events happening tonight–one for the food nerds who love beer, too, one for the beer nerds who care about nothing else, and one for folks who just love seeing robots fight.

Check out the events after the jump.

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Alla Spina Hosts a Celebratory/Collaborative Industry Night

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Most people look forward to the weekends to relax on their days off and sometimes go to a nice dinner. Well, servers are kind of the opposite. The weekend means long shifts, late nights and nonstop running around for demanding customers.

For any servers, bartenders or cooks who feel unappreciated, Alla Spina is hosting an industry night tonight, Monday, May 4th with free food and cheap drinks.

This industry night isn’t just Marc Vetri’s normal monthly celebration, though. It’s a night celebrating National Star Wars Day, and The James Beard Awards, and as of midnight, Cinco De Mayo.

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This Saturday: Hang Out With Tired Hands Brewing Co.

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This Saturday, April 18th, Jean Broillet and the rest of the brew team at Tired Hands Brewing Company are hitting up five different bars, showing off beer brewed from their operational (but not yet open to the public) Fermentaria.

The brewers will be at Local 44 from 12-1 pm, Strangelove’s from 2-3 pm, Standard Tap from 4-5 pm, Memphis Taproom from 6-7 pm and Alla Spina from 8-9 pm. They’ll be pouring their popular HopHands as well as debuting Rutilant, their new IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Cascade Hops.

Plan on meeting up with them at one spot or another. Just don’t follow them around all day. That’s stalking.

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Wine Week: Okay, Now This Is Just Totally Bonkers

FLXLogoNow this is the way that Wine Week ought to be celebrated.

For one night only, the crew at Alla Spina are bringing in chef, manager and Master Sommelier Chris Bates from FLX Wienery in the Finger Lakes to do a special Wine Week menu.

First things first, check out this guy’s bio: “Christopher Bates not only helmed one of the country’s greatest wine programs as General Manager and Executive Chef of 5 star Hotel Fauchere, but won the International Best Young Sommelier competition.” He then went on to bail out of the hotel scene and open a “Modern Hot-Doggery” where he could sling wieners and dogs for a living, which is just awesome.

Second things second, you’ve got to take a look at the menu being offered tonight. There are two options–drop in at the bar for a snack, or sit down in the dining room at Alla Spina for a full tasting menu, with pairings, of course.

Show me the menu!

More Wine Week Events: Wine Versus Beer Showdowns

Photo by Michael Gruber

Photo by Michael Gruber

Some of life’s questions are simply too great to ever be answered. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? But this week, two different groups are tackling the age old question: does beer or wine pair better with food?

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The New World of Chicken Wings

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Photos by Jason Varney

If we can all just admit that a) the Buffalo wing is the ultimate chicken wing (so meaty, so balanced, so simple with its fake butter, Frank’s RedHot and nothing else), and b) there are very few decent Buffalo wings in Philly, we can move on and start talking about alternate versions we do well. Here are six to start with.

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Big Gay Ice Cream at Alla Spina

big-gay-night-alla-spina-940Big Gay Ice Cream will be opening at Broad and South Streets one day soon. In the meantime you can get a Rocky Roadhouse sundae, maple-biscoff-bourbon shake plus burlesque and a drag show at Alla Spina on Sunday, March 22nd.

Alla Spina will be handling the savory fare and Big Gay Ice Cream will take care of the sweet stuff. There will also be a burlesque and drag show with host Bambi Galore to entertain. Victory Brewing beers will also be on special.

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