Justin Bogle Named Corporate Executive Chef For Garces Group

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So for those of you who’ve been wondering whatever happened to the guy who used to run the kitchen at Avance, now you know. The weird thing? This is a sort of homecoming for Justin Bogle, because prior to his running off to New York City to earn his Michelin stars while cooking at Gilt, he got started as a cook under Jose Garces at Alma de Cuba.

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Amada Launches New Happy Hour

amada-happy-hour-940Earlier this month, we told you about Tinto’s new happy hour. Now, Jose Garces’s other Spanish restaurant in Philadelphia is getting a similar happy hour makeover.

Beginning today, Amada is offering a $5 tapas and drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Look for favorites like Piquillos Rellenos (crab-stuffed peppers), Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes), and Croquetas de Jamon (ham croquettes) all to be on the happy hour menu.

In the drinks department, Amada will be offering $4 beers, $5 sangria, $6 wine and $8 cocktails.

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Pig Out at Amada

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, Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Old City Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, is hosting its bi-annual Pig Out on Sunday, September 28th. There will be two seatings for the dinner; the first is at 3:30 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m.

The dinner itself will feature a three-course meal starring endless amounts of the Amada’s signature dish, Cochinillo Asado, or roasted whole suckling pig.  The pig is carved table-side by a chef and is accompanied by side dishes including rosemary scented white beans, crispy roasted fingerling potatoes and for dessert, indulgent bacon and peanut butter macarons.

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Revel Is Done, And Jose Garces Is Down Four Restaurants

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The news came down today: Atlantic City’s Revel Resort is shutting down next month.

Oh, sure. They’re still trying to sell the place. But they’ve been trying to sell it pretty much since the day it opened. Or at least since the first bankruptcy filing, which happened just a little over a year after it opened. As things stand now, the resort has never made a dime in profit, and the current owners are admitting that even if a buyer is found, Revel will still close before anyone can come in to save the day.

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The Revisit: Amada

Amada | Courtesy of Garces Group

Amada | Courtesy of Garces Group

When he opened Amada nine years ago, Jose Garces had two visions for his debut restaurant. Only one survived—succeeding so lucratively that it suffocated the other.

You can still visit the latter’s burial place, though: just ask for one of the best six seats in the house.

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Restaurant Week Pick for Monday, January 20th

Amada | Photo by Ashley Catharine Smith

Amada | Photo by Ashley Catharine Smith

Looking for a Restaurant Week pick for tonight? Hustle and get that 8 p.m. table for two at Amada. It’s one of the solid Restaurant Week performers and a prime-time table is tough to beat.


Not interested in Restaurant Week, how about Lobster Week. That’s what Matyson is offering tonight through Thursday.

Check out their special five course, $50 menu.

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For Lunch, Consider an Amada Cheesesteak

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As we’ve mentioned before, one of our biggest laments about the current state of the cheesesteak is the lack of beef. At too many places, a cheesesteak is north of $9 for way too little steak and not a lick of creativity.

On the other hand there’s the Amada Cheesesteak on the lunch menu at Jose Garces’ first restaurant in Old City. At Amada, the cheesesteak is shaved ribeye, caramelized onions, a molten Mahón cheese sauce and truffled mushrooms. Yes, the sandwich costs $14, but there’s a whole lot more going on here than just cheap beef  and fake cheese.

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