Because SPAM Is Awesome, That’s Why

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As if there needs to be a reason to celebrate SPAM–the world’s favorite canned meat product–a team of chefs and troublemakers have determined that next Wednesday, August 27, should be a day devoted to the greater glories of Hormel’s wonder-meat.

And so, on that night, at American Sardine Bar, there’s going to be a SPAM party. Photographer Neal Santos, food writer and man-about-town Drew Lazor and chef Scott Schroeder will be “expressing [their] hermetically sealed love” with an a la carte spread of “original SPAM-centric snacks.” Oh, and if that’s not enough, these three somehow managed to convince the good people at SPAM headquarters to ship them out a bunch of rare, weird or locally unavailable varities of SPAM, like hot-and-spicy SPAM, teriyaki jalapeno SPAM and bacon-flavored SPAM.

So you’re already excited, right? I know you are. And you’re going to be even more into it when you see the menu that the guys are putting together.
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Great Beer Is Running Rampant in Philadelphia

It appears that this year’s supply of Russian River Pliny the Younger has just about run dry. Philly Tap Finder’s last published tapping happened just a few hours ago. But since this is Philadelphia, our taps certainly haven’t run dry of great and in several cases, rare beer.

Bishop’s Collar, which poured the city’s last known keg of Pliny still has plenty of great IPAs pouring and is worth a trip today. The Sidecar’s monthly High Gravity Night is also tonight and includes high alcohol favorites like Bear Republic Apex, Bell’s Hopslam and Mikkeller Monk’s Elixr.

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It’s A Beef Jerky Bake Sale

BakeSaleFlyer2Marcos Espinoza and his merry crew of weirdos from Side Project Jerky are throwing themselves a beef jerky bake sale on Saturday, March 22nd at American Sardine Bar. No crappy cupcakes, no misshapen Rice Krispies treats that smell like cigarette smoke, just good, All-American beef jerky.

Side Project is bringing in the talents of four local chefs–Scott Schroeder, Eli Collins, Jonathan Adams and Jeremy Nolen–who will each be doing a one-time-only jerky flavor that will be for sale (by the piece or by the ounce) solely at this event. Oh, and Sixpoint will be on hand for beer pairings. And all of the normal flavors of Side Project jerky will also be for sale (like they are every day at the Foobooz Store, hint hint).

And if you want to feel good about yourself while you’re stuffing your snack hole full of cured meat products, dig this: All proceeds from the Beef Jerky Bake Sale will be donated to Fresh Palates to Palettes–a local art program run by Deva Watson.

So mark your calendars: Beef jerky and beer, Saturday, March 22nd at American Sardine Bar. Come hungry, bring your wallets and we’ll see you all there.

Side Project Jerky [Official]

Meme Fried Chicken Pop-Up at American Sardine Bar

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Tomorrow, Thursday, January 30th, Scott Schroeder and American Sardine Bar are once again playing host to David Katz and his Mémé fried chicken.

The dish was a popular once-a-week lunchtime treat when Katz owned Meme at 22nd and Spruce. Tomorrow, Katz will be back in the kitchen, cooking up his fried chicken and biscuits. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. and the High Life is already on ice. completely sold out last time they hosted the pop-up.

Eat This Now: Two Bowls of Cheese Fries

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There’s something exciting about a bowl of fries. Maybe it’s the feeling that you’re being given something substantial. And  over the past week I’ve wound up housing two bowls of distinct cheese fries. Above and on the left is a bowl of fries from T.J. Murphy’s new menu at Resurrection Ale House. These Cheddar Frites are doused in pickled jalapenos, red peppers and a cheddar cheese sauce. The fries were a promising introduction to Murphy’s reign at Resurrection and I’ll be back soon for more.

After a lunching on the sandwich of the month, a Curt Decker Cosmo, at American Sardine Bar on Saturday, Scott Schroeder dropped a bowl of his “Hot Dog Kid Cheese Fries” in front of me. I was sure I was too full but the smoky hot dog bits, cheese and whole seed mustard proved I did indeed have room for more.

If you find yourself at either of these bars, get the cheese fries.

Resurrection Ale House [Foobooz]
American Sardine Bar
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It’s the 2013 50 Best Bars of Philadelphia

Alla Spina, one of the Best Bars in Philly | Photo by M.Edlow for GPTMC

Alla Spina is one of the best bars in Philadelphia | Photo by M.Edlow for GPTMC

For the fifth year in a row we’ve polled a diverse panel of Philadelphia’s drinking scene in order to determine the best bars in Philadelphia. The polled include our favorite writers, bloggers, twitterers and even just drinkers for the 2013 Foobooz 50 Best Bars list.

Foobooz 50 Best Bars by the Numbers

Seven new bars made the list this year.

23 bars have made the list in each of the five years it has been published.

0 repeats at number one. Each year a different bar has held down the top spot.

For the first time ever a bar from New Jersey made the list.

Loco Pez was the biggest mover on the list, jumping 32 spots.

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Filipino Food Pop-Up at American Sardine Bar

 tita-rosysPhiladelphia food writer Drew Lazor and photographer Neal Santos are both of Filipino descent and the both wish there were more opportunities to eat it in Philadelphia. So the two of teamed up with Scott Schroeder of American Sardine Bar to host Tita Rosy’s, a pop-up of Filipino food. Tita Rosy’s is going down on Thursday, September 26th and will feature a menu of Filipino classics with tweaks and twists.

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Noodles and Burgers – The Latest Craze?

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There’s a new potential food craze sweeping the nation and its receiving its fair share of hype: noodles and burgers. In the tradition of the cronut and Luther Burger, seemingly incompatible foods are getting married into dishes that are making some rolling their eyes, and others foam at the mouth.

Brooklyn residents have already gotten a taste of this craze with The Ramen Burger. Created by ramen enthusiast and blogger Keizo Shimamoto, it debuted at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg food fair. Its zeitgeist has extended to Good Morning America and blogs all across the virtual multiverse.

But you don’t need to travel to New York to get your noodle/burger fix. Philly’s own PYT boasts the Spaghetti Burger—a mozzarella-stuffed meatball patty smothered in red sauce and parmesan flakes smushed between crispy fried spaghetti, garlic butter buns.

And then there’s the Spaghetti Sandwich »

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