13th Street Still Booming

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Audrey Taichman is looking to open a second branch of her Audrey Claire at the corner of 13th and Sansom. Next door Marcie Turney and Valeri Safran are looking to expand their 13th Street empire with Verde, a flower and chocolate shop where Robins Books used to be. Also in the works is another restaurant next door at 110 S 13th Street. This spot will be Mediterranean and will feature a wood burning stove as well as the couple’s first liquor license.

What makes this all the more fun is that Turney used to work for Taichman at the original Audrey Claire.

Inqlings: This summer, it’ll be geckos galore [Philadelphia Inquirer]
More food in Wash West [The Insider]

UPDATE: The Audrey Claire deal is off.

Watermelon Makes The Menu

Late this summer look for watermelon on local menus.

At Audrey Claire near Rittenhouse Square, chef de cuisine Greg Garbacz tops watermelon chunks with crumbled Grana Padano cheese, thin-sliced red onion, and fresh mint. At Twenty21 in Commerce Square, sous chef Colin Leary has offered watermelon salad on his $24 lunch prix-fixe: dice-size cubes of melon and fried, panko-crusted puffs of goat cheese in a sweet sauce including shallots, mint and lavender, all on an oversize lettuce leaf.

GoodTaste – Watermelon salad [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Philly Food Blog Wrap Up

Foodaphilia takes in brunch at A Full Plate Cafe twice in a weekend. Enjoying the lemonade, breakfast burrito and Omelet of the Day. [Foodaphilia]

Foodzings experiences Venezuelan cuisine at Sazon at 9th and Spring Garden. Slow roasted beef, Venezuelan cheesesteaks and more. [Foodzings]

Foodzings also visits the Reading Terminal Market for lunch, hits up Tragos for $8 pitchers, and finally a great BYOB dinner at Audrey Claire. [Foodzings]

Ouch, gas•tron•o•my doesn’t have much good to say about Twenty Manning, “P.F. Chang’s > Twenty Manning.” [gas•tron•o•my]

Gas•tron•o•my checks out Sunday brunch at Bridget Foy’s and finds a “tasty South Philly brunch, without the laborious South Philly wait.” [gas•tron•o•my]

Mac & Cheese rates Talula’s Table’s macaroni and cheese a tie with Morning Glory. [Mac & Cheese]

PhillyFoodGuys verifies that the Good Dog cheeseburger is indeed “fantastic.” [PhillyFoodGuys]

Thursday Night

It’s a beautiful night out so why not look to dine outside, the restaurant row of 20th Street is always a good bet, whether it’s Snackbar, 20 Manning, Seafood Unlimited or Audrey Claire.

Tune into WIP tonight at 7 PM for Pizza Palooza as Glen Macnow crowns the best pizza in Philadelphia.


Open Kitchens

City Paper names Philadelphia’s top five open kitchens.

  1. Audrey Claire
  2. Dmitri’s
  3. Little Fish
  4. ¡Pasion!
  5. L’Oca

And although these are all fine restaurants and several are among our favorites. This list is incomplete without Striped Bass and Osteria. And speaking of Osteria, Thursday/Friday lunch starts today.

Air It Out [City Paper]