A Full Plate Moves to Fishtown

The Insider is reporting that A Full Plate is moving to Fishtown. Shannon Dougherty and Liz Peterson will be moving their café and catering from Liberties Walk to a spot across from Loco Pez at 2370 E. Norris Street when their lease is up in 2013. The new digs, called Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen, will have a liquor license, 50 seats, and 16 taps. Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen will cook up American cuisine classics for dinner and lunch every day, with brunch on the weekends.

Read on for the winners of A Full Plate’s rib-off and taco takedown »

University City Dining Days Are Coming


For the 7th year in a row University City area restaurants are gearing up for University City Dining Days two-weeks full of dining deals from July 12th to 26th. The event is meant to bring traffic to the area during its slow months. This year a record 34 restaurants are participating in the prix-fixe specials which offer three courses for $15, $25, or $30.

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Step Backwards for Barbecue

Craig LaBan lowered LaBoom on a trio of barbecue spots in his review of Baby Blues this week. It wasn’t enough to nail the University City barbecue joint, he also sliced into Famous Dave’s BBQ Shack and Fergie’s new barbecue menu.

It’s hard to get past disappointing pork ribs, though, at a barbecue joint. And while I’ve had worse recently (see Famous Dave’s above), both the baby backs and the bigger “Memphis”-style ribs left much to be desired, including an overly saucy sweet glaze and lack of dusty rub that left my pal, a Memphis-born ringer, singing the blues.

One Bell – Hit-or-Miss

Philly’s Baby Blues BBQ offers mostly disappointing fare [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Baby Blues [Official Site]

How Many Bells for Baby Blues?

This weekend Craig LaBan will be checking out Baby Blues in West Philadelphia.

How Many Bells for Baby Blues BBQ?

  • 1 Bell - Hit-or-Miss (73%, 104 Votes)
  • 2 Bells - Very Good (13%, 19 Votes)
  • 0 Bells - Poor (10%, 15 Votes)
  • 3 Bells - Excellent (3%, 4 Votes)
  • 4 Bells - Superior (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 143

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Baby Blues Blasted

Adam Erace visits University City’s Baby Blues Barbecue and finds that the meat is fine but not much else.

[T]he pink-ringed meats that emerge from the 1-ton Southern Pride smoker in a cloud of applewood and hickory mist are the real stars of Baby Blues’ menu. Though the greasy ropes of pulled pork tasted left over from the weekend, the other cuts on the “Blue Devil” (that’s four meats and three sides) satisfied.

Secondhand Smoke [City Paper]
Baby Blues [Official Site]

Quick Bites

Photo via Meal Ticket

Meal Ticket snapped a bunch of pictures at Baby Blues, the new BBQ joint in University City. [Meal Ticket]Meal Ticket was also busy snapping photos at the just opened Bottle Shop on East Passyunk. [Meal Ticket]

Gino’s Hamburgers is back as it has opened on Route 202 across from the King of Prussia Mall. [Times Herald]

Chestnut Hill’s Night Kitchen Bakery has added a cafe space next door that will serve up breakfast and lunch as well as let passers by watch the pastry art take shape.

Bitar’s South Philadelphia building is up for sale. A manager tells Brownstoner they are looking for bigger digs in the neighborhood. [Brownstoner]

Ro-Zu is gone as the photo attests.

Quick Bites

Baby Blues opening has been delayed. Looks like late next week. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Guacamole is the name of the Mexican restaurant coming to Woodland and Markcoe in West Philadelphia. [Brownstoner]

Phrequency gets an exclusive video of Tyson Wong Ophaso and his forthcoming Tyson Bees truck. [Phrequency]

Prime 505 gives Collingswood another non-Italian option. [Meal Ticket]

Quick Bites

We’re extremely excited for the opening of Baby Blues in University City. The West Coast barbecue joint is opening to the public on October 8th. According to Michael Klein there are some private parties the week before (we’re sure our invite is in the mail). [The Insider]

Meal Ticket takes a look inside Watkins Drinkery taking photos of food, pool tables and the starscape ceiling. [Meal Ticket]

General Lafayette Inn and Brewery has closed but the story isn’t that straightforward. The brewery lives on under the name Copper Crow Beer and an agreement of sale for the restaurant is in hand paving the way for a reopening in short order, maybe. [Jack Curtin's Liquid Diet]

Jake’s Sandwich Board rolls out new fall menu. [Meal Ticket]

Jet Wine Bar continues to progress. Their web site sports a shot of their quite-fancy restroom. [Jet Wine Bar]

Matt White, formerly of SeaBlue at the Borgata is the new chef at Zavino. Also of note, you can now order a Zavino pizza from Bar, next door on Sansom Street. [Meal Ticket]

Jolly’s Crab House is aiming for a December opening. [Meal Ticket]

University City to Get Touted BBQ

Michael Klein reports that University City is getting a branch of Baby Blues, a BBQ place that comes highly recommended by trusted Foobooz operatives who live near the Venice, California location. They say what is so impressive is how good across the board the dishes are.

The University City location will be at the former Bubble House on Sansom Street. Opening is hoped for by the end of the year.

Restaurant notes: More BBQ and Wolfgang Puck, too [The Insider]
Baby Blues [Official Site]