Craig LaBan ventures to Ambler for the promise of barbecue and whiskey at the Lucky Well. What he finds is uneven at best. Chef/owner Chad Rosenthal has trouble with consistency.
I don’t doubt Rosenthal’s passion for BBQ. I could taste those good intentions on the St. Louis pork ribs, the bones dusted Memphis-style with spice, the pink-haloed meat clinging just right. The Lucky Well’s chicken wings also wore their smoke well enough. But I should have stopped there.
Food Network notoriety is no guarantee of culinary genius, a fact made abundantly clear by two meals in which virtually everything else fell flat.
One Bell – Hit-or-Miss
Dining Review: The Lucky Well [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Lucky Well [Official]
On Tuesday, August 5th, Fette Sau is hosting a Whiskey and BBQ Dinner. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature whiskey pairings from Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey and chef Jason Goodman’s family-style, never-before-seen menu items. Though a menu hasn’t been released, we do know that most of the 9 dishes will imitate Pennsylvania classics, like “Duck and Kraut.”
And as you stuff your face, keep an eye out for Dad’s Hat founder Herman Mihalich and co-founder John Cooper. They’ll be walking around to give some guidance on the whiskey pairings, which will include three cocktails and one neat pour.
Tickets are limited and cost $60 per person, not including tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot, make reservations by calling 215-391-4888 or by visiting the restaurant.
Fette Sau [Foobooz]
On August 23rd, the 7th Annual BBQ at the Ballpark happens at the Jetro lot next to Citizens Bank Park. From 2 to 7 p.m., there will be barbecue, beer, and games. Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse will be serving the food while Conshohocken Brewing, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Philadelphia Brewing, Sly Fox Brewing, and Weyerbacher Brewing will be pouring the beer. Plus for the kid inside all of us, or the actual kid you bring, J-Dogs Amusements will be bringing the games.
This year, all proceeds will go to the Marianne E. Mebert Memorial Fund. The charity is close to the hearts of Rolling Barrel, as one of the co-founders recently lost their mother, Marianne Mebert, to Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Tickets will be $48.50 per person, $28.50 for designated drives, or $22.50 for kids under 12. To purchase tickets, click here.
BBQ at the Ballpark [Official]
Fourth of July weekend always includes a few food staples: potato salad, burgers, an all-American pie. Another, less appealing, staple of the holiday is a post-barbecue bloat (and guilt). For a healthier holiday this year, opt for the lighter versions of your Fourth favorites. Happy Fourth of July, Philly!
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Forget Sips. Head on over to McCrossen’s Tavern for Rib Night every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. For $14 dollars you can get 1/2 rack of ribs with home made BBQ sauce, fries and a salad.
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This is exactly what you should do to start your summer weeks off with a bang.
Zeppoli, the Sicilian BYOB in Collingswood, NJ, has a patio with a new grill, and every Monday, until the end of summer (whenever that may be), you’ll be able to feast on Sicilian delights until your heart’s content, cooked in front of you and your guests, by chef Joseph Baldino himself.
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Celebrate the first official day of summer with a Summer Souvla at Drury Beer Garden. On Saturday, June 21st and July 5th, Drury Beer Garden, behind Opa, will be celebrating grilled meat. Roasted goat will be served up on the 21st and roasted pig on the 5th. Drink specials, which will be announced the day of the roasts, will also be available too.
Drury Beer Garden [Foobooz]
This Wednesday, May 14th, La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount will be hosting its next whole animal barbecue. It will be a whole lamb being cooked in the back courtyard in La Calaca’ Caja China.
The barbecue is $29 per person and includes Lima beans, esquites (Mexican street corn) salsa verde and corn tortillas.
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We hoped it wasn’t true when Nikole Stever tweeted that there was paper up in the windows of Blue Belly Barbecue. But Meal Ticket confirms that Gene Giuffi’s global barbecue spot has closed. The “lack of lunch and weekday business” was the culprit. You can still catch Giuffi’s pork-centric fare across the street at his French BYOB, Cochon.
Sorry We’re Closed: Blue Belly BBQ [Meal Ticket]
On Philly Chit Chat, HughE Dillon is saying that Hill Country Barbecue and Market is coming to the 1900 block of Chestnut Street. Dillon says the New York-based barbecue joint is taking over the old liquor store at 1913 Chestnut Street.
Hill Country Barbecue and Market currently has locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Washington D.C., each of which also offers live music.
If Hill Country does come to Philadelphia, the plans are in their infancy, no liquor license application has been applied for yet according to the PLCB’s system.
Pete Wells of the New York Times gave the Manhattan location two stars back in 2012.
Hill Country Barbecue and Market [Official]