By this time next year, Chad Rosenthal’s Ambler BBQ haven The Lucky Well will have a second location in the newly-branded Spring Arts district, at 990 Spring Garden Street.
Everything that could be said about the Sicilian genius coming from behind the line at Zeppoli has already been said. In addition to winning three stars in 2011 from our then-critic Trey Popp, Joey Baldino’s Collingswood BYOB landed on each of our 50 Best Restaurants issues ever since it was old enough to make the list. Bon Appetit gave it a Best New Restaurant nod in 2012, Time Out named it one of the best Italian restaurants in the country in 2015, and some of our biggest chefs, like Nick Elmi (in an interview with First We Feast) and Joe Beddia (mentioned in his new book), are on the record saying that Zeppoli is one of their favorite restaurants in the region.
In 2014, Baldino started hosting these summertime Sicilian barbecues on the restaurant’s backyard patio. Family-style feasts for $75 a head included items like giant plates of grilled octopus, homemade pasta, seafood salads, and whole lambs (pictured above). It was a coveted affair as they only happened once a week and only in the summer months. Every year, they’d announce on Facebook that they were taking reservations for the barbecue, and every year they’d sell out just like any typical restaurant event would.
Except this year. Things went a little differently this year.
Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer is staring us in the face. But at Taproom on 19th, that unofficial end does come with a Old Bay dusted lining.
The South Philadelphia bar will be hosting a Labor Day Crab Fest and BBQ on Monday, September 5th. There will be Maryland Blue Claw crabs, brisket, ribs, pulled pork, basically everything you could ever want or need out of a barbecue all made by owner Michael Strauss’ side project, Mike’s BBQ. There will also be some Maryland beers on tap like Stillwater, DuClaw and Heavy Seas as well as local favorites.
Yards Brewing started its Smoke ‘Em if Yous Got ‘Em seven years ago, before the BBQ craze really hit Philly hard. But the annual event (which sells out every year) keeps getting stronger, and this year, 30 beers from around the country will join all sorts of smoked and BBQ’ed meats for a day-long jamboree this Sunday afternoon at the Yards brewery on Delaware Avenue.
Bluegrass, backYARDS (or in Yards’ case, front YARDS) and BBQ–what’s not to love? Tickets for the event will run you $55 and you can get yours (while supplies last) at the link below.
Smoke Em If Yous Got Em [Yards]
Tomorrow, Thursday, September 10th at 7 p.m., Fette Sau is hosting a whiskey dinner with New Liberty Distilling. Chef Jason Goodman and New Liberty’s master distiller and owner Robert Cassell will be teaming up on the dinner. In fact Cassell has shared staves from his charred oak whiskey barrels that will be used to smoke the dishes.
On Sunday, September 6th, Lo Spiedo is hosting a Beer-B-Q at the Navy Yard. The event features all-you-can-eat barbecue, craft beer specials, lawn games and live music. The food and drink kicks off at 2 p.m. with the music beginning at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door for all-you-can-eat barbecue. Or you can pay-as-you-go, menu items range $5-$10. All military members pay just $25 at the door.
This Sunday, August 16th, Prohibition Taproom is hosting a barbecue of brats. For $15 per person, you get a housemade bratwurst sandwich with beer mustard, kraut and pickles, plus sides of corn on the cob, macaroni salad and slaw. And wash it all down with a glass of Yards Philly Pale Ale.
There will also be cornhole games and German beers on special.
The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. at 501 North 13th Street.
Prohibition Taproom [Foobooz]
Even in this Yankee city, barbecue is a summertime staple. And while any dilettante can find good ribs in Philly these days (and brisket, too), a truly great barbecue joint should be judged by how it handles dishes other than the main attraction. Here’s a brief guide to going deeper at the region’s best barbecue spots. Read more »