The bar at Coeur | Photo by Emily Teel
The first time I went to Coeur, there was no poutine on the menu, and I was pissed. I mean, this place—opened in September by Brendan Hartranft, Leigh Maida and Brendan Kelly, who also run the decidedly non-Canadian Local 44, Strangelove’s and Memphis Taproom—was supposed to be a Montreal-inspired gastropub, and I’m pretty sure there’s a law that says if you name-check Montreal anywhere in the description of your restaurant, you have to have poutine.
Hell, even the faintest whiff of Canadian-ness in your restaurant (a maple tree growing within sight of the front door; chef went to Toronto on a sixth-grade field trip; owner’s cousin likes the Edmonton Oilers) and you should probably have poutine on the board just to be safe. But when you self-identify as the Montreal-iest restaurant in all of Philadelphia, there should be no question because poutine is to Montreal as cheesesteaks are to Philly—a city-defining dish, local blue-collar bar grub gone international, and the best possible argument for socialized medicine.
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Peter McAndrews’ Scrapple Cheesesteak is on the menu now.
Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods were in town for their 200th episode and Zimmern got together with Paesano’s Peter McAndrews for a scrapple cheesesteak. In the episode, which first was broadcast a month ago, McAndrews walks Zimmern through making the scrapple and turning it into a riff on the cheesesteak. McAndrews compares the sandwich to Philadelphia itself, ballsy, tough, made with love, integrity and flavor.
The sandwich is currently on the menu at the Italian Market location of Paesano’s. That location has just extended its hours. You can now get a Paesano’s sandwich from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays.
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Holy moly, the day has finally come: someone has bought that mysterious manse at Fitzwater and Marshall Streets in Bella Vista.
But hold on a second there, reader. If you’ve been following along on Property, or have been one of the lucky people fortunate enough to have been invited to step foot inside the Mediterranean villa-inspired home, you’ve known exactly who’s lived there for the past few years: local developer and branding queen – not to mention Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society founder and former Philadelphia Style COO and would-be mayoral candidate – Dana Spain.
The Philly business maven originally listed her South Philly property early last year for a whopping $4.25 million. This past April, it was reduced to $3.75 million and, now, we’ve gotten word that the home got a third price cut, which eventually led to its purchase in a deal that closed on Friday.
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Duck Breast, new at Brauhaus Schmitz | Photo by Vanessa Beahn
Today, Wednesday, October 21, Brauhaus Schmitz rolls out its new fall menu. The menu features new dishes created by Brauhaus Schmitz’s creative and always entertaining chef de cuisine, Henrik Ringbom.
The menu showcases flavors of the season in stick-to-the-rib German preparations.
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La Casa de tu Madre – Spanish for “The House of Your Mother,” is open in Bella Vista.
La Casa de tu Madre opened yesterday at the corner of 8th and Fitzwater Streets. The former Growlers is still owned by Jason Evenchik and his team that is also behind Heritage, Garage, Bar and Time but now the space has been converted into a Mexican bar.
Chef Michael Thomas remains from the Growlers day, now overseeing a menu of nachos, tacos, enchiladas and burritos. Nothing on the menu exceeds $15 and the bar has a list of craft beers on draft plus a tight cocktail menu. The bar also has more than 20 types of tequila available and a selection of five or six mezcals.
La Casa de tu Madre opens on weekdays at 5 p.m., noon on weekends. Happy hour runs weekdays, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
La Casa de tu Madre [Foobooz]
The bar and vintage Admiral TV at Coeur | Photo by Emily Teel
On Thursday, October 22nd, Coeur is welcoming Jason Malumed of Chalkboard Wine + Spirits for a wine tasting. The FREE tasting kicks off at 6 p.m. and features a guided tasting by Malumed of selections from the Chalkboard portfolio including Benoit Roseau, Bernard Vallette, La Sorga, Domaine du Val de Saone. Reserve your spot by emailing Coeur directly.
Wine School isn’t the only time to enjoy wine at the Bella Vista bar and restaurant. Coeur has added a weekday happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $4 select draft wines and beers. And on Monday and Tuesdays, the happy hour is repeated from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
And if you’re a mother in need of “Mommy Juice,” bring your own stroller and enjoy a glass of wine or beer between noon and 3 p.m.
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Is the Bruce Wayne of houses in Passyunk Square?
To be clear, the comparison between this 7th and Wharton home and Bruce Wayne/Batman applies solely to the home’s exterior. From the front, the Scott Larkin-redesigned residence appears as your average South Philly row house. But past the airy interior rooms and out the glass garage door exposure is something none of us expected: a sleek, black façade that might just beat out that Dark Knight-esque Wawa in Princeton.
It’s a close call, but this Loft District home warrants some consideration for the title, too. What do you think?
The property is a winner regardless, though. Exposed brick and frosted glass doors are throughout, with American walnut, steel stairs and built-in wall pockets laying claim to space as well. The master suite, located on the third level, vaunts desk space, a walk-in closet with washer & dryer hook up, plus, a mini fridge pocket. “Originally selected in part for its southern exposure,” adds the listing, “the home takes advantage of the sun’s natural path.”
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Holy moly, we so want this house! Constructed in 1850, this Bella Vista oldie has stood tall through the years in true trinity form. Luckily, in the last few months, the timeworn residence has been graced with a meticulous restoration and renovation so that it’s anything but and leaving it with a slew of beautiful details, so much so that we don’t honestly know where to start.
Perhaps its exterior is a good place to begin. For one, the home has a traditional brick façade that’s polished up by the added planters. Though in addition to the curb appeal, it’s also in pretty sweet neighborhood: Bella Vista, as we noted in a previous trinity house, has a very active neighborhood group that spearheads events for area denizens.
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Yesterday marked the grand opening of Joncarl Lachman’s Restaurant Neuf in the Italian Market. The North African-inspired French bistro opened to a packed house with guests enjoying the food, drink and hospitality.
We’ve got the opening night menu with main plates that range from $20 to $28.
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Growlers Bar at 8th and Fitzwater has closed. The bar by Jason Evenchik opened in mid-2012 as the successor to Vesuvio and Little Bar.
Evenchik confirms to us that the space will undergo a short overhaul and be turned into La Casa de tu Madre (The House of Your Mother), a Mexican bar and restaurant.
Michael Thomas will remain as chef, he has been running specials over the past month testing out different dishes that will be on the menu. There will also be a tequila and mezcal list behind the bar. Evenchik tells us he’s been doing some research and development for the concept on the Yucatan Peninsula and would like to get some Mexican craft beers into the bar but it has been difficult to secure an importer. So at the get go, it will be a list of local draft beer.
The overhaul, which comes on the heels of Coeur’s opening down the block, is scheduled to take two-to-three weeks.
La Casa de tu Madre [Foobooz]