Two Bells for the Good King Tavern

lights-good-king-tavern-400Craig LaBan finds that the Good King Tavern does a heck of a job channeling Southern France, even if chef Paul Lyons might be better served by honing his menu than expanding it with specials.

“Eggplant “3 ways,” though, was my favorite, a multi-technique display that didn’t forget to showcase the ingredient. Baby eggplants were tenderly cooked sous-vide before a finishing pan char. Pickled cubes of eggplant added tangy little bursts. And a silky “eggplant caviar” puree at the base of this colorful medley (which also crunched with shaved raw sunchokes and purple rounds of watermelon radish) had a Mediterranean richness and a sneaky prickle of spicy heat.”

Two Bells – Very Good

A taste of Southern France in South Philly [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Good King Tavern [Foobooz]

Boot & Saddle Revamps Menu, Adds a Burger

Photo by Arthur Etchells

Photo by Arthur Etchells

Boot & Saddle and executive chef Christopher Davis have revamped their menu for spring and due to popular demand has added a burger. The B&S Burger comes topped with smoked Gouda, braised pork belly and chili relish for $13. Also new on the menu, smoke rainbow trout salad, chilled spicy roasted beet sandwich and crispy chicken wings.

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Splendiferous Interior: Restored Carriage House in Bella Vista

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Among the charms of living in this greene country towne you can count streets nearly narrow enough to touch both sides simultaneously and the occasional carriage house remaining in a row of homes. This darling property on Kater boasts both and also includes a garage big enough for three-car piggyback parking in case you need a little more than colonial delights.

Above the cavernous garage is a loft-like living space with with exposed bricks, refinished pine floors and high wood-beam ceilings. The space has two large skylights and several windows that help break it up into separate areas. The single bathroom features a custom industrial sink and a very cool restored door. The kitchen is situated in the middle, open to the living and dining areas. And there is a wall of closets for the sleeping area in the back.

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Blue Belly BBQ Goes Belly Up

blue-belly-closedWe 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]

Is There A Wegmans Coming To Center City?

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And wait, before you say anything, go check out the legwork just done over on the Property blog. They’re trying to get to the bottom of this story, and while it appears that the whole Wegmans-in-Center-City thing is one of those rumors that just won’t die, there may be some truth to it. Or if not truth, then certainly the possibility of truth. Or, you know, something…

Anyway, go check it out. Because while a Wegmans would be an (arguably) awesome addition to Center City, the one thing we know for sure is that it’s going to take some time.

So What’s All This About a Wegmans Coming To Center City? [Property]

Where We’re Eating: The Good King Tavern

the-good-king-tavern-philadelphia-squareThe neighborhood let out a collective groan when, over the summer, Chick’s announced that it was closing. But the good news came with its replacement, The Good King Tavern—this excellent little brasserie with chef Paul Lyons (a graduate of Barbuzzo and Jamonera) in the kitchen. Fans of Chick’s cocktail program will be pleased to know that the list here features drinks like the Sazerac, Aviation and French 75, and there’s a wine list filled with relative bargains. Lyons’s menu is small and unambitious, but that’s okay. The octopus will make you forget about neighboring Dmitri’s, and the substantial $15 steak frites is understandably an early hit. And when your server tries to sell you on the crispy chickpea flatbread as a starter, just say yes. 

The Good King Tavern [Foobooz]

First appeared in the February, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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Retro Hot Dog Dinner at Hot Diggity

We bet Hot Diggity's hot dog casserole will be more appealing.

We bet Hot Diggity’s hot dog casserole will be more appealing.

Hot Diggity is hosting a retro hot dog dinner on Wednesday, February 5th at 8 p.m. Keith Garabedian and company are going to be cooking up some wild hot dog recipes from the 1960s. The dinner is $20 and gets you four courses of retro hot dog cuisine including glaze hot dogs, pink potato and hot dog salad and Asian hot dog casserole.

Seating is limited and the dinner is BYOB.

UPDATE: A second retro hot dog dinner has been added. Thursday, February 6th at 8 p.m. has been added. Call 267-886-9253 to reserve your spot.

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