German, Russian, and Eastern European Restaurants and Food in Philadelphia

Pierogi from Royal Cracovia | Photo by Neal Santos

Pierogi from Royal Cracovia | Photo by Neal Santos

Italian, British, French? Cinch. Even Dutch, Spanish and Belgian food is pretty easy to find close to the heart of Philly’s most tony neighborhoods. But for a long time, this city has also been home to a thriving community that brought all its borscht and sausages along from the Old Countries. So if you’re looking for a hit of post-Glasnost melting-pot Euro cuisine ignored by the likes of Vetri, Garces and Starr, here are some good places to start.
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Want To Win Free VIP Tickets To The Brauhaus Oktoberfest?

BrauhausOktoberfest1Of course you do. Because while even a normal ticket to this Saturday’s huge party being thrown by the Brauhaus crew is awesome, a VIP ticket is truly something special. And since they’ve been sold out since mid-August, there’s no way to get your hands on a pair except to play our little game.

Why is it worth it, you ask? Because here’s what a VIP ticket gets you:

· Exclusive Access- VIP Pass in and Out of the VIP Brauer Bund with Special VIP Draft List

· Full wait staff and bar staff, with 5 PRIVATE bathrooms (no waiting in line for porta-potties)

· Complimentary Bavarian Buffet Courtesy of Chef Jeremy Nolen (Served 1-6PM)

· 6 Tickets Good for Beer from the VIP list or outside stands

· Official Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest T-shirt

· 1 Liter Glass Beer Stein filled with Oktoberfest survival supplies

So yes. VIP tickets? A very cool thing to have. And as we did last year, we’re deciding on who gets this last remaining pair by way of a poetry contest. Or, more accurately, a sonnet contest. And only the very best one will win.

Of course, there are a few rules…

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3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Are Back

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This Saturday, July 19th, the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off is back and bigger than ever. Last year’s event featured 11 restaurants and food trucks, and this year’s will feature 20. The judges’ decision will be much more difficult and as a visitor, your stomach will be much more full.

Starting at 1 p.m., guests are welcome to sample the hot dogs, enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewing Company, jam out to live music and even vote for their favorite dog of the day. General admission is free, but food/drinks tickets cost $10 for 4 and $30 for 15. Or, if you’re looking for that VIP treatment, spend $30 and get early access at noon, a VIP gift, and 20 food/drink tickets. Proceeds will go to the preservation of the Headhouse Square Shambles. To purchase tickets, click here.

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Photos: Philadelphians Gather to Watch World Cup Final

That was a fun month, wasn’t it? Whether you enjoy soccer or not, the World Cup is a great every-four-years excuse to leave work early and maybe pay attention to a game featuring players you probably haven’t heard of. And though the U.S. went out in the Round of 16, all in all it was a fun month of occasional day-drinking and semi-occasional goal-scoring.

Yesterday’s World Cup Final, which saw Germany eek out a 1-0 victory over Argentina with a goal in the second extra time actually drew pretty big crowds to public viewing parties in Philadelphia. And not just at The Canstatter Club in the Far Northeast!

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About Last Night: Relish Butter And Hot Dog Jus

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You know what would make any 28-day dry aged New York strip steak even better? Hot dogs. At least that was the working theory last night, at the 26th Foobooz Open Stove Night at COOK. The battle went down between up-and-comers Geno Betz of Stateside, assisted by Blaise Sideris, and Alex Busch of Brauhaus Schmitz, assisted by Dan Britt.

So let’s see how it all shook out, shall we?

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Tonight: Beer Week with an Educational Slant

christ-church-burial-ground-400Killed enough brain cells this Beer Week? Then how about an event where you can learn something.

The beer gurus of Brauhaus Schmitz will be hosting a guided German beer tasting. The tutored tasting will feature eight .2 liter pours of German beers covering most German beer styles. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and costs $25 per person. Get your tickets online before they sell out.

At Christ Church this evening at 5:30 p.m., you can learn about the history of Philadelphia and its connection of beer through a tour of the Christ Church Burial Ground. Tickets can be purchased at the Independence Visitor Center beforehand or at the time of tour.

Beer Week [Foobooz]

 

Drew Lazor on German Cuisine

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Remember yesterday when we wrote about Matt Rodbard and his piece about Israeli food and Michael Solomonov over at Food Republic? Well those crazy cats are continuing their tour of world cuisines and today are focusing on Germany. And guess who showed up to write about Jeremy Nolen, Brauhaus Schmitz and how Europeans think that Americans eat nothing but giant cartoon hamburgers?

It’s Drew Lazor, who has a nice piece on the often overlooked variety in German cuisine. To wit:

Of course, just like some foreigners believe Americans subsist solely on a diet of cartoon hamburgers, the typical Yankee perception of Germanic grub tends to be shortsighted and inaccurate. How it became this way is a slightly convoluted issue, but the good news is chefs like Nolen are hellbent on righting the schnitzel ship, once and for all.

You can check out the whole piece over at Food Republic. Just click on the link below.

Achtung, Foodie! German Food Is Not Just Spaetzle, Pretzels, Schnitzel, Weisswurst [Food Republic]

TONIGHT: Free Beer at Brauhaus Schmitz

brauhaus-schmitz-liters-400Tonight, Brauhaus Schmitz is celebrating “Tag des Bieres” or German Beer Day. It is the anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot, the historic document that set definition of what beer is.

At 6 p.m., the the Brauhaus crew will be tapping a firkin of Mahr’s Hellerbock and giving that away for free. After that, it’s $15 liters of beer, where you get to keep the over-sized mug.

Brauhaus Schmitz [Foobooz]

Spring Festival Returns to South Street

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On Saturday,May 3rd the South Street Headhouse District is throwing its Spring Festival. South Street will be shut down from 8th to front and Second Street will be blocked off from Lombard to South. 30 restaurants and bars will be serving up dishes outdoors. There will also be live music on three stages and eight other performance areas and a kid zone.

Anchoring the west end of the block party will be Brauhaus Schmitz’s Maifest. There will be German beers, dancers, music, food and a May pole.

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