b.good Coming to Philly

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The self-described healthier-fast-causal chain is bringing its first shop to the Philadelphia area. B.good is looking to open five locations in the Philadelphia area, starting with Marlton, NJ tomorrow, June 26th.

B.good offers fresh products – house-ground burgers and sandwiches, kale and quinoa bowls, vegetable burgers, smoothies and more – using healthy ingredients from local producers. Deb Lutz, a Philadelphia native and the woman behind the local expansion said “b.good serves food you can feel good about eating, even though it’s served fast.”

The shop is teaming up with Sunday Suppers, a non-profit, for its charity event on Sunday, July 13th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. B.good will donate proceeds from $5 meals to the non-profit. Sunday Suppers works to “strengthen the health and well-being of families through the transformative power of family meals.”

B.good will be located at The Promenade at Sagemore, 500 Route 73 South in Marlton, NJ. No other locations have been finalized as of yet.

b.good [Official]

First Bite: Good Stuff Eatery

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Top Chef runner-up Spike Mendelsohn is in town today for the grand opening of his Good Stuff Eatery. The 18th Street restaurant had a good crowd this afternoon but was doing an admirable job keeping up with curious first day eaters who lined up to the door.

The burger spot reflects Mendelsohn’s cocky persona with a painted wall stating “Food So Pure You’ll Think It’s Amish” to staff t-shirts thanking Shake Shack, Bobby’s Burger Palace and others while stating “we’ll take it from here.”

Mendelsohn himself, spent time working behind the counter, tossing trash away and also mingling with guests like you’d expect a celebrity to do.

And there was lunch » 

Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery Has A Date

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It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery is finally getting ready to open the doors. The big day? Tuesday, June 24. There’ll be a bunch of press stuff (with his Spike-ness in attendance) starting at 10am, and then the doors officially open to the public at 11am for burgers, hand-cut fries and milkshakes.

There’ll be prizes, of course. The first 100 customers in line get a chance to win a pair of tickets for a Celebrity Cruises trip this summer (on which they’ll be joined by Spike, so…awesome?). And the first 1,000 customers will get to grab prizes out of a “Bowl Of Good Stuff.” You know, kind of like when you go to the dentist. Said Good Stuff includes tee shirts, signed copies of the Good Stuff cookbook, VIP cards, tickets to various sporting events and things like that.

But seriously, 1,000 customers? That’s gonna be one helluva line.

Good Stuff Eatery [f8b8z]

Sidecar Shakes Up Its Menu

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Sidecar Bar & Grille at 22nd and Christian is changing up its menu. The biggest change is the addition of a burger section that includes ten different burgers plus a build-your-own option. After 10 p.m. all of the house burgers, as well as the build-your-own version are reduced to $10. Also new on the menu is the beer can chicken sandwich, long a stalwart at Kraftwork (Sidecar’s sister bar) and an al pastor sandwich served on a long roll.

Sidecar is also rolling out a new happy hour promotion called “7 Before 7.” The deals include seven half-priced draft beers, $4 house cocktails and $4 picklebacks from the bar’s new pickleback list. Two carnitas, nachos and chicken bites are available between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for $7.

Sidecar Bar & Grille [Foobooz]

Illg’s Meats Is Closing

Illg’s Meats in Chalfont is closing up shop. The processing plant and retail shop’s meats show up on local menus at the like of Frankford Hall among others.

A note on Illg’s web site reads:

We are saddened to announce that after more than 50 years of serving the Bucks County community, Illg’s Meats will be closing it’s doors.  We will be open through the week of July 5th(closed on the 4th).  There will be two days of clearance sales on July 8th and 9th.  We ask that you place your orders with as much prior notification as possible to ensure it’s fullfillment. Thank you for the many years of faithful patronage, you will be greatly missed.

Ernst A. Illg Meats has been located in Bucks County since 1964, before that it was located at 29th and Master Streets in Philadelphia’s Brewerytown neighborhood.

Illg Meats [Official]

Burger Happy Hour at The Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market

farm-fisherman-tavern-market-400Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market is kicking off a special Burger Happy Hour on Thursday, May 1st in conjunction with National Burger Month.

The happy hour will run Monday through Friday during the month of May, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The happy hour burger and “Unlimited Fixins’ Bar” is just $5 and draft beers, cocktails and glasses of wine are $2 off.

The Burger Bar will include seasonal and house-prepared toppings like:

Toppings and more details »

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.

The full Boot & Saddle spring menu » 

Where We’re Eating: The Bar at Avance

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Once upon a time, Le Bar Lyonnais was a sexy hideaway beneath Le Bec-Fin. But that time has passed. Le Bec-Fin has given way to Avance. And beneath Avance is its bar—still clandestine, still sexy, but now modern rather than hung with blue velvet drapes and mirrors. The space shares the same theme as the dining room upstairs—black-walnut-topped bar and high tables—but downstairs, the gray walls and low ceilings combine for a darker, more intimate space, ideal for pre-dinner drinks or a late-night rendezvous. The drinks are creative and playfully named; “A Roll of Quarters in a Clutch Purse” and “See You Around the Bend” are among the most clever. Besides the signature cocktails, drinkers can peruse the long menu of liquors, wines and beers. Diners can order from the regular Avance à la carte menu or try one of the bar-only dishes, including the lamb burger—a two-handed sandwich featuring Border Springs Farm lamb topped with red onion marmalade and feta cheese. Ordered at medium-rare, this juicy burger teases at just what chef Justin Bogle has in store upstairs. 

Avance [Foobooz]

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

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