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.

Half-Price Burgers on Mondays at Tap Room on 19th

tap-room-on-19th-burger-squareTap Room on 19th’s Michael Strauss is bragging about his Monday  burger deal. And why not? The normally $13 Pat LaFrieda blend is offered for half-price. The burger comes with Tap Sauce, pickles, pickled red onions, lettuce and cheese.

The burger comes with fresh cut fries, accessorize  the burger with Green Meadow Farms bacon, pork belly, fried egg or even Taylor Pork Roll.

The burger deal runs all day on Mondays.

Taproom on 19th [Foobooz]

Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck Calls it Quits

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Matthew Feldman launched his Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck in late 2011. His burgers and shakes were well received and he was a popular truck wherever he set up. So it was a surprise today to see that he’s shutting down the truck. No word on what’s next for Feldman who at one time hoped to open a jazz club in Newbold.

His note on Facebook » 

Adam Erace Falls in Love with the Bar at Avance

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City Paper’s Adam Erace dines upstairs and down at Avance. He finds plenty to like on both floors but falls in love with the bar and burger.

The bar is also where you’ll find my favorite thing at Avance. Garnished with onion marmalade, harissa mayo and feta, the perfectly cooked Border Springs lamb burger arrives on a bronzed, sesame seed-speckled potato bun, part of the restaurant’s extraordinary bread program. It is the finest burger I have ever eaten. That it’s served at the old Le Bec makes me love it, and Avance, even more.

Out with the old French guard and in with Avance at the former Le Bec-Fin [City Paper]
Avance [Foobooz]

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