Breakfast of Champions: The Dutch Reviewed

 

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The Dutch | Photo by Emily Teel

Breakfast is the last great, untouched frontier. Of all the meals available to us (lunch, dinner, supper, elevenses, fourthmeal, midnight snacks, etc.), breakfast is the most pure, the most un-fuck-with-able. No one in his right mind tries to innovate during breakfast. No one tries to dazzle you with technical wizard-powers or supply lines to long-lost fruits and vegetables. Breakfast is toast and jelly. Coffee. Pancakes. Eggs and bacon. Waffles in all their myriad glories. It is, occasionally, oatmeal. Complicated (but comforting) pastries. Half a grapefruit doused in Wild Turkey. Whatever.

I love congee and chilaquiles as much as anyone, but Americans own breakfast the way the French do dinner. We have stolen all the great ideas ever had about breakfast and made them our own. Americans are so good at breakfast that our canon doesn’t extend merely to regional variations, but to social, religious, economic and historic ones as well. The trucker’s breakfast is a thing. The yoga breakfast. The camp breakfast. The Lutheran pancake social or Continental or Southerner’s petit déjeuner. Breakfast knows no bounds save temporal. And brunch? Well, brunch doesn’t even have those rules to adhere to. Brunch laughs at the notion of rules.

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Cocktail Dinner at Russet BYOB

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Sara Justice at COOK

A cocktail dinner at a BYOB? Yep, that’s what’s happening on Tuesdays in July at Russet. Today, July 19th, sees The Franklin’s Sara Justice creating two cocktails to go with chef Andrew Wood’s four course tasting menu.

Justice is shaking up two cocktails for tonight’s dinner:

  • Violent Femme Punch – with tequila, Fino sherry, falernum, ginger, pineapple, lemon, beet and cilantro
  • The Woman in the Dunes – with gin, scotch, fino sherry, orgeat, lemon, lime and bitters

Tickets for the dinner are $65 per person (plus gratuity). Guests may call 215-546-1521 to reserve a space.

If you can’t make it tonight, you will have one last chance to attend a Tuesday Night Cocktail Dinner. Chris Arnone from Zahav will be making cocktails on Tuesday, July 26.

Russet [Foobooz]

Johnny Brenda’s Chef Aiming to Open His Own BYOB

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Renderings of Elwood at 1007 Frankford Avenue

On Tuesday, July 12th Johnny Brenda’s chef Adam Diltz is going in front of the Fishtown Neighbors Association seeking approval to open a BYOB on Frankford Avenue across from the Fillmore. The restaurant, named Elwood after Diltz’s grandfather will seat 30 and serve food he describes as Mid-Atlantic/Pennsylvania regional.

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Audrey Claire Turns Twenty

Audrey Claire turns 20

Audrey Claire turns 20

In 1996, Audrey Claire Taichman opened Audrey Claire on 20th and Spruce. Taichman has expanded her reach since then, and now owns and operates two other businesses: Twenty Manning Grill and COOK. But now, twenty years later, her original BYOB will be celebrating it’s anniversary this coming Tuesday, June 28th.

To celebrate two decades of Audrey Claire, the crew will be hosting a five-course meal with some of the best dishes from their opening menu. The prix fixe menu will cost $40 per person, and the best part? 20% of all proceeds from the event will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund which supports victims of the recent Pulse nightclub tragedy.

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Medusa Pizza Opens Today in Fishtown

IMG_2905Fishtown just got a new place to grab a slice. Sicilian pizza joint Medusa Pizza (2327 Gaul St.) is opening at 4 p.m. today.

The restaurant is owned by the Villico family, who are no rookies to the pizza game. They have three restaurants in Center City (Joe’s Pizza, Ciao, Margherita), but this is the first one they’ve built from the ground up. It’s also their first restaurant to feature a wood-fired oven.

Casimira Villico, the owner, said they choose Fishtown to get out of Center City and into a new and different neighborhood.

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Italian BYOB Coming to Main Street in Manayunk

Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson | Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson | Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Craig Wilson and his fiancee Jacqueline Au who are behind the curiously punctuated Maya.J are preparing to open their second restaurant in Manayunk. Gigi Italian Bistro BYOB is replacing So Crepe at 4357 Main Street. Wilson and Au are promising a cozy feel, like being invited into a mother or grandmother’s home.

The menu will offer pasta, poultry, meat and seafood. The menu will range from $15 to $40.

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South Helm Is Now Open

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South Helm’s doors are now open

The awaited sequel to Helm officially opened its doors on June 3rd.

Located at 100 Morris Street, South Helm is Michael Griffiths’s and Kevin D’Egidio’s second restaurant. General manager of Helm, Justin Manne, will also be heading up operations at South Helm. The team opened Helm just over a year ago, and they are on a roll.

A preview of their menu posted on Instagram teases at the dishes they will be offering and tops out at $14. Just like Helm, the menu will rotate and change week to week with farm-to-table specials. Griffiths said not to expect anything over $16 on the menu.

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South Helm Is Coming Along Nicely

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South Helm is coming along.

Michael Griffiths and Kevin D’Egidio, the guys behind the highly acclaimed Helm BYOB surprised many when they announced that they were opening their second location, less than a year after they opened their first restaurant in Kensington. And yesterday they posted a surprising photo on Instagram. The new spot, South Helm at 100 Morris Street is shaping up quite nicely.

Griffiths told us last month that South Helm was hoping to open in April and it looks like they’re right on schedule.

South Helm [Foobooz]

Josh Lawler Closing His The Farm and Fisherman

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Colleen and Josh Lawler are closing their BYOB | Photo by Jason Varney

Eater’s Alex Tewfik has the scoop on Josh Lawler’s plans to close his the Farm and Fisherman BYOB on Pine Street. Lawler is closing his vastly popular 30-seat walk-in freezer free restaurant after five-years in order to work on other projects including a second version of his The Farm and Fisherman Tavern and Market plus a bigger place in the city.

No details on when and where the other projects will appear. The Farm and Fisherman will be open till the end of May.

The Farm and Fisherman Closing With Big Plans for the Future [Eater]
The Farm and Fisherman [Foobooz]

Nick Elmi Is Opening a Bar

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Last May Nick Elmi went to work on securing a liquor license and expanding into the former coffee shop that is next door to his Laurel. The initial plan was to add some seating and install a bar. But here we are more than seven months later and that hasn’t happened.

So when we caught up with Elmi at Philly Cooks, we asked him what was up. Elmi, whose Laurel has been named the top restaurant in the city for the past two years, has decided not to mess up the good thing he has going at Laurel. So Laurel remains BYOB though he does now offer a $60 wine pairing for those interested.

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