Karina’s, which is making way for Brigantessa, the new concept from the Le Virtu crew, on East Passyunk isn’t moving far. The longtime South Philly Italian BYOB will be opening next to door to Fond at 1535 South 11th Street.
Karina’s is open for the time being and is looking to a March opening at the new location.
Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation [Facebook]
Posted LIVE from Foobooz on Location at McGillin’s.
Ants Pants Café has called Graduate Hospital home since back when there really was a Graduate Hospital. The popular Australian-themed breakfast spot has recently begun serving dinner and chef Nicole Loesch is putting out dishes true to the cafe’s Aussie theme. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday.
Ants Pants Dinner Menu (PDF)
Ants Pants Cafe [Official Site]
Chef Ben Thomas and his wife, Elena, have taken a big risk opening Cerise, a BYOB in Bryn Mawr. If you want to have dinner here, you have to buy into a $47 four-course prix-fixe menu (a $39 three-course is available Wednesday and Sunday), and at that price, proper Main Liners are going to balk at the lax (though very friendly) service, the too-bright room and the lack of table linens. And though the menu can be a little hit-or-miss, the French-trained Thomas, who has worked at Lacroix and Sycamore, does have some real skills, which he best shows off with his perfect chicken liver mousse and house-made pastas. It’s just too bad you can’t order them à la carte.
First appeared in the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
This week Matyson is celebrating its tenth anniversary. And as Matyson is prone to do, that means celebrating with lobster and champagne. The tasting menu is all about lobster, guests are in charge of bringing their own bubbly. The tasting menu runs now through Thursday, November 21st and runs $45 per person.
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Photo by Samuel Markey.
Back in the day Conshohocken’s Blackfish offered lunch with a much-praised burger. Beginning tomorrow lunch returns to Chip Roman’s BYOB. And yes, there’s a burger on the menu. In fact there are two of them. Other highlights include French onion soup, chicken pot pie, roasted skate and four salads.
Lunch is offered Tuesday through Friday.
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Top Chef contestant Nick Elmi opens his own restaurant tomorrow, November 5th at 1617 E Passyunk Avenue. Laurel is a 24-seat BYOB that will serve seasonal dishes with a French and American flair.
Elmi has previously been the chef at Rittenhouse Tavern and Le Bec Fin. However, this will be the first time he’s in his own kitchen. Elmi continues to move along on Top Chef New Orleans and his newfound celebrity status can’t hurt his restaurant opening.
The space is the original home to Fond, which moved around the corner last December. Laurel is named for the state flower of Pennsylvania and is one of Elmi’s favorite ingredients.
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Mistral in Princeton lands reviews in the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer this week. Scott Anderson and business partner, Stephen Distler who also on Elements in Princeton, opened the BYOB in May with Ben Nerenhausen as the chef de cuisine. Both the Times’ Fran Schumer and the Inquirer’s Craig LaBan gave the Mistral a “very good” rating. Both highlighted the octopus and scallops. LaBan definitely had problems with service (they lost his reservation on one occasion) or he might have even rated it higher.
Small Plates, and a Taste of Many Cultures [New York Times]
Mistral helps put Princeton in culinary Ivy League [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Mistral [Philadelphia Magazine]
Pino DiMeo, who opened Pizzeria DiMeo in Andorra in 2012 is now opening Mozzeria, a BYOB osteria and wood-fired pizzeria in Wayne.
DiMeo plans a mozzarella and salumi bar that specializes in Italian cheeses and cured meats. Last month, DiMeo and his son took a research trip to Naples in pursuit of the best mozzarella they could find.
Mozzeria will be located at 133 North Wayne Avenue, right next to the Wayne train station. DiMeo aims to open the restaurant in spring of 2014.
Photo by Jason Varney
Looking for brunch plans this weekend? We’ve got you covered with our brand new brunch guide. Part of the Food Lover’s Guide, the brunch guide offers brunch suggestions no matter what you’re looking for. Whether it be:
- Weekday Options
- No Wait
- Day Drinking
- Fancy Pants
Check all of them out in the new Philadelphia magazine Brunch Guide.
Food Lover’s Guide to Philadelphia Brunch [Philadelphia Magazine]
Pumpkin Restaurant at 1713 South Street is doing a “just for the fun of it” three-course dinner for $35 tonight.
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