Blackfish Brings Back Downton Abbey Dinner

Downton-Abbey-Dinner-940Blackfish’s Downton Abbey themed dinner is back on Sunday, March 8th. Inspired by the popular British TV show, chef and owner Chip Roman and his team are creating a meal fit for the Crawleys.

Highlights from Mrs. Patmore’s Roman’s menu include:

  • Smoked Salmon Rillettes with stone ground mustard, crostini
  • Royal Miyagi Oysters with champagne vinegar mignonette
  • Mrs. Patmore’s London Particular with petite pois, smoked ham hock, yorkshire pudding
  • Escargot A La Mrs. Hughes with fermented garlic, parsley, oyster mushroom, grilled bread
  • Downton Estates Wild Boar with stewed barley, madeira, green peppercorn
  • English Eccles Cake with black currant, sweetened yogurt

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One Bell for Fishtown’s Girard

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The burger at Girard was one of the things Craig LaBan did like.

Craig LaBan savages Girard, the BYO on Girard Avenue that made headlines before it even opened, with its no-tipping policy. LaBan found poor execution and something even more surprising, a line on the check for tips.

But too many dishes failed to connect good ideas to a plate of complete success. Oliveira’s signature omelet was textbook perfect, stuffed with avocado, creamy cheddar and bacon. But the side of charred grapefruit, grilled face down (letting the sugar fall off) instead of brûléed with a torch, was bitterly burnt. The lamb ragu had an intriguing daube-like inflection of olives and orange, but was literally braised to a mush that was poorly paired with doughy gnocchi. A torchon of foie gras, usually a luxuriously creamy disk of delicately poached liver, was an off-tasting smudge of tan butter on toast overwhelmed by a thicker smudge of fig jam for $13.

One Bell – Hit or Miss

Bold but confusing Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie in Fishtown [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Girard [Foobooz]

Luna Cafe Opening In Old City

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Luna Cafe is a small 30-seat BYOB that will open Friday, February 20th at 317 Market Street, where Panini’s Trattoria was located. The menu will feature American bistro-style cuisine and all ingredients will be locally sourced from products grown on farms within 100 miles of Philadelphia.

Owner Sarah Levine is taking the leap after her own experience working in the restaurant biz, from wait staff to line cook, in places such as Chart House and Westin’s Winthorpe and Valentine. She earned a BA at Temple University for business administration and an MBA at Drexel University for entrepreneurship.

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Chestnut Hill’s Heirloom Heads to Louisiana

heirloom snowThis week’s ROAM menu at Chestnut Hill’s Heirloom is inspired by Louisiana. And though Louisiana is a hot state, few things are as appealing on a cold Philadelphia night than the prospect of a bowl of seafood gumbo.

ROAM is Heirloom’s exploration of regional cuisine across the United States. The next regions up include; Savannah, Mississippi Delta and The Plains. The Louisiana menu is available all week and is just $24.95 for three-courses.

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Two Bells for Blue Duck Sandwich Co. in Northeast Philly

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Craig LaBan ventures to Northeast Philadelphia this week and finds Kris Serviss (COOK Masters alum) and Joe Callahan’s Blue Duck Sandwich Co., a BYOB that’s waking up the neighborhood.

[W]hile Serviss plays with ingredients that would be at home on any trendy Center City menu – black garlic, sunchokes, crispy tri-color cauliflower (very loosely inspired by Zahav) – the core items here are simply the kitchen’s whimsical updates to familiar comfort flavors. They up the savor quotient on the classic blue-plate special with meatloaf made from wild boar (delicious, though it could use a little more softness) and earthy, sweet mashed parsnips. Tender gnocchi play sweet on spice, swapping sweet potatoes for the usual white spuds, and adding the hot spark of shaved jalapeño rings to the nutty gloss of sage brown butter.

Two Bells – Very Good

Blue Duck Fills the Bill in N.E. Philly [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Blue Duck Sandwich Co. [Foobooz]

Enjoy the Food of Santa Fe in Chestnut Hill

roam heirloomHeirloom in Chestnut Hill is hosting a series of events highlighting different regional cuisines from across the United States. Next up is Santa Fe. Available only tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10th, the BYOB will offer a three-course menu for just $24.95.

The special dinners coincide with Chestnut Hill’s Stag & Doe Nights where local shops stay open later and refreshments, roasting chestnuts and carolers add to the holiday scenery.

Heirloom will also be exploring the cuisine of  the Mississippi Delta, Savannah, Georgia, Oregon and the Borderlands.

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Full Menu for Girard’s Opening Day

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Girard–the new 70-seat, “no-tip” Frenchy BYO brasserie and bruncherie–is opening today. As a matter of fact, it’s open right now.

The restaurant (which is open from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays) is featuring brunch standards, as well as liquefied fruits and vegetables–which are presented as “Liquid Breakfast.” The menu will be health conscious and seasonal.

A “Roti,” or roast, will also be available on rotation, starting with French leg of lamb on Tuesdays, roasted cauliflower on Wednesdays, crown roast of pork on Thursdays, and whole roasted fish on Fridays.

Girard is also reservation-only, so if you want to dine, you’ll have to arrange it in advance.

And with that, here’s the full menu…

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Prepare Pasta at Russet and then Eat Dinner

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Making Pasta at Russet.

Chef Andrew Wood of Russet is hosting a series of pasta-making classes for up to 25 guests on one Monday each month (starting this evening). Guests are taught how to make dough (Chef Wood grinds his own flour for this and all pasta at Russet) and roll a variety of pasta shapes. Sounds like a good time, but the real positive in going to such a class is in eating the pasta.

So, afterwards, the Chef will take all of the pasta made by the class and cook a dinner for the group, which includes house-cured charcuterie, salads,  antipasti  and the pasta as the main course. Pie, cake or tart will be for dessert.

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Blue Duck Sandwich Company Is Now Open

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Kris Serviss has opened his Blue Duck Sandwich Company at 2859 Holme Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. The BYOB serves much more than just sandwiches. Highlights from the menu include: three types of wings as well as mac and cheeses including chorizo mac and cheese, a pork roll burger, fried chicken, pan-seared cobia, weekly taco specials and the namesake Blue Duck Sandwich, which consists of shredded duck confit, sautéed Swiss chard, roasted portabellas, blueberry barbecue sauce on a toasted onion roll.

Blue Duck Sandwich Company is open seven days of the week for lunch and dinner, with brunch on the weekends.

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