“Autumn Is NOORD Weather”

G Philly's 2013 pick for Best BYO, East Passyunk Avenue's Dutch eatery Noord, is turning 1 this year, and having a little shindig to celebrate. Stop by and congratulate out owner Joncarl Lachman, and nibble on some his famous bitterballen (Dutch braised pork meatballs), and some smoked fish. Tuesday, May 6, 6 p.m., free, Noord, 1046 Tasker Street.

Joncarl Lachman loves fall cooking.

Joncarl Lachman has just begun serving his fall menu at his Passyunk Avenue BYOB, NOORD. Fall is Lachman’s favorite time to cook and he points out that “autumn is ‘Noord Weather'” and we happen to agree. It is also time for snert to be on the menu and snert might just be the favorite word of the entire Foobooz staff. Snert!

In addition to the snert, a Dutch split pea soup served with sausage, bacon and rusk, other fall dishes include Maastrichts Zuurvlees, beer & vinegar braised beef served with vegetables and clove; and Hete Kip Uitsmijter, an open faced spicy chicken sandwich served on milk bread with gouda, sunny-side up eggs, salad and pickles.

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Wister Opening in Old City

wister-fish-940“I’m writing the menu around ingredients that are exciting me,” said chef Benjamin Moore. “Right now, that happens to be late summer produce and seasonal fish.” Moore was a sous chef at Lacroix and before that was at Le Bec-Fin, Wister represents his first executive chef position.

On October 1st, the Old City BYOB will open to the public. Wister replaces 26 North at 26 North 3rd Street.

The restaurant will change its menu often. So if you don’t go until November, you will probably miss the heirloom tomatoes puff pastry ($14) and the melon with elderflower ($14). The good news, however, according to Moore, is “There’s always something new for our repeat diners.”

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On Point Bistro Is Now Open for Dinner

On Point Bistro is now open for dinner

On Point Bistro is now open for dinner

Beginning this evening, Point Breeze’s On Point Bistro will begin serving dinner. The BYOB by Garces alum Juan Lopez and his wife Mallory Fix Lopez has been open a week serving brunch. Now the restaurant at the intersection of 20th Street, Federal Street and Point Breeze Avenue is serving a menu of crowd pleasers such as mussels and frites, fish and chips, grilled cheeses, burgers, steak frites and grilled salmon.

Snacks run from $4 for fries to $16.95 for a share board of cheese and meats. Entrees top out at $19.95 for steak frites.

On Point Bistro is open Tuesday through Sunday for brunch and dinner.

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On Point Bistro Opens in Point Breeze

Challah French Toast at On Point Cafe

Challah French Toast at On Point Cafe

On Point Bistro opens today at 1200 Point Breeze Avenue in the former home of Breezy’s Cafe. In a twist, the BYOB from Garces vets Juan Lopez and his wife Mallory Fix Lopez, will start with daily brunch service and then add dinner shortly after opening. The couple of paired up with Mallory’s twin sister Megan Asher and her husband Rahul Asher.

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Gigi Italian Bistro In Manayunk Has An Opening Date

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Manyunk’s newest BYOB, Gigi Italian Bistro, has an opening date.

Next Wednesday, August 3rd, Craig Wilson and Jacqueline Au will officially open the doors to their second restaurant. As promised, the menu focuses on pasta, poultry, meat and seafood, and tops out at $32. Check out the full menu below.

Gigi will be open Wednesdays through Sundays starting at 4 p.m.

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New BYOB to Open in Wayne

IMG_3821Despite good reviews, Wayne’s tiny crepe spot, Creperie Bechamel just closed itss doors this past Sunday. But the creperie is making way for something a little more upscale and refined.

Tara Buzan, owner of To the Table Catering just bought the restaurant and is planning to open BYOB in the space this fall. Buzan previously owned A Taste of Britain, but has been working as a private chef and caterer for the last 5 years. But she’s ready to get back into the restaurant business.

“The timing just seemed right. I sold my previous restaurant when my son was one,” said. “Now he’s six and I guess I just have the itch.”

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A Fish Story: Blackfish Revisited

Blackfish Reviewed | Photo by Samuel Markey

Blackfish Reviewed | Photo by Samuel Markey

The dining room at Blackfish in Conshohocken is white, but not cold. Not icy, the way some white, restaurant-shaped boxes can be. The dark wood floors help. The matching chairs. The colorful spines of cookbooks stacked on a shelf, making the place look like it’s been styled for an Architectural Digest photo shoot, or maybe something from a summer issue of Martha Stewart Living. Not lively, exactly, but alive.

The white ceilings and white tablecloths and white plates make every color pop. The sharp red of garden tomatoes in a summer salad, the green tangles of seaweed on which sit the stony shells of oysters, the rich, textured yellow-brown of a curry sauce puddling around a fist-sized cut of tilefish perfectly golden from the pan: In this sterility of white-on-white, the plates being put out by Chip Roman’s chef de cuisine, Yianni Arhontoulis, and his crew go off like fireworks. The entire restaurant becomes a blank space, and all you can see are the blooms and sparks in front of you. Everything else fades into the background.

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Breakfast of Champions: The Dutch Reviewed



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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