Adam Erace notes that you can’t have a vibrant neighborhood in 2014 without a good Mexican spot. And with the addition of Cafe Ynez at 2025 Washington Avenue on the Graduate Hospital/Point Breeze border, both neighborhoods can boast they have their Mexican restaurant.
Erace’s only complaint, he wants more. “More food, more hours. Fortunately, both are in the works later this summer.”
A new Mexican place comes to GradHo and Point Breeze [Foobooz]
Cafe Ynez [Foobooz]
One recent evening, after picking up a four-pack of Allagash at Cambridge — the go-to place in this ’hood for quality takeout beer — I wandered with a friend into Entrée, a BYOB that opened in September. We weren’t expecting much. It was prime dinnertime, but the restaurant was empty, and the chef and his lone server were sitting out front. As things turned out, even if our expectations had been moderately high, they would have been exceeded. From the perfect calamari with slivered sweet peppers (one of my favorite versions in a city with many great calamari plates) to the pan-seared cornish hen to the pan-roasted halibut, everything was meticulously executed, yet presented simply and unpretentiously. Another win for the western end of South Street.
Entree Bistro [Foobooz]
So between this weekend and last weekend, I had 50 people over for picnics in my backyard, gathered around the grill and waiting to be fed. It may seem like asking for it to throw cookouts for two straight weekends, but the way I saw it, if I was going to really clean the house, I might as well take advantage of it.
The first group was of co-workers, a bunch of bright and lovely young people. The operative word there is “young.” Since Bob Huber toddled off the masthead, I’ve become the eldest member of the editorial staff at the mag—and hell, I’m not even all that old. I figured it would be nice to have everyone over before I, say, drop dead. Read more »
Café Ynez is bringing the heat this summer with a few flavorful and authentic Mexico City additions to the menu. One of which includes a tostada with your choice of chicken, pork or steak on a fried corn tortilla finished off with refried beans, grilled onions, lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream and queso fresco ($5).
Be sure to keep an eye out for the daily specials, like the vegetarian based tomato gazpacho topped with lump crabmeat or a quesadilla. And for the vegetarians? Cafe Ynez now offers a vegetarian enchilada with a fried egg, guacamole, queso fresco, red onion, sour cream and a red guajillo sauce in a corn tortilla.
Whether you’re chomping down on a tostada, slurping up gazpacho, or getting your veggies, just don’t forget to BYO. As long as you provide the tequila or wine, Café Ynez will do the rest with their rotating selection of margaritas or sangrias in a carafe ($8.50). With flavors ranging from Bloody Mary to Watermelon Mint, your hardest decision of the day may be which one (or how many) to get.
Café Ynez [Foobooz]
Tuna Tartare on Matyson’s Summer Seafood tasting menu.
When we received Matyson’s summer seafood tasting menu for the week over the weekend we were really impressed. And now that we’ve seen the photos, well we suggest you make reservations immediately.
Matyson’s summer seafood tasting menu is available now through Thursday, June 12th and is $45 for five-courses.
Check out the menu in photos »
Soft shell crab BLT at Ela
Soft shell crabs landed on the lists of specials around Philadelphia in a big way over the weekend and will continue to do so in weeks to come. Since we’re such big fans of soft shell crabs, we’ve been dutifully tagging tweets about soft shells with the hashtag, #SoftShellsinPHL.
Matyson is going further than adding soft shells as a special, the Center City BYOB is offering a tasting menu this week that includes soft shell crabs in four different cuisines for $45.
Matyson’s Soft Shell Crabs Menu »
Photo by Karissa Olsen
Matyson’s always fun tasting menu is all about Philadelphia classics this week. There are dishes inspired from everything from water ice to roast pork, and of course the cheesesteak is featured as well.
Check out the whole $45 tasting menu »
Joncarl Lachman’s NOORD is turning one-year-old and is celebrating by adding brunch to the popular East Passyunk BYOB’s menu. The menu features a section of hashes including 12-hour braised brisket and Kabritu Stoba, made with Netherland Antilles braised goat. The menu also offers a selection of three-egg omelets that include green apple, sharp cheddar and bacon as well as a spiced crabmeat omelet with braised leeks and dill sour cream. Looking for something sweet, try the deep-fried French Toast.
And since NOORD is a BYOB, Lachman is offering a couple of “Virgin Mary” mixes for those bringing their own vodka. The Hollander is served with pickled herring and cucumber while the Zeelander served with a smoked prawn and pickles.
Brunch kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 11th and will be offered every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are accepted.
The full brunch menu at NOORD »
Nick Elmi’s Laurel has just tweeted that the BYOB is taking reservations for June (yes, June) from now until 5 p.m. today.
Get them now, they’re sure to be going fast.
Nick Elmi is having quite the 2014 so far. His win on Top Chef became public, his Laurel has been praised by the critics and has just been nominated for a James Beard Award for Top New Restaurant. All of this has made his restaurant impossible to get into. Elmi is preparing to open up June resteverations to Laurel sometime next week.
This past weekend he appeared on CBS This Morning and talked about his start in the kitchen and prepared a rustic cacciucco dish for the show.