Tale of the Tape: Steve’s Steaks – Center City

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Whenever Pat’s and Geno’s Steaks are mentioned, undoubtedly someone will weigh in with the seemingly erudite argument that they don’t pick a winner between those geographic rivals, but rather they prefer Steve’s Steaks. The Philadelphia cheesesteak joint has been Northeast Philadelphia royalty since opening in the early 1980s. In March of 2013, Steve’s opened a branch of cheesesteak kingdom at 16th and Chestnut Streets in Center City Philadelphia.

Today, we measured how Steve’s Prince of Steaks stacked up against the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia.

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City Tap House Opens in Logan Square

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Oddly shopped renderings aside, the highly-anticipated City Tap House in Logan Square opened yesterday, with a full dinner menu and all the craft beers you could possibly want. For now, the Logan Square Tap House is opening at 4 p.m. daily and running as a dinner-only operation, but lunch and a bar menu will be added starting November 10, and brunch service is scheduled to begin some time in December.

In the meantime, check out the dinner menu below.

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New Bar from Nicole Marquis

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Nicole Marquis
, founder of HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner. appears to be opening another spot with a liquor license. A license application in the window of the former Crumbs bakeshop at 133 S 18th Street has the name”Marquis Latin Philly LLC” and can be traced back to the address of HipCityVeg at 127 S 18th Street. A neighboring business told us they heard the business would be serve tacos.

The building is owned by Allan Domb, who is also Marquis’s landlord at the original HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner. We’ve reached out to Marquis for comment and will update this story when we have more information.

UPDATE: Marquis thanked us for reaching out but offered us no comment.

Though the location makes sense, it is interesting that Marquis is once again positioning her vegan spots near those of her former bosses, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Charlie was a sinner. is just a bit more than a block from Vedge and this location will just be a block from the just opened V Street.

Little Pete’s Could Make Way for Boutique Hotel

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Late yesterday, news broke that a 12-story boutique hotel is being planned for the corner of 17th and Chancellor. That corner is also the home of Little Pete’s. And the demise of the diner has soured the news that a new 300-room hotel replacing a parking garage. Social media has been a chorus of “nooooooos” and laments of where to go after the bars close. Anger was swift. This is greed. It is a boondoggle. Where will the little old ladies of the neighborhood eat? Heck, where will our mayor eat?

But to all of this, I say, seriously? A parking garage with a 24-hour greasy spoon where you have to walk through the kitchen to get to the restroom is being upgraded to a brand new hotel with two floors of retail at the street, plus a rooftop restaurant, and that is a negative?

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PHOTOS: Opening Night At Aldine

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Aldine opens | raw beef : mushroom : gribiche : quinoa

Aldine officially opened to the public yesterday afternoon at 4pm, and we were right there to witness it.

As a matter of fact, we were the first, official paying customers in the place, and so felt it our duty to give the kitchen and the bar a bit of a workout. Wisely, we also had our cameras with us. So in order to help you decipher (at least a little) the heavily colon-ated menu (rabbit : sour cherry : turnip : brioche is actually one of the more descriptive of the minimalist menu items, but it still doesn’t explain that you’re getting a terrine, or how excellent the vinegar-brined cherries are), we offer you this–our photo tour of Aldine’s opening menu.

We didn’t eat and drink everything on offer, but we did get most of it. At least enough to give you an idea of what’s you might be eating this weekend.

Menu photos, right this way

WATCH: Is This the Fitler Dining Room Dog Vandal?

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Early on Saturday morning, video cameras outside of Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce recorded someone vandalizing the restaurant’s iconic dog statues. A segment of the video (below) shows a male kicking and twisting the statue.

According to Fitler Dining Room’s Ed Hacket — who has seen the entire surveillance video of the incident — the suspect was walking west on Spruce Street when he tried to catch a cab at the corner. Hacket says the man was quickly tossed from the cab, and after that he headed for the dogs. Hacket says that the video shows the man kicking at one of the statues, finally knocking it over and breaking it.

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