Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery Has A Date

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It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery is finally getting ready to open the doors. The big day? Tuesday, June 24. There’ll be a bunch of press stuff (with his Spike-ness in attendance) starting at 10am, and then the doors officially open to the public at 11am for burgers, hand-cut fries and milkshakes.

There’ll be prizes, of course. The first 100 customers in line get a chance to win a pair of tickets for a Celebrity Cruises trip this summer (on which they’ll be joined by Spike, so…awesome?). And the first 1,000 customers will get to grab prizes out of a “Bowl Of Good Stuff.” You know, kind of like when you go to the dentist. Said Good Stuff includes tee shirts, signed copies of the Good Stuff cookbook, VIP cards, tickets to various sporting events and things like that.

But seriously, 1,000 customers? That’s gonna be one helluva line.

Good Stuff Eatery [f8b8z]

City Tap House To Replace Public House

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The Public House’s nine-year run will end after service on July 5th. Public House Investments, its parent company is replacing the bar with another of its concepts, City Tap House. Like the University City location of City Tap House, the Logan Square location will  of course focus on beer with an extensive draft system as well as collection of foreign and domestic bottles. The new location will include forty beer taps plus two cask engines.

City Tap House Logan Square is aiming to open in September with a look combining industrial with rustic. Like the original, reclaimed lumber with steel and copper accents will set the tone. The bar will offer a large 18′ x 9′ video wall plus large windows that can fully open when the weather permits.

The dining room will seat 170 and the bar will have 44 seats. The menu will be developed with the help of chefs Chad Vetter (City Tap House) and Marc Plessis (Pennsylvania 6).

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Liberté Lounge Introduces Healthy Bites and a New Chef

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The Liberté Lounge at The Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel is getting ready for the summer with new chef Justin Perdue. Along with the new addition in the kitchen, the lounge has also introduced a new summertime menu, which includes under 400-calorie meals like the Amish Chicken (250 calories) or the Pan Seared Halibut (310). Other new dishes include Stone Ground Polenta and Roasted Pork Tenderloin with kohlrabi risotto. And if you’re looking to keep the night going, don’t shy away from the dessert menu in fear that you’ll have to unbutton your pants on the walk home, the Mango Mousse and Homemade Sorbet are both under 150 calories. Or, for those who wore their stretchy pants, a chocolate coffee ganache cake is also on the menu. The new menus will available everyday at lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea. 

Liberté Lounge [Official]

Check Out Matyson’s Summer Seafood Tasting Menu

Tuna Tartare on Matyson's Summer Seafood tasting menu.

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.

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Where We’re Eating: Barclay Prime

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Ten years into its existence on Rittenhouse Square, Stephen Starr’s first Philadelphia steakhouse remains the city’s most stylish and expense-account-crushing ode to red meat. As at Starr’s supper-clubby Butcher and Singer, service here is A-1. But while Butcher and Singer is the kind of place you can take Mom to for an impressive birthday dinner, Barclay Prime is the type of modern see-and-be-seen dining room where you’ll be embarrassed when she shows up in anything less than Prada. Skip the gimmicky wagyu-foie cheesesteak and cut into the signature rib eye. Just expect to drop $150 to $200 per person if you’re going all in.

Barclay Prime [Foobooz]

A.kitchen Gets a Second Look from Craig LaBan

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Not even a stolen purse from next door’s a.bar can put a damper on Craig LaBan’s opinion of the revamped a.kitchen.

[T]he grill’s true stars were whole fish for sharing that are different from any others in Philly. That aji, butterflied and grilled over a Japanese grill grate that blistered the skin over dusky, buttery flesh, is a new favorite. The regal Dover sole, vented for the grill with vertical slashes and served over brown butter-lime vinaigrette – will be a bone-in change-up for older diners accustomed to black-tied servers doing all the fillet work. But the crispy skin and luxurious, moist meat was extraordinary. Like the restaurant’s unconventional wines, this is an a.kitchen challenge worth embracing.

Three Bells – Excellent

a.kitchen: A city gem not undone by a city problem [Philadelphia Inquirer]
a.kitchen [Foobooz]

Restaurant Review: The Treemont

Photos by Courtney Apple

Photos by Courtney Apple

If a tree falls in a forest with no one to hear it, is there a sound? That may be the question for the Treemont. Or, rather: If nettle and ricotta gnudi this exquisite hits a table on 15th Street, will people put down their pint glasses and chicken wings long enough to take heed? Hemmed in between pub central, a bike-messenger dive and the downtown Applebee’s, Chip Roman’s Center City debut sits on a corridor of middling expectations. And no sooner did it open than a demolition began clearing space for a giant Cheesecake Factory a block to the north—stanching the flow of pedestrians past the Treemont’s understated awning.
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Plenty Cafe Expanding Again

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New counter at Plenty Cafe on East Passyunk

Plenty Cafe, which has locations in Center City and on East Passyunk is adding a third location, this one in Queen Village. Still a year away, brothers Anthony and Damon Mascieri are opening at 705-707 South 5th Street. This will be the biggest Plenty Cafe yet. The 1,500 square foot corner space sill anchor another venture of Damon, Fabric Lofts, eight bi-level apartments with 13-foot ceilings and a green roof deck.

Plenty Cafe’s original location at 1710 East Passyunk Avenue has recently been renovated, installing a 12-foot reclaimed ash wood high-top bar and adding ten additional seats.

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