Sometimes the options on a Restaurant Week menu can be disappointing. But that’s not the case at the brand new Abe Fisher. Like at Zahav and Percy Street Barbecue (two eat for $35), Mike Solomonov is using Restaurant Week to showcase what his restaurants can do. In fact, Abe Fisher is throwing in an extra fourth dish for the typical $35 Restaurant Week menu. And most of the dishes that we’ve had our eye on from the opening menu are available. Even better, since the restaurant has just gone online at OpenTable, plenty of reservations remain.
Can you be a beer bar without a burger? Tria Taproom was for awhile but beginning on Labor Day, Monday, September 1st, the bar is adding a burger to its menu.
It’s a half-pound of beef topped with Chimay cheese, beer pickles and Tria’s “Beer-naise” sauce. It’s $14 and served with a side of crispy fried onions.
In honor of the burger’s kickoff, Tria Taproom is offering Chimay Premiere Trappist ale (the red one) for $5 instead of the usual $9. There will also be a selection of local beers available for just $4 each. Tria Taproom opens on Labor Day at 3 p.m.
Tria Taproom [Foobooz]
Michael Solomonov’s Abe Fisher will be opening on Tuesday, September 2nd. Co-owner Steven Cook says “everything from Montreal-style smoked meat and Ukrainian borscht to the American Jewish tradition of Chinese food on Christmas is fair game” for the restaurant that celebrates the Jewish Diaspora.
The Sansom Street restaurant next to Cook+Solo’s Dizengoff and across from Federal Donuts will have seating for 50 plus a full-service bar that seats ten. Two kitchen counter seats will offer a front row view of the action on the line. These seats will be available nightly for walk-in guests.
Philadelphia super-chef Jose Garces will operate a new Rosa Blanca Cafe on the north end of the renovated Dilworth Park when that spot — on the west side of City Hall — re-opens next month.
Garces was on hand for a press conference Tuesday morning describing the renovations. He said the cafe will offer “Cuban-inspired” cuisine and be open in time for the breakfast crowd.
Does anyone remember The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton? If not, it’s a children’s book that follows the life of a cute little house out in the country who over time finds itself surrounded by towering city buildings. It sticks out like a sore thumb and, if I remember correctly (probably not), it starts to deteriorate and almost…well, I won’t spoil the ending.
Anyway, while some think the story might be commentary on urban sprawl (Burton denies this), this home does not seem to be headed toward the same fate (nor is it noticeable in a bad way). Still, it reminded me of it just a teensy bit because it’s not something you see every day: a porched home mingling among the the more conventional townhouses near Fitler Square.
South Street Bagels, the popular bagel shop and Best of Philly winner for Best Bagels in 2009 and 2013, is coming to 1705 Chestnut Street. Adjacent to the John F. Collins Park, this new location will be known as Chestnut Street Bagels and will open this fall.
1705 Chestnut is the former home of Tokyo Lunch Boxes if that helps you picture the new location.
South Street Bagels [Official]
Craig LaBan enjoys the ampersand cuisine of Alex Capasso’s Crow & the Pitcher where Le Bec Fin’s gilded cheese cart meets up with small plates and burgers.
Capasso’s mussels are easily some of the best in town – clean, perfectly cooked, bathed in a creamy natural broth fortified with vermouth. The house-made charcuterie platter is also satisfying, its chicken terrine creamy with confit fat and leg meat, a heady lamb terrine piqued with olives & silky foie gras cured in Sauternes. Crisp nuggets of tender sweetbreads play against the bitter, roasty crunch of brussels sprouts in bordelaise.
Two Bells – Very Good
Michael Solomonov’s hummisiya, Dizengoff softly opened today. We were on hand to snap some photos and of course try out the hummus. We ordered the Hummus matbucha for $10. The hummus is topped with Moroccan cooked tomato-pepper salad and a slow-cooked egg. It reminded me of a hummus version of shakshuka and that was exactly The order comes with three side salads and a piece of pita, piping hot, right from the oven.
The food was plenty for lunch and the pita was just about enough for all the generous serving of hummus.
The bar at the Prime Rib is a treat. The people watching, the staggeringly strong martinis, the blue cheese stuffed olives. There’s something about the bar at this Rittenhouse spot that has to be experienced.
The other thing that has to be tried at P-Rib is of course the prime rib. And this month, the famous 15-ounce dish is just $25.
The Prime Rib [Official]
And on the 8th day, there were affogatos.
What is an affogato you ask? It’s basically the divine marriage of hot, caffeinated espresso with frosty, creamy ice cream. When translated, the Italian drink literally means “drowned” referring to the dollop ice cream swimming in espresso. Yum- said every caffeine junkie and ice cream enthusiast everywhere.
The good people at Elixr Coffee want all of Philadelphia to experience this mouth-watering treat featuring Little Baby’s Ice Cream. The collaborators will choose two seasonal ice creams skillfully paired with two unique espressos for the affogato days special. Other great news? There will be both a dairy and vegan option available so everyone can bask in affogato greatness.
Elixr Coffee [Foobooz]