Chops Is Open at the Comcast Center

Photo by Alex Tewfik

Photo by Alex Tewfik

Chops Restaurant, which has been operating as an open air cafe at the Comcast Center, has now opened its indoor space as well. The restaurant that succeeded Table 31 opened yesterday and will only be serving its Restaurant Week menu over its first two weeks. That means there will be a $20 three-course lunch option and a $35 dinner prix fixe as well.

The look is modern but more casual than Table 31 ever was. Once Restaurant Week ends, there will be a grander opening.

Chops Restaurant [Foobooz]

Treemont Gets Two Bells

Photo by Alex Tewfik

Photo by Alex Tewfik

This weekend, Craig LaBan reviewed Chip Roman’s The Treemont and wonders where all the diners are. Scared off by an unusual deadspot in Center City or dissuaded from the Cheesecake Factory construction site down the block? But for those who have made it in the doors, there are rewards.

If Roman has the financial fortitude to endure the leaner months, the Treemont has the ingredients to become, with refining (and maybe some noise-proofing), a reliable, fine-dining hideaway with quality entrees, fairly priced in the mid-$20s.

Two Bells – Very Good (93 decibels)

Treemont mystery: Good food, few eaters [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Treemont [Foobooz]

The Treemont Adds Brunch

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The Treemont at 15th and Locust is adding brunch beginning this Sunday. Chip Roman’s Center City restaurant will be serving dishes like cured salmon rillette, French toast gratin, short rib with grits and fried egg, as well as the pictured burger with smoked onion jam. Brunch is served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All plates come in under $20 and a cocktail list of a.m. friendly drinks like the “Twisted Lip,” vodka, orange curacao, lemon,
house-grenadine and sparkling wine comes in at $14 or less.

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Check Out Abe Fisher for Restaurant Week

abe-fisher-sweet-sour-meatballs-squareSometimes 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.

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Tria Taproom Adds a Burger

chimay redCan 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]

The Menu at Abe Fisher

abe-fisher-logoMichael 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.

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Garces to Operate Rosa Blanca Cafe at New Dilworth Park

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A rendering of the forthcoming Rosa Blanca cafe.

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.

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Rare Find! Center City Home With Charming Porch

2324 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA

2324 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

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.

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South Street Bagels Expanding to Center City

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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]

Two Bells for Crow and the Pitcher

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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

Crow & the Pitcher [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Crow & the Pitcher [Foobooz]

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