What You’ll Be Eating and Drinking at the New Whole Foods

The new Whole Foods comes fully stocked with beer, hummus, ramen, pasta and even vegan cheesesteaks.

The new Whole Foods comes fully stocked with beer, hummus, ramen, pasta and even vegan cheesesteaks.

The enormous new flagship Whole Foods is now open at 22nd and Pennsylvania Avenue and it is impressive. It’s by far the biggest supermarket in downtown Philadelphia but that’s only a part of the story. It’s also food destination with tons to tempt, even if you don’t put a single thing in your reusable canvas bag.

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Local Restaurant Favorites Coming to New Whole Foods

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Mega Whole Foods is bringing several local favorites to Pennsylvania Avenue.

When the new Whole Foods Market opens at 2101 Pennsylvania Avenue on October 14th, it will be bringing a lot more than just a super market. The 61,990 square foot mega market will also have a 140-seat food hall that will include several local favorites including Cheu Noodle Bar, Dizengoff, and Wiz Kidthe new fast-casual concept from Rich Landau.

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A New Menu (And Hours) For Cheu Noodle Bar

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It’s not like the menu at Cheu Noodle Bar is ever anything like constant, but still. A menu change at Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh‘s noodle bar is still something worth paying attention to. Know why? Three words.

Al pastor dumplings.

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Cheu Noodle Bar Adds Happy Hour, Lunch Combos

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Happy hour snacks at Cheu Noodle Bar | Photo via Cheu Noodle Bar

Cheu Noodle Bar’s Shawn Darragh checks in with some news from Cheu. The Washington Square West noodle heaven is now offering happy hour and lunch combos.

For the first time, happy hour is now being offered. Darragh tells us they’ve always wanted to do happy hour but with the volume  Cheu has done since its opening, the logistics have been difficult to sort out. But now chef Ian Boothman has it under control and happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 5 p.m to 6:30 p.m.

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Cheu Noodle Bar Opening in Fishtown

Cheu Noodle Bar is opening in Fishtown.

Cheu Noodle Bar is opening in Fishtown.

Deep inside Craig LaBan’s multimedia extravaganza highlighting the food and drink of Fishtown and Kensington was this nugget:

Another developer’s property, the former Bike Stable, will become a larger version of Cheu Noodle Bar with an outdoor patio along Frankford by summer’s end.

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Cheu Noodle Bar Rolls Out A New Menu Style (Plus New Bowls)

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As if the ever-changing menu and new happy hour program at Bing Bing Dim Sum weren’t keeping them busy enough, partners Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Daragh are also shaking things up at Cheu Noodle Bar.

They’ve got five new bowls on the menu, plus some tinkery upgrades, and they’re rolling it all out tonight, starting at 5pm. So for those of you out there who’ve been gorging yourselves on soup dumplings and getting messy with pitchers of ginger-flavored happy juice, maybe it’s time to get back to Shawn and Ben’s original fusion laboratory for a change of pace–or maybe just for some peanut noodles with shrimp and Vietnamese pickles because that sounds awesome right about now.

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The New World of Chicken Wings

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Photos by Jason Varney

If we can all just admit that a) the Buffalo wing is the ultimate chicken wing (so meaty, so balanced, so simple with its fake butter, Frank’s RedHot and nothing else), and b) there are very few decent Buffalo wings in Philly, we can move on and start talking about alternate versions we do well. Here are six to start with.

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Six Pack: Ramen In Philadelphia

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This weekend’s frigid winter weather has us all longing to hibernate until warmer days. But don’t let the cold stop you from going out. Just use it as an excuse to indulge in some heartwarming comfort food that will bring feeling back into your fingertips.

Back in December, we did a round-up of the best soups in Center City and now we’re coming back with the best ramen in town–for those of you who want all the comforts of Japanese food thrown into one large, steaming bowl.

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Six Pack: Philly’s Best Restaurants For Dining Out Alone

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Nothing wrong with a table for one at Vetri

Sure, dates and dinners with friends are nice, but sometimes you just want to grab a meal all by yourself. Maybe you’re too busy to make plans, or you just need some alone time. Or maybe you just want to order all the appetizers on the menu and not have to share them. Whatever your reason for dining alone, we’ve got the six best places in Philly to treat yourself.

So, you know, happy Valentine’s Day…

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