Last Week at Chick’s Social


After six years Chick’s Social is closing. But the bar at 7th and Kater isn’t going out quietly. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature the $18 lobster bake (reservations required and close Monday at 5 p.m.). Also back is George, bartender, server and all-around enjoyable guy. He’ll be working Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Katie Loeb, who put herself and Chick’s on the map years ago will be bartending on Friday and Saturday nights.

A weekend of greatest hits will include returning favorites like:

The returning menu items »

Chick’s Is Cooking Up Boardwalk Food All Weekend

chicksYes, Chick’s Social is closing but owner Jim Piano tells us, he’s going out with a bang. You might even see someone from the past make an appearance behind the bar. But first, Piano is bringing the boardwalk to 7th and South. The boardwalk inspired food includes Chick’s take on popcorn (with bacon fat), chorizo corn dog and wild boar sliders will be among the offerings.

The full boardwalk menu at Chick’s » 

Chick’s Social on 7th Street Is Closing


If you’re a fan of Chick’s in Queen Village (or is it Bella Vista? Headhouse District?), you’ll be unhappy to know that the restaurant with one of the prettiest bars in Philadelphia (and one of the oldest active liquor licenses in the state… number 376!) is going to close. Read more »

Chick’s Cafe Gets Social

Big changes are coming to Chick’s Cafe and Wine Bar, the 7th and Kater bar will now be known as Chick’s Social Kitchen + Bar. The Bella Vista corner bar has been serving customers in one fashion or another for the better part of the last 120 years and has found a place on our Foobooz Top 50 Bars list for the past three years.The name change means a transformation from a wine bar to a restaurant with a larger focus on seasonal Italian comfort food.

Don’t worry about the redo going too far, the tin walls and ceilings are still there, but just with some brighter paint that really makes the place more inviting with a bit of an Italian farmhouse vibe.

The menus are being finalized and we’ll pass them along just as soon as we get them.


As you might expect of Chick’s Social, the bar is on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dish It Up for a Good Cause

Yelp’s Felicia D’Ambrosio asked for a platform to promote an event she’s involved with and we’re happy to oblige.

Tomorrow, November 4, Philadelphia’s top women chefs will stretch their creativity to create the city’s best purple plate for Women Against Abuse’s annual fundraiser and cooking competition, Dish It Up!

Competitors like Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran of Lolita/Bindi/Barbuzzo, Moon Krapugthong of Mango Moon and Chaaba Thai and Delilah Winder of Delilah’s Southern Cusine will incorporate violet, the official color of the anti-domestic violence movement, into their edible offerings. Chick’s Café & Wine Bar owner Nella Genovese will be treating guests to the Grape Gatsby, a cocktail created especially for the event.

Last year’s champ and chef de cuisine of 10 Arts, Jennifer Carroll, will return to lead a panel of judges including myself, Kirsten Henri of Philadelphia Magazine and Phyllis Stein-Novack of the South Philly Review; we’ll be evaluating each dish based on taste, presentation and use of the color purple.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from each $85 ticket will go to support WAA’s life-saving work as the only comprehensive program assisting victims of domestic violence and their children. The event will run 5:30-8:30pm, Thursday, Nov. 4 at Moore College of Art & Design. Tickets are available here.

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Bartending Stars

Root Cocktail Contest - Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Photo via Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

High profile bartenders and their fancy cocktails have mixologists stepping into the limelight.

Raising the bar [Metro Philadelphia]

City’s Most Expensive Beer List?

Estrella Damm IneditWe stopped in Chick’s Cafe the other night for a cocktail but what blew us away was the beer side of the menu, where there are 5 bottles of beer available for $24 or more.

Damm Inedit, a Spanish beer developed in collaboration with famed Spanish chef Ferran Adria is available in a 25oz bottle for $24. Previously we had only seen and enjoyed this beer at Jose Garces’ Amada and Tinto.

Brasserie mandrin aux Noix, a French beer that doesn’t even come up on  typical  sites like Beer Advocate is described in broken English by BeerMenus as “incredible taste unveil the subtle flavours of walnuts.”It’s $24 for a 25oz bottle.

A second French beer, Brasserie Saint Rieul Grand Cru is a Belgian-style Tripel that scores an excellent A- on BeerAdvocate. It’s $28 for 25oz.

Birra del Borgo Genziana is brewed about 60 miles northwest of Rome by Leonardo di Vincenzo who was originally trained in biochemistry. We actually got to try this at Tria Fermentation School in February of 2008 where according to our scribbled notes we found the beer to be a pleasant with hints of coriander and the tastes of a high mountain flower root. We wrote it would go well with seafood and other summery fare. It’s $28 for 25oz.

At that same Italian beer tasting we marked Picollo Birrifico Seson with a star. We described it as citrus and so light it almost evaporates off the tongue. The beer is aged in Chardonay barrels and flavored with chinotto peel, corriander and juniper. From what remember, it was an exceptionally good and different beer. It’s $28 for a 25 oz bottle at Chick’s.

Anyone want to split a bottle or two? We’re game!

Chick’s Cafe & Wine Bar [Official Site]

Cocktails At Chick’s

Chick’s Cafe has a new head bartender, Phoebe Esmon and Monday they’re formally introducing her with a fun event.

The $45 event will feature five of Esmon’s hand-crafted cocktails paired with four courses of Mediterranean inspired food. Among the highlights:

  • Plymouth gin, cucumber and green Chartreuse elixir paired with a market fresh Italian crudo
  • Spicy rye whiskey, orange pekoe tea and muddled mint cooler paired with Spanish influenced barbecue plate

Chick’s Cafe [Official Site]


Food & Wine’s new Cocktails 2009 book lists these cocktail bars and lounges as Philadelphia’s best: Tequila’s, Southwark, APO Bar + Lounge and Chick’s Cafe. [Via MenuPages]

Jose Garces is one of “120 Reasons to Love Being Latina” in Latina Magazine. He’s among four “culinary masters” saluted.

Esquire’s Philadelphia based-writer Francine Maroukian won an Ellie at the ASME Awards for her work on The Esquire Almanac of Steak. A hat tip goes out to her, especially since we know she reads Foobooz! She’s also featured this week on Unbreaded.  [ASME]

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