A Cheesesteak on a Skewer?

Chima, the Brazilian steakhouse at 20th and JFK Boulevard has added a new special skewer of meat to its repetoire. For  a limited time you can try out the steak stuffed with cheese. Yikes!

Chima [Official Site]

Breaking: Marty Grims Heads for the ‘Burbs

Marty Grims is one busy guy. Last night, he debuted Chew Man Chu, his noodles/dumpling/wok spot in the Symphony House on Broad. Next up: Du Jour at Commerce Square, a White Dog in Wayne, and, the newest development, Timber in Abington.

Grims says that the moderately priced menu at Timber — housed in the former Inn Flight restaurant, which closed in May after 40 years in business — will center around its wood-fired grill. “It’s going to be a fun spot, almost in the vein of a Houston’s but more individualistic,” says Grims. The 120-seat bar/restaurant is expected to open around January 1st.

Chima Gets No Bells

Craig LaBan pounds Chima’s oversalted, over-cooked all you can eat Brazilian meats.

The garlic-rubbed top sirloin, meanwhile, was embalmed in a puree of allium so thick it sizzled like pungent white foam on the meat and curled my nose hairs before taking a bite. When we did, it was so wrong all four of us at the table spit it out simultaneously – including a neighbor who eats raw garlic daily for pleasure. This was the single worst morsel of food I’ve tried to eat all year.

No Bells

Chima [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Chima [Official Site]

SKEWERED

Is it the magic of technology or are we inside of Craig LaBan’s head? Either way we’re sure Brazilian steakhouse Chima is not going to be pleased with their No Bell review.

This link in a Brazilian steak-house chain offers skewer after skewer of oversalted, overcooked meat.

How do you say ouch in Portuguese?

Chima [Philadelphia Inquirer]

May Opening Madness!

Forgive us for sounding a little bit like Crazy Eddie here, but starting today, it’s pure restaurant opening madness! Madness we tell you! You can always check our regularly updated Openings feature, but we’ve highlighted the following few days of anticipated openings for you after the jump…

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Quick Bites

The Peacock on the Parkway is getting a new name and concept. The folk behind Uzu are branding the spot Kujaku, Japanese for peacock. When they open early next week the Kobe burger will be $5 off for a limited time. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Hadar Nisimi of Aden fame is set to resurface with a new restaurant on North 2nd featuring Mediterranean, French and Greek cuisine. [Food & Drinq]

Kristian Leuzzi whose family is behind Kristian’s at 11th and Federal is overhauling the old Passyunk Tavern at Passyunk and Moore. Stogey Joe’s will be the name of the bar that still aims to be a neighborhood place. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Looks like Konstantinos Pitsilliades of the former Mezze is going to be opening a Washington West BYOB at 10th and Spruce. The concept will be an “amalgam of Greek, Turkish, French and Italian.” [Food & Drinq]

Sawdust Report: We got a quick glance inside the expansion area of Tinto where work is progressing. The wine rack lattice work is partially up. The expanded area is expected to open in February. And the biggest sign of progress to date at the Brazilian Chima on JFK Boulevard has been spotted where they’ve taken some jackhammers to the East German inspired facade of the Kennedy House to create a new entranceway.

Quick Bites

The bar and lounge Knock at 12th and Locust has had a soft opening and look for Jose Pistolas to open next Wednesday. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Swallow on Liberties Walk is now looking at a post Labor Day opening rather than late August. The interior “will be an homage to a Parisian brothel, a nod to Northern Liberties’ history as a red-light district.” [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse out of New York is in talking about opening a Philadelphia outpost at 2040 Market St., the former headquarters of AAA. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Chima, the Brazilian steakhouse that was announced just about the same time as Fogo de Chao is talking about opening its 20th and JFK location in “the first trimester of 2008.” [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Starting Wednesday, September 5th Shank’s & Evelyn’s will be open for dinner. “Expect to see a full menu of traditional Italian fare, from veal marsala to fettucine alfredo, with a hefty selection of chef’s specialties thrown in.” [Eat Beat, Philadelphia Weekly]

Famous 4th Street Deli is closed through the weekend as there has been a management shakeup. Expect to see more movers and shakers at the Palm for the week. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirerer]

What’s Opening Soon III

Today we look at how some places planned for Center City West are coming along.

Jose PistolasJose Pistolas will be a California burrito spot and bar next to McGlinchey’s.

More after the jump.

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