The search term Downton Abbey regularly brings Googlers to Foobooz. It’s all because of a Downton Abbey dinner party that chef/owner Chip Roman threw last February at Blackfish in Conshohocken. On Sunday nights the traffic to the page skyrockets, often pushing the story back into the Most Popular Foobooz stories box. It even tricked our Social Media team, which posted the Downton Abbey dinner post this past Monday as if it were new. People immediately started calling Blackfish looking to book their table.
There was enough of a groundswell that Roman has decided to bring back the event. On Monday, February 24th. The dinner will be similar to last year and the price will be $100 per head.
To reserve your table, call Blackfish promptly at 610-397-0888.
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Tradestone Cafe swung open its doors in Conshohocken today. The cafe is giving away coffee today and tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29th. The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In addition to coffee, the cafe, which is owned by Chip Roman (Blackfish, Mica, Ela) and Fred Ortega, offers freshly-made soups, sandwiches and gourmet confections.
Tradestone Cafe [Foobooz]
Are you just a huge fan of the movie A Christmas Story? On Christmas Eve, Chip Roman’s Blackfish is hosting a dinner inspired by the classic holiday movie. All the dishes served from “Flick’s Frozen Tongue” (corned veal tongue) to “Don’t Forget Your Ovaltine” (Ovaltine mousse) are clearly inspired by the movie. The dinner is $55 per person and hopefully the Bumpus hounds don’t get to the turkey before you do.
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Swedish-based IKEA–which headquarters its US operations in Conshohocken–is the subject of a damning New York Times article today. Apparently the company spends hundreds of thousands of Euros/Dollars paying private investigators to spy on its employees.
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Rock-climbing has always seemed hairy to me. But rock-climbing while cars and buses and 18-wheelers zoom by beneath your boots seems really hairy, which is why I’ve found the stretch of the eastbound Schuylkill Expressway just before the Conshohocken Curve highly disconcerting for the past few months. Not only is the shoulder blocked off with Jersey barriers; guys are rock-climbing on the stone above the highway.
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Photo by Samuel Markey.
Back in the day Conshohocken’s Blackfish offered lunch with a much-praised burger. Beginning tomorrow lunch returns to Chip Roman’s BYOB. And yes, there’s a burger on the menu. In fact there are two of them. Other highlights include French onion soup, chicken pot pie, roasted skate and four salads.
Lunch is offered Tuesday through Friday.
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US Open winner, Justin Rose had been dining at West Conshohocken’s Stella Blu all week. But Kim Strengari’s West Conshohocken restaurant is closed on Sundays, so when Rose’s team reached out to Stella Blu yesterday, they were directed to Strengari’s other Conshy bar/restaurant, Gypsy Saloon.
Rose, his US Open trophy, wife Kate and his management team showed up shortly before midnight. Strengari and co-owner Marianne Gere sent over a bottle of champagne, as did another customer. The party stayed till 2 a.m. and left a “very generous tip.”
Gypsy Saloon [Official Site]
This morning’s Philadelphia Inquirer features about the transformation of Conshohocken, which–as one reader said this morning–was considered a “ghetto” when she was growing up 30 years ago in Lafayette Hill. The borough has become–according both to the Inquirer and the April issue of Philadelphia Magazine–one of the Philadelphia area’s hottest neighborhoods. The Inky puts it in terms of demographics “Over the last decade, Conshohocken’s population has grown younger, wealthier and whiter, according to U.S. Census data.”
Well, not quite.
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Craig LaBan travels to Conshohocken to try Southern Cross Kitchen, the latest restaurant from Kim Strengari and Marianne Gere. He was not happy with the shrip and grits, the fried pickles nor the fried chicken. They were all removed from the check but what remained didn’t impress the reviewer either.
Southern Cross has more than a few great beers to wash it down, with those 23 rotating taps featuring American stars from Firestone Walker to Left Hand’s refreshingly restrained English-style IPA, 400 Pound Monkey.
But let’s face it: the giant craft-beer list, as much as I applaud its thirsty march to prominence, is becoming an all-too common cover for restaurants that don’t have the rest of their act together. Anyone can order good beer.
And Southern Cross’ many menu flaws cannot be completely obscured by the latest high-octane Imperial IPA. Or I could be wrong, judging from the dude at the bar who obliviously devoured a plate of calamari that had such a fishy stink I could smell it from the hostess stand.
Southern Cross [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Southern Cross [Official Site]
How can you not admire a neighborhood–a borough, actually–that has such an adorable nickname? Conshy has long been a favorite suburb of Philadelphia, not only in terms of living there, but for reverse commuting as well. At only 15 miles from Philly and an easy regional rail ride, it makes good sense for those who’d rather be in Montco.
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