DO THIS: Battle Of The Burger 2014

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Diehard carnivores, rejoice: Philadelphia magazine’s second annual Battle of the Burger is almost here.

Battle of the Burger began with an online voting competition where the public cast votes for their favorite burger from over 50 restaurants. Now, the top 20 finalists will move on to battle it out at the main event, where one restaurant’s masterpiece will be crowned the best in Philly.

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About Last Night: Walking Dead Dinner At Davio’s

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So did you guys see last night’s finale of the Walking Dead? We did–from the bar at Davio’s, with drinks in hand, and surrounded by a bunch of like-minded zombie nerds.

We were there for our Foobooz Walking Dead viewing party, and it was cool. A fine zombie-themed dinner from Chris Tavares and the crew in the kitchen, plenty of drinks to cushion our spirits against what were some rough opening scenes, and then…cannibals? Weird, sure. And now a VERY long wait until the October premier of season 5.

But in the meantime, at least we have this night to look back on. And for those of you who couldn’t join us, here’s some of what you missed.

A red velvet heart, right this way…

Win Free Tickets To The Foobooz Walking Dead Finale Party

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In case you haven’t heard yet, we’re throwing a Walking Dead finale party at Davio’s this Sunday. There’s gonna be food (a special, Walking Dead themed menu, designed by chef and zombie enthusiast Chris Tavares) and there’s gonna be booze (paired wines with each course). We’re gonna get to watch the finale on a big screen. But do you know what the best part is about it being our party? We get to give away tickets to the cleverest and most deserving among you.

Hence, we have determined that it is time for a contest. A poetry contest. A zombie poetry contest. And the winner gets a pair of tickets to Sunday night’s dinner and finale party.

Think you got what it takes?

It’s A Walking Dead Dinner And Finale Viewing Party At Davio’s

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Hey, any of you out there Walking Dead fans?

We are, and what with the season finale coming up soon, we decided we wanted to celebrate it in high style–with booze and lobster and hors d’oeuvres and a whole bunch of friends and fans. Lucky for us, chef Chris Tavares over at Davio’s is also a fan (we once named Davio’s as one of the best restaurants in Philly in which to ride out the inevitable zombie apocalypse), and he got it in his mind that he wanted to do a whole Walking Dead-themed menu around which we might build a big viewing party for all the super-fans in Philly. So after a few weeks of backing-and-forthing, that’s exactly what we’ve done.

So on finale night–Sunday, March 30–we’re all going to be getting together for a big dinner-and-viewing party at Davio’s. Art and I will both be there. Dinner will be three courses, with wine pairings, plus passed snacks. There’ll be TVs for us to watch the show, plenty of food and drink, and Chris has already let slip some of the weirdness he has in store–like cured striped bass that looks like peeling flesh, marrow bones, a blood-spattered cake in the shape of a human heart. Imagine it like a giant kid’s Halloween party catered by a serious chef. And, you know, with drinking. And zombies.

Reservations are required. Tickets are going for $125 a pop, including the wine pairing (tax, tip and additional beverages are extra). And you can get yours starting right now by calling Davio’s at 215-563-4810.

The full menu and all the details, right this way…

Free Stuff On A Cold Night

cheesesteakspringrollsYeah, we get it. The weather is rough. But it’s not all bad because days (and nights) like this often inspire restaurants to offer killer deals to those willing to brave the elements.

Restaurants like Davio’s, which is bringing back a deal they had last year where, on any day that the mercury drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you can go in and demand a free order of spring rolls. The Davio’s “Cold Weather Special” is available during Monday–Friday, 11:30am–2:30pm and 5:00pm–11:00pm in the bar area only when the weather drops below freezing. It starts today (and, just for the record, its currently 16 degrees outside) and runs through March 19th.

More free stuff

Secret Menu Items Around Town: From Dill Fried Chicken to Nutella Pizza

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Thrillist lists some secret menu items that you can order that don’t appear on any menu. Did you know you can get a dill pickle juice glaze at Federal Donuts? Or a nutella pizza at Osteria? How about Welsh rarebit chips at Victoria Freehouse? Check out the full article to see who offers foie gras-stuffed lobster tails.

Know any other secret menu items around Philadelphia? Share them in the comments.

Secret Menu Items- Hidden Menu Items at Restaurants in Philadelphia [Thrillist]

Free Cheesesteak Spring Rolls At Davio’s

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Yeah, the cold weather in Philly can really suck. But you know what might make it a little nicer? Free food, hot from the Friolator.

Starting today (which is not really all that cold), Davio’s is offering a deal to get you out into the cold. On any day where the temperatures drop below freezing (that’s 32 degrees fahrenheit for those of you who failed high school chemistry), all you have to do is head to the bar at Davio’s, show the bartender your phone with proof that the weather truly does suck the required amount, and he or she will bring you a free order of fancy-pants cheesesteak spring rolls from the kitchen.

The deal is only good Monday–Friday 11:30am–2:30pm and 5:00pm–11:00pm, and only works if you’re in the bar area, but frankly, Davio’s has a really nice bar, so that’s no hardship. What’s more, they’ve got those nice windows so you can look down into the street and see all the poor suckers out there not tucked away in a warm bar eating free spring rolls. Take that, everybody who’s not you!

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse [Official]

Around The Web: Secret Suppers

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An Irish cheesesteak, foie-kebabs, Nutella pizza and a simple plate of spaghetti at a restaurant known for somewhat more complicated presentations–these are just a few of the secret plates uncovered by Grub Street Philly in an excellent investigation that hit the interwebs this afternoon.

There are a million dishes in the naked city, but not all of them are listed on menus. And there’s no single answer why chefs and restaurateurs keep these secrets. Some are things that were replaced in menu updates, but remain tastes that loyal customers can’t live with out; other are simply special plates reserved for celebrities, high rollers and dearly loved regulars.

So check it out, won’t you? All 8 of the plates that made Grub’s list sound like they would make an excellent dinner tonight. Though something tells me you might not be the only fella in the dining room looking for those foie kebabs…

Secret Suppers: 8 Amazing Off-Menu Dishes [Grub Street Philly]

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