On-Demand, Delivery Ice Cream Is Real

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More ways to enjoy national ice cream month just keep on coming. And Uber car service wants to make your celebration a little bit easier, a little more whimsical and a little more spontaneous. If you find yourself with a hankering for a frozen treat on Friday July 18th between 11 a.m and 5 p.m, just open the uber app on your phone for instant access to on-demand ice cream. Wherever you are (in Philadelphia). I know what you’re thinking.

Are we being punk’d right now?

Nope. On-demand ice cream delivery is real and that makes us really happy.

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Nina’s Trattoria Does A Really Late Night Delivery

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Yesterday, I got home from working late and stumbled upon something really interesting. I was hungry, it was 1:30 in the morning, and I was scrolling through GrubHub’s suspect list of restaurants open for delivery late at night.

Nina’s Trattoria, yes the little BYOB in the Italian Market, was hidden amongst all the chinese takeouts and gross pizza parlors. I called to make sure they were open, and to my surprise, somebody answered. I ordered my food, it came within the hour, and the bliss I felt chowing down on their penne bolognese with a side of meatballs at 2:30 a.m. is a feeling you can only experience for yourself.

David Neukirch, one of the two brothers that own Nina’s explained, “working in the industry, you get out late at night, and you end up eating junk. So we’re giving people some good food to eat late at night.” He mentioned that they’ll soon be adding to the late night menu as well—pizza to be specific.

They’re open late for delivery Tuesday-Sunday until 2 a.m. on weekdays, and 3 a.m. on weekends (Nina’s encourages placing your order before 1:45 a.m. on weekdays, and 2:45 a.m. on weekends, and a call ahead won’t hurt either).

Sometimes, good news just falls in your lap.

Nina’s Trattoria [Official]

Instacart Now Delivering Wine and Liquor in Philly

Photo via Instacart

Photo via Instacart

Um, I think I just died and went to heaven: As of today, grocery-delivery service Instacart will be offering delivery from none other than the Fine Wine & Good Spirits shops of Philadelphia. Yep, that’s right, folks: You can now have your champagne, wine or Scotch delivered straight to your doorstep. Although, if you’re looking to shed some pounds, you’d be better off with tequila. (More on that here.)

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Get Same-Day Delivery of Wine and Spirits in Philadelphia

instacart-iphone-400Instacart, the same-day delivery service that can get your groceries from multiple stores in about an hour, came to Philadelphia about a month ago. And now they have added wine and spirits delivery from Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.

Instacart has acquired an alcohol delivery license from the city and that means you can get all your Yellowtail and box wine delivered right to your door.

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The Gastronaut: Hey Santa …

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Dear Santa,

I’ve come to you in years past asking for a lot of stuff for the Philadelphia food scene, but, selfless font of awesomeness that I am, I’m once again using up all my Christmas wishes to make my adopted home as wonderful as possible for those of us who find life’s most sublime joys at the end of a fork.

You’ve already come through for me big-time. When we needed noodle shops, you inspired half a dozen different restaurateurs to open noodle shops. When we needed Cuban food, you got all up in Jose Garces’s head with your Santa magic and made him close Chifa in order to open Rosa Blanca. So, again, being a generous and gregarious soul, I put the question to a bunch of my people. I asked chefs and cooks and food writers and professional drinkers what they wanted for Christmas—what they thought Philadelphia needed to become an even better food city than it already is. Here’s what we came up with.

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Kermit’s Bake Shoppe Is Now Delivering

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Kerminator Pizza – now available for delivery.

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe is kicking off delivery today. Pizzas, pastries, hot pockets and more are just a phone call away. In addition to now offering delivery, Kermit’s has refreshed its hours and menu. The bakery and pizza shop is now open at 8 a.m. daily, with delivery starting at 11 a.m.

Menu additions include breakfast hot pockets, seasonal items like pumpkin blondies and sweet potato pop tarts. The “Kerminator” pizza which has been a special recently, is now a permanent member of the menu. The Kerminator is topped with choucroute, caramelized onions, applewood-smoked ham, gruyere and creme fraiche.

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Get a Paesano Sandwich Delivered to Your Door

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Yesterday we told you that Luke’s Lobsters had begun offering delivery and today we’re going to ruin your healthy lunch plans with news that Paesano’s now delivers.

If you live within five-or-so blocks of the Center City or Italian Market locations, you can now have your Arista, Daddy Wad or Paesano sandwich delivered seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Paesano’s Italian Style [Official Site]

Paesano’s Italian Market – 215-440-0371
Paesano’s Center City – 215-545-3357

Delivery Area [Google Maps]

Uber Adds Ice Cream Option for National Ice Cream Day

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Uber, the smart-phone-powered way to snag a town car has been saving us from hot Philadelphia cabs for over a year now. And tomorrow, Friday July 19th, they’ll be saving us from the heat. In honor of National Ice  Cream Day, you’ll be able to use your Uber app to summon ice cream trucks on demand to request ice cream delivery.

$25 gets you an ice cream bundle from a Mister Softee truck delivered right to you. The bundle includes five ice cream products plus an Uber tank top.

Uber is also offering $20 off people’s first ride if they enter the code ICECREAM. Head to Uber to sign up.

Ice cream trucks will be available on the road from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Uber Ice Cream Goes Global [Uber]

Bye Estelle, Mood Cafe Quietly Moves In

Photo of the original Mood Cafe

Filed under things we missed: Mood Cafe has quietly replaced Cafe Estelle at 444 North 4th St. The beloved brunch spot has been taken over by the Indian restaurant that has three locations in West Philly, Desi Village, Desi Chaat House and the original Mood Cafe. This new Mood is open seven days a week, has a menu sprawling with Indian delights and also delivers.

The menu served at the new Mood Cafe is the same as that at Desi Village and includes classic favorites like Chicken Tikka Masala and Palak Paneer. So next time you’re in the mood for Indian be sure to check it out.

215-925-5080

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