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.
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.
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, 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]
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.
A week ago Circles Contemporary Thai teased that they were opening a third location. And we’ve been able to confirm that the new location will be at 126 Bala Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. The location will certainly open up a whole new area to thrill of getting Circles Thai food being delivered to their door.
Circles will be taking over Pa & Pa, another Thai restaurant that opened last August.
Ever craved a burger from your local food truck while it was raining too hard to go outside? (Or when you were just too lazy to go get one yourself?) Well a few UPenn students have solved the ultimate “first world problem” for their campus with Vago Logistics, a delivery site that brings your favorite street vendor goodies to your front door – for just $1. Read more »
Tiffin founder Munish Narula recently closed Tiffin, Etc. next to the original Tiffin on Girard Avenue. But he heard so much from disappointed diners that he is reopening the roti rolls and Indian pizza spot today.
When Narula closed Tiffin Etc. at 710 Girard Avenue he planned to open an Indo-Chinese concept (Chinese cuisine heavily influenced by Indian flavors, spices and techniques) there. Now the plans are to add the Indo-Chinese menu items to the Girard Arvenue Tiffin Etc and to expand the Tiffin Etc. brand into West Philadelphia. He also is looking for a second Indo-Chinese location, possibly in South Philadelphia.
In the meantime, Kati rolls are back on Girard Avenue.
Tiffin [Official Site]
The Quick Fixx, the lightning quick delivery service located on the 1500 block of South Street makes solid pasta, flatbreads and salads. Many of the pastas are available gluten free or whole wheat. But one menu item that doesn’t come in a healthier variety is the brand new Capowich from Capogiro. There are several versions including the chocolate chip with fior di latte cookies (pictured above), peanut butter cookies with scuro, brownie and fior di latte bars coating in dark chocolate and our version of the Italian King Cones.
The capowiches are also sometimes available at the 20th and Sansom Capogiro but a phone call reveals there are all out today.