West Passyunk’s Grubhouse won a Best of Philly award for best hangover cure. But the South Philly luncheonette isn’t just about curing your headache with bacon pancakes. They also offer several deals that can heal your ailing wallet.
Construction is underway at 707 Chestnut Street as Jose Garces continues work converting Chifa into Rosa Blanca, a Cuban diner. The diner will be similar to retro-Cuban diners found in South Florida and will feature an open kitchen with stainless steel and white subway tile. A pink and faux-marble lunch counter runs along the open kitchen. Black-and-white tile flooring completes the diner feel. The main dining room is laid out similar to Chifa’s, with booths along the walls and tables down the middle.
Geechee Girl Rice Cafe was lucky enough to get itself featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network’s hit show hosted by Guy Fieri) and now they’re putting together a blow-out picnic to celebrate the airing of their Very Special Episode, which is being broadcast on Monday, July 1st at 10:00 p.m. on the Food Network.
The Triple-D picnic is $25 per person. It will take the place of their usual 4th of July picnic. Each year, Geechee Girl holds a picnic and donates the proceeds to a worthy cause. As usual, reservations are suggested.
Oh, and by the way? The ladies at Geechee Girl say Guy is just as nice and fun as he seems on TV.
Geechee Girl Rice Cafe [Official]
Craig LaBan uses his review of the new Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat at 21st and South as an opportunity to take down diner magnate Michael Petrogiannis (Broad Street Diner, Melrose Diner, Mayfair Diner, and the Country Club). But LaBan also has praise for what’s coming out of chef Michael Thomas’ kitchen.
Mostly, though, Thomas’ kitchen impressed me with some of its more ambitious plates as my meals progressed. The specials board is where seasonal flavors are featured, and I had my best fiddlehead ferns of the spring here, sauteed with the salty sparkle of nutritional yeast. Ramps were reminiscent of Thomas’ Bar Ferdinand days, heat-charred and bundled around a mound of romesco sauce. Chilled pea gazpacho was vibrant with green spring sweetness and mint.
I can’t remember the last time I paid just $14 for a piece of fish as plump and nicely seared as Honey’s skin-crisped trout amandine. But as the menu’s most expensive item, it’s proof of the value here that, for the quality, competes with any classic diner. The breakfast special (two eggs, potatoes, toast, and coffee) is a very old-school $3.95.
Two Bells – Very Good
Photo by Collin Keefe
The Mugshot Diner in Fishtown is opening for business this Thursday. The 150-seat diner will be serving classic diner favorites in a fresh looking space. Omelets, fritattas, pancakes, waffles, and the rest of the breakfast items will be served all day long. The lunch and dinner menu includes salads, burgers, sandwiches and some fancier, less diner like entree dishes.
Hopefully the Mugshot will become a great neighborhood diner, something that Fishtown could certainly use. The diner will be open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday, and 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.
Check out the full Mugshot Diner menu.
Mugshot Diner [Official Site]
Eimer Design recently sent us a note that they are designing the forthcoming Good Stuff Eatery by Spike Mendelsohn. And that’s cool and all but what really struck our fancy was the Center City restaurant drawing they have on their site. It’s a 163-seat restaurant that is inspired by a classic 1920’s Americana diner.
What’s bothering us though is we don’t know where it is going or who is running it. And it is hard to sneak a 165-seat restaurant into town. Could it be the rumored PJ Clarke’s at Broad and Spruce? Perhaps a hotel-related project?
Have any guesses or inside information? Leave a note in the comments or annotate the image above.
Mugshot Diner (not to be confused with Mugshots Coffeehouse) is getting very close to opening at 2424 York Street in the 2424 Studios building. Mugshot Diner is an offshoot of the Mount Holly, New Jersey diner of the same name.
The awnings have been hung, the counter is ready and even the product photos have been taken. Hiring has been going on for a couple of weeks now and the diner has a grand opening scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th.
Scrapple is a polarizing food. Some hear the world scrapple and think “I don’t even want to know what that is made out of” and others think “I don’t even care what this is made out of, it’s delicious.” If you are of the latter group then you will be happy to see this list of Philadelphia restaurants cooking scrapple up traditionally or in interesting ways. If you are of the former, well, hopefully this list will change your mind.
Adam Erace shares Mel’s Kitchen with us, a year-old diner that already seems like it has been there forever.
When Mel’s finally opened in November, it was a takeout-only operation, but the neighborhood urged Hannon to add seating. In August, she put in butcher-block tables along the windows and installed the counter that (however ineffectively) divides the customers’ quarters from the kitchen. Today, Philadelphia University students and Umbria Street auto-body mechanics alike visit the 20 red-padded swivel stools for bacon-egg-and-cheeses, twice-monthly jambalaya and sandwiches stuffed with Italian-style roast pork, Hannon’s dad’s recipe.