Yesterday the Classic Diner tweeted out the following tease:
Yes, the Malvern-based diner is opening a second location in West Chester. But where?
UPDATE: The Classic Diner will be coming to 16 East Gay Street in West Chester, the former home of Jack’s Steaks and Shakes, right next to Side Bar & Restaurant. Luckily for the Classic Diner people, the building is in good shape and they’re expecting to open in November.
Classic Diner [Official]
Chef Timothy Spinner and Brian Sirhal who own the Feliz Restaurants (Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz and Taqueria Feliz) are opening their first non-Mexican concept. Beast & Ale, an “updated greasy spoon” at 4161 Main Street in Manayunk is opening today.
Beast & Ale is taking over the former Gemelli/Bisou. The bi-level spot has a full bar and two-floor dining room that includes a second floor deck.
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Last night fire ripped through Crystal Lake Diner in Westmont, New Jersey. By morning, Twitter photos showed that much of the interior was destroyed.
Philly.com reports that the fire took more than two hours to bring under control.
Fire rips through landmark S.J. diner [Philly.com]
Less than two weeks after we confirmed that Port Richmond’s Aramingo Diner was closing, the restaurant has officially locked the doors for good. Read more »
UPDATE 3/31: The Aramingo Diner has closed.
From the Department of Say It Ain’t So comes news that the Aramingo Diner is closing. One employee told me early on Tuesday, “We may be closing.” And now a manager confirms that the end is near for the storied Port Richmond diner, which originally opened its doors in 1957.
“Not enough people understand good food,” says manager Kathleen (she declined to provide her last name) of the impending Aramingo Diner closing. “They want Applebee’s. They want Kentucky Fried Chicken.”
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Photo by Courtney Apple
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.
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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.
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From Pat’s to Ponzios, Victor Fiorillo revisits some of the most notable Best of Philly winners from 1974.
Forty Years Later, Are These Philly Favorites Still the Best? [Philadelphia Magazine]
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
Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Honey’s Sit N Eat [Official Site]
Photo by Collin Keefe