Halloween falls during the week this year, which means you have a choice of two weekends to don your freaky costumes and roam the streets, but there’s only one Dia de los Muertos. So pour one out for your fallen homies at any of the following…
La Calaca Feliz
2321 Fairmount Ave
Tim Spinner is offering a four course Day of the Dead tasting menu for $29. It begins with tamal de rana (slow braised frogs legs and green chili), moves to cemita sliders, then pork cheek mole coloradito with blue cheese grits and mustard greens, finally ending with traditional pan de muerto. At Cantina Feliz, the $28 menu (with the option to add a beverage pairing for only $12 more) is completely different and looks equally tasty. Red chili duck tamales with Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen by Neshaminy Creek Brewing, anyone?
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On Thursday night, the Eagles and the Chiefs squared off at Lincoln Financial Field. I’ll let the people who know something about the sport opine about the future of the Eagles. I was there for the food and left before the end of the first quarter.
Below, some photos of what you’re going to be eating at the next Eagles home game at the Linc. Hats off to Aramark — the folks actually making and serving the food — for running a pretty tight operation.
Paesano’s Pete McAndrews wins the coveted food porn award for his namesake Paesano brisket sandwich:
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The best part of going back to school is seeing your friends again and hearing about what they did this summer. And if you consider University City a friend, you’ll be excited to hear what happened over the summer to the neighborhood as new restaurants have opened and even more will swing open their doors this fall.
What, you didn’t know one University City campus is getting a Shake Shack put in right by the school cafeteria? And did you see that Irish bar take over space in the Left Bank? Did you hear about the anniversary discount happy hour at one of University City’s finest Mexican restaurants? No?
Catch up with look at what’s new, what’s opening soon and what events are coming up in the land of Penn and Drexel.
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Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) announced during an earnings call that the Moorestown Mall is getting another well known Philadelphia chef. Jose Garces will bring his third location of Distrito to the mall. Garces is joining Marc Vetri who is opening Osteria at the mall later this year. In addition to Osteria and Distrito, PREIT has landed Firebirds Wood Fired Grill as it seeks to add more draws to the South Jersey mall than just shopping. The Distrito announcement brings the number of spoken for liquor licenses to three. Moorestown, which had been a dry town, awarded PREIT four liquor licenses at the mall.
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Friday, June 28th is National Ceviche Day – and Milagro Tequila is celebrating by partnering with acclaimed Iron Chef Jose Garces to pair three of his signature ceviche dishes with fresh and simple Milagro cocktails, available at his Mexican small plates restaurant, Distrito.
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Been looking for an excuse to get back to Distrito? We’re here to help.
Reason number one, you could just go back to wish the place a happy 5th birthday–which is something best done by toasting it with shots of crazy-expensive small-batch tequila or mezcal. We suggest the Del Maguey, but we’re very particular about our cactus juice.
Second, you should go to check out the revamped menu that Jose Garces and his chef de cuisine Susan Vanvreerde have put together to mark the passing of such a momentous anniversary. There are 20 new plates on the board–everything from chicharones and JG steak tacos to Salpicon de Langosta, made with chilled Maine lobster with purple potatoes, a chipotle-lime aioli and sesame brittle.
More reasons, right this way…
Yesterday, we told you about some of the Day of the Dead deals happening around town. Today, we’re back with another one. Just got word that Jose Garces’s Distrito is going all out with the cactus juice, offering all-night happy hour pricing on 1800 tequila flights and cans of Corona and Corona Light for $3.
Oh, yeah. And there are some snacks, too…
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Distrito is bringing back their Football Fiestas for another season. Every Monday throughout football season Distrito will be serving up endless tacos and enchiladas for $25 a person from 8-10 p.m.. If that wasn’t enough of a deal, Dos Equis Amber and Lager will both be $2 during the special. The big game will be shown on the flat screens downstairs as well as projected on a big screen in the upstairs lounge.
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Looks like the always busy Jose Garces is in town this week for a good cause. This Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garces and his restaurants will be making an appearance at The Porch at 30th Street Station to support Philabundance. Five of the Iron Chef’s restaurants will be represented at The Porch. For a $10 donation to Philabundance event goers will be treated to samples from Amada, Chifa, Distrito, Guapos Tacos, and JG Domestic. What’s more, Garces himself will be doing a cooking demonstration at the event from noon to 1 p.m.
For the 7th year in a row University City area restaurants are gearing up for University City Dining Days two-weeks full of dining deals from July 12th to 26th. The event is meant to bring traffic to the area during its slow months. This year a record 34 restaurants are participating in the prix-fixe specials which offer three courses for $15, $25, or $30.
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