Tonight: Spirits & Suds with Santa on East Passyunk Avenue

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Looking for something to do tonight? Well we’ve got the perfect thing, because starting at 5:30 Jim Beam, Pinnacle and Yelp are hosting a Santa-themed bar crawl on East Passyunk Avenue. A $5 ticket includes a Santa or elf hat, the opportunity to drink $4 holiday cocktails featuring Jim Beam and Pinnacle, $3 craft beers, and to eat bar snacks for $5 or less–all with a crowd of other like-minded strangers who want to dress up in funny hats and drink too much on a Wednesday night.

Each purchase comes with a stamp for your Santa’s Sipping Stamp Card with a maximum of two stamps per person per location (thereby forcing you to spread the holiday cheer around). Five stamps gets you a chance to win $275 in gift certificates and other prizes.

Want to know who’s playing along tonight? So glad you asked…

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More Ice Cream News For A Frigid Day

P'unk Burger and Franklin Fountain are collaborating on milkshakes.

P’unk Burger and Franklin Fountain are collaborating on milkshakes.

A couple of days ago, we told you about the grand opening (happening tonight) of the first Weckerley’s Ice Cream storefront in Fishtown. And now (because, apparently, December is just the right time for ice cream news), we’ve got this:

Starting yesterday, East Passyunk’s P’unk Burger started collaborating with Old City’s Franklin Fountain on milkshakes and scoops–making P’unk the only location on the Avenue (and in all of South Philly) to get Franklin Fountain’s ice cream.

So what kind of flavors do they have available on this cold and frosty day?

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Bing Bing Dim Sum Adds Brunch Dishes

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Brunch dishes at Bing Bing Dim Sum

Bing Bing Dim Sum on East Passyunk will be adding brunch items to its menu starting this weekend. Chef Christian Kinsey, who has been with Bing Bing for about six months now after stints at Sbraga and Chifa is rolling out the new dishes.

In addition to the standard menu there will be brunch food and drink specials.

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Jawdropper of the Week: A Broad Street Brownstone Fit For Carrie Bradshaw

1630 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19145 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

1630 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19145 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

“Now this is a brownstone Carrie Bradshaw would die for,” was the first thought that popped into my mind after peeking through pictures of 1630 S. Broad St. Combining classic old-school Victorian character with the latest New Age design trends and a closet big enough to fit a lifetime’s worth of fabulous shoes into, this East Point Breeze brownstone has me clicking my heels, because there is truly no place like (this) home.

A stylish wrought-iron fence surrounds the entryway into this classic home, leading up to and through the front door, into the foyer. And from the moment you step through the foyer and into the entrance hall, it should be evident that the designer who once owned and updated this home didn’t miss a single detail when it came to dressing this house to impress. Its elegant crown moldings, hardwood floors with inlays, tall ceilings and extra-large windows all harken back to a bygone era of elegance, while its more modern features add a dash of urban sophistication. Read more »

“Autumn Is NOORD Weather”

G Philly's 2013 pick for Best BYO, East Passyunk Avenue's Dutch eatery Noord, is turning 1 this year, and having a little shindig to celebrate. Stop by and congratulate out owner Joncarl Lachman, and nibble on some his famous bitterballen (Dutch braised pork meatballs), and some smoked fish. Tuesday, May 6, 6 p.m., free, Noord, 1046 Tasker Street.

Joncarl Lachman loves fall cooking.

Joncarl Lachman has just begun serving his fall menu at his Passyunk Avenue BYOB, NOORD. Fall is Lachman’s favorite time to cook and he points out that “autumn is ‘Noord Weather'” and we happen to agree. It is also time for snert to be on the menu and snert might just be the favorite word of the entire Foobooz staff. Snert!

In addition to the snert, a Dutch split pea soup served with sausage, bacon and rusk, other fall dishes include Maastrichts Zuurvlees, beer & vinegar braised beef served with vegetables and clove; and Hete Kip Uitsmijter, an open faced spicy chicken sandwich served on milk bread with gouda, sunny-side up eggs, salad and pickles.

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Nick Elmi’s ITV Adds Happy Hour

Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi opens ITV next to his Laurel on East Passyunk.

Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi’s ITV on East Passyunk | Photo by Chelsea Portner

Nick Elmi’s East Passyunk bar, ITV (or as we prefer to refer to it 👁📺 – oh you thought we were done with restaurant emojis?) is adding happy hour. Beginning this evening, the attractive bar is offering discounted, wine, beer and snacks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Wines are available for $7 and beers are $5. ITV is also offering a house-made version of Quina for $5. Quna is the French aperitif that most probably know from this famous poster.

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The Chefs Of Passyunk Are Coming To Bok Bar

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Right now, Bok Bar is one of the coolest places to eat and drink in Philly. And for one night, things are going to get even better when, on Monday, September 26, chefs from 19 East Passyunk restaurants all gather for a single huge event.

No, really. Townsend Wentz is going to be roasting a whole pig. Chhaya Cafe is doing coffee service. Guys like Nick Elmi and Joncarl Lachman are going to be there whipping up snacks and hors d’oeuvres. There’s also going to be music, a fall fashion show and a raffle, but we know what really matters here, right? The food.

So here’s a list of all the restaurants that’ll be there…

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South Philly Barbacoa Named to Bon Appetit Top Ten

Lamb tacos at South Philly Barbacoa | Photo by Emily Teel

Lamb tacos at South Philly Barbacoa | Photo by Emily Teel

Bon Appetit has announced its annual Hot 10 list of the best new restaurants in America and Philadelphia’s South Philly Barbacoa placed 6th on the list. Deputy editor Andrew Knowlton and senior editor Julia Kramer traveled more than 5,700 miles to more than 40 cities to create this list of the best new restaurants in the country.

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Chef Geno Betz Returns to Stateside

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Stateside | Photo by Jeff Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Stateside is welcoming back an old face, chef Geno Betz. Betz left the position of sous chef at Stateside in 2013. In the meantime, he hopped from The Mildred to Paridiso to the recently closed Farm and Fisherman.

But, as of Wednesday, August 10th, he is back in the kitchen at Stateside as the executive chef with a brand new menu. The rotating cheeses and oysters will remain, but there will be a new focus on smaller snacks and shareable plates. And a new prix fixe option allows couples to share snacks, a plate for two and dessert for $65.

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Plenty Cafe Turns Its Focus to Wine

Plenty Cafe is adding more taps and they're dedicated to wine.

Plenty Cafe is adding more taps and they’re dedicated to wine.

Plenty Cafe’s location at 1602 Spruce Street reopens today after a whirlwind redo to make its offerings more in line with the East Passyunk location. That means a fourteen tap system featuring nine tap wines, two cocktails and three beers. Also being rolled out to the Spruce Street location is East Passyunk’s split service model. The cafe will offer counter service from opening till 4 p.m. and then full service from 4 p.m. to midnight. If all goes well, the small plates and evening items will be available by Friday, August 15th.

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