Yay, Potato Week! As our starchy celebrations draw to a close, we have one more big list for you–the results of our research into the realm of that most American(ish) of potato presentations, the french fry.
We had 82 different restaurants under consideration for this list–everything from crowd favorites like Village Whiskey and Hot Diggity to lesser-known (but know less loved) contenders like the long-gone crab fries at Sidecar Bar, the lovely frites at Grace Tavern or those at Eulogy (which had a fiercely committed fan base). Putting our waistlines and cholesterol levels on the line for you, we waded through the possibilities and winnowed everything down to a final list of 10: The best french fries of any variety, in any form, that you’re going to find anywhere in Philadelphia.
Hey, someone’s got to do it, right? This stuff is important. And while we here at Foobooz World HQ are absolutely sure that there isn’t one of you out there who will agree with every inclusion on the list (hell, we don’t even completely agree), there is sure to be something on here for everyone.
Happy Potato Week everyone. And now, on to the list…
Philadelphia’s Best French Fries
When the Apple Store opened in Center City it was hailed as a return of high-end retail to the shopping stretch. But what seems to be coming on the heels of Apple is burgers. Lots and lots of burgers.
A gigantic Five Guys opened on the 1100 block of Walnut in December. Now comes word that Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn is looking at looking at two properties along Walnut for his Good Stuff Eatery.
Also in the mix is O Burger which is opening its first location on South Street but already has eyes on Center City for two more locations. And this isn’t to mention the once hot rumor of an Elevation Burger opening on Walnut Street. And then of course there is the existing Five Guys, 500º, Village Whiskey, Good Dog and Rouge.
Chef Spike Opening Philly Resto [The Feast]
Biba is the name of Tria’s “feisty little cousin” set to open this August at 3131 Walnut Street. It will be a slimmed-down operation from Tria with 26 wines by the glass, 10 beers including a cask and room for just 34. [The Insider]
The downstairs redo at APO IS going to happen but its NOT going to be a diner. [Meal Ticket]
Matt Levin is returning to Rittenhouse Square as the specials being served up at Rouge will be from the former Lacroix chef. Levin’s Adsum is still slated to open at 5th and Bainbridge in June. [The Insider]
Elevation Burger is planning additional locations in Collegeville and Moorestown. Missing from the list of upcoming locations, a Center City spot that had been mentioned previously. [Gluten Free Philly]
Thoreau, the vegetarian restaurant on Spring Garden has closed quickly. Chef Mike Jackson is back at Blue Sage in Southampton. [The Insider]
Muntin has opened in the setback space that used to house Misso. It’s mostly sushi with some Thai thrown in. Meal Ticket has the menu. [Meal Ticket]
May 25th will see the opening of seaglass at the Golden Inn of Avalon. The small-plates menu is inspired from beaches around the world.
Mountain Valley Foods, a fruit and juice bar is a couple weeks away on 4th Street near South. [Brownstoner]
Shane’s Candies bought by jerks, no panic necessary, the soda jerks are Ryan and Eric Berley of Franklin Fountain. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Momji Sushi and Grill has opened on 5th Street between South and Lombard. Get 30% off through Saturday. [Meal Ticket]
Wynnewood’s Elevation Burger will be giving “Stick It to Ohio State Fries” to anyone showing Penn State gear or presenting a PSU transcript or pay stub between nowÂ and November 7th. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Philadelphia Weekly delivers the shake, boon and drag of eating at P.Y.T., SquareBurger and Elevation Burger.
Burger Smackdown [Philadelphia Weekly]
Drew Lazor checks out Elevation Burger, the environmentally friendly burger chain that has opened its first local location in Wynnewood. Here’s hoping he took the train.
Single-source, organic, free-range, grass-fed beef is the restaurant’s biggest point of pride, so I tried it in the signature Elevation Burger, a double patty layered with cheddar and your choice of toppers (I picked lettuce, tomato pickles and a zingy balsamic mustard, but thereâ€™s also stuff like caramelized onions, hot pepper relish and the tomato-based “Elevation Sauce”). The burger’s lean ground-in-house meat was round in natural beef flavor, but my patties tasted slightly dry â€” likely a result of their across-the-board cook-to-well policy. I easily squished the bun into submission, and it didnâ€™t draw attention away from the main meat attraction, the way a good burger bun should.
Get Lifted [City Paper]
Elevation Burger [Official Site]
It is post-Labor Day and that means brunch has returned to Meme. The $35 prix fixe menu is sticking around too giving you one more Restaurant Week alternative.
Yes, the commenters who figured Shola Olunloyo is aiming to open his StudioKitchen in NoLibs down the street from Kong were right. He’s aiming for a November opening. [Grub Street]
XIX named by MSN as a top 10 Penthouse Restaurant in the United States. [MSN]
Monk’s Cafe’s back bar is open again. [Liquid Diet]
ROOT liqueur gets a shout-out in October’s Vanity Fair. It’s the skewing young one with Jackie O on the cover.
City inspections are the only thing left for the second location of Flying Monkey before it is ready to open at 1112 Locust Street. [Restaurant Club]
Elevation Burger, the environmentally friendly burger chain that has opened locally in Wynnewood is planningÂ on opening on Walnut Street near Rittenhouse Square in 6 to 8 months. [Blogalicious]
Brick House Tavern + Tap has opened in Willow Grove. Self-described as a Man Cave the beer selection isn’t too shabby and includes Victory Hop Wallop on cask.
Recess Lounge did not open Saturday as the vague “plumbing issues” reared its ugly head. [Grub Street]
The Burger Baroness heads out to Wynnewood to check out the new Elevation Burger. She’s quite impressed with the simple burger with In-N-Out tendencies. And of course she got fries with that shake. After all, it was her birthday.
And for a second opinion check out Foodaphilia who accompanied the Baroness and was smitten with the first bite.
Update: Meal Ticket says Elevation Burger is eying 9 more Philadelphia-area locations in the next four years.
Happy Birthday to me at Elevation BurgerÂ [Fries with that Shake]
Elevation Burger [Foodaphilia]
Yogorino has its grand opening tomorrow at 20th and Locust. There’s just one smooth tart flavor and lots of toppings. Check the reversible cups. The size changes depending on what end is up. More on Meal Ticket. [Meal Ticket]
Za Vino will be the name of the pizza and wine bar concept headed to 13th and Sansom. [The Insider]
Drew Lazor has some details on Bar, the bar from Jason and Delphine Evenchik who own Vintage and Time. Bar games like foosball and MegaTouch, no food, mixed drinks in pints. [Meal Ticket]
Meritage, a Foobooz Jobs poster has hired former Susanna Foo chef de cuisineÂ Anne Coll to run the kitchen at the Center City South restaurant. [The Insider]
Elevation Burger has opened its first Philadelphia-area location in Wynnewood. [Main Line Restaurant Guide]
Good Food Market is opening a sophisticated convenience store in Chestnut Hill. The spot will also serve $20 for-two dinners. There’ll also be delivery and curbside pickup. This people, is how you react when your Wawa closes! [Meal Ticket]
The seemingly cursed corner of Chestnut and Strawberry has claimed Korean BYOB, Meju. Now lets get those Jose Garces taco stand rumors going again! [Meal Ticket]
Pearl has closed after 16 months. [The Insider]
Holy crap! The Broad Axe Tavern has finally opened in Blue Bell. The spot’s menu runs from pizzas and burgers to scallop BLTs and steaks. [Table Tak, Philadelphia Inquirer]
Phoodie.info has the dirt on Elevation Burger. A “green” burger chain that’s opening in Wynnewood in May and aims to have two more locations in the Philadelphia area by year’s end. [Phoodie.info]
“Any day” is the opening dates for the third (1625 E Passyunk) and fourth (39th and Walnut) Capogiros. [Table Tak, Philadelphia Inquirer]
The same people behind the Firecreek Restaurant and Bar are about a month away from opening Doghouse Burgers in Downingtown. The spot will focus on local and gourmet with grass-fed burger options and upscale toppings. [The Restaurant Club]
Contractors picketed in front of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle yesterday demanding payment for work done at the restaurant. Around 40 court cases are pitting contractors against the restaurant or the genral contractor. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]
D.P. Dough on 40th Street stilll isn’t serving strombolis Â calzonesÂ but they have some interesting details about the journey to opening on their blog, including their Happy Gilmore sized check. [D.P. Dough Philly]