A Perfect Storm in Center City

Fishtown-frankford-ave-photo-jeff-fusco-940x540Center City will be a packed whirlwind of activity tonight as Center City Sips collides with Restaurant Week to form some sort of perfect storm, that frankly, we’re not sure we want to be a part of. If that seems like too much for you too, we here at Foobooz have a suggestion, Fishtown.

Start your night at Fette Sau for happy hour where beers are half-priced and the burnt end sandwiches are $4.

From there, head down Frankford Avenue to Kensington Quarters and the meat appetizers that are made for sharing. The lomo and pork head cheese are particular standouts. If you aren’t going 100% meat, we’d recommend a pasta to break things up.

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Philly’s Best BBQ Spots: A Guide to Sides

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Clockwise from top left: Burnt end baked beans from Fette Sau, burnt ends from Percy Street and collard greens from Sweet Lucy’s | Photo by Jason Varney

Even in this Yankee city, barbecue is a summertime staple. And while any dilettante can find good ribs in Philly these days (and brisket, too), a truly great barbecue joint should be judged by how it handles dishes other than the main attraction. Here’s a brief guide to going deeper at the region’s best barbecue spots. Read more »

5th Annual Fishtown Chili Cookoff

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Today, Sunday, March 29 from 1-4 pm, the Fishtown Neighbors Association is hosting their 5th annual Chili Cookoff at the Skybox at 2424 Studios (2424 York Street).

Restaurants chefs and home cooks will compete for awards including Best Restaurant Chili, Best Resident Chili, and People’s Choice Award (which can be won by either a chef or a home cook).

Some of the restaurants competing include Sancho Pistola’s, Good Spoon Soupery, Fette Sau, Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen and Dottie’s Dinette.

$15 tickets will get you two beers and unlimited chili and can be purchased here , or you can buy a $10 “chili only” pass at the door.

Meat Week: Whiskey Dinner At Fette Sau

It doesn’t get much meatiFette_Sauer than the dining room at Fette Sau. Seriously, on a good day it almost seems like you could eat the air inside.

And now the Fishtown barbecue spot is hosting a whiskey dinner on Thursday, March 19 with whiskey brand, Sazerac.Because nothing in the world pairs better with meat–particularly barbecued meat–than brown liquors in all their wondrous variety.

The five-course menu will be paired with a variety of whiskey cocktails for $80 per person (including tax and tip).

Check out the board and pairings below.

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Six Pack: Philly’s Best Restaurants For Dining Out Alone

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Nothing wrong with a table for one at Vetri

Sure, dates and dinners with friends are nice, but sometimes you just want to grab a meal all by yourself. Maybe you’re too busy to make plans, or you just need some alone time. Or maybe you just want to order all the appetizers on the menu and not have to share them. Whatever your reason for dining alone, we’ve got the six best places in Philly to treat yourself.

So, you know, happy Valentine’s Day…

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More BBQ And Beer On A Tuesday Night: Fette Sau Hosts Founders Brewing For Harvest Ale Release

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Founders Brewing will be serving up their seven best brews tonight at Fette Sau to celebrate the release of their newest addition–Harvest AleDark Penance, Dissenter and Backwoods Bastard will all be pouring tonight, plus a few others.

A ticket (only $14) will guarantee you a 10 oz pour of Harvest Ale, two smoked chicken legs, and a can of Founders Centennial in a Founders coozie. The fun starts at 5pm and tickets are limited, so snag one now by calling 215-391-4888. Or you can take your chances and just show up.

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Where to Get Your Thanksgiving Turkey (or Entire Thanksgiving Meal) In Philly

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If you’re not the cooking-Thanksgiving-dinner type–or if you just want to fool everyone into thinking you are–Philly’s food scene is down to help you out. There are plenty of places out there willing to supply you with everything you need to convince your friends and loved ones that you know how to use your oven for something more than warming your pants on winter mornings.

And if you do want to cook the turkey, then there are also places to get your fresh, heritage turkey needs filled by local farms and stores.

Check it all out below. And remember: Many of these places need a significant amount of advance notice, so pre-order now and don’t get caught scrambling later.

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Warm Up with Fette Sau Happy Hour

fette-06I’ve had a flyer for Fette Sau’s happy hour on my desk for at least a month. I’ve been waiting for just the right time to post about their half-price beer,$5 Manhattans and $4 burnt end sandwiches that the Fishtown barbecue joint offers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

And with today’s cold and rainy weather, hot barbecue and warming whiskey seems like the only reason to venture out.

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