Just in time for the cool weather to set in, popular farmer’s market vendor Good Spoon Soup is opening up shop!
On the border of Fishtown and Kensington, the Good Spoon Soupery will open at 1400 N Front Street at Front and Master, just across from the El Bar. Kate Hartman, owner of the four year old business, is clear that the primary function of the space will focus on production with the goal of expanding Good Spoon’s wholesale availability around town, but she’s also carving out enough room in the big-windowed space for about ten seats–not so much a cafe, but a solid grab-and-go lunch option. Daily, there will be three or four hot soups available, plus bread and a few baked goods, and maybe one salad and one sandwich. There will also be refrigerator and freezer space for seasonal soups to go, similar to their farmer’s market offerings, and a few provisions and sundries from other local producers.
When is it opening? Soup season, of course. Look for it in early November.
Good Spoon Soupery [Official]
Stock – Two Bells, Very Good
Where Stock truly excels, and the best reason to hang with Fishtown hipsters at the counter, are the small menu’s beef-free options. The mushroom pho packs an umami punch the beef pho lacks. The shredded green papaya starter is one of the most irresistible salads in town, the crunchy threads and roasted peanuts basking in a tart and funky fish sauce-lime dressing that flickers with chile heat. Of the daily banh mi hoagies, which included tasty chicken meatball and unexpectedly bland pork sausage, the surprising winner was filled with custardy tofu, bright with soy-garlic marinade, pickled cabbage, and creamy Japanese mayo.
Stock: The meticulous beef pho has depth, but is outshone by other offerings [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Dizengoff – Three Bells, Excellent
[T]his hummus takes on its magnetic powers thanks to chef Emily Seaman. The Zahav alum compulsively creates new garnishes daily based on what farmers deliver, with spot-on instincts for textures and flavor contrasts.
Summer corn took on the musky sweetness of fenugreek. Red peppers, simmered with pomegranate, went for a muhammara mood with crushed walnuts. Soft cannelinis were tinted yellow with Yemenite hawaj curry, dusted with smoky black flecks of Urfa chilies. Charred eggplants were cooked to a gloss, then tanged with vinegar and garlic. Fragrant ground lamb, one day topped with pickles, another stewed with orange and pistachios, hit a high with aromatic Persian spice.
Dizengoff: At this ‘hummusiya,’ the chickpea puree takes on magnetic power [Philadelphia Inquirer]
This September marked the start of my 32nd year of residence in this city. And for all of those previous 31 years, I’ve treated this place as my oyster. It’s part of my nature: No matter what city I’m in, I want to take it all in, or as much of it as time will allow. Thirty-one years is a lot of time, and in that time, I’d set foot in every neighborhood in this city.
With — until pretty recently — one big exception.
Like most black Philadelphians, I had heard stories about Fishtown. It seemed that we weren’t welcome there. I’d read stories about blacks getting harrassed, and worse, when they moved into the neighborhood.
And I wasn’t alone.
Adam Erace weighs in on the cocktails at the Yachtsman and happily reports, the tiki drinks are fun and good. But most importantly, fun.
Making cocktails has been elevated to such high art, at times they can elicit a why-so-serious backlash, but with Yachtsman’s menu of high-octane punches, sneaky frappes and colorful rum coolers, Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal have managed to weave together drinks that feel joyful as well as thoughtful. Like the Bird of Paradise, a frothy cross between a Clover Club and a Ramos gin fizz with a subtle orange blossom perfume, or the grass-green Missionary’s Downfall, a frosty, refreshing rum, peach-and-pineapple situation whose color comes from a jungle of blended-in fresh mint. The velvety Tree Frog, a Don Q banana daiquiri mix with an undercurrent of galangal, allspice and star anise, is flat-out delicious; I want to make it a part of my daily breakfast routine.
Also revealed in Erace’s review, his high school AIM username.
Review: Tropical breezes and tiki reimagined at the Yachtsman [City Paper]
For Philadelphia’s Roman Catholics, Sunday’s generally a day of prayer, but this week it was anything but for one Fishtown church, St. Laurentius, which Archbishop Chaput “decertified,” meaning it’s no longer a Roman Catholic church.
However, the decertification says the building can be used in the future for “profane but not sordid use,” according to the Inquirer — and that’ll be true even if it’s demolished and condos are put in its place.
Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the decree means that if the church is demolished or put to another use, the property could not be used for any purpose contrary to Catholic teachings. The order takes effect Wednesday…
John Wisniewski, a longtime member of St. Laurentius, said that a group of parishioners has hired a canon lawyer and that an appeal of the relegation was being sent to the Vatican.
While an appeal is in process, the church cannot be torn down, Gavin said.
Archbishop decertifies Fishtown church [Inquirer]
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Follow the bright arrow to fresh coffee, pastries, toasts, salads, sandwiches, beer, wine and of course rum. The 11,000 square foot cafe, bar, bakery and distillery opened early this morning for business at 1335 Frankford Avenue.
For more on the Fishtown La Colombe, check out our preview of the cafe.
La Colombe – Fishtown [Foobooz]
Kris Serviss, who is justabouttoopen Blue Duck Sandwich Company at 2859 Holme Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia is showing off his taco making ability at tonight’s Fishtown Taco Exchange at Sancho Pistola’s.
The COOK Masters program alum is preparing “The Puffy Duck,” duck confit, traditional mole, plum, pear and daikon kimchi, red cabbage and charred scallion crema, served on a deep fried tortilla.
The tacos are available after 9 p.m. and come two to an order for $13.
Check out the video of Kris Serviss preparing the “Puffy Duck.”
It took about a year, but developer Carl Dranoff and JDavis Architects unveiled plans for the vacant Royal Theater at a South of South Neighborhood Association meeting last week. PlanPhilly has the details this morning.
Kenny Gamble’s Universal Companies purchased the historic building in 2000 but it has been mightily neglected since then. Dranoff partnered with Universal last year when the group announced plans for a mixed-use building to replace the theater. Details on the proposed building were fuzzy until last week’s meeting. Thanks to PlanPhilly, we now know the proposal includes the following provisions.
Earlier this week, Philebrity noted a particularly awesome posting on the Fishtown Spirit’s Facebook page:
Northern Liberties II! “The hysteria this caused was unbelievable,” a commenter wrote, “reigniting the ol’ oldhead vs. newbie debates.”
Though the rumor is ridiculous, the reasoning behind it certainly isn’t: Fishtown does feel more like Northern Liberties nowadays. And not even the Nolibs of 10 years ago. Fishtown has its cache of gimmick bars near Frankford and Girard — a better stand-in for the Nolibs area in and around the Piazza. Approximately 85 new pizza places have opened in the last year. (Note: The last time I made a joke like this, people asked me, “Wow! Eighty-five?!” Please note this number is an exaggeration for comedic effect. It’s actually 81.) Fishtown feels like it’s getting younger and hipper — occasionally, this means “douchier.” So, just like Northern Liberties!
Of course, no one wants to rename Fishtown. The people who just moved there who were scared of it five years ago want that mentioned-in-the-New York Times cachet that goes along with the Fishtown name! But we could rename it Northern Liberties II, if we wanted to be jerks. It got me thinking about other sections of the city we could rename if we were jerks, and I came up with a few: