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There are only two reasons why we get so giddy when soft-shell season comes around, two reasons why we like eating them at all:
- Eating soft-shell crabs is a no-fuss way of eating crabs (which is an otherwise very fussy experience with the shell on).
- It makes us feel alive.
Digging into them with a fork and knife — really, eating any animal whole like that — is a pretty primal experience in itself.
But let’s take it a step further, shall we? Let’s chomp into them without using any utensils at all. Let’s just stuff them between bread and rip into them like the beasts that we are. We’re at the top of this food chain, so we might as well act like it.
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Sun drenched Fitler Dining Room
Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce is rolling out a new brunch menu this weekend. The menu includes an interesting mix of dishes ranging from cast-iron pancakes to duck confit hash with shishito peppers.
The restaurant is also keeping its “Rad Rosé Wines of the Week” going with two selections. And remember, Fitler now offers a full bar, so there is a Bloody Mary on the “Day-Drinking” menu.
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This week’s Rad Rosé Wines at Fitler Dining Room
Fitler Dining Room has rolled out a new menu with summery dishes like smashed cucumber salad, chilled corn and coconut soup and what really caught our eye, lobster and shrimp poutine.
Also flirting with us is Fitler’s Rad Rosé Wines of the Week. And among those, the can, yes can, of Underwood Rosé is definitely saying it’s looking for a good time.
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When Fitler Dining Room was just a rendering and a concept, the team that brought us Pub & Kitchen agreed to initially only offer beer and wine as a concession to the neighborhood association. But now, just after three years of brightening the corner of 22nd and Spruce with seasonal plantings and flowers, the restaurant is now offering a cocktail list including original and classic cocktails. Included in the list is FDR Tiki Rum Punch served in a traditional tiki mug and a very traditional Vesper Martini, “stirred, not shaken.”
The intimate restaurant isn’t a stocking a vast selection of liquor but enough to mix up most cocktails.
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Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce has rolled out a new winter brunch menu. And as an added bonus, the restaurant is also offering $5 mimosas through all of December. And if that’s not enough, tag #FDRBrunch on your Instagram shots of brunch and you’ll have a chance to win a $100 gift card to Fitler Dining Room. Whether you keep that for yourself or turn it into a gift, that’s up to you.
Fitler offers brunch starting at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
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Fitler Dining Room is going BYOB with no corkage fee for one night only, tonight. The 22nd Street restaurant had a private event scheduled for this evening that cancelled. So on a day with no reservations, they’re inviting all to come by with their own bottles to fill the room.
Maybe you can even score a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau to bring.
Fitler Dining Room [Foobooz]
Late afternoon wine enjoyed outdoors at Fitler Dining Room.
Whether you’ve tired of Center City Sips, your go-to bar, or simply drinking at home, here’s a round-up of the newer additions to the list of Philadelphia’s happy hours this summer. With the heat of August on the horizon, we’re probably all going to need a drink (or three), so let these newcomers reinvigorate your weekday drinking.
We’ll accept a cocktail as thanks.
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Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce has added weekday lunch. The menu offers snacks, soups, salads and sandwiches. Enough “S”s there? Did we mention Fitler is on Spruce Street?
Highlights of the menu include the 9th Street, a house-made sausage with provolone, broccoli rabe, long hots and a fried egg and the pictured grilled eggplant sandwich with fresh mozzarella, basil and dried tomatoes.
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Christina DeSilva at Taproom on 19th | Photo by Lauren Mame Thomas
Christina DeSilva is the new executive chef at South Philadelphia’s Taproom on 19th. DeSilva is just 21-years of age and promises “upscale stoner food.” Though cool ranch fries with chipotle-lime mayo and a spiked malted brown butter sage milkshake with brûléed figs appeal to us, we can’t help but worry that most 21-year olds we know are much more stoner than executive.
Meal Ticket was the first to report that chef Rob Marzinsky has left Fitler Dining Room. The restaurant was ranked number 11 in Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list and Marzinsky received much of the praise. Owner Dan Clark says Fitler isn’t announcing a replacement yet and that they’re “staffing from within the company.” That’s at least slightly reassuring, as Fitler, Pub & Kitchen and Avalon’s the Diving Horse are all part of the same organization. Marzinsky tells us he has something planned for February and then will do some travelling. Here’s hoping the restaurant keeps performing at a high level.
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Early on Saturday morning, video cameras outside of Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce recorded someone vandalizing the restaurant’s iconic dog statues. A segment of the video (below) shows a male kicking and twisting the statue.
According to Fitler Dining Room’s Ed Hacket — who has seen the entire surveillance video of the incident — the suspect was walking west on Spruce Street when he tried to catch a cab at the corner. Hacket says the man was quickly tossed from the cab, and after that he headed for the dogs. Hacket says that the video shows the man kicking at one of the statues, finally knocking it over and breaking it.
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