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.
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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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There are a million and one food photos out there on Instagram, but here are thirteen of Philadelphia’s restaurants that do Instagram best.
Russet posts a lot of vegetable pics, but makes ’em look very appetizing thanks to such bright hues.
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A couple days back, Danya Henninger from the Philly Zagat blog put together a great list of the 20 best secret menu items at restaurants in Philly. And while yes, there are a few odd ones in there to round out the list (the pork pastrami sandwich at Fitler isn’t exactly “secret” and the blistered shishito peppers at Bar Ferdinand come with the patatas bravas), but that doesn’t matter because the list, as a whole, is awesome for those who don’t already know about the existence of these dishes, and a fantastic reminder of some of the best one-off plates in the city for those seen-it-all souls who think they already know everything.
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Fitler Dining Room has added happy hour. The Center City restaurant is offering sangria and snacks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. everyday. The menu includes half-price oysters, a daily cheese special, a veggie plate and popcorn dusted with Rogue Creamery’s “Blue Heaven” cheese.
The highlight however is the Japanese Fried Chicken Sandwich which includes bread and butter pickles, slaw and is served on a semolina roll. On the drink side Fitler Dining Room is offering Tiger Lager for $3 and summer sangria (white wine, lillet, berries) for $5 a glass, $23 a pitcher.
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