Viking Pastries in Ardmore is being redone inside and out as part of a TV show. The big reveal for the Cricket Avenue bakery is set for today at 5:30 p.m. Official word on what show it is has been mum, but The Main Line Times says it is for a Food Network show and spots Nancy Glass Productions on site. We’re going to guess it is an episode of Save My Bakery, which actually has been on the Cooking Channel, a subsidiary of the Food Network.
Spike TV has greenlit its first food show. Frankenfood, which will star Philadelphia’s Tony Luke along with executive chef Josh Capon. The show will pit amateurs and their weird food combinations against each other. Luke and Capon will judge the creations and the winner gets $10,000 and is featured on the menu of a local popular restaurant.
Bravo’s Top Chef returns on Wednesday, October 2nd. Season 11 is based in New Orleans and includes local chefs Nick Elmi and Jason Cichonski. In the first episode the chefs must prepare a soiree in the swamp. In the sneak peek, Cichonski finishes early and harrasses a still working Elmi.
The Sidecar is inviting everyone to come in and hang out as they watch the showing on both floors. Sidecar’s clam chowder, gnocchi and crab topped fries(The Appetizer Formerly Known As …) will be featured on the show.
Tonight at 7 p.m. on Destination America, formerly Discovery Home & Leisure, is featuring four local restaurants on United States of Bacon. As you might expect there’s a ton of bacon on the show but we have to raise an eyebrow over the inclusion of McNally’s Tavern’s Schmitter. Surely a great gluttonous sandwich, but as the diagram above shows, bacon is not a normal part of the Schmitter. Now bacon is available for a dollar add-on, but who needs bacon when you already have steak, grilled salami, cheese, fried onions, tomatos, special sauce and even more cheese?
We thought it was odd that Sidecar Bar & Grille at 22nd and Christian was closed during the day yesterday. Doubly weird that the Standard Tap was also closed. But then a tipster told us they spotted a Diners, Drive-ins and Divesfilm crew at Sidecar and it began to make sense. We reached out to Standard Tap owner William Reed as to whether he had received a visit from “Flavor Town.” Reed issued a “no comment” which speaks volumes.
Did anyone see Guy Fieri himself around town? And are any diners, drive-ins or dives not open today? Let us know.