When Anthony Bourdain finally came to Philadelphia to film one of his TV shows, he steered clear of the city’s iconic cheesesteak. But he recently came back around these parts for an episode of his CNN show, Parts Unknown and he showed he wasn’t afraid to woof down the region’s singular sandwich.
Debuting on Sunday, May 31 at 9 p.m., this week’s episode is all about New Jersey and Bourdain makes his way to Camden for a cheesesteak from Donkey’s Place. Bourdain calls the cheesesteak “sublime” and “unbelievably good.”
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Joe Cicala making his pasta alla mugnaia | Photo by Jason Varney
Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala, Jose Garces and Holly Ricciardi (Magpie) will be on ABC’s The Chew today. Cicala will be showing off his single strand pasta alla mugnaia, while Garces makes a ceviche and Ricciardi bakes her butterscotch bourbon pie.
Tune in at 1 p.m. (or set your DVR) to see the whole crew repping Philly.
The Chew [Official]
Host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern is in town. Yesterday the chef and writer posted photos on his Instagram feed of Rieker’s Prime Meats in Northeast Philadelphia as well as at Le Mandigue, an African restaurant at 6620 Woodland Avenue. That wasn’t Zimmern’s only stop on Woodland Avenue. The gutsy eater tried also ate Liberian grilled chicken from a sidewalk grill.
Today, Zimmern has been spotted at Dizengoff/Abe Fisher on Sansom Street.
If you spot Zimmern and his film crew around town, let us know.
UPDATE: He has also made it across the street for the Solomonov hat trick, he’s been seen at Federal Donuts.
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Tony Luke has launched the website foodmashups.com. The site is dedicated to you guessed it, food mashups. Today he released his second webisode, where chef Robert Legget of Guerilla Ultima BBQ shows how he makes his pho’wich, a melding of a reuben sandwich and a bowl of pho.
Tacos at La Calaca Feliz
On the Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip, four local taco hot spots will be featured this evening. La Calaca Feliz, Sancho Pistola’s, Union Taco and Tuk Tuk Real will all be making their TV debuts.
Host Aaron Sanchez hits the taco spots trying out everything from a scrapple taco to one of Tuk Tuk Real’s Thai fusion creations. The show debuts at 9:30 p.m. and Sancho’s, Union Taco and Tuk Tuk Real are all hosting viewing parties. Union Taco and Tuk Tuk are both offering $2 tacos. Union Taco is even offering delivery from their Manayunk location if you buy five or more tacos.
Tuk Tuk is also giving away a $25 gift card to the customer who posts the most appetizing photo of them watching Taco Trip and eating the restaurant’s tacos. All posts, tweets, or Instagram pics must be accompanied by #TukTukTacoTrip.
Taco Trip – Philadelphia [Cooking Channel]
Royal Tavern in Bella Vista has long been known for its burgers and it looks like it about to get a lot more notoriety for them. Starting yesterday and running for the next eleven weeks, the Royal is recreating special burgers that were mentioned on the TV show Bob’s Burgers.
First up is the “Jack-O-Lentil burger,” it’s a Lentil burger with pumpkin habanero aioli, wilted spinach, tomato and poblano salad, served on a brioche bun. New burgers debut every Sunday. Next up, “Mushroom with a View.”
Royal Tavern [Foobooz]
Tonight is the ultimate showdown for the $100,000 on Bravo’s Top Chef Duels. Philadelphia’s chef Jennifer Carroll is going after the bragging rights, a feature in Food and Wine Magazine, and the money in tonight’s all-black dish battle.
After creating a dish bursting with flavor but only black in color, two chefs will be chosen to move onto the final Duel, while the other 8 remaining chefs battle it out for the last two spots by cooking up an all-white dish.
Top Chef Duels Finale [Bravo TV]
Bravo brings back Jennifer Carroll for tonight’s episode of “Top Chef Duels.” The Philadelphia native battles Los Angeles chef, Nyesha Arrington. The newest edition to Bravo’s “Top Chef” franchise is on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
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Jon Taffer, host of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue has been spotted in Philadelphia this week. Yesterday, he was seen “stressing” West Tavern (formerly Westy’s) at 15th and Callowhill. WXPN’s Robert Drake then spotted him on South Street at Lickety Split.
While Taffer has confirmed that the show is filming in Philadelphia through September 12th, the next location to be hit remains unknown. If you spot Taffer or any TV crews around town, let us know where.
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Photo via the Travel Channel
Sketch Burger on Girard Avenue in Fishtown will be getting some TV time tonight on the Travel Channel’s Hamburger Paradise 3. The show airs tonight, Tuesday, July 29th at 10 p.m.
Hamburger Paradise 3 [Travel Channel]
Sketch Burger [Official]