Royal Tavern Recreating Bob’s Burgers Specials

jack-o-lentil-burger-royal-tavernRoyal 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]

Catch Jen Carroll on Finale of Top Chef Duels Tonight

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]

Spotted: Jon Taffer Rescuing Bars

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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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Jamonera Chef Takes on Chopped

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Philadelphia chef Lindsay McClain of Jamonera will be competing on Food Network’s Chopped this evening. McClain, along with three other chefs, will prepare three courses – appetizer, entree, dessert – using all of the items in her basket, one of which is obscure.

Tune in and show your support tonight, Tuesday, June 24th at 10 p.m. to check out Lindsay compete for the title of Chopped Champ.

Jamonera [Foobooz]

Free Frankenfood Around Town

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Spike TV’s Frankenfood with Tony Luke Jr. is debuting on Sunday June 22nd and to get you ready for weird food mashups, Tony Luke and company will be rolling out Frankenfood trucks this week to give people a taste.

The free meals kick off today for lunch at 33rd and Arch Streets.

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Jen Carroll Headed Back To TV In Top Chef Duels

jen-carroll-top-chef-duels-400Of all the wandering Philly chefs without a kitchen to call home, Jen Carroll may have been kitchen-less the longest.

Ever since her post-Top Chef exit from her gig at 10 Arts (and a couple of abortive attempts at opening restaurants of her own here and in NYC), she has been consulting, doing guest chef gigs and, now, is headed back to the small screen to compete on Top Chef Duels.

Curtis Stone is hosting, Gail Simmons and Hugh Acheson are at the judge’s table. Wolfgang Puck is hosting the Duels version of Last Chance Kitchen (called “The Knockout”) which will be available online. Bravo is bringing out the big guns and trying to really make this new spin-off a thing.

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TONIGHT: Suppa’s Chef on Chopped

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Chef Georgeann Leaming of Northern Liberties’ Suppa will be on Chopped this evening. Tune into the Food Network at 10 p.m. to see the Philadelphia chef.

Check out the Food Network’s description of the show.

In the first basket, the fryer gets pretty crowded as the chefs race to make crispy chicken wings, and the chefs are challenged to make African peri peri rub work in their dishes. Then in the entree round, a difficult cut of meat and a salty sandwich spread are among the mandatory ingredients. And will either finalist decide to bake a pie from the pie dough in the dessert basket?

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