Center City’s La Creperie Closes After 18 Years

La Creperie closes as Suga prepares to open.

La Creperie closes as Suga prepares to open.

La Creperie Cafe at 1722 Sansom Street has closed after 18 years. The French BYOB specialized in crepes and also offered Sunday brunch. But with prices of all the crepes starting north of $10 and some hitting $18, it never seemed that crowded a spot and as lunchtime competition boomed, it isn’t particularly surprising the cafe closed.

A sign on the door (in English and French) explained La Creperie was still available for catering.

The long narrow space is directly next to Susanna Foo’s Suga, which looked to be in its final stages of construction this afternoon.

Cauliflower After Dark: Neuf Reviewed

The Bouillabaisse at Neuf.

The Bouillabaisse at Neuf / Neuf

I was excited when Joncarl Lachman told me his next restaurant was going to be a French/North African concept. A little bit bistro, he said, but with the techniques and textures of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. A little gin at the bar, or maybe French 75’s drunk fast so the bubbles get right up in your nose. Flavors like the Marrakesh night market lit on fire.

And I was into it because Neuf was new—high-end North African food not being something you see much around Philadelphia—and because Lachman is good at doing new. He’s committed to turning geopolitical oddities (like Dutch/Scandinavian regional modernism at Noord, or a one-night-only rijsttafel pop-up dinner in collaboration with the crew from the Indonesian workingman’s cafe, Hardena) into satisfying, comforting dinners where the curation of the menu is nearly as important as how it all comes together on the table.

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This Thursday: Celebrate France and Beaujolais Nouveau

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On the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau hits the world. It is the first taste of the 2015 vintage and in France, it’s a celebration of wine, the year and the region. And in Philadelphia we hate to miss a party, so many Philadelphia bars and restaurants offer pours, specials and in one case, a dinner cooked by a former Le Bec Fin executive chef.

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Dinner Series Kicks Off at La Peg

La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko

La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko

La Peg is kicking off a dinner series with a vintner’s dinner this Tuesday, November 10th. The four-course dinner is $35 and $50 with a wine pairing. In December, the French brasserie will throw a beer dinner with Saint Benjamin’s, details to follow.

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As Movie Nights End, a New Happy Hour Is Coming to La Peg

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Outdoor drinking at La Peg.

Next week, Old City’s La Peg is having one final movie night on the patio before they shut down the outdoor beer garden and put away the fire pits for the winter season.

Tonight, Wednesday, October 14th, the French brasserie is playing classic drama-thriller, Jackie Brown, then next week, to get you in the Halloween spirit, their last showing will be Nightmare on Elm Street on Thursday, October 22nd.

Although one fun event is ending at La Peg, another is beginning with the launch of sweet deals on their new happy hour.

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Preview Restaurant Neuf at American Sardine Bar

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Fennel Three Ways; one of the dishes at the Restaurant Neuf preview at American Sardine Bar | Photo via Instagram

Joncarl Lachman’s Restaurant Neuf is set to open on Wednesday, September 16th if all goes well. And on Tuesday, September 8th, Lachman and Best of Philly winning bartender, Jesse Cornell (who will be the  head man at Neuf) are offering a preview at American Sardine Bar.

Cornell will be testing out several cocktails including a Cynar Sour and a riff on a cognac French 75. While the wine will feature Southern French and even Moroccan offerings, Cornell will play around with French spirits and herbs and spice blends that will also be in the food, but he doesn’t want to get boxed in too much by those ingredients.

And of course there will be food »

New Seasonal Menu for Fond

New from Fond

New from Fond

Fond enjoyed an early August vacation and now chef Lee Styer, pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki and front of the house manager Tory Keomanivong are back and showing off a new summer menu, plus a featured dish of the month.

Among the new dishes are tuna poke with yellowtail and albacore tuna served with soy, black sesame, pineapple, cucumber, toasted coconut; scallops with summer squash, fregola sarda, piquillo pepper sauce; and more.

The new featured dish for August is shrimp with watermelon, feta, micro basil and a smoked paprika aioli. The dish is described as smoky but bright and refreshing at the same time. It’s available now as an appetizer.

Fond can be enjoyed a la carte or via five ($59) or seven course ($69) tasting menus.

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Pop-Up Restaurant: Le Bok Fin

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Photo by Michelle Gustafson

Before the Edward T. Bok Technical School closed two years ago, the school had an culinary training cafe tucked inside the building, cleverly named Le Bok Fin. Since the school’s closed, the building has sat in disuse, and the cafe along with it. Thankfully, things have changed.

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Foie Topped Tacos at Dos Tacos

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Occasional Foobooz correspondent Fidel Gastro was at Sylva Senat’s Dos Tacos for lunch today at 120 S 15th Street. He ordered the Frenchman, herb braised chicken tacos topped with adobo salsa and truffle-lime vinaigrette. And of course he got the foie gras add-on.

Dos Tacos is open till 3 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, though Le Frenchman is only served till midnight.

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