Here’s our picks for what to do today and this evening for Philly Wine Week.
Jose Garces’ Garces Trading Company is rolling out a new brunch menu this weekend. Among the options is Brunch Steak Frites for the table. For $29 per person, guests can get grilled flat iron steak, sunny side up eggs, potato rösti, truffled sauce Béarnaise. A $22 prix-fixe option gives diners two courses, GTC coffee or tea and a basket of house-made pastries.
In addition to the prix-fixe options the menu is available a la carte. New options include French Toast with spiced brioche and served with confiture du lait and blood orange and Poached Scrambled Eggs with kale pesto, pecorino, and toasted sourdough.
Garces Trading Co.’s deep dish pizza will also be available along with a selection of sides like Maple Mascarpone Polenta.
It’s the last week of October and that means a couple of good deals are coming to their end. Route 6 has been hosting Lobster Month with half-off several lobster-centric dishes on their menu. And the poorly named Garces-tober at Garces Trading Company will be bowing out after October 31st. The deal is as good as the name is bad though with a $5 bar menu being offered from 3 to 7 p.m.
“This is basically Garces Trading Company 3.0” says General Manager Seth Lieberman. The Trading Company has recently reopened following the transformation of the retail cheese and charcuterie areas into an 18-seat zinc bar. Garces Restaurant Group has slowly transitioned The Trading Company (originally conceived as a marketplace where shoppers could pick-up imported cheeses, charcuterie, olive oil, and the like), away from the retail model towards one for dining. The effect of the renovation is seamless. Besides the olive-oil tasting area that divides the dining room from the bar, I doubt that the first-time diner would know that the restaurant was ever anything but a neighborhood bistro.
Despite the changes, Lieberman’s goal is that the restaurant remain casual and approachable–a neighborhood place, but one where each menu item is influenced by the ingredients that would have appeared in the refrigerated cases in those early days.
The new bar itself is pleasant, boasting a menu of classic cocktails (including a beautifully balanced Aviation), imported beers, and approachable wines, alongside adorned mozzarellas and small dishes of meatballs. What’s more, for the month of October the Trading Company is celebrating Garce-Tober, a promotion that, despite having a terrible name, is rock-solid. The entire bar menu of stretched-to-order mozzarellas (regularly $6), and meatballs (regularly $7) is available for $5 each between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 pm. Even better, beers, their five specialty cocktails, and wines by the glass are also only $5 each.
Check out some snaps from inside the newly-redesigned Garces Trading Company after the jump.
It’s not just the extra “o” that separates the two desserts. Macarons and macaroons are both sweet desserts that use egg whites and sugar as a meringue base and get their names from the Italian word for “meringue”—but it’s pretty much apples and oranges from there.
After recently visiting southern France, Chef Jose Garces was inspired by the classic dish and decided to add it to his menu at Garces Trading Co. Endless Steak Frites is offered during lunch and dinner and are served with a green salad starter.
The meal includes Endless Grilled Hanger Steak and House Duck Fat French Fries.
Photo by Jason Varney
Just in time for the hottest days of the season Garces Trading Co. is offering a twist on summer cocktails. Beverage manager Brandon Thomas has created three hand-bottled fizzy cocktails to serve to the dine-in guests at GTC.
Each cocktail is mixed, frozen to 30 degrees, and carbonated before being hand-bottled with Garces Trading Co. caps. When ordered each individual glass bottle is poured into properly garnished glasses and served for $12. Thomas will create new flavors and combinations for each season.
Let’s face it. Labor Day weekend is kind of lame. Sure, you get Monday off and you get to act like you’re not a slave to corporate America. But deep down you know they still have you by the short hairs. They give you enough slack to enjoy your block parties and your late-season Phillies and your BBQs and your beer. But don’t be fooled: Day off or not, The Man still owns you.
To hammer home that point, Jose Garces (who, let’s face it, succumbs more to the Establishment with every TV appearance), is here to help your suburban ass keep up with the Joneses. In a brilliant twist of salesmanship, Garces is selling what he calls “Burgers and Hot Dogs To-Go Grilling Kits” out of his Garces Trading Company. Each kit provides enough mortadella hot dogs or Village Whiskey-style ground beef (plus buns, house-made chips and either pickles or signature mustard) to feed a party of four and give you enough grilling superiority to take down your asshole neighbors until at least next Memorial Day.