South Street’s Tio Flores Starts Brunch

Desayunos Tacos kick off brunch at Tio Flores

Desayunos Tacos kick off brunch at Tio Flores

Tio Flores, the Mexican joint from the team behind Hawthornes and Cambridge is kicking off brunch service this weekend.

Served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the menu offers plenty of huevos and even a Mexican spin around French toast.

And since it isn’t brunch without some booze, Tio Flores is offering the standard Bloody Mary and Bloody Maria, plus a Mexican Chili Hot Cocoa that you can spike with XO Patron.

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Bloktoberfest Returns This Saturday

Bloktoberfest: block party happens this Saturday | Photo via Bloktoberfest

Bloktoberfest: block party happens this Saturday | Photo via Bloktoberfest

Bloktoberfest returns to South Street for the 8th edition of the beer, food, music block party. The blockbuster street festival happens this Saturday, October 15th from noon to 9 p.m. South Street will be closed off from Broad Street to 18th Street for local vendors serving craft beer, local eats and a variety of neighborhood initiatives.

Bloktoberfest is free to attend but all festival-goers will need a beer bracelet and beer tickets. A bracelet is $15 in advance and includes three drink tickets. A bonus beer ticket comes with five drinks for $25 in advance ($30 day of). Get your tickets online now.

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Spotted: Yeeroh Modern Greek Grill on South Street

Yeeroh at 1412 South Street | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Yeeroh at 1412 South Street | Photo by Arthur Etchells

A banner on the side of 1412 South Street promises “Yeeroh: Modern Greek Grill” is coming to the long abandoned building. We reached out to owner Yiannys Degermentzidis who tells us it is too early to comment yet on the business. This, despite the countdown clock on Yeeroh’s website now dropping below 90 days. 

Converting an abandoned building to working restaurant in 90 days seems like a gargantuan task to us, but we’re looking forward to trying Yeeroh, a phonetic take on how to pronounce “gyro,” whenever it opens.

In the meantime, Yeeroh is hosting a snapchat contest where if you take a picture of the banner hanging in front of the storefront and send it to @YEEROH, you can get a voucher for a free sandwich or tray on opening day.

Yeeroh [Foobooz]

Lou Bird’s Has A Happy Hour

Lou Bird's opens at 20th and Lombard | Photo via Lou Bird's

Lou Bird’s–the new restaurant in the old Meritage space, opened by Norris and Debbie Jordan of the Happy Rooster–has been getting some solid, early love from Philadelphia. Which isn’t really all that surprising since it has Natalie Maronski (ex of Volver) in the kitchen and Josh Jenkins (former manager at Dandelion) working the floor.

But now, they’re trying to make their little neighborhood bistro even more neighborhood-y by adding a happy hour.

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Lou Birds Opens at 20th and Lombard

Lou Bird's opens at 20th and Lombard | Photo via Lou Bird's

Lou Bird’s opens at 20th and Lombard | Photo via Lou Bird’s

Once upon a time I was sitting outside of Varga Bar at 10th and Spruce, looking over at the packed sidewalks at Kanella and remarked this might be the most bumping corner in all of downtown Philadelphia without a place named Parc on it. I also remember thinking, now if something could turn up the voltage at 20th and Lombard across from Pub & Kitchen, then 10th and Spruce would have some competition. Read more »

Pub & Kitchen Changes Up Happy Hour with Some Super Deals

pub-and-kitchen-outdoors-940Pub & Kitchen rolls out a new happy hour menu starting tonight. The deals include $20 bottles of rosé wine, $5 You Call It Old Fashioneds (choose mezcal, whiskey or rum) and P&K Pils made exclusively for Pub & Kitchen by New Belgium.

The Kitchen in Pub & Kitchen gets into the act with a $10 cheese plate, half-priced oysters and P&K’s “Almost Famous Happy Hour Burger” for $7.95. The burger is a changeup from the Pub’s regular burger. For happy hour, chef Eli Collins is topping the burger with caramelized onions, jalapeño queso, pickle slaw and serving it on a sesame brioche.

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15th and South Beer Garden Rocks Its First Weekend

Food at the PHS Pop Up on South Street

Quesadillas, barbecue chicken, ships and salsa and the Khyber’s Pulled Pork BBQ | Photo via PHS

The PHS South Street Pop-Up Beer Garden officially opened last Wednesday, but did so by the skin of its teeth. The Khyber Pass Pub backed beer garden saw the last contractors leave the garden just a half-hour before the first guests arrived. But by Saturday, things were humming along. The draft cocktails were pouring, the kitchen was popping out Khyber Pass Pub Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches and vegan meatball sandwiches. The benches were packed and everyone seemed to be having a great time on our several visits.

This week the beer garden begins its full programming with Margarita Mondays and more.

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Wings Back at the Sidecar Bar

wings sidecar 940Graduate Hospital’s Sidecar Bar & Grille has brought back chicken wings as a permanent part of their menu and during all Flyers playoff games they will be on special for $7.

Chef Brian Lofink has created three varieties for the menu including one variety that looks a lot like these gems:

  • Buffalo style with Maytag Blue Cheese Sauce and Celery & Carrot Ribbons
  • Honey Chipotle BBQ with Cornbread Crumble and Scallions
  • Ranch Powder with Scallion Creme Fraiche and Pickled Red Onions & Jalapenos

Sidecar Bar & Grille [Foobooz]

Pop-Up Beer Garden Coming to Rail Park

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A PHS pop-up garden is coming to the foot of the Rail Park. | Image via Google Maps

This summer, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society plans to open two pop-up beer gardens, a return to 15th and South streets plus a new park at the foot of the Philadelphia Rail Park.

Thanks to a $360,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphians will get their first extended interaction with the planned Rail Park. A pop-up garden is set for 10th and Hamilton streets, at the base of the Reading Viaduct. Today, the area is a tangle of crumbling concrete, overgrown lots and decay, but with the help of PHS and noted landscape architect Walter Hood, the project aims to merge the post-industrial structure with urban green space. The pop-up will raise awareness for the creation of the Rail Park as it blends art, history and horticulture. The location is convenient to live music venues Union Transfer and Underground Arts, as well as the Chinatown and Callowhill neighborhoods. Perhaps even more so than the other PHS pop-ups, this location will challenge the way Philadelphians interact with and envision their urban spaces. Read more »

We’re Obsessed With Grad Hospital’s New Boutique

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Images via Maark Concept.

Grad Hospital just got a brand-new, lust-worthy shopping destination: Maark Concept. This small, airy fashion haven is the brainchild of Ethan Nguyen of The Philly ShopsPia Panaligan and Melissa Choi of the brand Senpai + Kohai, Nicole Haddad of Lobo Mau, and Samantha Connors of VEXOT. Together, these four entrepreneurs combined their retail, merchandising and manufacturing knowledge to bring together a curated mix of designer brands and local talent.  Read more »

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