I’ve gotten better service at the DIY froyo place off South Street than I did at SoWe. One Saturday night, I made a reservation for 8:15. The table wasn’t ready then, so our party of four was ushered outside, where we waited five minutes for a server, and then another 10 minutes for the drinks she forgot to bring us. The cocktails were comped, which almost made up for the fact that it was nearly 9 p.m. when we were finally seated—at a hastily arranged table outside the dining room, next to the bar, with broken hinges that kept knocking big flanks of wood against our knees. After the move, our food was brought out at random. My mussels and mac-and-cheese gratin were delivered simultaneously, while my friend’s starter soup came after her tuna tartare. Oh, and then our waiter decided to argue with us when we raised objections. If the food had been exceptional, the nonstop horrific service might have been forgiven. Alas, it was not.
Ants Pants Café has called Graduate Hospital home since back when there really was a Graduate Hospital. The popular Australian-themed breakfast spot has recently begun serving dinner and chef Nicole Loesch is putting out dishes true to the cafe’s Aussie theme. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday.
For the fifth year in a row, Pub and Kitchen is hosting it’s Country Delight night on Tuesday, November, 26th. The night will feature “cheap beer, fine whiskey, low country menu and nice people dancing to good country music.”
¡Juice! opened last weekend in Graduate Hospital. The juice shop replaces Betty’s Speakeasy at at 2241 Grays Ferry Avenue and offers a menu of juices and blends (shakes). There are also rotating selections of soups and starting Monday, November 25th, the attractive store will also offer vegetarian and vegan sandwiches. There’s also L’Aube coffee for those looking for a jolt from more than just fresh juices.
Today through Friday November, 22nd Meritage is offering a four-course duck menu for $39. Anne Coll’s menu even manages to get duck into the dessert with duck cracklings on a flourless chocolate torte.
To some nutjobs, 11/12/13 is a sure sign of the apocalypse. To Adam Ritter and his fine team at Sidecar Bar & Grille, it’s a sure sign “the end is beer.” Sidecar is pouring twelve beers from San Diego’s Stone Brewing Company. In addition to Stone’s “Enjoy By 11/12/13″ beer, there will also be Vertical Epic 2012, Cali-Belgique, Saison Du Buff, R&R Coconut IPA and Suede.
Whoever drinks the last beer from the keg of “Enjoy By 11/12/13″ wins a prize.
I stumbled upon one of those tag sales by chance one day, and was blown away by her home’s interior design. I was also impressed by the quirky, stylish items Nettles — “owner of the best shoe collection in the tri-state area” — had for sale. Needless to say, my money evaporated at the tag sale — and I suspect the same will happen with a discerning homebuyer who falls in love with her charming house on Cleveland Street.
There are plenty of reasons to be bullish on South Street west of Broad but a couple established businesses are on the way out. The Philly Cupcake location at 20th and South has closed after nine months. The cupcake shop proprietors had a disagreement with their landlords and according to Michael Klein, there were suits and countersuits. The original Philly Cupcake remains at 12th and Chestnut. We’re with Naked Philly in hoping the next tenant chooses a more subtle color palette.
Also closing, is 15th and South’s Baja Room. The odd Mexican joint has been a mainstay at that intersection but we never got understood the Best of New York sticker in the window or the claims that celebrities ate there. According to Naked Philly, Baja Room will resurface at 1001 East Passyunk.
We’re intrigued to see what’s next for these corners.
The Cambridge is getting set to hold its second annual chili cook off. The event takes place on Sunday, November 10th at 3 p.m. and the South Street bar is still looking for a few more contestants who want to compete for the title, “Best Chili in Philly.”
Guests get to sample as much chili as they like and vote for their favorite. The Cambridge will also have more than ten pumpkin beers on tap.
The competition will be held in the outdoor courtyard, so dress accordingly.