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Straddling the border of Queen Village and Society Hill is this year-old construction located on quiet Naudain Street. Hardwood flooring encompasses the entire home, save for the 800-square-foot roof deck, which in addition to having a grill gas line, waterproof interlocking floors, and 360 views, offers a pilot house wet bar.
Inside, the home offers an island cabinet kitchen with granite counters, glass tile backsplash, Viking appliances, and custom cabinets. There’s also a 5-burner gas stove that’s been vented to the outside. Living and dining areas are connected by an open floor layout, with the living room having the added measure of a fireplace. This first level also has a bedroom–currently used as a home office–and full bathroom.
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Craig LaBan enjoys much of what he eats from chef Yun Fuentes’s menu at Society Hill Society. In particular he enjoys brunch and the fresh Pilsner Urquel.
His ode to pierogi are delicate, their handmade sour cream dumpling skins stuffed with truffled mashed potatoes over molasses-sweetened Vidalia onion jam. He tapas-izes chicken pot pie, tucking a creamy velouté of leg meat, carrots, and peas into croquette sticks that would please even the toughest Amish Spaniard. His summer peach soup is simply a gazpacho-good tribute to ripe local summer fruit, the sweet pureed peaches tanged with a hint of vinegar and garlic, sparked with salty bits of shaved ham and tiny floating spheres of creamy goat cheese.
Two Bells – Very Good
For another opinion on this Society Hill restaurant, read Trey Popp’s review of Society Hill Society from the October issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Society Hill Society inspired by the past [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The 9th annual Greenfest Philly will be held this Sunday, September 7th, at Headhouse Square, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The region’s largest environmental festival, Greenfest will include eco-friendly options to munch and sip on. Among the highlights are a sustainably brewed beer garden, organic drinks, natural foods from food trucks and restaurants, plus edible bug treats.
If you’re adventurous enough to try an insect, EDIBL (Environmental Discourses on the Ingestion of Bugs League) has supplied a few options to suit your palate. Past edible bug creations included a Honey and Cheese cracker, chocolate coating and fresh cucumber with crickets and/or mealworms. EDIBL will even provide caloric values and further nutritional information for each of their bug snacks.
The festival will also feature live music, fun family activities, a rock-climbing wall, free demos and handmade green shopping. Music performances begin at 11 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m.
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Society Hill Society | Photo by Courtney Apple
In the annals of faint praise, neighborhood restaurant is a peculiar epithet. People usually apply it to the places that make them feel most welcome. Yet it’s a dismissive classification—not just because it implies that a place merits only limited attention, but because it suggests that one neighborhood restaurant is more or less interchangeable with any other. Warm hospitality, a menu that’s not trying to reinvent the wheel, consistent cooking, and bang—your Brewerytown pals are all, “Why can’t somebody open a place like this by us?”
Nobody would ask that about Society Hill Society, because Reed Barrow has remade the old Artful Dodger into a public house that looks like pints have been sliding across its hammered copper bar since the first bricks were laid on Headhouse Square (and only lately, eclectic cocktails). Locally crafted spindle chairs and coarse-grained chestnut soak up the warm light of yellow globe fixtures on patched plaster ceilings. The upper bar shelves hold objects so random, it seems they must have taken decades to accrue. Is that a femur wedged in next to the ship captain’s hat?
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Toll Brothers, the Horsham, PA-based megadeveloper, has found late-career success in the unlikeliest of places: bustling cities. The company has done projects throughout New York City, as well as the remarkably successful 600-unit Naval Square in Graduate Hospital. Now Toll Bros. is pushing its latest Philadelphia offering: the still-under-construction 410 at Society Hill, the luxury condo complex on Headhouse Square that replaces the large hole where Newmarket once stood.
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Tomorrow, Saturday, June 14th is Philadelphia’s first VegFest. The outdoor festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the shambles at Headhouse Square. The event features speakers, cooking demos and of course, lots of vegetarian food vendors.
Among the highlights, Vedge’s Rich Landau, freshly back from Paris will be showing off the plant-based cuisine that will be part of his new endeavor, V Street.
In addition to the food, speakers and cooking demos, the afternoon will also feature veg-friendly vendors and live music.
Philly VegFest [Official]
With delightful weather, celebrating Philly Beer Week outdoors has become a priority. One great spot to do that is at the official PBW Beer Garden at the Headhouse Square Shambles (2nd and Lombard). The beer garden is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and six Pennsylvania brewers are featured this evening.
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