Wanna know if someone has ever spent any time living in New York City? Just take her out for bagels anywhere outside the five boroughs and listen to her go on for days about how no bagels are as good as New York City bagels. But you know what we do have? Some of the best regional variations you’re going to find anywhere (and the exceptional breakfast sandwiches made from them), plus our own booming local bagel scene. Here are six operations that take a backseat to no one.
Because right now, the rest of the country just can’t get enough of us and our restaurants, that’s why.
The Brewer’s Plate is set for Sunday, March 8th at the Kimmel Center. Brewer’s Plate is always one of the best beer events of the year. In its eleventh year, the event pairs local restaurants with local beers and it benefits Fair Food.
Tickets are now on sale, and VIP tickets are almost completely sold out. VIP tickets get early access, a souvenir glass and exclusive VIP only treats.
The Brewer’s Plate [Official]
The first two Philly Cooks Tasting Tours are now on sale. Get unprecedented access to top restaurants in Old City and Center City. Each neighborhood-focused tour takes you behind the scenes at three different restaurants.
The Old City and Center City Tasting Tours take place on Tuesday, Februray 17th. The Old City Tour visits Capogiro’s new pizzeria Capofitto for a pizza primer, then heads to Eli Kulp’s High Street on Market for breads, pasta and meats before finally landing at Peter Woolsey’s La Peg for a history lesson and French pastries.
The Center City tour kicks off in the private kitchen at Kevin Sbraga’s latest restaurant, Juniper Commons for an assortment of appetizers and gin and tonics, then heads to Sbraga for a pasta and wine tasting before ending upstairs at Pub & Kitchen for large cuts of meat and make-your-own sandwiches.
For more details, check out the Philly Cooks Tasting Tours page. And don’t hesitate, tickets are extremely limited.
Philly Cooks Tasting Tours [Philadelphia Magazine]
So Philadelphia, it seems, is having something of a moment.
There was the Bon Appetit piece on Reading Terminal Market. There was the New York Times naming Philly as one of the “52 Places To Go In 2015,” and putting us third on the list behind Milan and Cuba–which means, yes, first in the United States.
Now, Travel + Leisure has just come out with their list of the best new restaurants in the world, and has given Philly a page, noting, “This unsung destination has blossomed into one of the U.S.’s most exciting restaurant cities—Portland East?—with a fierce indie spirit and world-class kitchen talent.”
Nice, right? Local names given a specific shout-out include Serpico, Michael Solomonov (Zahav and FedNuts, sure, but more lovingly Abe Fisher and Dizengoff), and both Fork and High Street On Market which gets the closing line, reading, “The artisanal breads and the caraway-rye rigatoni with pastrami ragù are reasons alone to go to Philly.”
So we’re awesome is the point here. At least for today. But in the immortal words of the legendary Dirk Diggler, “We can always do better. I’m gonna keep trying if you guys keep trying. Let’s keep rocking and rolling, man!”
Travel + Leisure – Best New Restaurants [Official]
Photo courtesy High Street On Market’s twitter
Serious Eats wasn’t very impressed with the state of Philadelphia’s cheesesteak scene but is a big fan of our roast pork sandwiches. Features Editor Niki Achitoff-Gray tried 14 of them recently and came up with her best six.
It’s a pretty good list, we just wish it were easier to find ANY roast pork sandwich after nightfall.
Okay, your beloved gourmet is now fitted out to whip up paella with a precision-weighed quantity of saffron and clean up afterward with minimal fuss. Now what she needs is a chance to get out of the house. And here’s where you should send her—because it’s where I wish people would take me: out to lunch.
As if the last cheese event wasn’t enough, here we come with two more, happening on December 15th and 16th.
First off, there’s a cheese pop-up happening at High Street on Market on Monday, December 15. Starting at 5:30, authors and cheese experts Max McCalman and Tenaya Darlington will be signing books, curating side-by-side cheese tastings and offering a cheese master class for those who are seriously into their curds.
Then, on Tuesday, December 16, at a.bar, there’ll be a cheese happy hour, also featuring McCalman, this time with wine expert Mariel Wega by his side.
Details for both events are after the jump.
Head baker Alexandre Bois and executive chef Eli Kulp are rolling out a new menu of fall breads at High Street on Market. High Street, which has already received extensive praise for its bread program is now making bread a seasonal menu.
“Alex does amazing work, and tasting his newest creations is one of my favorite parts of my job,” says chef Kulp. Bois was singled out in Bon Appetit’s crowning of High Street on Market as the second best new restaurant in the country.
There are a million and one food photos out there on Instagram, but here are thirteen of Philadelphia’s restaurants that do Instagram best.
1. Russet – @russetphilly
Russet posts a lot of vegetable pics, but makes ‘em look very appetizing thanks to such bright hues.
Another specimen of the chioggia squash.