Details On Noord Owner Joncarl Lachman’s New North African Restaurant in the Italian Market


Put down that Dutch Cookery book, Joncarl!

I had dinner at Noord last night on East Passyunk Avenue, but before I left I made sure to bend Chef / owner Joncarl Lachman’s ear about what he has planned for his new location in the Italian Market. 

First things first: They’re deciding between two names: Bistro Neuf or Restaurant Neuf. The name Neuf, because “neuf” means 9 in French and the restaurant is on 9th Street—in the former location of Argentinian steakhouse 943.

The menu will be North African with French influences. I’m told to expect hearty Moroccan tajines (yes, some with pigeon), braised meats and even bouillabaisse. 

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Throw Back Thursdays: Di Bruno Bros

dibruno 9th street Long before Throwback Thursdays were a thing on Facebook and Twitter, we used to occasionally run a feature called Retro-raunts. But since Throwback Thursdays are the flavor of the day and is still one of my favorite web sites, we were inspired to bring back the feature. Check out the above photo of the original Di Bruno Bros. from 1954. Look closely and you can make out the Di Bruno Bros. sign.

Throwback to 1954 [Di Bruno Bros. Twitter] [Official]

New Stalls Are Coming to Italian Market

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Last month, Ginger Snap Grocery became the Italian Market’s first organic stand when it opened in front of 907 9th Street (between Christian and Montrose). Ginger Snap was also the first stand to open since city code was changed to give the South 9th Street Business Association more flexibility in shaping the mix of vendors on the block.

And now the Passyunk Post is reporting on two more stalls are coming, a roasted nut stand and taco stand are on their way to 9th Street.

Two more Italian Market stands on the way as new manager fixes 1907 rules [Passyunk Post]

Italian Market [Philadelphia Magazine]

Italian Market’s First Organic Grocery Stand is Open For Business

Some of the goods at Ginger Snap's Grocery // Photo via Facebook

Some of the goods at Ginger Snap’s Grocery // Photo via Facebook

Add this to the very long list of wonderful stuff you can shop for at the Italian market: Along with fresh pasta, fresh mozzarella and the best pesto of your life, you can now grab your organic fruits and veggies at one of the 9th street market’s stalls, too. According to the Passyunk Post, the Italian Market’s very first organic stall, Ginger Snap’s Grocery, has opened up shop and is selling fresh organic produce along with other drool-worthy items to throw in your shopping cart like honey, pickles and chocolate sauce. Mmmmm.

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Nina’s Trattoria Does A Really Late Night Delivery


Yesterday, I got home from working late and stumbled upon something really interesting. I was hungry, it was 1:30 in the morning, and I was scrolling through GrubHub’s suspect list of restaurants open for delivery late at night.

Nina’s Trattoria, yes the little BYOB in the Italian Market, was hidden amongst all the chinese takeouts and gross pizza parlors. I called to make sure they were open, and to my surprise, somebody answered. I ordered my food, it came within the hour, and the bliss I felt chowing down on their penne bolognese with a side of meatballs at 2:30 a.m. is a feeling you can only experience for yourself.

David Neukirch, one of the two brothers that own Nina’s explained, “working in the industry, you get out late at night, and you end up eating junk. So we’re giving people some good food to eat late at night.” He mentioned that they’ll soon be adding to the late night menu as well—pizza to be specific.

They’re open late for delivery Tuesday-Sunday until 2 a.m. on weekdays, and 3 a.m. on weekends (Nina’s encourages placing your order before 1:45 a.m. on weekdays, and 2:45 a.m. on weekends, and a call ahead won’t hurt either).

Sometimes, good news just falls in your lap.

Nina’s Trattoria [Official]

11 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Italian Market Festival, Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and More

We roundup 11 of the weekend’s must-do events in Philly — including annual favorites the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and the Italian Market Festival. 

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Two Bells for 9th Street Mexican Restaurant

mole-poblanoThe search for Super Bowl frijoles led Craig LaBan to Mole Poblano in the Italian Market and his latest review for the Inquirer. 

The weekend specials, though, distinguish this tidy tiled storefront from the many others. Chief among them is the barbacoa, made here with traditional goat (instead of the more common lamb) braised for hours with avocado leaves in a garlicky guajillo chile marinade resonant with oregano and ginger. Served with a chickpea-studded consommé made from the braising juices, the platter was especially soul-satisfying when I shredded the tender meat back into the broth with rice for a hearty soup.

Two Bells – Very Good

Mole Poblano: True Mexican flavors, and some of the city’s best tamales [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Mole Poblano [Foobooz]

Chickie’s Italian Deli for Sale for $1 Million

Photo via Chickie's Facebook page.

Photo via Chickie’s Facebook page.

Chickie’s Italian Deli — self-proclaimed originator of the veggie hoagie — has been in business at 10th and Federal since 1993, and received countless accolades, including more than one from Philadelphia Magazine. Now the business in toto is for sale — and we’re talking everything.

Of course, the business includes all the large items, like the commercial gas stove, the built-in AC units, the refrigerators, the freezers, the counters, deep fryers, etc. But the inclusion of small items — like cash registers and a small microwave — reminds me of Georges Perrier’s poignant Craigslist-advertised estate sale). It just feels sad.

There’s also an “anti-pasta box” listed, which I’m embarrassed to say I had to read a couple of times before I understood that no one at Chickie’s has anything against pasta.

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Suspect Charged in Beau Zabel Case

If you’re a fan of superb local journalism in Philadelphia, you probably read Mike Newall’s five-part Inquirer series on slain Philly transplant Beau Zabel, a naive, trusting, Minnesota kid who was killed near the Italian Market on his way home from a Starbucks shift in 2008. On the heels of his reporting, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office charged its lead suspect today, 35-year-old Marcellus “Ant North” Jones.

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Italian Market Lands Tapas Bar


The Italian Market is getting a topless tapas and paella bar. Torrero Bar is replacing El Costeno taqueria at 940 S 9th Street. Passyunk Post has some more details on the upcoming project.

Tapas place called to Torero Bar coming to Italian Market [Passyunk Post]

UPDATE: Passyunk Post gets an inside look in the tapas and paella bar with chef Miguel Martí Rossello.

Posted LIVE from Foobooz on Location at McGillin’s.

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