Details on Buena Onda, Jose Garces’s Baja Seafood Shack

buena-onda-logoJose Garces’s Buena Onda will be serving up fish tacos and other tastes of the Baja peninsula starting on Monday, March 16th. The casual restaurant is located in Granary building on the 1900 block of Callowhill Street.

Buena Onda, which means good vibes, aims to channel the chill spirit of Baja peninsula seafood shacks and taquerias.

Garces’s 19th restaurant will offer fish tacos featuring Mahi Mahi and jumbo shrimp. Other items will include carnitas and chicken tacos as well as mission-style quesadillas.

The restaurant will have a liquor license and will serve up fruity and/or frozen margaritas, an exclusive K38 Pale Ale from Yards Brewing and canned Mexican beers.

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Fish Tacos Come to Callowhill Street

buena-onda-tacos-interiorJose Garces is opening Buena Onda in the Granary building on the 1900 block of Callowhill Street. Buena Onda will join Pizzeria Vetri and Gyu-Kaku on the block. The casual spot, sporting the slogan “Fresh Fish Tacos” will offer tacos, quesadillas and more. The restaurant will have a liquor license, and according to this Instagram photo, Jose Garces’s tenth Philadelphia restaurant concept will offer a selection of cheladas.

Stay tuned for more details. We will all get a chance to try Buena Onda out on Monday, March 16th, when the restaurant opens to the public.

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Justin Bogle Named Corporate Executive Chef For Garces Group

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So for those of you who’ve been wondering whatever happened to the guy who used to run the kitchen at Avance, now you know. The weird thing? This is a sort of homecoming for Justin Bogle, because prior to his running off to New York City to earn his Michelin stars while cooking at Gilt, he got started as a cook under Jose Garces at Alma de Cuba.

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Jose Garces’s Olde Bar Opens Today

the-olde-bar-bar-bookbinders-940Today, Jose Garces opens the Olde Bar in the Old Original Bookbinders building at 2nd and Walnut. The Olde Bar is indeed the old bar from Bookbinders and it hasn’t been so much remade as reopened.

The exterior is definitely still Bookbinders. Only a small square sign reveals that “Bookies” is now Olde Bar. The rest of the signage, century old stained glass, banquettes, lighting and flooring all harken back to John Taxin’s seafood house. The menu won’t feel all that different either.

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50 Best Restaurants Poll: Volver

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This week, we’re running daily surveys, polling readers about where they believe certain restaurants will land on Philadelphia magazine list of the 50 Best Restaurants.

Answer the poll question now, and if you aren’t already subscribed to Philadelphia Sunday, add your email address after submitting your answer and you’ll get the whole list in your email box, early Sunday morning.

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Garces Opening Another New Restaurant, This Time At The Newark Airport

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The New York Times recently reported on a $120 million upcoming project at Newark Airport, which will involve 24(!) “high-profile” chefs all doing their part to create an upgraded culinary scene. At an airport. In Newark.

No, really.

Alex Stupak, Amanda Freitag, Paul Liebrandt, Jacques Torres, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Forgione and Alain Ducasse are all part of the project. And (as if you couldn’t have guessed from his smiling photo up there), so is Jose Garces.

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From The Tip Line: Garces At The Granary?

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The Granary, over at 19th and Callowhill, has already got a couple of heavyweight restaurant tenants. First, there’s Pizzeria Vetri, for those craving Italian. And second, it’s got an outpost of Gyu-Kaku–the Japanese BBQ restaurant with the decidedly Korean angle (in-table grills, bibimbap and kimchi on the menu). But according to some information we’re getting from tenants living at the Granary, it looks like there’s soon going to be a third big name in the building: Jose Garces.

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