On Sunday, August 25th Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck owner Matthew Feldman wound up in a pickle. His truck had broken down and he couldn’t make it to his normal spot at the Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market. He did find his way to Queen Village’s Kennett though, where he was lamenting his situation over a Bloody Mary. And from there, an idea was born. Feldman, and Kennett chef Brian Ricci hatched the plan to have a Patty Melt Pop-Up tonight at Kennett. So head to Kennett this evening for Lucky Old Souls Patty Melts paired with Kennett fries. The bar will also be offering a $4 beer pairing with each purchase. All the proceeds will go to a new engine fund for the LOS Burger truck. The pop-up runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. so get there and order a patty melt or two.
Patty Melt menu »
Stop by the Kennett to congratulate Ashley Bohan and Johnny Della Polla on the Queen Village bar’s second birthday. Tonight, Flying Fish’s Casey Hughes will be bringing by Grand Cru, Red Fish, Exit 4, Exit 16, and the rare Exit 8. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and all the beers will be just $4.
Tomorrow night, Hendricks Gin will be sponsoring a night of cocktails. Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal will be behind the bar serving up new and classic gin cocktails.
Kennett [Official Site]
According to the September issue of Esquire, Philadelphia is the Late-Night Capital of these here United States. The issue’s late-night eats guide contains essays about the difference between truck stops and diners, the glory that is poutine (I’d say we agree), and tons of recipes for manly food to be eaten in the wee hours of the morning. Esquire even lists all the best late-night foods from all over America– from egg rolls in Chicago to fried chicken in Louisville– but without mentioning a single food from Philly. Why? Because we got our own article about why we’re the best ever, that’s why.
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Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal will be behind the bar at Kennett tonight with a special menu of Rickeys. The Rickey, for those not in the know was invented in the 1880s at Shoomaker’s in Washington, DC by barkeep George A. Williamson. It is said that ”Colonel” Joe Rickey (lobbyist and man-about-town) collaborated with Williamson to devise a drink to combat the muggy heat of the capital’s summers. The original Rickey consisted of whiskey, fresh lime, & sparkling water. Though bourbon was first favored, the Gin Rickey has had more famous past. But at Kennett tonight there will plenty of room for an entire menu of Rickeys.
Esmon and Gaal are bartending tonight and next Thursday at Kennett. Next week will feature Allagash beers and Di Bruno Bros. cheeses.
Menu of Rickeys »
Photo via The Brew Lounge
The long awaited Forest & Main Brewing Co. in Ambler officially opens this Friday but the brew pub has been softly opened this week. Located at the corner of Forest and Main, the pub is situated in a 1880s Victorian that has taken more than a year to restore. Downstairs is a bar and some tables. Upstairs features additional seating. And we just think it looks great, adorable even. The large front porch has us dying to sit down in a rocking chair and to enjoy a beer, or three.
Owners Daniel Endicott and Gerard Olson are brewing English session ales and Belgian farmhouse style beers. The menu is beer friendly with items like bacon popcorn, fish and chips and mussels.
If you’re city-bound, sample Forest and Main Kinch IPA at Kennett.
More On Forest & Main »
Our favorite beer event of the year is happening this Sunday. Brewer’s Plate brings together local breweries and restaurants under one roof for great food and drink. This year the event will be happening at the National Constitution Center and will feature 25 local restaurants.
Among the pairings:
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It’s the anchovies, bone marrow and ground beef dish that defines the casual sophistication of Kennett for Brian Freedman.
It’s one of those why-didn’t-anyone-think-of-that-before combinations that, despite its initial impression of outlandishness, makes all the sense in the world. More importantly, it also fits neatly into the ethos espoused by Kennett chef Brian Ricci, managing partner Johnny Della Polla and owner Ashley Bohan of Kennett: The use of marrow—heaven’s butter, as a particularly eloquent waiter once called it years ago at Pif—shows not just a respect for those of us who wish it were even more prevalent around town, but also to the animal itself, taking advantage of more of the bounty a cow provides than by just settling for the all-beef patty. The addition of hyper-savory anchovy mayonnaise (charged up even more with shiro miso) slathered onto the bun accomplishes what the space shuttle’s booster rockets do: Ramps the power of an already serious system that even on its own is impressive.
Marrow Escape [Philadelphia Weekly]
Kennett [Official Site]
Craig LaBan gets over his non-composter’s guilt and settles in to enjoy the seasonal and green dishes at Queen Village’s Kennett.
[Kennett] has a rustic approach that is satisfying when it’s on the mark, and is especially strong with starters that seem inspired by a cold-weather farm market. Creamy stewed butter beans come ladled over grilled brioche toast beneath a panfried egg. Brussels sprouts roasted with coriander and bacon tumble with thick slices of sunchoke, their nutty snap reminiscent of a fresh water chestnut.
Two Bells – Very Good
Kennett Restaurant [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Craig LaBan travels down to Queen Village this week to take a gander at Kennett, the new neighborhood pub at 2nd near Christian.
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Kennett [Official Site]
Boli Buns | Meal Ticket
At Reading Terminal Market, Midtown Lunch pits two PA Dutch sandwiches — boneless rib and pot roast — against each other and learns one of life’s hard lessons: “just because the person making your food wears a bonnet, doesn’t mean its going to be good.” [Midtown Lunch]
Mac & Cheese can ignore the frozen yogurt but is drawn to the cream filled pastries at Tutti Frutti. [Mac & Cheese]
Two Eat Philly are the latest to sing the praises of Kennett. The twosome visit for brunch and especially enjoy the breakfast pizza. [Two Eat Philly]
Meal Ticket tests out Uncle Oogie’s Boli Buns and declares the mini-stromboli nuggets deserve a James Beard Award. [Meal Ticket]
Veggicurious sings the praises of Su Xing House and its enormous menu of cheap lunch-time eats. [Veggicurious]