Kensington Quarters Is Making Some Changes

... to the not so familiar Flat Iron.

There was always something weird about Kensington Quarters. For a place so focused on meat–with its whole-animals and in-house butchers and deli cases full of prime cuts–it was always strange that the kitchen didn’t have a proper steak on the menu.

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Kensington Quarters Butcher Heads Out on Her Own

primal supply meats 400Heather Thomason who has been Kensington Quarters’ head butcher and fellow butcher Cecilie May are branching out on their own. The pair have started Primal Supply Meats. The business is committed to providing sustainable, pasture-raised meat to Philadelphia. They will supply primal and custom cuts to restaurants and meat subscriptions to families and individuals. Also look for Primal Supply Meats at High Street Farmers’ Market beginning this Saturday June 4th. High Street Farmers’ Market is located in front of Fork and High Street on Market at 308 Market Street. Hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kensington Quarters, which saw its opening butcher, Bryan Mayer return to New York, has installed chef Damon Menapace to oversee the butcher shop at the restaurant. Menapace and his team will run the operations and build the sales case.

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Field Guide: 12 Hidden Outdoor Dining Spots in Philadelphia

Outdoor garden at Little Nonna's | Photo by Jason Varney

Outdoor garden at Little Nonna’s | Photo by Jason Varney

The Center City District now counts 412 outdoor dining cafes in just Philadelphia’s downtown area. Many a sidewalk has been turned over to eating al fresco. But if you’re looking to dine in the sunshine without the crowds, out of earshot of the SEPTA bus and away from the peering eyes of passersby, you’ve come to the right place. Here, our picks for the 12 best hidden outdoor dining spots in Philadelphia.

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There’s A Pretty Cool Farm Dinner Happening At Kensington Quarters This Weekend

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If you’re living off the land, what do you do when overwintered vegetables—potatoes, carrots, turnips—begin to dwindle before the new crops in the field are ready to eat? You get creative. This period, called Spring Famine, or Sechswoche Noth (Six Week Privation), its Pennsylvania Dutch name, is the theme of a seven course menu this Sunday, May 22nd, at Kensington Quarters. It’s a collaboration between chef Steve Eckerd and farmer Alex Wenger from Field’s Edge, a research farm in Lancaster, PA. In a moment when “local” peas, rhubarb, and strawberries appear on “seasonal” menus long before they arrive at area farmer’s markets, this meal will instead showcase sustainable eating with ingredients that actually reflect the Midatlantic right now.

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Field Guide: Where to Find the Best Fried Chicken in Philadelphia

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Fried chicken from Fat Ham | Photograph by Vanessa Beahn

While Philly isn’t a traditional bastion of poultry excellence, its fried chicken game has gotten strong. Today’s restaurants have innovated, resurrected classic styles, and even won awards for dunking birds. So check out these joints (some new, some old) next time you feel like getting a little fried chicken in you. We give you: the best fried chicken in Philadelphia.

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Ramen Pop-up at Kensington Quarters

KQS_Ramen-02Kensington Quarters chef John Boswell is cooking up something different at the restaurant tomorrow night. From 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., the upstairs loft space of the restaurant will become a Ramen pop-up.

The menu will include two Ramen dishes: pork Ramen ($14) and vegetable Ramen ($12). Aside from the soup, there will also be steamed buns and small charcuterie plates. For drinks, Kensington Quarters will be serving sour beer, Basque sidra, and natural wine.

No reservations are needed for the pop-up; simply walk on in and get your noodles.

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Field Guide: The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Fishtown and Kensington

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We hope you’re hungry, and thirsty Photo by | Jeff Fusco

Maybe you think you know Frankford Avenue. You’ve met friends for table tennis, jenga and liters of German beer at Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall. You’ve gotten the high score on Asteroids at Barcade. Maybe even checked out the pizza and pizza museum that is Pizza Brain. But even 12 years after William Reed took over Johnny Brenda’s and made it the Avenue’s shining welcome beacon, the best days for the corridor are still ahead of it.

Our field guide takes you on an eating and drinking tour of the rest of the best on the food mecca that is the Frankford Avenue — a full day’s worth of delicious debauchery.

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For One Night: Aldine’s George Sabatino Cooking at Kensington Quarters

kensington-quarters-night-940On Wednesday, December 9th Aldine owner and chef George Sabatino is “so stoked ” to be cooking with Damon Menapace at Fishtown’s Kensington Quarters. Sabatino is preparing a six-course, $65 per person dinner upstairs at KQ.

Reservations are available between 6 p.m and 8:30 p.m. and new Kensington Quarters employee, Tim Kweeder is offering a $35 per person wine pairing for the dinner.

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Steak Nights at Kensington Quarters

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Sundays mean steaks at Kensington Quarters.

We have always thought it a bit odd that Kensington Quarters doesn’t have a steak on its dinner menu but as we were explained, when you buy the whole cow, there’s only so many filets. If a wonderful steak is what you crave, there’s one night you can reliably get a steak at the Fishtown butcher shop and restaurant. Every Sunday night, chef Damon Menapace offers a special steak cut from the butcher’s case.

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