Manayunk bar is closed for renovations.
Sunday night saw Manayunk’s Beast & Ale close. We’re told it is for renovations and that all employees have been absorbed into the three Feliz restaurants (Cantina Feliz, Taqueria Feliz and La Calaca Feliz) owned by Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal. We enjoyed the concept but that side of Main Street seems to struggle to get foot traffic. The location has previously been Bisou, Gemelli and MangoMoon.
On South Street, Alex Boonphaya is pulling the plug on Tuk Tuk Real. The Mexican/Thai mashup lasted about nine months (just about the same amount of time as Beast & Ale). Boonphaya will convert Tuk Tuk into the third location of his Circles family of restaurants, joining the original at 1516 Tasker Street and the more upscale location at 812 N 2nd Street in Northern Liberties.
If all goes well, the Circles location will open before July ends.
Have you got $35? Are you hungry and/or badly in need of a drink?
Then you’re going to want to cancel whatever plans you have for tomorrow night and do this instead.
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Striped Bass at La Calaca Feliz
This Wednesday, May 20th, Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz
will be hosting three savory seafood courses for $35 per person. Highlights include striped bass ceviche and Pescado a la Veracruzana
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Spring stirs up a celebratory air in this city, as festivals and events seem to be happening in every neighborhood all of a sudden. And no celebration is complete without an abundance of food and booze. From one last Wine Week blowout to a patio pig-out, here are six upcoming food events that you shouldn’t miss this season.
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On Saturday, March 21st, 14 Fairmount bars and restaurants are combining for a whole pig tour. Each spot is offering tastes of pork for $2 to $4 plus drink specials. Tito’s Vodka will also be offering complimentary craft cocktail samples at each location.
The crawl kicks off at noon and runs to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online and crawlers can start at any location. How many pork bites you get to is up to you.
Early bird tickets are available now for just $5.
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On February 9, La Calaca Feliz chef, Michael Brenfleck, will be testing out his new restaurant concept with a tasting menu at the Fairmount restaurant. Mieso (or meat in Polish) is planned as a Polish rotisserie, offering made-from-scratch traditional fare.
Brenfleck’s plan is for a fine-dining, traditional Polish restaurant–something he says no one has ever done in Philadelphia. The concept came from his Polish background and dinners with his family on Christmas Eve. Although Brenfleck does not have a specific time frame for the restaurant yet, he does have a business plan going forward.
The tasting menu will be available February 9 at La Calaca Feliz from 5 pm to 10 pm for $29 per person. The menu will include distinct Polish dishes, like pierogies and kielbasa, but will also feature dishes like cucumber and apple salad with honey mustard dressing, pickled vegetables and roasted beets, and a whole roasted pig.
Brenfleck says he’s excited to test out his concept and is happy to have the support of his La Calaca family behind him.
La Calaca Feliz [f8b8z]
Editor’s Note: Whenever we get a fresh body added to the team here at Foobooz World HQ, the first thing we ask them to do is create a six-pack for us. It can be about something you like to eat, we say. About something you like to cook. New Foob-tern Regan Abato went another way. She wanted to talk about what she likes to drink.
I think Regan is going to fit in here just fine…
Lately, Philadelphians seem to be obsessed with cocktails. And not just any cocktails, but drinks with outlandish infusions, unusual flavors and ingredients someone who was never a bartender probably never heard of. With these crazy concoctions popping up at almost every bar in town, I started thinking about something a little simpler. While a margarita’s endless options can be dizzying, it is also a totally approachable drink that can be great in any form.
So with so many drinks and so few happy hours, here’s a six pack of some of the best margaritas in Philadelphia you need to try right now.
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Tacos at La Calaca Feliz
On the Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip, four local taco hot spots will be featured this evening. La Calaca Feliz, Sancho Pistola’s, Union Taco and Tuk Tuk Real will all be making their TV debuts.
Host Aaron Sanchez hits the taco spots trying out everything from a scrapple taco to one of Tuk Tuk Real’s Thai fusion creations. The show debuts at 9:30 p.m. and Sancho’s, Union Taco and Tuk Tuk Real are all hosting viewing parties. Union Taco and Tuk Tuk are both offering $2 tacos. Union Taco is even offering delivery from their Manayunk location if you buy five or more tacos.
Tuk Tuk is also giving away a $25 gift card to the customer who posts the most appetizing photo of them watching Taco Trip and eating the restaurant’s tacos. All posts, tweets, or Instagram pics must be accompanied by #TukTukTacoTrip.
Taco Trip – Philadelphia [Cooking Channel]
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez’s weekend taco operation South Philly Barbacoa, but one must wake up early to experience it, since they typically sell out by noon or shortly thereafter.
But now, on December 15th, all you night owls will get your chance to try some.
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This Wednesday, May 14th, La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount will be hosting its next whole animal barbecue. It will be a whole lamb being cooked in the back courtyard in La Calaca’ Caja China.
The barbecue is $29 per person and includes Lima beans, esquites (Mexican street corn) salsa verde and corn tortillas.
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