All-You-Can-Eat Suckling Pig at La Calaca Feliz

la-calaca-feliz-pig-out-940La Calaca Feliz is hosting a Pigout on Tuesday, August 11th. $35 gets you all-you-can-eat roast suckling pig, along with nachos and sides. The price also gets you all the margaritas, sangria and Dos Equis you’re willing to consume on a Tuesday night.

The event kicks off at 9 p.m. and concludes with a competitive cornhole tournament. Prizes include tequila, t-shirts, and gift cards for the winners. Looks like Wednesday might be a sick day.

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Eat All The Fishies: A Guide To Philly’s Best Fish Tacos

Fish tacos at Honest Tom's

Fish tacos at Honest Tom’s

You may have braved the traffic to the Jersey Shore, Center City Sipped on Wednesdays after work, or sweated through too many 90 degree days, but if you haven’t had a fish taco, it isn’t summer yet. SoCal has already staked the claim for best fish tacos in all the land, but Philly holds its own when it comes to this stalwart of handheld, beach-y summer noshing. Here are six spots that you need to get to this weekend.

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Shark Week News: La Calaca Feliz Hosting 3rd Annual Shark Dinner

Last year's shark dinner entree: grilled shark with tequila creamed grits and a corn and bacon salsa.

Last year’s shark dinner entree: grilled shark with tequila creamed grits and a corn and bacon salsa.

There are a lot of ways to revel in Shark Week, but few are quite so bold as planning to eat the creatures (save, perhaps, swimming with them unprotected or something like that).

For those of you looking for a way to celebrate big, but not TOO big, La Calaca Feliz‘s 3rd Annual Shark Dinner may be the move for you.

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Good News for People Who Like Bad News: Manayunk & South Street Closings


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.

Six Pack: Food Events For Wine Week And Beyond

Manayunk's favorite foodie fest returns for a fall edition this weekend. StrEAT Festival brings over 40 Philly food trucks to Main street, serving up everything from BBQ to cupcakes, with an emphasis on a special seasonal ingredient: apples! Manayunk merchants will offer sidewalk sales and promotions, plus fresh fruits, veggies, and homemade spices, oils, and jams will be available to purchase from the farm stand and gourmet vendors. Kids will be entertained at Recess, a littles-only zone held at Canal View Park, complete with everything from a moon bounce to face painting. Plus, a pop-up beer garden will be the highlight of Cotton Street, offering samples of craft brews to compliment the food truck fare. Come hungry. Sunday, September 28th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Main Street, Manayunk.

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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Fairmount Pig Crawl

fairmount-pig-crawl-400On 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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Polish Menu Pop-Up At La Calaca Feliz

miesoOn 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.

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Six Pack: Margaritas In Philadelphia


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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