Cheu Noodle Bar–the TOTALLY not-a-ramen-bar from Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh–opened yesterday at 3pm at 10th and Locust, and we were there about 3:30 to grab a couple seats at the counter, see all the industry folks who showed up for a late lunch and eat the hell out of the short, tight menu.
Something you should know right off the bat: They call the place a noodle bar and that’s exactly what it is–a long, thin space with counter seating and a few tables where the crew in the kitchen focuses primarily on putting out several variations of noodle bowls, from ramen to pho to brisket, lamb neck and curry.
Something else you should know: The noodles are actually the least interesting things on the menu.
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Over at the Independent Hotel, Mike Stollenwerk’s Rhino Bar (which took the place of his flagship Fish after it moved into smaller quarters inside the hotel) is getting ready for its grand opening party.
Tonight, from 6-9pm, there will be $3 drafts, $4 cocktails and beers in cans for just two bucks. Also, it looks like the kitchen is putting out a half-price menu for the festivities, and here’s to hoping that it includes all the stuff on this chock-full-’o-guilty-pleasures board that we want to eat. Like, for example, the tempura fish tacos, meatballs in South Philly gravy, lobster grilled cheese sandwiches and–gasp!–confit chicken drumettes with Buffalo wing sauce, Jasper Hill blue cheese dip and celery.
Rhino Bar [Official]