We’ve noticed a trend around town. Restaurants are offering their own version of the happy meal, a sandwich (or in one case, a taco), a shot and a beer. This super-sized Citywide is a welcome combo for bar eaters. Here are some of our favorites in Philadelphia.
It’s late night and you’re about to dip into rent money to keep the buzz going – but 13th Street’s got ya covered when it comes to late night happy hour deals.
Lolita has had a late night happy hour since it retooled, but now it includes a Mexican take on the Citywide Special. Get a taco (some food in the stomach), a shot of tequila, and a Tecate for just $10. Or you can do the two tacos for $5 deal and pair that with a cerveza for $3 or a margarita for $6. The deal’s available from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
There’s always a lot of going on along the Thirteenth Street empire of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney, although recently, it has been extra newsworthy.
Craig LaBan visited the post BYOT Lolita and rewarded the Safran and Turney’s original restaurant two-bells, though he predictably does gripe about the noise.
Beginning this Wednesday, August 27, Midtown Village’s Lolita will start serving lunch. Once lunch kicks off it will be offered Monday through Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m.
The menu includes summer vegetable and short rib burritos plus taco platters including marinated pork tacos fresh of the rotating spit.
And in even better news for tomorrow. Lolita will be giving away carnitas tacos between noon and 2 p.m. Limit of one per customer.
Lolita Lunch Menu (PDF)
Summer ain’t over yet. At least not on 13th Street, where Marcie Turney and Val Safran are running three nights of seafood specials at their restaurants to celebrate all the bountiful (and delicious) sea critters we eat during the hottest months.
From Sunday, August 10, through Tuesday, August 12, there will be special seafood-inspired menus, with beverage pairings, offered at each of their four popular Midtown Village restaurants. We’re talking ceviches at Lolita, a crab boil at Jamonera, lobster spaghetti at Little Nonna’s, and a mixed seafood grill at Barbuzzo. The dinners are running $45 per person (which includes a paired drink), excluding tax and gratuity. Check out all the menus after the jump.
To help your summer along, Foobooz plans to give you some recipes by notable chefs and bartenders in Philadelphia. We’re calling it the DIY Down the Shore series, and we’ll be posting them all week. We’re bringing Philly’s dining scene into your summer homes.
During the warmer months, Jersey isn’t good for just its beaches, but its sweet corn, too. Marcie Turney, executive chef and owner of basically every restaurant on 13th street in Midtown Village, knows this to be true. Turney’s summer recipe, Mexican Style Street Corn, is just about the most delicious way you can serve up one of Jersey’s best ingredients. The dish can also be found on the menu at her Mexican restaurant Lolita, but we couldn’t be happier to have this recipe in our hands. Go ahead, take it down the shore with you and see how good the summer can taste.
Prepare to get your hands a little messy.
But you can lick them clean afterwards, because Lolita is holding a DIY Taco Night this Sunday, July 6th and Monday, July 7th.
Each person of your party will choose a primary taco filler, served family style, from a list which includes korean style flank steak w/ jicama kimchi and cornflake crusted mahi w/ chipotle mayonesa, just to name a couple. You can dress up your taco with mexican street corn a bit of queso de oaxaca or some avocado-tomatillo salsa if you prefer. Remember to leave room to finish your hands on dining experience with some Mexican spiced chocolate pot de crème. See the flyer below for more details.
The price of the event is $35 per person.
“You can drink as many of these as you want,” our server said brightly. “They’re good for you!”
The concoction in question, a Green Garden Margarita, featured what Lolita’s new menu called “green stuff” and our waitress had likened to a “juice cleanse, only with tequila in it.”
So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen! The reason Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, after ten years running Lolita–every Center City twenty-something’s favorite modern Mexican BYOB–went out and got a liquor license: to dole out Mason jars of juiced spinach, kale, celery, basil, cucumber, ginger and Cozadores Reposado.
Happy hour just got a little bit healthier, thanks to Lolita’s new Green Garden Margarita: A margarita made with a puree of kale, spinach and basil, limonada, ginger, agave and, of course, tequila. Otherwise known as The Boozy Green Juice of Your Dreams.
The 13th street restaurant, which re-opens its doors today after months of renovation and revamping their menu, will be slinging a few other concoctions you won’t feel too guilty about drinking, too, like the Beetarita — a margarita made with beet root juice, green apple and ginger. Who knew drinking tequila could feel so — dare I say it? — healthy.