Tale of the Tape: Lo Spiedo

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Marc Vetri’s seventh restaurant, Lo Spiedo officially opens today. Located just inside the gates at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, Lo Spiedo aims to be a lunch option for the Navy Yard’s 11,000 plus employees as well as a dinner destination for Philadelphia diners.

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Little Spoon Cafe Is Now Open

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Little Spoon Cafe opened today at 15th and South Streets, in the former (and a bit weird) home to Baja Room. The space has been transformed into a super attractive cafe that is open for breakfast, lunch, and on some nights, dinner. We stopped in for a late lunch and enjoyed a BLT served with crispy bacon, on excellent bread.

The cafe is owned by area residents, Jeanne French and Julia McMeans. The chef is Lauren Geary, who was once the chef down the street, at the now closed Pumpkin Market. The cafe opens at 7 a.m. and offers quick breakfast options, plus breakfast sandwiches and burritos. Daily breakfast specials include a rotating selection of scrambles and galettes, a rustic pastry with seasonal filling.

Lunch offers soups, salads, sandwiches and a rotating choice of grilled cheeses. Little Spoon also stocks ice cream from Franklin Fountain, plus treats from Shane’s Candies.

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Sandwich Pop-Up in Jenkintown

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The Jawn

Forcella and Leila’s Bistro in Jenkintown are hosting a pop-up sandwich shop today at Leila’s Bistro at 700 West Avenue. Owner Jose Vargas and Paesano’s alum Anthony Pasceri are hosting the pop-up. There will be free samples and $8 sandwiches from 12:30 p.m. till  supplies run out.

If anyone tags Forcella or Leila’s Bistro on Facebook or Twitter (@leilasbistro or @forcellabyob) with a picture of themselves and their sandwich their full size sandwich is free.

Check out the four sandwiches being offered »

7 Healthy Make-Ahead Lunches to Eat All Week Long

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When it comes to lunch, I always have super-healthy goals. I’m going to wake up early to make a giant salad to take with me, or stir-fry some veggies the night before. But when I’m curled up on the couch at the end of a long day or hitting snooze for the third time, all of those plans go right out the window, and I end up shoving a sandwich into my bag or getting takeout at work instead.

Cue make-ahead meals. Whip up a big batch of one of the recipes below on Sunday night, separate it into containers, and bam—lunch for the week. All you have to do is grab-and-go on your way out the door. Even better? All of the recipes will taste just as good on Friday as they did on Monday.

You might be thinking, “Why in the world would I want to waste my Sunday night putting things in Tupperware when I could be doing anything else?” And believe me, I’m with you on that one. But think of it this way: An hour or two of preparation saves you money on takeout, adds precious minutes of sleep-time in the morning, and gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll have delicious and healthy meals at your fingertips all week. Totally worth it, right? Read more »

Hai Street Kitchen Adds Screaming Tuna Roll

tuna-hai-street-400A lunchtime visit to the still-packing-them-in Hai Street Kitchen today revealed that the spot has added a new menu item. The Screaming Tuna is yellow fin tuna mixed with kimchi, gochujang sauce, sesame oil, pickled mango, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, red onion and asparagus. And like everything at Hai Street, it is then wrapped in rice and nori.

Though today’s wrap wasn’t the tightest I’ve received from Hai Street, the Screaming Tuna was another boldly flavored winner from Genji’s corporate offspring.

Hai Street Kitchen [Foobooz]

Cheu Noodle Bar Unifies Menu

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Yakisoba 2.0

Cheu Noodle Bar is now serving its dinner menu for lunch and dinner. That means buns, pigtails and Cheu fries all day.

The popular Washington Square West restaurant has also added several new noodle dishes to its menu.

  • Sour Broth – ground pork, fermented onion, flat noodle
  • Yakisoba 2.0 – shrimps, shiso verde, charred corn, radish
  • Cold Sesame 2.0 – tahini, yuba, marinated egg, cucumber

And the good news keeps on coming. Cheu will now be opening at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

Full lunch and dinner menu »

First Bite: Good Stuff Eatery

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Top Chef runner-up Spike Mendelsohn is in town today for the grand opening of his Good Stuff Eatery. The 18th Street restaurant had a good crowd this afternoon but was doing an admirable job keeping up with curious first day eaters who lined up to the door.

The burger spot reflects Mendelsohn’s cocky persona with a painted wall stating “Food So Pure You’ll Think It’s Amish” to staff t-shirts thanking Shake Shack, Bobby’s Burger Palace and others while stating “we’ll take it from here.”

Mendelsohn himself, spent time working behind the counter, tossing trash away and also mingling with guests like you’d expect a celebrity to do.

And there was lunch » 

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