A Cry for Help: My Lunch Order Has Become Too Embarrassing to Bear

Curry Tofu Wrap from HipCityVeg | Photo via Facebook

Curry Tofu Wrap from HipCityVeg | Photo via Facebook

A few weeks ago, I walked into HipCityVeg and one of the lovely workers walked over to me and said “Adjua,” — because yes, we are on a first name basis — “I have some bad news to tell you.” I responded with, “If you tell me the curry tofu wrap is going somewhere, I will have a panic attack right here, right now.” And she said, “No, I’m going somewhere. I’m moving.” She looked sad, and I was sad. After all, she knew my order with all its annoying modifications by heart. And then I realized: I go to the same lunch spot and order the same thing so often that the people who work there feel like they need to tell me when they are moving.

#Embarrassing.

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JG Domestic Partners with Fair Food on New Lunch Menu

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Sandwich of the Month: JG Domestic BLT with 1732 Meats Jalapeno Bacon

JG Domestic is now pairing with Fair Food Philadelphia to celebrate local produce and purveyors in a new summer menu. The partnership aims to support local farmers and celebrate the region’s bounty of produce.

JG Domestic especially showcases the local farmers in its $12.50 Blue Plate Specials, which vary with the day of the week.

Blue Plate Specials and the rest of the menu »

Triangle Tavern Launches Weekend Lunch

red-sauce-triangle-tavern-940For the first time since the original Triangle Tavern’s opening in 1933, the South Philly tavern will begin weekend lunch service this Saturday June 27th at 11 am. Well, they’re calling it lunch, but with options like ham and egg sandwiches and French toasts, let’s call it what it really is: brunch. And a boozy brunch at that.

Don’t worry, your Triangle Tavern favorites will all still be available. Chef Mark McKinney is still serving up classics like juicy roast beef sandwiches and mussels (red or white). But he’s also introducing weekend specials like spaghetti carbonara and the aforementioned french toast.

Similarly, drink service also honors the old while inviting the new. 12 draft beers, an entire list of Negroni variations and Adult Water Ice, available in six different flavors in either a goblet or pitcher, will all continue on from the regular menu. New additions are primarily cocktails and include seasonal bellinis, Blood Marys (garnished with mini meatballs) and house made limoncello.

Triangle Tavern [Foobooz]

Scott Schroeder Opening Hungry Pigeon in Queen Village

Photo by Neal Santos

Pat O’Malley and Scott Schroeder | Photo by Neal Santos

In a project that has managed to stay rather quiet since being presented at a neighborhood meeting last year, the cat (or bird) is finally out of the bag. Hungry Pigeon is a European-style cafe coming to 743 S 4th Street, on Fabric Row in Queen Village. South Philadelphia Taproom/American Sardine Bar chef Scott Schroeder is behind the project with his longtime friend Patrick O’Malley. O’Malley comes back to Philadelphia from New York’s Balthazar Bakery. Schroeder and O’Malley’s friendship goes back to when the both of them worked at ¡Pasion! with chef Guillermo Pernot. Despite moving to New York, the two would occasionally do collaboration dinners at SPTR, including one feast I was lucky enough to be at with along with chefs Nick Macri and Gene Giuffi.

Hungry Pigeon will be a coffee shop by morning, a lunch spot in the afternoon, and at night, the lights will dim for dinner with beer, wine and cocktails.

Hungry Pigeon events this summer »

Bing Bing Does Weekend Lunch

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Pan fried Bao at Bing Bing Dim Sum

Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh continue to tinker and improve Bing Bing Dim Sum on East Passyunk. After adding happy hour and delivery, they launched weekend lunch with the kickoff of Philly Beer Week.

A week in, they’ve added some brunch-style cocktails including iced Vietnamese coffee; the Bing Bing Mary, tomatillo, pineapple, tamarind, green tabasco, chili paste and pickled jalapeno; and the Java Jawn Cocktail, Vietnamese coffee, sweetened condensed milk, Barbancourt dark rum, topped with coconut palm sugar and whipped cream.

Bing Bing is now open on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Check out the latest food menu from Bing Bing, which has been tweaked from even a week ago.

Latest Bing Bing menu »

Flavors of the Avenue Free Street Festival Is This Weekend

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Flavors of the Avenue on East Passyunk is this Sunday and though the culinary tour is sold out, you can still take advantage of the free street festival. Along with shopping and live music on the street, restaurants are offering drink specials all day.

Bing Bing Dim Sum will also open for special lunch hours. You can get a preview of what’s to come when the fun dumpling spot launches their lunchtime hours. They’ll be serving their full menu from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. with $4 Victory Summer Love drafts.

To check out the drink specials at the rest of the East Passyunk restaurants, look here.

Distrito Loyalty Card Pays Dividends

distrito-bar-940Yesterday, at Industree’s food and beverage tech panelScott Steenrod, Vice President, Restaurant Operations for the Garces Group dropped a very interesting nugget. Since instituting their “Blue Demon Express Lunch Club” at Distrito in March, they’ve seen lunch business double.

And as a reminder, that deal is after five $15, two-course lunches, your sixth one is free.

So for some of those other loyalty programs around town that give you 10% off your 11th meal, this is what a working loyalty program looks like.

Distrito Wants Your Lunch Loyalty [Foobooz]

Hippot Shabu Shabu’s Excellent Lunch Deal

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This is what happens at a hot pot restaurant: you get raw meat, uncooked noodles and a pot of broth and prepare to have the time of your life (or at least a fun lunch).

Considering that until recently Philadelphia had no shabu shabu restaurants, it’s pretty exciting that we now have two (soon to be three, with Nine Ting). Shabu shabu is not just me stuttering on the page. It’s the name of a special kind of cook-your-own Asian noodle soup.

Hippot Shabu Shabu can get somewhat pricey if you go for dinner (because you’ll invariably look at the menu with pages of meats, noodles, and balls and want to try them all) Unfortunately, those little additions all come at a cost (usually about $3.95 a pop, to be precise), and that’s on top of $10-$20 you’re paying for the soup itself.

But then there’s Hippot Shabu Shabu’s lunch deal.

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