The second location of Plenty Cafe opens today at 1602 Spruce Street. Like its East Passyunk original, Plenty will be be a welcome addition to its neighborhood. The bi-level cafe offers coffee, sandwiches, salads and cafe fare. Breakfast and lunch will be available beginning at 6 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends.
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On Tuesday, November 26th chef and owner Alex Boonphaya is giving away lunch at Circles in South Philadelphia to celebrate the Thai restaurant’s fifth anniversary.
Everyone who stops by the restaurant between noon and 2 p.m. will get to choose among Basil Fried Rice, Pumpkin Curry, Tofu Pad Thai and Pad Prik Khing with Tofu.
Limit one dish per person.
Circles Thai – South Philadelphia [Foobooz]
Tela’s Market & Kitchen is now open at 19th and Fairmount. Owner Daniel Greenberg and chef Chad Williams have teamed up to open a market specializing in meat, seafood and prepared foods to eat at the market or to take home. A coffee bar serving Four Barrel espresso and coffee makes the corner an early morning destination as well. A once-weekly, 12-seat dinner table will make Tela’s (pronounced TEE-la’s) a dining star as well.
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Photo by Samuel Markey.
Back in the day Conshohocken’s Blackfish offered lunch with a much-praised burger. Beginning tomorrow lunch returns to Chip Roman’s BYOB. And yes, there’s a burger on the menu. In fact there are two of them. Other highlights include French onion soup, chicken pot pie, roasted skate and four salads.
Lunch is offered Tuesday through Friday.
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Soup Kitchen – Photo by Courtney Apple
A couple of weeks ago we crowd-sourced where to get the best soup around Center City Philadelphia and beyond. We received suggestions in the comments, on Facecbook, via Twitter and email as well.
Here is our list of the places and soups that came up the most. For what restaurants serve a can’t miss soup as part of their meal, check out our best soups in Philadelphia restaurants list.
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Catherine “Ma” McGillin was born on this day in 1847. Ma lived to the ripe old age of 90 and in honor of her birthday today, McGillin’s Old Ale House is offering a free baked potato to anyone mentioning her name today.
Born Catherine McCoy in Ireland, She and “Pa” (William) opened Bell in Hand Tavern in 1860. Somehow everyone called the bar McGillin’s and that name stuck. They raised their thirteen children upstairs. In 1901 Pa died and Ma continued to run the bar on her own until she passed. Then her daughter sold the bar to the Spaniak/Mullins family, who still owns it.
That free baked potato is served with butter and sour cream. Real bacon bits available upon request.
More history of McGillin’s [McGillin's Olde Ale House]
Photo courtesy of Sassafras.
Sassafras in Old City is now offering lunch. The menu feature sirloin, ostrich and bison burgers as well as a grilled cheese with apricot jam (pictured), traditional fish and chips and more.
If it’s a drinking lunch, check out the single malt scotches or ask about the “secret” handcrafted cocktails, only available during lunch.
Lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Menu offerings average $7.95 to $9.95.
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Wokworks – Sriracha is hipster ketchup
Quick-serve Asian noodles spot, Wokworks is now open at 1935 Chestnut Street. Wokworks offers assembly-line style noodle dishes where patrons can choose their noodle, protein, vegetables and sauce. The spot also offers dumplings, buns, crispy noodle chips and frozen tea slushies.
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Photo by Jeff Fusco
Ever wonder how many calories are in a Philadelphia food cart cheesesteak? Well wonder no more. Axis Philly has gone to the expense of lab-testing popular items from local food carts, and what they found is pretty shocking.
Revealed: Calorie Counts for Cheesesteaks, Gyros and More at Philly Food Carts [Be Well Philly]
Cheu Noodle Bar is extending its hours and will now be open seven days a week. Also new, Cheu is extending its lunch service by an hour, it’s now noon to 3 p.m. Also tweaked, the dinner menu will be available all day on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend hours have also been extended to midnight.
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