Mac Mart Opens, Mac n’ Cheese for Everyone

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Mac Mart opened today.

Marti Lieberman’s food truck now has a permanent address. Mac Mart, which has been hitting the lunch and festival circuit since 2013 now has a storefront at 104 South 18th Street.

The store offers a menu of 13 “classic creations” plus a build-your-bowl option where carb-a-holics start with the classic 7-cheese mac and then add in meats, dollops, dips, drizzles, crunchies and even more cheeses. The classics range from $8.25 to $10.50. The build-a-bowl option begins at $6.95 with add-ons ranging from $2 to $2.50 for meats and $1.75 for add-ons for things like basil pecorino pesto, jalapeno pesto and sun-dried tomato tapenade.

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Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day

A grilled cheese from Di Bruno Bros. | Photo via Di Bruno Bros.

A grilled cheese from Di Bruno Bros. | Photo via Di Bruno Bros.

It’s National Grilled Cheese Day because some people need a made up holiday to celebrate the grilled cheese. But not us at Foobooz World Headquarters. After all, I’ve called a grilled cheese by Bobby Flay “an explosion of taste in my mouth” and Jason Sheehan recently admitted that a grilled cheese matters to him more than a thick steak or even a lobster tail. As if today’s weather wasn’t enough of a reason to go for a grilled cheese at lunchtime, maybe this list will inspire you.

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Mac Mart’s Center City Storefront Revealed

Yes, we'd say we found Mac Mart's storefront.

Yes, we’d say we found Mac Mart’s storefront.

Over the past few months, Mac Mart–the mac-n-cheese food truck about town–has been teasing out that they are getting a brick-and-mortar location near Rittenhouse Square. Owner Marti Lieberman has even taken to hanging teasing posters stating “Philly’s First ALL Mac’n Cheese Restaurant Is Coming Soon … But not HERE.”  And back in August she tweeted a hint I identified as the metalworking in front of Franklin Mortgage.

So when she recently tweeted another photo of her feet in front of her storefront we couldn’t help but play along, recreating the photo you see here. HughE Dillon also received confirmation yesterday that Mac Mart’s storefront was filling in the vacant Liberty Shoe Service at 104 South 18th Street.

The stretch of 18th between Chestnut and Sansom is seeing several new businesses. In addition to Mac Mart’s storefront, Matt & Marie’s second location is taking over the long vacant Tony Jr.’s space at 118 South 18th Street and work continues apace at the former Good Stuff Eatery, which will soon be Cleavers, a cheesesteak joint.

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Philadelphia’s Top Food Trucks

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Night Markets aren’t the only time to visit food trucks.

Sure, Philly is going through a serious restaurant boom right now. But we’re also living in a golden age of food trucks. Offering everything from pierogis to macarons to cheesesteaks to tater tots covered in beer cheese, these are some of the best trucks cruising the city right now. Read more »

Northern Liberties 2nd Street Festival is Back

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The 6th annual 2nd Street Festival is back. On August 3rd from noon to 10 p.m., enjoy 6-blocks of over 150 vendors, including restaurants, food trucks, beer gardens, pop-up margarita bars, craft stations, and musical guests. Lil’ Pop Shop, Mac Mart Cart, Silk City Diner, and The Cow & The Curd are just a few of the places you can get your eats on. And across the festival, close to 30 artists and bands will be performing.

Yet the event isn’t just there to give you a good ole’ Sunday Funday, the 2nd Street Festival works to bring the community together and introduce others to the neighborhood. “This really is a unique, grass-roots neighborhood endeavor, putting a spotlight on the businesses, artists, and community members that make Northern Liberties so special,” said Owen Kamihira, a founding sponsor and owner of El Camino Real.

The festival is free and open to all ages.

2nd Street Festival [Official]

Mac Mart Comes to Wells Fargo Center

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Crab Fries meet Mac’n Cheese because oh yes, Wells Fargo has just added a new food stand to the lineup: Mac Mart. The food truck will take its business to not one, but two locations in the arena. The move is expected to happen around September.

This is the second mobile vendor that has made the leap to Wells Fargo Center stand. Gozen opened a main concourse stand back in January of 2013.

And for those of you who don’t frequent the sporty destination, Mac Mart is keeping the food truck on the streets as well.

Mac Mart [Official]
Food at the Wells Fargo Center [Official]

Foobooz Six Pack: Stuffed Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Put down the white bread and step away from the Kraft singles—we’ve found a list of stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches so loaded and gluttonous that they definitely aren’t your average comfort food must-haves.

These aren’t your mom’s grilled cheeses, and you know what? They aren’t even sandwiches you want to tell your mom about because you know she’ll start jabbering about silly things like cholesterol and pesky little heart attacks.

These sandwiches, stuffed with multiple meats and cheeses and standard menu items squished together between different breads slathered with different types of butters and sauces, are stuffed with a dictionary of culinary bad words: fat, bacon, cheese, grilled, fried, baked, crispy, oozing, dripping, melting…

You don’t have to be in a bad mood to eat them, but you’ll definitely feel happier once you’ve started in on any of these six stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches:

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