Lolita Launches Lunch

lolita-logoBeginning 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)

Lolita [Foobooz]

Schulson To Open Sushi and Robata Concept

Photo by Steve Legato

Photo by Steve Legato

Adam Erace plucks a nugget from an interview with Michael Schulson regarding his Independence Beer Garden. Schulson, who also owns Sampan and Atlantic City’s Izakaya is planning to open another Midtown Village restaurant. No name has been revealed but it will be a sushi and robata (grilled meats on sticks) concept and will have current Izakaya chef, Kevin Yanaga in the kitchen.

Schulson planning second Midtown Village restaurant [Meal Ticket]

Jake’s Sandwich Board Gets a Refresh

New design elements implemented by Eimer Design.

New design elements implemented by Eimer Design.

Jake’s Sandwich Board, which has been open at 12th and Sansom for four years is getting a facelift with the help of Eimer Design. The sandwich shop will be closed now till through Monday, August 11th to make the changes. When Jake’s reopens on Tuesday, August 12th, Jake’s will have a new look, roasting ovens, carving station and expanded hours that will include evening-only pig, brisket and turkey roasts.

To celebrate the renovation as well as Jake’s anniversary, on Tuesday, August 12th, $3 sandwiches will be available all day. And with every $3 sandwich purchased, diners will also be able to enjoy a complimentary Sly Fox Route 113 IPA.

After 5 p.m., customers are also invited to BYOB for the first time, as Jake’s will expand from a sandwich shop into a laid-back BYOB restaurant and cafe.

This fall, Jake’s Sandwich Board will be opening a second location in University City.

Jake’s Sandwich Board [Foobooz]

Letto Deli To Be Razed, Replaced by New Restaurant

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Letto Deli, which has been reported to become everything from a Jose Garces wursthaus to a branch of the buzzed about Umami Burger is now slated to be demolished. But on the good side, the replacement for the single story building will house a restaurant. Michael Klein is reporting that Sylva Senat, who was the praised opening chef of Tashan will be in the kitchen.

Sylva Senat in deal at Letto Deli [The Insider]

Restaurant Review: Charlie Was a Sinner

Charlie Was a Sinner | Photos by Jason Varney

Charlie Was a Sinner | Photos by Jason Varney

Just how much sinning do you like to do over dinner?

That’s a good question to chew on at Nicole Marquis’s mysterious new bar on 13th Street, where you can drink bourbon and absinthe beneath a looming hardback edition of In Cold Blood, watch sultry projections of Marilyn Monroe flicker upon the ruffles of a diaphanous wall curtain, and soak up your alcohol with food completely untainted by animal products.

In an era abounding with culinary hobgoblins—gluten for him, fructose for her, GMOs for the guy down the street—veganism still reigns unrivaled as the diet of the ethically upright. But the plant-only jawn feels a little racier at Charlie Was a Sinner, and not just because it’s next door to the last surviving porn shop on this once-seedy strip. Marquis, the woman behind HipCityVeg, named her lounge the way Elmore Leonard started crime novels. Who’s Charlie? Has he—or she—repented? Exactly what sort of sin are we talking about here?

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Frozen Budino Pops Are Back!

Barbuzzo- Budino Pops - HighRes - Credit Jason Varney

Yes, they’re back. Frozen Budino Pops have returned to Midtown Village. Beginning Friday, July 11th summer on 13th street can officially begin.

All hail the return of chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s ever so decadent, totally scrumptious, melt-in-your mouth dessert. If you’ve never tasted the perfection that is the frozen budino pop, its the grown-up version of your favorite summer popsicle.

Chef Turney wraps a core of magic salted caramel and dark chocolate cookie crumbs with frozen caramel pudding, then hand-dips it in happiness dark chocolate and sprinkles Maldon sea salt on top. The pops are a seasonal play on the best-selling Budino dessert offered at the restaurant duo’s acclaimed Barbuzzo.

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