Holiday Beer Dinner at Lolita

Photo by Jason Varney

Photo by Jason Varney

Lolita Restaurant knows that on a Sunday and/or Monday – especially one approaching the holiday – beer is always a good idea, as is saving money.

So, on Sunday, December 7th and Monday, December 8th, the restaurant will host a 3-course Holiday Beer Dinner with a menu of Mexican food meeting Christmas beer. And you can’t complain about the cost, it’s only $35 per person.

Check out the full menu and beer pairings »

Fergie’s Pub Is Celebrating 20 Years

fergies-pub-940On Friday, November 28th, Fergie’s Pub will officially be 20-years old and the bar is celebrating all weekend. The fun starts tonight with Live Band Karaoke featuring The Satellite Hearts.

The festivities continue on Friday, Friday November 28th with “Hank’s Cadillac Happy Hour” at 6 p.m. and followed by Brown Sugar, an all black Rolling Stone cover band at 10.30.

On Saturday, there will be traditional Irish music at 4 p.m., “Infinite Quest Happy Hour” at 7 and Sylvia Platypus’ CD Release Party at 10 p.m. Sunday will feature John Byrne’s Irish Ballad Session at 4:30 p.m., Honorable Mention – Comedy Open Mic upstairs at 8 p.m. and Rusty Cadillac downstairs at 9.

Monday is the official anniversary party » 

Tonight: Beaujolais Nouveau Night in Midtown Village

Yoga and Wine at Valley Green Inn

Beaujolais Nouveau, the French red that’s always ridiculously popular for one day a year, will be officially released for sale on Thursday, November 20th. And for those of you who get excited by such things, Midtown Village is throwing a party just for you.

A variety of bars and restaurants, including Tria Taproom, Jamonera and Opa, will be offering specials and complimentary refreshments from 5-8 p.m. to make for a very French happy hour.

Check out what each vendor and restaurant will be serving below (Beaujolais Nouveau Jello-O shots? Really?), so you know where the best deal to take advantage of will pop up.

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New Creative Office Space and Apartments Coming to Midtown Village

115 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

15 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Now that it’s under new ownership, a $13 million conversion is anticipated for the five-story building on the corner of 11th and Ludlow. Brickstone Realty Companies recently purchased the property at 15-21 S. 11th and aims to transform it into creative office space with ground-floor retail, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni.

Kostelni writes that the 30,000-square-foot building was “about 20 percent vacant at the time of sale,” but will become what Brickstone VP John Connors calls “the poster child for creative office space.”  Indeed, the property offers a good deal of open spaces and expansive windows since it was originally built for industrial use. Renovation is set to start sometime in 2015.

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Valanni Is Offering a “Banged Up Brunch” on Saturdays

valanni-banged-up-brunchEvery Saturday, Valanni Restaurant is throwing a “Banged Up Brunch” featuring happy hour drink specials and a selection of brunch favorites, tapas style for $5. No need to decide sweet or savory, just select tapas plates like cinnamon French toast and applewood smoked bacon grilled cheese for the best of both worlds.

The brunch runs from noon to 3 p.m. every  Saturday and includes drink specials like half-off sangria, wine and specialty cocktails. Bloody Marys and mimosas are also available for $5.

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Two Bells for Charlie was a sinner.

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Craig LaBan reviews Charlie was a sinner. this week and gives the “plant-based” restaurant in Midtown Village two bells, though he does find more than a few things wrong.

Some otherwise beautiful dishes still need tweaks: The elegant sunchoke soup, pureed and poured over intricate garnishes, was spun off-kilter with too much sweetness from Asian pears. The potato gnocchi with favas were dense and doughy minus the levity of the usual egg. I saw more sweet-tart raisins than barley in the mushroom-barley toast.

Also of note, opening chef Michael Santoro has moved on, Max Hosey is now in charge of the kitchen.

Two Bells – Very Good

Call it ‘plant-based’ or vegan, Charlie is a winner [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Charlie was a sinner. [Foobooz]

PHOTOS: Midtown Village Fall Festival 2014



Restaurant Review: Bank & Bourbon

 

Photo by Mike Persico

Photo by Michael Persico

Pity the Philadelphia hotel restaurant. City dwellers will flock to food trucks, night markets, pop-up gardens and pizzerias with no seats, but just try getting us to eat in a building full of minibars. For every A.Kitchen, there are five Winthorpe & Valentines (a place that really exists, no joke). With Bank & Bourbon, the downtown Loews is now targeting the ground in between.

As the successor to the awkwardly named SoleFood (again, not kidding), which merged corporate decor and loads of dead space under Miami Vice lighting, B&B clearly yearns for some kind of contemporary relevance. Its whiskey-bandwagon name and predictably rustic trappings—now dominating restaurant design so utterly that Fortune 500 conglomerates are doing it, too—are enough to make a cynic roll his eyes and sigh, “Here we go again.”

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