Our healthy colleagues over at BeWell report that the design firm behind Morgan’s Pier and Talula’s Garden will next take on 1706 Locust, formerly home to upscale clothing boutique Adresse. The space will be converted into Pure Sweets, a cafe/bakery/juice bar/take-out lunch spot courtesy of Andrea Kyan, whose gluten-free deliciousness biz will be going bricks-and-mortar for the first time.
Kyan just signed the lease today, so she has a while to think about design. As for food, Kyan is thinking healthy, raw and Southeast Asian.
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The Best Burgers for Every Mood
Philadelphia magazine’s 40th anniversary Best of Philly issue is online now. We at Foobooz are highlighting some of our favorite food and drink winners. Here are the winners for best burger, from gastropub to backyard.
Best Gastropub Burger
We’re not sure what’s the best part—the aged beef blend, Vermont cheddar, smoked bacon, pickles from Brooklyn Brine, or mysterious Churchill Sauce with its dozen-odd ingredients. 124 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse, 215-558-2500.
Best Bar Burger
Best Backyard Burger
Morgan’s Pier and chef George Sabatino are presenting a taste of New England this Thursday with an old-fashioned seafood boil. The $35 prix fixe menu features a ton of seafood and sides served family style. Among the highlights are boiled blue crabs with Yards Pale Ale and charred sweet corn with lobster butter and spiced lime.
Check out the full menu »
Trey Popp laments the loss of George Sabatino’s $30 three-course dinner menu at Morgan’s Pier.
On the first weekend of June, four weeks after it came into being, the best dining value in Philadelphia was murdered at Morgan’s Pier. George Sabatino’s $30 three-course menu was bludgeoned with PBR cans by a mob of 25-year-old frat bros, stabbed in 16 places by five-inch stilettos, and finally trampled to death in a midnight stampede to the on-site hot-dog cart. The corpse was dumped into the Delaware River as the perpetrators and accomplices got busy grinding to a DJ beat.
Two Stars – Good
Summertime Blues [Philadelphia Magazine]
Morgan’s Pier [Official Site]
Photo by Michael Persico
All kinds of mellon salad
Craig LaBan finds that George Sabatino is succeeding by not cooking down to the masses that visit Morgan’s Pier.
The addition this summer of former Stateside chef George Sabatino has added another layer of culinary intrigue, and potentially another audience. But could a young chef whose star rose over 35 seats in South Philly keep his luster cooking for 1,200 from May through September? The answer: A resounding “yes!” And while Sabatino’s kitchen wasn’t flawless, I often found myself in awe of his ability to capture his signature knack for seasonality, wit, and deceptive complexity without seeming stuffy or overdone, for an affordable “picnic” menu that must be turned out in eight minutes or less.
Two Bells – Very Good
Morgan’s Pier: A ‘picnic’ menu on the Delaware [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Morgan’s Pier [Official Site]
Tickets still remain to Michael Solomonov’s annual Down the Shore party, set for July 1st at 6 p.m. This year the party has moved from Zahav to Morgan’s Pier and the theme is a disco theme with European Jewish BBQ inspired dishes from some of Philadelphia’s best chefs.
Here’s what the chefs are whipping up »
Zahav has announced their fourth annual Down the Shore Extravaganza and this year it moves outdoors to Morgan’s Pier. The ticketed event is set for Monday, July 1st from 6 to 10 p.m. The party will feature bites from some of Philadelphia’s best chefs and “disco-fied” klezmer beats from the West Philadelphia Orchestra.
Tickets are $85 and include buffet dinner by Michael Solomonov, open bar (beer and sangria) plus hors d’oeuvres from an impressive list of chefs.
Participating chefs and ticket information »
Soft shells with shoshito and honey at Stateside
We here at Foobooz World Headquarters have a soft spot for soft shell crabs. Some might get bummed out by the thought of biting through a shell, devouring a whole animal and all that. But us, we love the idea of crabby taste without the hustle or frustration of shucking anything. And softshell season is officially upon us. The delicious creatures have been showing up on more menus around town over recent days.
Here are where we’ve spotted soft shell crabs »
Morgan’s Pier opens for its second season on Thursday, May 9th. The award winning waterfront beer garden will feature live entertainment and George Sabatino in the kitchen. The Pier is aggressively aiming to be bigger and better this year.
The food, the drink, the entertainment »