This Saturday, July 19th, the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off is back and bigger than ever. Last year’s event featured 11 restaurants and food trucks, and this year’s will feature 20. The judges’ decision will be much more difficult and as a visitor, your stomach will be much more full.
Starting at 1 p.m., guests are welcome to sample the hot dogs, enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewing Company, jam out to live music and even vote for their favorite dog of the day. General admission is free, but food/drinks tickets cost $10 for 4 and $30 for 15. Or, if you’re looking for that VIP treatment, spend $30 and get early access at noon, a VIP gift, and 20 food/drink tickets. Proceeds will go to the preservation of the Headhouse Square Shambles. To purchase tickets, click here.
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It looks like Noir on East Passyunk is getting an upgrade. First off, chef Marco DeCotiss and former manager Donnamarie Motto are now thew sole owners of the place. Since taking over, they’ve made plans to renovate the bar and dining room, to update the menu and, most notable for the neighborhood, to add Monday service and lunch every day.
Lunch will be served daily, from 11:30am-3pm. Dinner starts at 5pm and happy hour runs from 5-7pm with half-off apps and $4 cocktails. The place is all booked up for tonight, but it might be worth checking out if you haven’t been by in a while.
Noir in South Philadelphia is celebrating the unofficial start of summer by debuting their new lemon, chocolate, and cherry Italian ice cocktails. The frozen drinks are made with ingredients from two of Noir’s East Passyunk neighbors. Mancuso’s water ice is combined with Pollyodd’s lemoncello, chocolatecello and a house infused cherry noir vodka. All are garnished with the traditional water ice accompaniment, a pretzel rod. Each cocktail is $6.
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Noir is celebrating chef Marco DeCotiis‘ roots with the O’Canada, a Molson Canadian with a shot of Canadian Club for $5. The special is available during happy hour ( Tuesdays through Sundays) along with half-priced appetizers and other nightly specials.
And Christopher Lee at 1623 (or is it officially Sophia’s now) happy hour is being offered Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Get $6 appetizers, $3 beers, $5 wines and $6 cocktails at Christopher Lee’s new joint.
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Next Sunday ,July 29th from noon to 5 p.m. East Passyunk Avenue will be turned into a car show and street festival from Dickinson to Broad. Along with the 140-plus vehicles competing for Best of Show there will be vendors, live music, circus performers, kids activities, and the Bang! Boom! Craft! Show all for free.
Most importantly, of course, there will be plenty of food from EPA’s restaurants. Participating restaurants include Marra’s, Mamma Mia, Noir, and Plenty. Cantina Los Caballitos and El Zarape will be serving their menus and specials outdoors while Birra and Le Virtu will be holding outdoor beer gardens for the event. Stogie Joe’s will also be having an outdoor craft beer bar.
Little Baby’s Ice Cream will be rolling around during the festival and from 11:30-5pm Ms. Goody Cupcake will be celebrating its Cupcake & Cars: One Year Anniversary Party. The party will be full of samples, new treat debuts, prizes, and a car-themed cake cutting at 2pm.
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Ah, poutine, arguably the best Canadian import prior to Ryan Gosling, and even more delicious. This Montrealean dish usually consists of French fries, brown gravy, and cheese curds. Due to its popularity, poutine has trickled down into the good old USA and some Philadelphia restaurants have caught on. These six places serve it up right.
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Noir officially opened for business last night at 1909 E. Passyunk Avenue It’s BYOB for now with a liquor license probably a couple of weeks away.
Chef and partner Marcos Decotiis’ menu ranges from bar classics like nachos and fish & chips to a serious 24-ounce braised pork shank served with red wine demi and Yukon gold mashed potatoes. There are also nods to Montreal in the menu’s poutine and Montreal-style steamed hot dog. Appetizers range from $7 to $12 with entrees between $14 and $25.
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It’s looking to be a spectacular month for restaurant openings. We’ve got exciting openings from across the spectrum from Shake Shack (June 6th) to Le Bec-Fin 2.0(June 12th).
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Today we get news from Michael Klein that Pumpkin’s Christopher Kearse is getting his own place on Passyunk Avenue. Kearse is aiming to open a progressive French BYOB at 1911 East Passyunk Avenue by August. Next door to Kearse’s place is going to be Noir. Noir will replace Sticks and Stones and you’ll be able to get your first taste of the French-American concept at Flavors of the Avenue on Saturday, April 28th.
Also slated to be at Flavors is Garage, Jason Evenchik’s (Vintage, Time and Bar) new concept that will invite a rotating cast of food trucks inside to feed its customers. At Monday’s Flavors media preview, Evenchik had MiniTrini show up in front.
tonight next Wednesday the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association will be hearing an information only presentation from Table 31 co-owner Stephen Olitsky for a new restaurant with liquor license that would take over the Artisan Boulanger space at the corner of 12th and Morris Streets (Artisan Boulanger is moving to 1218 Mifflin Street.)
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