Breakfast of Champions: The Dutch Reviewed



The Dutch | Photo by Emily Teel

Breakfast is the last great, untouched frontier. Of all the meals available to us (lunch, dinner, supper, elevenses, fourthmeal, midnight snacks, etc.), breakfast is the most pure, the most un-fuck-with-able. No one in his right mind tries to innovate during breakfast. No one tries to dazzle you with technical wizard-powers or supply lines to long-lost fruits and vegetables. Breakfast is toast and jelly. Coffee. Pancakes. Eggs and bacon. Waffles in all their myriad glories. It is, occasionally, oatmeal. Complicated (but comforting) pastries. Half a grapefruit doused in Wild Turkey. Whatever.

I love congee and chilaquiles as much as anyone, but Americans own breakfast the way the French do dinner. We have stolen all the great ideas ever had about breakfast and made them our own. Americans are so good at breakfast that our canon doesn’t extend merely to regional variations, but to social, religious, economic and historic ones as well. The trucker’s breakfast is a thing. The yoga breakfast. The camp breakfast. The Lutheran pancake social or Continental or Southerner’s petit déjeuner. Breakfast knows no bounds save temporal. And brunch? Well, brunch doesn’t even have those rules to adhere to. Brunch laughs at the notion of rules.

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First Look: South Helm


Cooking is hard.

It’s hard because it takes incredible skill, talent, and tenacity to climb the ladder of the kitchen. It’s hard because it requires long hours in an uncomfortable working environment for not a lot of money. And it’s hard because kitchens are a powder keg of both ambition and stress. But one reason that it’s hard, not as visible as those above, is the fact that cooking the same dishes over and over again is just boring.

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South Helm Is Now Open


South Helm’s doors are now open

The awaited sequel to Helm officially opened its doors on June 3rd.

Located at 100 Morris Street, South Helm is Michael Griffiths’s and Kevin D’Egidio’s second restaurant. General manager of Helm, Justin Manne, will also be heading up operations at South Helm. The team opened Helm just over a year ago, and they are on a roll.

A preview of their menu posted on Instagram teases at the dishes they will be offering and tops out at $14. Just like Helm, the menu will rotate and change week to week with farm-to-table specials. Griffiths said not to expect anything over $16 on the menu.

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Trinity Tuesday: Up on the Roof in Pennsport

1231 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Keller Williams Realty Tri-County

1231 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Keller Williams Realty Tri-County

A common conundrum that apparently faced the owners of trinity homes back when they were new was: Okay, where do we put the kitchen? Two standard answers emerged over time: If the trinity had a basement, it got stuck downstairs. If it didn’t, an ell attached to the back did the trick.

Those kitchen ells sometimes morphed into extra space on the upper floors as well, as appears to be the case with this completely renovated trinity in Pennsport. What’s more, some of that extra space is outdoors, on the top floor. Read more »

First Look: The Dutch


Johncarl Lachman and Lee Styer are going Dutch on Pennsport’s hottest new daytime destination. The pair’s sunny new collaboration, located in the space that briefly housed Andrew Michaels’ Fourth & Cross, is cozy yet contemporary, as natural a fit as though it had been custom built for them. While their collective endeavors of Fond, Noord, and Neuf are much beloved destinations for candlelit dinners, breakfast and lunch are the offerings at The Dutch.

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Trinity Tuesday: An Expanded Trinity in Pennsport

The kitchen and living room at 1105 S Bodine St.

The kitchen and living room at 1105 S. Bodine St. | TREND Images via Keller Williams Realty Center City

Part of the allure of trinity houses is the location. Many of them were built in small alleyways and intimate neighborhoods where you can squeeze in a bunch of tiny houses. Most trinities are on secondary streets and can feel slightly removed from busy city thoroughfares. This week’s trinity, located on South Bodine Street in Pennsport, has that same allure. The tree-lined street has easy access to all of Pennsport, and even comes with permit-free street parking. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Pennsport Home in a Prime Spot

1114 S Bodine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

1114 S. Bodine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

With the Phillies having had their home opener against the Padres yesterday at a sun-washed Citizens Bank Park, one of the cardinal rules of baseball as well as real estate came to mind when looking at this week’s trinity—location is key. Just like an Aaron Nola 2-2 fastball, the defining feature of this house is where it is located…and it’s a strikeout on the black. Situated in Pennsport, it’s right near Jefferson Square Park, Washington Avenue and Delaware Avenue. It is close to Penn’s Landing and has public transportation nearby as well. Read more »

South Helm Is Coming Along Nicely

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South Helm is coming along.

Michael Griffiths and Kevin D’Egidio, the guys behind the highly acclaimed Helm BYOB surprised many when they announced that they were opening their second location, less than a year after they opened their first restaurant in Kensington. And yesterday they posted a surprising photo on Instagram. The new spot, South Helm at 100 Morris Street is shaping up quite nicely.

Griffiths told us last month that South Helm was hoping to open in April and it looks like they’re right on schedule.

South Helm [Foobooz]

Police Have Identified a “Person of Interest” in Lee’s Cafe Throat-Slashing

Person of Interest Lee Cafe

L: The person of interest known as “Noelle,” according to police. R: Image via Google Maps.

The Philadelphia Police Department has released a photo of a “person of interest” who they are seeking in connection with the throat-slashing of an employee at Lee’s Cafe & Bistro in South Philly. Officials say the man goes by the name “Noelle,” is between the ages of 25 and 30, and drives a white SUV.

The victim has been identified as 54-year-old cook Thoung Nguyen.

Shortly after 9 p.m., while the restaurant was still open for business, police say the owner of Lee’s found Nguyen alone in the basement kitchen, with a large cut across her throat. She was pronounced dead on the scene by Philadelphia paramedics at 9:15 p.m. Read more »

Celebrate Women Of The Craft Beer Industry At The Industry Bar

Photo by Steve Legato

Photo by Steve Legato

The Industry Bar is paying homage to women in the craft beer industry with their Women of the Industry event next Monday, March 7th. At the event will be Suzy Woods of Allagash Brewing Company, Jenny Hobbs of Firestone Walker, and Betsy Riley of Great Lakes.

Each of the ladies will pair their beer with a slider, and you can get all three pairings for $25. A portion of all proceeds will go to the South Philadelphia Victim/Witness Advocates.

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