Bellicimo Burrito at Heffe
They were taking the Christmas lights down at Heffe on the day I showed up. Everyone was wearing gloves and hats; collars turned up against some of the first serious cold of the year. It was the kind of afternoon that made the smooth white stones of the outdoor seating area, the picnic tables, the sand-colored stucco of the walls and all the lime, the chilies, the summer-sunlight flavors kind of a joke. Who eats street tacos in January? In Philly?
No one but me … and the half dozen people already waiting ahead of me, and the additional half dozen who filed in behind. Enough people that maybe it isn’t really a joke anymore, but a question—semi-serious and a little bit darker: How desperate for tacos do you have to be to risk frostbite in Fishtown just to get your fix?
Heffe has no indoor seating, just those red picnic tables. There’s no dining room, no service, no silver, no booze. No credit cards are accepted (it’s cash on the barrelhead, but relatively cheap), though if you count the two column heaters and those Christmas lights (now gone), an ATM makes up fully one quarter of the exterior decor.
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Heffe Tacos has opened at 1431 Frankford Avenue (the corner of Frankford and Marlboro Street). The walk-up taco joint from Peter McAndrews (Paesano’s, Modo Mio, Monsu) quietly opened late last week with the tagline, “Tacos That Don’t Suck.” The menu definitely looks like it was created by the same man who came up with the winning sandwich combinations of Paesano’s. So don’t look for traditional Mexican tacos but riffs that take influences from across the Latin world as well as the Mediterranean. And there are several creations, like the Americano burrito, crispy pork roll, rice, beans, Jack cheese, lettuce, salsa and an over easy egg that are pure McAndrews.
Tacos come two to an order and cost between $6 and $9. Burritos, a couple of soups and “Tijuana Poutine” round out the menu.
Heffe is open for lunch and dinner daily, and till 3 a.m. on weekends.
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Peter McAndrews’ (Paesano’s, Modo Mio, Monsu) first cooking job in Philadelphia was at Bridgid’s more than 20-years ago. And now he’s back in charge of the Fairmount mainstay. He’s installed Patrick Collins as the chef. Collins has worked on 13th Street for Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney as well as for George Sabatino. This isn’t the first time McAndrews has turned back towards Bridgid’s. The chef consulted there in 2012. But this time he’s taken over the whole operation.
The menu is Italian, offering a menu of Chichette, small plates for just $5 each, 3 for $13. The new Bridgid’s will also offer a selection of ten-or-so house-made pastas for $10 to $12 a plate. Entrees will have a seafood focus and top out at $18 per plate. As is McAndrews m.o., expect bold flavors and wine friendly dishes. Speaking of wine, McAndrews is offering 8 white wines and 11 reds by the glass. McAndrews says he wants Bridgid’s to be a “true Italian restaurant, intriguing and affordable,” a place to have a good time with a good glass of wine or two.
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Check out what the impressive lineup of events that are happening Upstairs at Vetri this June. He’s got local personalities like Peter McAndrews (Monsu, Modo Mio, Paesano’s), Scott Schroeder (American Sardine Bar, South Philadelphia Taproom), Lê from Hop Sing Laundromat and Emilio Mignucci of Di Bruno Bros. on the docket. And then he also has 2012 James Beard Award winner Mindy Seagal talks cookies and of course Marc Vetri himself teaching about pasta.
Check out the full list on Vetri’s web site.
New Paesano’s | Photo via Naked Philly
Paesano’s on Girard Avenue is moving on from its original location. The sandwich shop is moving next door to the just completed construction at the corner of Girard and O’Neil Streets.
According to Naked Philly, the new location will give Paesano’s 26-seats and an expanded menu. That will be welcome news to Northern Liberties and Fishtown fans of Peter McAndrews’ sandwich spot, as the extra room will probably mean more specials, like the Italian Market location.
The 9th Street location has recently offered the Machizmo (prosciutto, fig and orange marmalade, sharp provolone on a seeded roll), house-made scrapple sandwich (pork scrapple, sweet roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and peppers, sharp Provolone and a fried egg), pig skins (potato skins with roasted garlic and sharp Provolone) and their seldom seen Gizmo (ribeye cheesesteak with diced salami, cheddar spread, sharp provolone, broccoli rabe and roasted tomatoes).
Tenant Coming For New Building on Girard [Naked Philly]
Paesano’s – Girard Avenue [Foobooz]
Over the past year, Paesano’s has been doing a bit of an expansion experiment. They’ve opened down the shore a year ago, today; they’ve opened, and closed, in Woody’s; they’ve give us a delivery option.
I’m happy to say, the Paesano’s down the shore is open again. Operating only on weekends (Friday through Sunday), the Philly Style sandwich spot is open in the the Memories Lounge at 9518 Amherst Avenue, Margate, NJ. Shore hours are from 11 a.m. until the crowd dies away.
Down the Shore [Foobooz]
On Thursday night, the Eagles and the Chiefs squared off at Lincoln Financial Field. I’ll let the people who know something about the sport opine about the future of the Eagles. I was there for the food and left before the end of the first quarter.
Below, some photos of what you’re going to be eating at the next Eagles home game at the Linc. Hats off to Aramark — the folks actually making and serving the food — for running a pretty tight operation.
Paesano’s Pete McAndrews wins the coveted food porn award for his namesake Paesano brisket sandwich:
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Well that didn’t last long. The Paesano’s within Woody’s has closed. Announced through its Facebook page, no details were given as to why the less than two-month-old venture went kaput. Paesano’s promises to continue to deliver to “nearly every neighborhood” in the city.
Peter McAndrews continues to serve up Paesano’s Italian Style sandwiches from his Girard Avenue and Italian Market locations. He also is vending from within the Memories Lounge in Margate. McAndrews will also be serving his meatloaf parmesan (pictured above) and four other sandwiches this season at Lincoln Financial Field.
Paesano’s Italian Style [Facebook]
Photo via the Philadelphia Eagles
Last season the Philadelphia Eagles offered food from Kevin Sbraga at Lincoln Financial Field. This year the Eagles and Aramark are teaming up with Jose Garces, Marc Vetri and Peter McAndrews. For the 2013 season fans will be able to get dishes from each of these chefs at various spots in the stadium including on the main concourse, Headhouse Plaza and the club levels.
Look for more details on the food at Lincoln Financial Field to be released next week.
Michael Klein is reporting that Peter McAndrews is looking to expand his Paesano’s sandwich shop chain. Paesano’s has locations in Fishtown, the Italian Market and recently opened a location within Margare’s Memories night club. Next, McAndrews is taking the cohabiting concept to Woody’s Bar at 13th and Walnut.
Also on tap for McAndrews, a Paesano’s at Lincoln Financial Field.
McAndrews also owns Modo Mio, Monsu and La Porta. His Popolino in Northern Liberties is closed for the summer.
Paesano’s in expansion mode [The Insider]
Paesano’s [Official Site]