Where We’re Eating: Tria Taproom

The team behind Tria Cafe has opened a pizza-and-beer joint. That would be one way to describe Tria Taproom, but not a particularly apt one. The Taproom offers flatbreads, not pizzas. A co-worker wondered if the only difference was pretense, but from my point of view, the Tria team can call them whatever they want as long as they keep making them, whether topped with burrata, balsamic onions and lemon zest or gorgonzola, duck confit and foie gras mousse. The Taproom lives up to its name as well, with 24 beers on tap from a system that’s one part work of art and one part peek into the future. The tap handles are mounted on an illuminated marble backsplash. iPad-based menus describe the beers, which come from Norway, Nebraska and Downingtown. The iPads also illustrate just how much beer remains in the keg, so you’ll always know when one is getting down to the dregs. The wine program is also entirely on draft—a system that promises fresher-tasting wines and incidentally befuddles the city inspectors trying to enforce Philly’s mandatory recycling program: What do you mean there’s no waste? Since this is a Tria operation, cheese, the third fermentable, plays a part on the menu, with options ranging from Approachable to Racy—which is an altogether accurate description of what you get at Tria Taproom.

Tria Taproom [Foobooz]

First appeared in the April, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

The Price of Pizza By Neighborhood

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NPR has been crunching pizza numbers today and yesterday. Today they layout how much pizza costs by neighborhood in five cities, including Philadelphia. The data comes from Grubhub/Seamless and interestingly, Graduate Hospital is the most expensive neighborhood for a cheese pizza. An average pizza in G-Ho comes in just under $15. Elmwood and Oak Lane are the cheapest neighborhoods for pizza with a plain pie being available for under $8. Of course with this data coming from Grubhub and Seamless, places like Osteria, Pizzeria Beddia and many others are not included.

As for the most expensive pizza in the country, Midtown Manhattan is getting $23 for a plain pizza.

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Where the Web Is Eating

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Craig LaBan checks out the “Yo Cuz” at South Philadelphia’s Porto. It’s a chicken cutlet between the two bacon-cheddar waffles and topped with a drizzle of jalapeño-maple yogurt butter.

There’s new ethnic food in Upper Darby. Inka Wall serves up hearty Peruvian chicken.

“Luncher Jon” from Midtown Lunch finds a dollar slice in Philadelphia that doesn’t suck. Check out his report on Rosa’s Fresh Pizza.

And since you might want something to wash down all this food, check out Bryan Kolesar’s most memorable beers of 2013.

The Gastronaut: Hey Santa …

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Dear Santa,

I’ve come to you in years past asking for a lot of stuff for the Philadelphia food scene, but, selfless font of awesomeness that I am, I’m once again using up all my Christmas wishes to make my adopted home as wonderful as possible for those of us who find life’s most sublime joys at the end of a fork.

You’ve already come through for me big-time. When we needed noodle shops, you inspired half a dozen different restaurateurs to open noodle shops. When we needed Cuban food, you got all up in Jose Garces’s head with your Santa magic and made him close Chifa in order to open Rosa Blanca. So, again, being a generous and gregarious soul, I put the question to a bunch of my people. I asked chefs and cooks and food writers and professional drinkers what they wanted for Christmas—what they thought Philadelphia needed to become an even better food city than it already is. Here’s what we came up with.

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