Even after finishing yesterday’s review of Buckminster’s, I still had some things to say that didn’t make it into the final copy. So here, in no particular order, are a few more random thoughts on Michael Pasquarello‘s and Rob Marzinsky‘s Point Breeze neo-bistro.
It was the bologna that threw me.
I mean, really, it was everything. But it was the bologna most of all, because I loved the bologna at Buckminster’s—thick-cut quarters of Ely Farm honey bologna, stiff as salami, delicately sweet, tasting precisely nothing like anything you’re thinking of when you think of bologna—and I truly, honestly believe that everyone in the city who loves food and gives even a passing damn for locality and the bounty of this region ought to go there and eat it right now. It was far and away the best bologna I’ve ever had in my life (a life dedicated, more or less, to finding best things and loudly telling people about them), and like all best things, it’s worth going out of your way for.
Read more »
The trend of socially conscious development continued this week, as the transferral of two Point Breeze properties to the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) was approved by the Philadelphia Vacant Property Review Committee. The WCRP also announced that they were partnering with Citizens Acting Together Can Help (CATCH) to work on the project to provide affordable housing for families and veterans.
CATCH is a community group in Philadelphia that helps provide “supportive housing for disable veterans and others with special needs.”
The properties are located at 1308-1344 South Capitol St. and 1400-1428 South Taylor St. According to a press release, the plans are not finalized yet, but as of now they anticipate building around 30 one to three bedroom homes. Kramer+Marks Architects will design the development.
Chef Brian Lofink got inspired while walking through Di Bruno Bros. recently. And with all that cheese and other wonderful products, that’s not surprising. So Lofink got to grabbing cheeses, balsamic dressing, bacon and more. Then he headed back to Kermit’s Bake Shop to create a the fanciest pizza the bakery and pizza shop has made yet.
The Bruno, as this brussels sprouts pizza is called, is offered as a whole pie only. The $25 winter pizza is earthy, smoky, bright and acidic. An intense and delicious pie for sure. Since getting to sample it a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been waiting for it to finally be offered for sale so I can get it again.
Each Sunday, Marzinsky creates two-or-three special curries with one of the curries being paired with a special hoppy beer for $15. Buckminster’s full dinner menu is also available on Sundays.
Also and Sundays and through Thursdays, the Point Breeze bistro offers late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight. The happy hour includes $3 select drafts, $3 well drinks, $5 select wines and an abbreviated dinner menu.
American Sardine Bar is kicking off Monday brunch today. The Point Breeze bar is offering brunch sandwiches, pancakes and even a breakfast sardine. Pair your brunchy bites with a breakfast screwdriver or a beermosa (wheat beer and orange juice).
Monday brunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Buckminster’s at 21st and Federal in Point Breeze is adding weekend brunch. Chef Rob Marzinsky’s menu includes eggs, sweets plus some of hits off of the dinner menu. If we were ordering right now we’d be torn between the intriguing Caroline rice and pork congee sauerkraut with fried onions, chilies and a soft egg or the “Bologna and Cheese” that is served with spelt bread, Ely Farm cheese, Lebanon Bologna, sunny side up egg and cranberry mostarda.
A tipster tells the Passyunk Post he spotted what looked to be an under construction brewpub at 1939 South Bancroft Street (just about a block from South Philadelphia Tap Room). The Post ties the property to John Longacre (owner of SPTR, American Sardine Bar and Brew) via West Broad Properties Fund. That corporation shares the same address as Longacre’s LPMG Properties.
Remember way back when (say, five years ago) when long-time residents of Point Breeze tried to stop real estate developer John Longacre from turning the former Wander Inn into a craft beer bar? Their fears of gentrification delayed the opening of American Sardine Bar by at least a year.
But open it did, and fans of Longacre’s landmark South Philly Tap Room a few blocks away now had another place to drink high-end beer from cans and curb their munchies with fried PB&J sandwiches. Things haven’t gotten much easier for Longacre–what with community members trying to shut down his Point Breeze Beer Garden this summer–but at least the Sardine Bar still stands, four years after opening.
Buckminster’s, the “neo-bistro” from Michael Pasquarello (Kensington Quarters, Bufad, Prohibition Taproom, Cafe Lift) with chef Rob Marzinsky in the kitchen is set to open at 21st and Federal on Sunday, November 15th.
And though dinner service kicks off on Sunday, Buckminster’s is hosting an open house with complimentary food and a cash bar on Saturday, November 14th from 6:30 pm. to 10 p.m.