Bartender and cocktail book author Katie Loeb has recently revamped the list at the Trestle Inn. The Happy Hour, Flower Power and Whiskey Sours remain but Loeb’s stamp is over the rest of the menu. Especially in the Cathouse Punch and the classic Blood and Sand.
The Trestle’s new drink menu »
Chef Nick Farina who owns Verdad in Bryn Mawr is opening Union Taco, a 20-seat taqueria at 712 W Girard Avenue. And on Wednesday, October 23rd he will be giving away free tacos between noon and 2 p.m.
Union Taco will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The taqueria will stay open late on weekends.
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Michael Klein confirms what a Foobooz commenter posted a few weeks ago. Federal Donuts is coming to Sansom Street in University City. The new space will be next to Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House at 3428 Sansom Street. Steven Cook says “We are thrilled to announce that we will bring our tasty donuts, fried chicken and exceptional coffee to the University of Pennsylvania campus when we open our third Federal Donuts location at 3428 Sansom Street in early 2014.” Cook co-owns Federal Donuts along with Michael Solomonov, Tom Henneman, Bob Logue and Felicia D’Ambrosio.
Also confirmed in Klein’s piece is that another Federal Donuts will indeed open at 7th and Fairmount.
Federal Donuts opening in University City, North Philly [The Insider]
Thursday evening, Federal Donuts made a presentation to the West Poplar CDC regarding a Federal Donuts location at 701 Fairmount Avenue. Steve Cook tells us this is a long way from a done deal as there is still “some zoning and other hurdles to get through.” But if it comes together, the biggest Federal Donuts yet will land in the West Poplar, Liberties West area of the city. And though it may seem an odd spot to some, we can’t help but notice it is just a block off of the proposed Reading Viaduct park.
Federal Donuts [Official Site]
This Saturday, Prohibition Taproom is busting out the grill for a SoCal/Mexican cookout and epic tap takeover with Ballast Point Brewing. The ProTap crew will also be spinning SoCal punk records all day long.
Ballas Point tap list and special SoCal menu »
Starting this Sunday, Bufad is offering a special buy one Neapolitan pizza, get one for free deal. The deal begins when Bufad opens at 11 a.m. and run till when they run out of dough.
Bufad [Official Site]
Craig Laban enjoys Bufad, but he says he would have appreciated it more if there weren’t so many other great new pizza spots opening up around town.
I enjoyed many of the salads here, like the antipasto with remolata-topped roasted beets and sweet carrots paired with salsa verde. But the plain dough triangles of “pizza bianca” served alongside were so hard, we could barely bite through them. Ditto for the otherwise tasty ricotta panna cotta with tangy broccoli rabe and toasted almonds.
My biggest hesitation is that the pizzas – usually so appealing in their toppings – also often seemed to be missing the kind of subtle touch that can elevate one cool new pizzeria above the rest. Bufad’s Neapolitan crust itself is good, complex, chewy, and leopard-ed with char marks. But the classic Margherita lacks the flavor pop of a brighter sauce. Broccoli rabe, prosciutto, and mustard-spiked white beans are a smart combination. But the pureed beans were layered too thickly on the bottom. The mortadella pie would have been better with less sweetness from the rhubarb mostarda.
Two Bells – Very Good
Bufad [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Bufad [Official Site]
Starting Friday, May 24th, the Trestle Inn is taking it to the street with their Friday Nite Backyard Barbecue, Callowhill Street to be exact. Enjoy a free happy hour Whiskey Sour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Old Forester pitcher and craft cans are also on special. The sidewalks will come alive with sidewalk go-go by The Trestle Specials and food from some of Philly’s favorite food trucks.
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Apertivo is an Italian tradition where bars and restaurants offer small free buffets while they sell drinks at full price. Apertivo at Bufad is how a Philadelphia BYOB makes the event work for them.
This sunday night, the 13th and Spring Garden pizzeria is offering a $10, all-you-can-eat buffet that includes antipasti (beets, carrots, pickled fennel, boiled eggs, roasted olives), chicken liver pate, Roman slices of pizza and roast pork. You bring the apertif of your choice and Bufad will provide the non-alcoholic mixers. The mixers will include grapefruit and mint, strawberry and basil, and lemon and tarragon.
Apertivo runs from 8 p.m. to close on Sunday, May 12th. Salute!
Bufad [Official Site]
Yesterday Bufad Pizzeria rolled out their spring menu. The pizzeria at 13th and Spring Garden has tweaked some menu items to coincide with what is seasonal for spring.For instance, the burrata is still on the menu but the winter brussels sprouts have been replaced with spring asparagus.
On the pizza side of the menu there are several new pizzas to consider. A southern Italian style Merguez (made down the street at Prohibition Taproom) with English peas and mint is now on the menu. And if you really want to go out there, Bufad is now offering a sweet and savory Mortadella pie, made with a bechamel and a rhubarb mostarda, finished with pistachios and arugula.
Bufad has been enjoying working with Greensgrow Farms in Fishtown to source local ingredients in order to make the menu Italian, seasonal and local.
More photos and the full menu »