Will BYOB Turns Two

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Will BYOB is celebrating its second anniversary with a special collaboration dinner. On Sunday, August 24th, owner and chef Chris Kearse will be joined by chef John Patterson of Fork and chef Eli Collins of Pub & Kitchen for a special $100 per person dinner that benefits the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.

Call for 215-271-7683 reservations or book online.

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DIY Down the Shore: Chef Eli Collins’ Chili Rubbed Skirt Steak with Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

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Photo by Mike Persico

To help your summer along, Foobooz plans to give you some recipes by notable chefs and bartenders in Philadelphia. We’re calling it the DIY Down the Shore series, and we’ll be posting them all week. We’re bringing Philly’s dining scene into your summer homes.

Keep the coals hot, because this summer spent seaside is made for grilling. Chef Eli Collins, exec at Pub & Kitchen, says it best, “I think cooking at the Shore should be simple, centered around outdoor cooking and celebrating summer produce.”

We couldn’t agree more and the recipe chef Collins has chosen to share is precisely that. A chili rubbed skirt steak with cherry tomato vinaigrette that sounds exactly like what you should be cooking this weekend.

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Summer Comfort Dinners At Pub & Kitchen

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With summer just officially beginning, chef Eli Collins and the crew at Pub & Kitchen are announcing a new dinner special: weekly Summer Comfort Dinners.

Starting next Wednesday, June 25, the kitchen will be offering a different special meal every Wednesday night–either a simple one-pot dinner or something off the grill, accompanied by sides, for just $18, all inspired by classic summertime recipes. They’re launching with charcoal-grilled chicken with chorizo, potato and clam stew and grilled young lettuce salad, and are looking at other dishes like grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce and potato salad, smoked pork belly with summer bean cassoulet, and barbecue shrimp with watermelon and tomato salad to fill out those long, lazy summer months.

Oh, and the best part? That $18 also includes a pint of local beer or a glass of whiskey-spiked lemonade to go with your dinner.

Pub & Kitchen [f8b8z]

Three Bells for Eli Collins and Pub & Kitchen

Photo via Pub & Kitchen

Photo via Pub & Kitchen

Craig LaBan revisits Pub & Kitchen at 20th and Lombard and finds that the corner hot spot has gone from gastropub to restaurant with a bar. And a mighty fine restaurant at that.

A perfectly seared fillet of fluke came over a sweet dice of yellow rutabaga with lentils and whole-grain-mustard crème fraîche. Tiny, tender calamari were stuffed like sausages with spicy house-made chorizo over a milky almond-anchovy puree with grilled celery stalks that had been tanged with lemon. Giant head-on prawns, brushed with a tangy spring barbecue glaze of rhubarb and aji amarillo chiles, paired with toasted farro and a vivid green puree that also snapped with whole fresh sweet peas.

Three Bells – Excellent

A second look at Pub & Kitchen [Philadelphia Inquirer]
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Unusual Valentine’s Day Suggestions

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Just about every restaurant in the Philadelphia is doing a special menu for Valentine’s Day. Many of which are being offered all weekend. Instead of listing all of those, here are some more offbeat ideas for Valentine’s Day, like eating budino and binge watching House of Cards, Season II on Netflix (which comes out on the 14th). Significant other, totally optional.

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Beef on Weck, Late Night at Pub and Kitchen

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Pub and Kitchen tweeted out the above photo this week. Chef Eli Collins has added the Buffalo classic, Beef on Weck to his late-night menu. What’s that? You didn’t know about Pub & Kitchen’s late-night menu? Neither did we, so we checked in with owner Ed Hackett. He tells us that The late-night menu is still being slowly built up as Eli and him. But when complete, the menu will be available nightly from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

As for that beef on weck, Collins is making the kummelweck roll in house.

Pub and Kitchen [Foobooz]

It’s the 2013 50 Best Bars of Philadelphia

Alla Spina, one of the Best Bars in Philly | Photo by M.Edlow for GPTMC

Alla Spina is one of the best bars in Philadelphia | Photo by M.Edlow for GPTMC

For the fifth year in a row we’ve polled a diverse panel of Philadelphia’s drinking scene in order to determine the best bars in Philadelphia. The polled include our favorite writers, bloggers, twitterers and even just drinkers for the 2013 Foobooz 50 Best Bars list.

Foobooz 50 Best Bars by the Numbers

Seven new bars made the list this year.

23 bars have made the list in each of the five years it has been published.

0 repeats at number one. Each year a different bar has held down the top spot.

For the first time ever a bar from New Jersey made the list.

Loco Pez was the biggest mover on the list, jumping 32 spots.

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Breaking the British Mold at Pub & Kitchen

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Adam Erace checks out the second act of the popular Pub & Kitchen where the interior has been redecorated and Eli Collins is the new chef.

“I wanted to get away from the English pub mold,” Collins says of his initial alterations to P&K’s menu, a change echoed by renovations that freshened the furniture and whitened the dining room. There are still tureens of mussels and a noteworthy burger (double patties, American cheese) with fries that are still called chips, but looking beyond, for instance, to the bread service, you’ll find slices of semolina with cloud-like interiors and crusts that crackle like M&Ms shells. Collins scents the loaves with fennel, working honey into the dough for a subtle sweetness, a thread connected by the bee pollen dusted on the softened butter. Ingredients often link up this way on Collins’ menu. Flowering lemon thyme and candied lemon peel reinforced the lemonade-like citrus notes in gingered chicken-liver mousse studded with pickled blueberries.

Pub & Kitchen Gambles on a New Chef and Wins [City Paper]
Pub & Kitchen [Official Site]

Photo via Mark Stehle

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