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]
Pub & Kitchen
 [Foobooz]

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

Diving Horse’s Palmer Marinelli Is Planning a Pop-Up

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Palmer Marinelli has been spending his summer in the kitchen at the Diving Horse in Avalon. This September he’s going to be doing something a little more personal. On Monday, September 30th, the Pub & Kitchen vet is hosting a pop-up at Little Fish. Marinellis is calling the event Pink Rose after his grandmother. The menu will be inspired by restaurants in Puglia, Italy, the region his grandmother was from. The dinner begins with an antipasti which Marinelli describes as “an intense sprint of shared plates” followed by pasta, main course, cheese and dessert. Expect other extras like cocktails, digestives, coffee and even baked breakfast goods to take home for the next day.

The dinner is BYO and there will be two seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The experience is $100 per person and includes gratuity.  Reservations can be made by emailing PinkRosePopUp@gmail.com.

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Pub & Kitchen Hosts Riesling Wine Dinner

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Like Riesling? Like food (okay, dumb question)? Well Pub & Kitchen is hosting a “Summer of Riesling” Wine Dinner taking place tonight, Monday, June 17th at 7:00PM. For $68, enjoy a five-course prix-fixe menu by Pub & Kitchen’s executive chef Eli Collins, with wine pairings. The event will also feature special guest, Louis Konstanin Guntrum, the 11th generation owner and manager of the Weingut Louis Guntrum winery and vineyard in Nierstein, Germany.

Summer of Riesling wine dinner menu »

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