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.
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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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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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For the fifth year in a row, Pub and Kitchen is hosting it’s Country Delight night on Tuesday, November, 26th. The night will feature “cheap beer, fine whiskey, low country menu and nice people dancing to good country music.”
And featured on the night’s menu, the return of P&K’s fried chicken.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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Starting nightly at 11 p.m., Pub & Kitchen is hosting Industry Relief 3.0. Hospitality industry folk will be treated to $3 local beers, $5 sangria and half-priced items from the raw bar. Industry Relief runs through Labor Day.
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