When I interviewed Tommy Up recently for the back page of Philadelphia magazine’s April edition, he told me that his Fishtown tiki bar The Yachtsman would open around April 15th. Well last week came and went without any sign of The Yachtsman, and now we know why: the project has run out of money. Read more »
Tommy Up is expanding his PYT joint to New York and D.C., and this month debuts a Fishtown tiki bar. The 42-year-old talks Jay Z, Japanese-mafia tattoos, and the best beef in Philadelphia. (Shocker: It’s not his.)
One of Us: Burger Guru Tommy Up [Philadelphia Magazine]
We all know what a turkey burger is. This isn’t a turkey burger. This is PYT’s Thanksgiving Dinner Burger. For the fourth year the Northern Liberties extreme burger joint will be serving up this monster:
We start with a deep fried turkey leg meat patty, topped with homemade mashed potatoes, bacon stuffing and cranberry spread…with a side of hot turkey gravy to pour on as desired.
The PYT TDB is available for a limited time.
PYT Thanksgiving Dinner Burger [Facebook]
Foursquare has released a list of the ten most popular burger joints in the United States by Foursquare check-ins. Coming in at number ten is P.Y.T. in Northern Liberties. We’re sure the free Yuengling offer with food purchase offer on Foursquare doesn’t hurt, but still, it is an impressive feat.
In news that is sure to make some of your heads spin, ABC’s The Chew is coming to PYT on the Piazza for lunch today. The mid-day talk show is featuring Tommy Up and his spaghetti burger.
If you’re looking for your fifteen minutes of fame, shooting starts around 11:30.
The episode will air on Wednesday, September 18th.
ABC’s the Chew shooting at PYT [Facebook]
There’s a new potential food craze sweeping the nation and its receiving its fair share of hype: noodles and burgers. In the tradition of the cronut and Luther Burger, seemingly incompatible foods are getting married into dishes that are making some rolling their eyes, and others foam at the mouth.
Brooklyn residents have already gotten a taste of this craze with The Ramen Burger. Created by ramen enthusiast and blogger Keizo Shimamoto, it debuted at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg food fair. Its zeitgeist has extended to Good Morning America and blogs all across the virtual multiverse.
But you don’t need to travel to New York to get your noodle/burger fix. Philly’s own PYT boasts the Spaghetti Burger—a mozzarella-stuffed meatball patty smothered in red sauce and parmesan flakes smushed between crispy fried spaghetti, garlic butter buns.
“Two potato skins loaded with gooey cheddar, crisp bacon, chives & sour cream are your ‘bun’…with a juicy, fully loaded beef patty sitting pretty in between. Game changer.”
We don’t often give a damn about arbitrary lists from national web sites ranking Philadelphia near the top or bottom of some category. But when national real estate site, Estately ranked Philadelphia number one for bacon lovers. Well we admit, they had us.
Among the reasons given for ranking Philadelphia number one:
- PYT’s bacon taco.
- Cochon’s deep fried oysters with bacon aioli.
- Jake’s Sandwich Board’s Turbacon sandwich.
- And of course, actor Kevin Bacon and his father, city planner Edmund Bacon.
Sounds like solid math to us.
13 Best American Cities for Bacon Lovers [Estately]
Pictured, the bacon shell taco from PYT
We were impressed back in October 2012 when we learned that Center City red meat emporium Del Frisco’s had purchased nearly $900,000 worth of wine and spirits through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board the year prior. But in our most recent report, Del Frisco’s (and two other spots) break the $1 million mark.
Tonight at 7 p.m. on Destination America, formerly Discovery Home & Leisure, is featuring four local restaurants on United States of Bacon. As you might expect there’s a ton of bacon on the show but we have to raise an eyebrow over the inclusion of McNally’s Tavern’s Schmitter. Surely a great gluttonous sandwich, but as the diagram above shows, bacon is not a normal part of the Schmitter. Now bacon is available for a dollar add-on, but who needs bacon when you already have steak, grilled salami, cheese, fried onions, tomatos, special sauce and even more cheese?