Twice in a Lifetime: Whetstone Tavern Reviewed

Passyunk Pork - pork chop, sharp provolone polenta

Passyunk Pork – pork chop, sharp provolone polenta | Photo by Caroline Russock

Jeremy Nolen—chef at Whetstone, the man behind Brauhaus and Wursthaus Schmitz, lonely local champion of modern German cuisine and a fella who knows an awful lot about tube-shaped meats—stopped by our table somewhere between the drinks arriving and the menus being taken away. He looked distracted, tired— sucking breath like a boxer in the third round suddenly realizing that the guy across the ring from him is more of a fighter than he’d expected. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Queen Village Residence Includes Master Bedroom Dressing Area

Images via Mary on the Square

Images via Mary on the Square

You know how trinities are…well, snug, for lack of a better word? While this totally fine by us (and some of you, too), since it’s part of what makes them so gosh darn adorable, we’re highlighting this one for the slightly more generous space its master bedroom affords. We’ll get to that in a second though. First, a look at the overall property…

Coming in at 980 square feet, this tucked-away home on South Fairhill Street in Queen Village has several of those wonted, but nonetheless appreciated, features for which trinities are known: original wood floors (in this case pine), wood-burning fireplace with exposed brick, eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances (and vintage tile counters), and access to an enclosed patio space. What’s more, the third level features a second living area/bedroom with vaulted ceiling and sliding glass doors out to a deck. The laundry can be found in the basement.

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Whetstone Kicks Off Daily Brunch

Photo by Emily Teel

Whetstone Tavern offers brunch every day | Photo by Emily Teel

Whetstone Tavern at 5th and Bainbridge is now offering DAILY brunch, seven days a week. Brunch is offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The brunch menu offers breakfast-y dishes like duck confit hash, Carolina shrimp and grits and banana bread French toast. Whetstone dinner plates like the roast beef sandwich and Dad’s Burger are also included on the menu.

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Square Pie on the Move


Pizza ovens being delivered to the former Cochon.

Gene Giuffi’s Square Pie takes over their recently closed Cochon location as of tomorrow. Yesterday the ovens made the short move from the west side of 6th and Catharine Streets to the corner of Passyunk and Catharine.

If all goes well, the Best of Philly winner for new pizzeria will be back in business tomorrow for lunch.

Square Pie [Official]

Tribeca “Look-Alike” Penthouse in Queen Village Seeks to Lure New Yorkers


The former Saint Stanislaus School | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

It’s no secret that New Yorkers love Philadelphia, and a new listing for a bi-level condo in Queen Village seems to want to play off the fact that nearly 30,000 residents each year trade in the pricey pastures of the Big Apple for the affordability and coolness of the City of Brotherly Love.

Here’s the first line of the listing, via BHHS Fox and Roach:

“Take a Relaxing 80 Minute Train Ride to NY and save Millions of Dollars by Buying this Chelsea/Tribeca/Soho LOOK A LIKE. A True NY Loft with a Million Dollar View.”

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Trinity Tuesday: We Would Totally Marry This Queen Village Home

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

We would totally marry this house on a tree-lined block in Queen Village. And by “we,” we should clarify that we really just mean Property editor James Jennings. See, upon reminding him of this trinity abode via Slack, he responded with: “Holy crap, I love that place … I would marry that place.” Indeed, Jim, indeed.

Aside from the fact that people can’t marry buildings (you just Googled that didn’t you?), we can certainly understand the sentiment. Take a peek at the gallery, embedded below, and you’ll get it too: it’s a lovely end-unit home with a “storybook exterior” charmed with iron planter boxes, plus two entrances and a patio for al fresco dining. Who wouldn’t want to make a commitment to this trinity house? (Well, perhaps some might beg to differ.)

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WATCH: Police Seek Queen Village Tire Slashers

Police are seeking two men they believe to be responsible for a late-July tire-slashing spree in Queen Village.

Thirty vehicles were vandalized early the morning of July 26th, all of them in the 100 and 300 block of Queen Street and the 800 block of South Swanson and South Third streets. Read more »

The Newest Circles Is Having A Grand Opening Party

circles-alex-Boonphaya-400Tuk Tuk Real–the Thai-Latino fusion experiment by chef Alex Boonphaya and his sous, Silvestre Rincón-Tellez–did not go well. There were problems with balance, with presentation, and the place got kicked around pretty good by our own Trey Popp. When it closed a few weeks back after just nine months in business, no one was really surprised.

And when it was announced that Boonphaya was going to be turning the location at 429 South Street into another outlet of his well-liked Circles Thai restaurant mini-chain, folks were happy. Circles is dependably good. Thai is Boonphaya’s comfort zone. All of this is good news.

Even better? He’s celebrating the re-opening of the space Tuesday, August 4 with a whole bunch of free grub for the neighbors.

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Pastry Chef Jessica Nolen Opening Bakery and Cafe


Jessica Nolen with husband Jeremy at a book signing for their cookbook, New German Cooking.

Jessica Nolen, the pastry chef for Brauhaus Schmitz and Whetstone is striking out on her own. Nolen is opening The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe at 517 S 5th Street, the former home of Cookie Confidential. The Little Bird will make all the bread and pastries for the two restaurants as well as offer breakfast pastries, desserts, soups, salads and lunchtime sandwiches to the public.

Nolen, who is the wife of Brauhaus Schmitz chef and Whetstone owner Jeremy Nolen, has most of her funding in place but has launched a GoFundMe campaign for a couple of high price pieces of equipment. Nolen is looking to raise money for her coffee setup and an industrial mixer.

If all goes well, the Little Bird Bakery and Cafe will open in October.

The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe [Foobooz]

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