Chefs Polled for Under-the-Radar Eats


Kim’s Korean BBQ | Photo by Philly Phoodie

First We Feast interviews several top Philadelphia chefs, including Nick Elmi, Peter Serpico, Eli Kulp and Michael Solomonov among others, about their favorite under-the-radar eating experiences in Philadelphia.

The list is full of great spots including Kim’s Korean charcoal barbecue in Olney.

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A Pub Crawl with Santa

Tonight from 6 to 9:30pm East Passyunk will be hosting a pub crawl with Santa. It starts at Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar and hits four other Passyunk Avenue bars.

There’s free drinks for holiday trivia winners and bars will offer drink specials and light fare at some.

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19 Hours In A Bar


City Paper’s Chris Ross hangs out Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar from opening to close. That’s from 7am to 2am or 19 hours. Seems like a good way to spend a day and it certainly makes for a fun read.

It’s Your Birthday [City Paper]

Ray’s, ‘The Happy Birthday Bar’

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar has long been a dive bar but for less time it has been a hipster paradise.

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, the quintessential old South Philly taproom, has become hipster-driven, at least on Thursdays. That’s when jam-session cats – mostly graduates from the University of the Arts and Temple University, with a median age of 23 – play elegant improvisational jazz and soft standards.

Led by drummer Pete Gaudioso and pianist Anam Owili-Eger in Ray’s second room, 11 horn players (trumpet, trombone, sax), four bassists, three guitarists, and one harmonica player sign up and sit in. That’s a jazz soup.

Ray’s opens at 7 AM and their web site promises smoking will return when they get their permit. Show up on your birthday and receive a drink for free.

Ray’s The Happy Birthday Bar [Official Site]