Coffee Today


Restaurant M is offering free coffee with breakfast today as the Washingtons Square restaurant launches a coffee club.

Dunkin Donuts is offering free coffee today because the Eagles won yesterday.

And for the month of October, Four Seasons and La Colombe will offer a pop-up coffee cart in the hotel’s lobby all month. From 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily, the cart will be serving La Colombe speciality coffees including espresso, cappuccino, and lattes for $5. Enjoy your coffee Four Seasons style as you enjoy their lobby or terrace, relaxing while reading a newspaper.

Pleasing the Eye and Tongue

Adam Erace praises the cooking of new chef Restaurant M’s new chef, Michael Caspi.

You know on Project Runway, when they talk about making clothes look expensive? That’s what Caspi does with food. Each plate is a composition, and though they can get a little busy, I can’t help but admire the intricate work each represents. The tamarind-lacquered short ribs could have done without one component, but which? Keep the stiletto carrots that added a bit of crunch to the plate. And definitely keep the plank of smoky bacon “melba” propped up on the rib like a see-saw.

M, M, Good [City Paper]
Restaurant M [Official Site]

Quick Bites

Tiffin Byrn Mawr opens this Monday. It’s the 5th location in Munish Narula’s empire. Next up is the higher end Indian concept slated for 777 S Broad Street.

The Westin at Liberty Place has a new restaurant with a inspired name inspired by Trading Places. Winthorpe & Valentine will open within two months. [The Insider]

The sharp looking Sumo Sushi has opened on Pine near Broad. [Meal Ticket]

One of Georges Perrier’s post-Le Bec-Fin concepts could be an “old-school, country-French BYOB.” [City Paper]

White Dog Cafe’s Wayne location finally has a projected opening date, late September. [The Insider]

Poplar Street’s Arbol Cafe is adding weekend dinner service. [Meal Ticket]

M Restaurant has added a bar menu of light snacks and cheeeese. [Grub Street]

The Mural Arts Program has been painting a mural on the side of Bishop’s Collar and it’s just been completed. [Brownstoner]

New Chef, Menu for M Restaurant

Michael Caspi is in as the new chef at M Restaurant in the Morris House. He comes to the restaurant most known for its outdoor garden with a wealth of experience including Daniel, Adour Alain Ducasse, and Per Se.

Dinner at M Restaurant is served Tuesday through Saturday night and the menu changes weekly.

Highlights of the menu include Diver Scallops with a clam consomé and chicken and peanut sausage.

Check ou the full menu after the jump.

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Quick Bites

A second Green Eggs Cafe is looking to hatch by Labor Day in Northern Liberties. [The Insider]

The Jersey shore gets a beer shop as Red, White and Brew opens a location in Margate. [Seen Through a Glass]

Michael Klein has more on Agiato Bread Company and its accompanying restaurant. [The Insider]

Pascal Cancelliere is out at Restaurant M, he’s looking to open his  Argentine 943 on East Passyunk in August. In at M is Michael Caspi whose resume lists Parc, Daniel and Per Se. [The Insider]

Honest Tom’s is featured on VendrTV [Vendr.TV]

Capogiro gets a shout out in Details. [Details via Grub Street]

Garden Dining


Today the Bite takes a look at few of Philadelphia’s best garden dining spots including:

  • Gardenia
  • Le Virtu
  • M Restaurant
  • Bistrot La Minette (Movie night is now Mondays and Thursdays)

The Great Dining Escape [Metro Philadelphia]
Outdoor Dining Guide [f8b8z]

Around the Web

Three types of empanada are now on the menu at Restaurant M. CE Phood picks its favorite. [CE Phood]

Philly Phoodie likes everything at West Philadelphia’s Vietnam Cafe, from the Flaming Volcano cocktail to the Dyson hand dryer. [Philly Phoodie]

Frugal Foodist spots an everyday deal at S&H Kebab House. Dinner for $17 per person. [Frugal Foodist]

Bridges, burgers & beer hits up Distrito for brunch and has all the photographic evidence to prove you made a mistake not heading to Jose Garces’ Univeristy City Mexican restaurant this past weekend. [bridges, burgers & beer]

Philly Phoodie eats 30 dumplings during Kong’s Dumpling Thursday where each dumpling is only 50¢. [Philly Phoodie]

Table Matters goes upscale for vegan at Horizons. [Table Matters]

Opening Today

squareburger_standStephen Starr’s SquareBurger is taking center stage at Franklin Square today. The anticipated burger will sell for under $5 and will not be square but will be served on a Martin’s potato roll.

Also among the menu highlights are the Philly Dog, a kosher hot dog wrapped in salami and topped with pickle, onion, cherry peppers, plum tomatoes and mustard. Philadelphia’s Tastykakes serve as the inspiration for a couple of treats. The Cake Shake is made with a variety of Tastykakes and vanilla ice cream. The  butterscotch sundae features Butterscotch Krimpet and Heath Bar crumbles.

Hours are 11 to 8pm through Labor Day with shorter hours to Halloween.

First Bite of Starr’s SquareBurger, Opening Today [Grub Street]
Menu for Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger [Meal Ticket]

restaurant_mRestaurant M returns today at the Morris House on S 8th Street. The restaurant will use a small dining room in the Morris House Hotel and the wonderful outdoor space of the garden. The menu will feature simple plates from Pascual Cancelliere who is is also working to open his own place, 943 in the Italian Market.

The hours are a bit odd, Sundays through Thursdays as the garden is often used for weddings.

M is to open Monday [The Insider]

Quick Bites

The Morris House’s Restaurant M is coming back. You’ll be able to drink and dine outside Sunday through Thursday. [The Insider]

Pat’s Steaks cheesesteak makes Playboy’s list of America’s best sandwiches. There’s a safe-for-work slideshow too. []

Sometime this fall or winter we may see the opening of the Commonwealth at 1320 Chestnut Street above Mitchell & Ness. It will not be a lounge, but an “adaptable social environment.” [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Mustache Bill’s on Long Beach Island recognized with an America’s Classics Award. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

The owners of Gia Pronto will be bringing a pizzeria to Penn’s campus where Savory on Spruce, Tony Luke’s and the Triangle Diner have all resided. [Daily Pennsylvanian]

D.P. Dough is confident they’ll be “slinging ‘zones” on 40th Street by the end of July. [D.P. Dough]

New Chef For Silk?

Silk City Diner

Photo by Ryan Charles

We don’t know what to make of this one. Taste Daily is reporting a rumor that David Katz, formerly of Restaurant M is going to be the chef at Mark Bee’s Silk City. Peter Dunmire would move back to Bee’s N. 3rd.

Taste Daily also says “expect Katz to significantly revamp the menu — which currently includes things like chili, roast beef sandwiches and pulled pork empanadas — as his M menu included lots of emulsions, ragouts and confits.”

We know what we think of this, HELL NO!

Coming Soon: A New Chef at Silk City? [Taste Daily]

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