If you think that the best summer foods are ones that come straight off the grill, you’re missing out. Gazpachos and chilled soups are every bit as classic as charred-up burgers—and healthier, too. And we’re not just talking about your everyday tomato gazpacho. A bunch of restaurants in the region offer super-creative takes on the chilly favorite. They’re chock-full of yummy summer veggies and fun ingredients, like zucchini blossoms and long hots, that are sure to please even the most devout backyard griller.
Local band The War On Drugs members Robbie Bennett and Dave Hartley recently sat down with the creators of music and food app Supper to share their favorite places to get a bite to eat in Philadelphia. To help tourists and locals alike avoid falling into the trap of the countless “best food in town” claims, each revealed some of their “hidden-gems” throughout the city.
UPDATE [6-11-2014, 9:24 a.m.]: Our suspicions were true. Big Gay Ice Cream announced that it is, in fact, coming to Philadelphia. Look out for the shop to open late-summer at South and Broad streets.
We have it on very good authority that the acclaimed Big Gay Ice Cream, New York’s uber-queer frozen treat confectionary, is coming to Philadelphia, and we’re quite excited!
The news will be made official this evening at the Vetri Foundation’s Great Chefs Event. If it is true, Philadelphians can look forward to indulging in some of the shop’s famous treats, including the Bea Arthur (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, and crushed ‘nilla wafers), the Cococone (vanilla ice cream and toasted curried coconut), and the Salty Pimp (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, chocolate dip, and a side of giggles.)
If your mouth’s watering, check out the CNN feature on the store’s founder, Douglas Quint, after the jump. We will keep you updated on further details as they emerge.
This weekend East Passyunk Avenue hosted its annual Flavors of the Avenue festival, an all-day taste fest featuring restaurants up and down the South Philly enclave. HughE Dillon was there to take photos, so I asked him to snap some of the LGBTers for G Philly. You can check them out in the slideshow below.
*Welcome to our new occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!
Once you find your favorite restaurant dish, you never, ever forget it. And upon discovering the amazing creation you’ve stumbled upon, you’re usually tempted to tell anyone and everyone who will listen, because they simply canNOT miss the trip to mouth-heaven that your new favorite dish provides. But aside from posting a “Man, the Curry Tofu Wrap at HipCityVeg is bangin’!’” Facebook status, there’s not a whole lot you can do to get the word out on your favorite Philly restaurant dishes. And this is where our new series, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly, comes in.
“Brunch is punishment,” Anthony Bourdain famously wrote. “Nothing makes an aspiring Escoffier feel more like an army commissary cook, or Mel from Mel’s Diner, than having to slop out eggs over easy with bacon and eggs Benedict for the Sunday brunch crowd.”
That’s never how Marshall Green made it feel at Café Estelle, which must have been responsible for 85 percent of the weekend traffic on North 4th Street for the five years he slung the best shirred eggs in town, among other favorites, at that widely adored spot. But there’s nothing like 1,500 early mornings to drive a man to drink—or at least to a place fitted out with a well-stocked bar.
Jerry’s Bar, where Green landed last May, has two of them. A long slab of marble salvaged from Independence Mall is the center of gravity downstairs, and a dark wooden barroom evokes an unbuttoned Ivy League clubroom on the mezzanine.
The writers behind Philadelphia magazine’s food section come together to answer questions about where to eat in Philadelphia. Here are the secrets to pleasing dining companions of all flavors, from Art Etchells, founder, foobooz.com, Jason Sheehan, food editor, Trey Popp, Restaurant critic, and Victor Fiorillo, food writer.
Where should we go if we have guests from New York?
Art Etchells > Zahav. This is the restaurant Michael Solomonov was born to run, and it hasn’t fallen off by a single notch over the years. Skip the tasting menus and just start ordering à la carte—hummus foul, fried cauliflower that’s better than any other cauliflower served anywhere, watermelon salad with smoked honey, grilled duck hearts, duck kebabs with pickled blueberries. New York might have just about everything under the sun, but it doesn’t have Michael Solomonov or his signature restaurant.
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“So what’s the best restaurant in Philadelphia?” As food writers, food editors and restaurant critics, that’s the question we get asked most often. Here, the writers behind Philadelphia magazine’s food section have come together to answer all the other questions people ask. Read their answers about where to take guests in the most specific situations, and find out what chefs think about the Philly food scene. But it all starts with…