Rex 1516 is celebrating five years on South Street with a weekend-long Southern Extravaganza featuring live jazz, new menu items, and a live broadcast of Saturday’s horse race.
For the next ten days, Jet Wine Bar will serve seven special pairings inspired by their customers’ names like “The Bodacious Blondes,” which are deviled eggs and Prosecco, and “Sweet for Sweeney,” a pairing of a smoked salmon BLT and Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rosé. Jet Wine Bar will offer 20% off the customer pairings when ordered together.
We’ve been doing Open Stove nights at COOK for a long time now. We call it episode 41, but really there have been more like 45, maybe 50. There are a few early ones and a few weird ones that just never seem to make the count. Call them the Lost Open Stoves.
But regardless, we’ve done a lot of these. And for this one–a battle between crews from Local 44 and Rex 1516–we were looking for a new sort of challenge for the chefs. Something we hadn’t done before. And at the very last minute, we decided to do someting that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time now. A challenge crippling enough that, when I first announced it, midway through the appetizer round, the chefs and their sous just kind of stood there for a minute, assuming I was kidding.
There’s a lot to look forward to this weekend. For some reason, it just seems like everybody decided to schedule their street festival / spring fest / goat race this weekend, so in order to keep track of everything going on in Philadelphia and to help you map out your plan of attack, here’s a roundup of some of the awesome food and drink events happening around the city.
Crawfish boils are fun for everyone (except the crawfish, I guess). Head over to Rex 1516 anytime between Thursday April 23 and Saturday April 25 for a crawfish boil and live jazz music from the Eric Worthman Trio.
For $25 you’ll get two pounds of crawfish, andouille sausage, corn and red bliss potatoes. You can also get a bucket of Naragansett pounders (4 of them) for $10.
If crawfish doesn’t suit your fancy, or if you just identify with them too strongly, you can order off the regular menu as well.
Rex 1516 [official]
Rex 1516 is rolling out its Citywide Special of the week, and this time it’s got some history.
Opening chef Regis Jansen (who’s back in town to celebrate a friend’s birthday party) has come up with a burger of his own. He’s calling it the “How Bout Dem Apples” and it is a big, fat burger patty, topped with poblano-sauteed apples, Maytag blue cheese and fried red onions. Sounds kinda awesome, right? Well it can be yours, along with a beer and a shot of Buffalo Trace, for just $15, tonight at Rex.
Rex 1516 [f8b8z]
Justin Swain [Instagram]
If you happen to be in the neighborhood tonight, Justin Swain of Rex 1516 is testing out his new pit beef sandwiches. That’s tri-tip steak with horseradish and raw white onion on a Martin’s potato roll with fries on the side, and it looks awesome.
Only available while supplies last, so get there quick.
Justin Swain [Instagram]
Chef Justin Swain took over burger-designing duties again this week. He slapped down some Swiss cheese, lettuce, truffle aioli and truffle fries on a burger, and what’s he calling it? “Big Truffle In Little China,” of course, after one of the most awesome movies of the 1980’s (or any other decade).
This dandy little number will be on special tonight at Rex 1516 as part of their weekly Citywide Special promotion. So get on down there and show a little love. Just tell ’em Jack Burton sent you.
Justin Swain [Instagram]
Behold, the “Have Yourself A Merry Little Brisket” burger, created by Pat Szoke (ex of Alla Spina and The Industry)–a reuben burger with brisket, 1000 Island, swiss and sauerkraut. It’s on the board starting tonight at Rex 1516 and $15 gets you the burger, a beer and a shot of Buffalo Trace–which is a helluva way to do a Citywide.
Rex 1516 [Instagram]
So we went and did it again. Because if it was fun the first time, then it just has to be fun the thirty-first time, right?
When it comes to Open Stove night, absolutely. And this time we had the sous chefs from two decidedly Southern restaurants, Percy Street and Rex 1516, come together for a battle that depended on their knowledge of distinctly Northeastern ingredients (plus some kitchen trivia, and their ability to hold their liquor). The results were, as usual, surprisingly good for the number of challenges we threw up before them, and on occasion amazing.
In case you couldn’t make the scene at COOK to see Percy Street’s Marc Campana go up against Evan Kelly of Rex 1516 (which, considering the limited number of seats and the speed at which they sell out, probably covers most of you), we were there with our camera to capture the best of the night’s action. So check out the snaps after the jump.