This Saturday, July 19th, the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off is back and bigger than ever. Last year’s event featured 11 restaurants and food trucks, and this year’s will feature 20. The judges’ decision will be much more difficult and as a visitor, your stomach will be much more full.
Starting at 1 p.m., guests are welcome to sample the hot dogs, enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewing Company, jam out to live music and even vote for their favorite dog of the day. General admission is free, but food/drinks tickets cost $10 for 4 and $30 for 15. Or, if you’re looking for that VIP treatment, spend $30 and get early access at noon, a VIP gift, and 20 food/drink tickets. Proceeds will go to the preservation of the Headhouse Square Shambles. To purchase tickets, click here.
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Blue Duck Sandwich Co. – Comes with paprika rubbed bacon, gruyere, pickled Swiss chard stems, crispy shallots and lemon Swiss chard mayo.
Starting today, Tuesday, July 1st, and continuing throughout the summer, REX 1516 will be hosting a Guest Chef Burger Series. Each week, the restaurant will bring a new burger to the menu. REX will supply the buns, burgers, sides and booze, while the guest chefs will put together a burger using their own toppings and creating an original ‘pun.’
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Yes, Wednesdays can be awesome during Center City Sips. $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-price snacks at restaurants all over Center City? That’s a nice way to spend a couple hours after work.
But there are a few places offering alternate Wednesday evening programming, either for those who don’t want to fight the crowds and consider summer Wednesdays as that day when they have to get out of the city before happy hour, or those who just happen to find themselves somewhere else come 5pm.
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South Street’s REX 1516 is rolling out new dinner and dessert menus this weekend. Justin Swain’s new menu is inspired by Southern and Philadelphia backyard barbecues alike. Many of the dishes take advantage of REX’s brand-new Southern Pride smoker. Highlights include house-made scrapple and a Memphis pork shank entree. Returning to the menu is Swain’s sweet tea brined fried chicken. It’s served with a buttermilk biscuit, red bliss potato salad and a house-smoke Sriracha sauce.
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Restaurant chefs sure ain’t what they used to be.
Once they were stalwarts who manned the stoves in obscurity, if not outright anonymity, cooking for customers who expected a restaurant’s personality to come from somewhere else: a gregarious owner, a schmoozing maître d’, a head waiter who knew the table you wanted and the drink you always wanted on it.
Now they want to be the center of the show, these chefs today. They cook for creative fulfillment, for celebrity, for adoration. Sure, they cook for customers, too. But only as a means to an end: an invitation to Top Chef, a book deal, a restaurant empire of their own.
At least that’s what everybody says.
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No, not these ramps.
Last night it snowed. Today the wind howled and you had to wonder if this winter would ever just give up. But Twitter is abuzz with photos and tweets that proved spring is indeed here. Local chefs are tweeting up a storm of the ramps they’ve foraged and already gotten onto their menus.
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So you guys know that chef Justin Swain at Rex 1516 does a different custom burger every week, right? He announces it on Tuesdays on Twitter, runs it as a special on Tuesday and Wednesday night, then moves onto something new for next week. He’s been doing it for some time now, but for whatever reason (possibly the bacon and queso) this week’s “In Queso Emergency” burger caught my eye and made me very, very hungry.
For those of you who are into it, it’ll be on the menu tonight in all it’s bacon-y and cheese-y glory. You can get it as part of the Citywide burger promo–meaning the burger, a pint of Newbold and a shot of Buffalo Trace bourbon can all be yours for just $15.
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A whole bunch more burger shots [Instagram]
Every Tuesday, Rex 1516′s chef Justin Swain will reveal the restaurant’s weekly burger special. The burger, which is available on Tuesday and Wednesday evening at the South Street West restaurant is paired with a shot of Buffalo Trace and a pint of Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Newbold IPA for $15.
This week’s special is smoked sliced brisket, cherry pepper cheese sauce, bibb lettuce, atop Rex 1516′s house ground burger.
Follow chef Swain on Instagram (@swainstache) and Twitter (@JustinSwain), where he will post his creation weekly.
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Tonight, Friday, September 13th, Rex 1516 chef Justin Swain is debuting his smoked meats program. Swain has been busy working Rex’s Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker and he will be offering a weekly barbecue special.
first up is a pork shoulder and pork belly duo served with North and South Carolina barbecue sauces plus sides of macaroni salad and baked beans. The entire platter is just $25 and is available tonight through the weekend. Future weekend specials will feature other smoked meats and sides.
Rex 1516 [Official Site]
Hump day blues got you down? Remedy your midweek ennui with relaxing cocktails on South Street West at either Jet Wine Bar or Rex 1516. Both are offering awesome Wednesday happy hour specials for the night.
From 5-7 p.m., Rex 1516 is serving up their most renowned cocktail: The Mint Julep! Patron favorite bartender Sweet Lou mixes up his speciality cocktail with a surprise infusion of his own creation for just $6. Nibble on some of their signature $5 bar bites, highlights include Fried Asparagus with a lemon aioli or their BBQ Chicken Sliders, Carolina style with coleslaw on brioche buns. Since happy hour doesn’t start until 9 over at Jet Wine Bar why not stay for dinner? Nothing beats chowing down on their famous Fried Chicken or Pimento Cheeseburger after a few too many Juleps.
After an evening of Mint Juleps and eats at Rex 1516 head over to Jet Wine Bar, which features their stellar happy hour menu from 9-11pm. Night cap specials include $5 house red and white wines, $3 Kenzingers and a $5 bartender’s choice cocktail. There are also a variety of $3 and $5 snacks such as their bruschetta ($3) and nachos ($5), if you are still hungry.
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