Where To Eat And Drink on This Big Weekend

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.

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This Weekend: Crawfish Boil And Live Jazz At Rex 1516

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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.

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Regis Jansen Back At Rex 1516 To Do A Burger Special

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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.

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Because Who Doesn’t Love A Good Sandwich?

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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.

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Rex 1516 Goes Cult-y With Their Burger Of The Week

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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.

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Rex 1516 Debuts Citywide Burger Special Of The Week

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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.

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About Last Night: Southern Boys Gone North

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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.

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Tonight’s Sandwich, Beer and Shot Combos

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“Muffin but Trouble” – Rex 1516 Collaboration burger with Pumpkin.

A few days ago we gave you the city’s best food, beer and shot combos. And here’s a friendly reminder that some of them are available tonight.

Cedar Point‘s “Drunk and Cheesy,” happening every Tuesday night, features a special grilled cheese, side of fries, beer and shot for $13. Tonight’s Cheesy is something rather intriguing – black pudding and cheddar on sourdough, with a Sly Fox stout and shot of Jameson. It sounds a little weird, but is a grilled cheese and booze deal nonetheless.

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One Sandwich, One Shot and One Beer

Cedar Point's grilled cheese special with a shot and a beer.

Cedar Point’s grilled cheese special with a shot and a beer.

We’ve noticed a trend around town. Restaurants are offering their own version of the happy meal, a sandwich (or in one case, a taco), a shot and a beer. This super-sized Citywide is a welcome combo for bar eaters. Here are some of our favorites in Philadelphia.

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REX 1516’s Burger Series for October

am burger rex 1516REX 1516’s Citywide Special Burger Series has been a big success and the South Street restaurant has just announced its upcoming participants.

Today, FOX 29’s Good Day co-hosts Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley have collaborated to create the AM (Alex and Mike) Burger. It’s topped with Maglio breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese and finished with a fried egg.

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