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.
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.
Rex 1516 [Official]
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.
Okay, so maybe the middle of Philly Beer Week isn’t the best time to try to roll out a new happy hour program, but you can’t knock Rex 1516 for trying.
Starting tonight, the southern-fried South Street joint is rolling out a new bar snacks/cocktail scheme calibrated for hot summer evenings in the city. I mean, Mardi Gras Mondays with $6 hurricanes? That ain’t bad. A $10 beer flight on Thursdays (with 3 8oz pours)? Also a nice distraction. But offering $5 Newbold IPA/Rittenhouse Rye citywides on Friday, Saturday and Sunday? Now THAT is something worth getting excited about.
So is the new menu. A bunch of snacks, all of ‘em five bucks. Check out the menu after the jump.
Tonight and all day tomorrow the Mint Juleps are on special for $8 at Rex 1516. The South Street bar and restaurant has the timeless combo of whiskey, mint, sugar and club soda on its menu all the time but this weekend, a special derby version with peach-infused cognac, will also be available. Additionally the cocktail makes an appearance on Rex 1516′s dessert menu. The Mint Julep dessert pairs a rich mint chocolate pot de crème, topped with candied mint leaves and a pecan macaroon filled with whiskey cream frosting.
To accompany all that sweetness, Rex 1516 is offering bacon-scallion hush puppies with Cajun ailoi for just $5 for an order of five.
Rex 1516 [Official Site]
It’s been a helluva first year for Rex 1516, so they’re throwing a party.
The Rex 1516 one-year anniversary crawfish boil and jazz weekend kicked off last night with new executive chef Justin Swain offering up his specialty crawfish boil (two pounds of crawfish, andouille sausage, corn and red bliss potatoes) for $25 per person. Guests can also wash down their crawdaddies with Narragansett Pounders at $10 for a bucket of four.
The celebration takes place runs all weekend (April 18, 19 and 20) and features all of the Southern-inspired comfort food that has made Rex one of South Street’s best in the past year. And as if the food wasn’t enough, the Eric Wortham Trio will be performing live jazz on the outdoor patio each night. And at the bar, they’ll be slinging Hurricanes alongside a new menu of $5 spring bar snacks.
Rex 1516 [Official]
Rex 1516 is rolling out a new menu for early Spring. It is the first menu fully devised by executive chef Justin Swain.
Chef Swain’s menu stays true to REX 1516’s Southern roots with the addition of such classics like Fried Chicken, but diners can also expect to find more options like an escargot with gruyere and whiskey butter. The new menu goes into effect Friday, March 22nd.
Picking the 50 best restaurants in a city shouldn’t be this tough. So what does it say about Philly that it was?
Rex 1516—the modern Southern restaurant on South Street whose kitchen entices diners with crawfish potpies and creamy low-country grits—is Philadelphia’s 51st-best restaurant.
This place, which is loved so dearly for lingering brunches of sweet-potato biscuits with chorizo gravy, for collard greens and cabbage salads with pork fat vinaigrette, never really made it onto the Big List. Oh, it had a brief rise into the high 40s during one pissed-off afternoon in which we scrapped almost everything from number 26 on and rebuilt the entire low end of the list from scratch. But almost since the start of our research, Rex has held tenaciously to its spot at number 51, fending off better-known challengers (Ela, Distrito, Rittenhouse Tavern) and scrappy upstarts (Hot Diggity, Russet, Bar Ferdinand under the command of David Ansill) alike.