Two for One Reviews by LaBan

dizengoff-stock-940

Dizengoff and Stock are both reviewed by Craig LaBan.

This weekend, Craig LaBan offered two reviews for the price of one Sunday Inquirer as he reviewed both Stock and Dizengoff. Each spot focuses on a single specialty with admirable results. 

Stock – Two Bells, Very Good

Where Stock truly excels, and the best reason to hang with Fishtown hipsters at the counter, are the small menu’s beef-free options. The mushroom pho packs an umami punch the beef pho lacks. The shredded green papaya starter is one of the most irresistible salads in town, the crunchy threads and roasted peanuts basking in a tart and funky fish sauce-lime dressing that flickers with chile heat. Of the daily banh mi hoagies, which included tasty chicken meatball and unexpectedly bland pork sausage, the surprising winner was filled with custardy tofu, bright with soy-garlic marinade, pickled cabbage, and creamy Japanese mayo.

Stock: The meticulous beef pho has depth, but is outshone by other offerings [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Dizengoff – Three Bells, Excellent

[T]his hummus takes on its magnetic powers thanks to chef Emily Seaman. The Zahav alum compulsively creates new garnishes daily based on what farmers deliver, with spot-on instincts for textures and flavor contrasts.

Summer corn took on the musky sweetness of fenugreek. Red peppers, simmered with pomegranate, went for a muhammara mood with crushed walnuts. Soft cannelinis were tinted yellow with Yemenite hawaj curry, dusted with smoky black flecks of Urfa chilies. Charred eggplants were cooked to a gloss, then tanged with vinegar and garlic. Fragrant ground lamb, one day topped with pickles, another stewed with orange and pistachios, hit a high with aromatic Persian spice.

Dizengoff: At this ‘hummusiya,’  the chickpea puree takes on magnetic power [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Abe Froman Burger of the Month at Village Whiskey

village-whiskey-abe-frohman-burger

Village Whiskey has been creating special burgers of the month for a bit now and we’ve been meaning to check them out. So today Team Foobooz headed in to try October’s burger, the “Abe Froman’s Wursthaus Burger.” An ode to Ferris Buehler’s Day Off and Jose Garces’s once upon a time idea of opening a restaurant named Abe Froman’s, the burger is topped with grilled kielbasa, lager braised sauerkraut, muenster cheese and dijon-truffle aioli.

It was a tasty burger but the $22 price (the Whiskey King is $26, the regular burger is $13) makes it difficult to recommend unless you have an expense account.

Read more »

V Street Shares Menu

v-street-under-construction-940

Rich Landau is in the final stretch for his about to open V Street, just off of Rittenhouse Square. Landau is promising V Street will be a vegan street food bar because “you just can’t get a good Langos or Jallab in Philly.”

The menu is broken down into “Street Snacks (papdums with whipped dal), “Market” plates (langos with sauerkraut puree and smoked chioggia beets) and “Hot Pots,” (funky kimchee stew) sections. Inspiration comes from street food from around the world. Landau promises bold flavors and lots of spice.

Read more »

Morning Headlines: Rittenhouse Rents Are 14th Most Expensive in the Country

Rittenhouse_Square

We knew Rittenhouse was one the most high-priced neighborhoods in the city, but now Apartments.com says the area is actually among the most costliest in the country, ranking in at number 14! Apartments.com says rent there reaches up to $1,860.

The list includes two New York ‘hoods in the top two spots (both were over $4,000/month), Yerba Buena in San Francisco, Boston’s Government Center, and the Golden Gate neighborhood in Oakland/Emeryville, Calif.

Read more »

Rittenhouse Modern Drops to $5.9M

hank mcneill home

Tylenol heir Henry McNeil (who sold the famed “McIlhenney Mansion” at 1914 Rittenhouse Square to developer Bart Blatstein) was featured in a Wall Street Journal article about Philadelphia-area homes that have historic facades but modern interiors. The WSJ slideshow indeed demonstrates the contrast, which may or may not appeal to every buyer. But at the high end, the initial $8 million asking price was too hot to handle, it seems.

Since that time, McNeill has reduced the price to $6.85 million and now to $5.9 million. Below, there are new photos of the home since the last time it was listed.

Read more »

Bakeshop on Twentieth Is Now Open.

bakeshop-on-20th-940The Bakeshop on Twentieth has opened off of Rittenhouse Square at 269 S 20th Street. The bakeshop was originally going to be opened as Spread Bake Shop but it has been renamed and according to Drew Lazor, is no longer affiliated with Spread Bagelry.  The shop offers an opening menu of croissants, cookies, scones, breakfast treats, bread, rolls, sticky buns, brownies plus coffee and tea.

The shop is open seven days a week and will add savory choices like soup and sandwiches in the coming weeks.

Read more »

Ben & Jerry’s Is Now Open, Will Be Giving Away Ice Cream

ben-jerrys-now-open-940

This afternoon we spotted that the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop at 1726 Sansom Street is now opened. The ice cream shop will be marking the brand’s return to Rittenhouse Square with three days of free cones. On Monday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 17 between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and again between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted to benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.

New from the last time Center City had a Ben & Jerry’s, the storefront will offer handmade Core Sundaes featuring a core of hot fudge or caramel between two flavors of ice cream.

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – Rittenhouse Square [Foobooz]

Capital Teas Coming to Philadelphia

capital-teas-940

Washington DC’s Capital Teas is coming to Center City Philadelphia. The nine location strong chain is opening a tea bar and retail boutique at 1804 Chestnut Street.

Capital Teas comes from fifth generation tea merchants and offer more than 200 varieties of teas from around the world. In addition to fresh brewed tea, the storefront will also offer teapots, infusers and other items for sale.

Capital Teas [Foobooz]

Tria Taproom Adds a Burger

chimay redCan you be a beer bar without a burger? Tria Taproom was for awhile but beginning on Labor Day, Monday, September 1st, the bar is adding a burger to its menu.

It’s a half-pound of beef topped with Chimay cheese, beer pickles and Tria’s “Beer-naise” sauce. It’s $14 and served with a side of crispy fried onions.

In honor of the burger’s kickoff, Tria Taproom is offering Chimay Premiere Trappist ale (the red one) for $5 instead of the usual $9. There will also be a selection of local beers available for just $4 each. Tria Taproom opens on Labor Day at 3 p.m.

Tria Taproom [Foobooz]

Parc Rittenhouse Condo: Can We Keep the Blue Sofa?

leddbdb44-m1r

We love this condo, of course. Parc is lovely. The amenities (24-hour doorman; pool; gym; etc.) are terrific. The views are great. The location couldn’t be better. This unit features customized closets, a Sub Zero refrigerator and wine refrigerator, a Nest thermostat system, a Juliet balcony with French doors… You get the picture (or you will after the see the gallery). There’s even a parking spot for just $168 per month, which for indoor parking near the Square, is pretty good.

To the new owner: Seeing as you’re paying $1.8 million or thereabouts, perhaps you’re also buying a new sofa? Or bringing one you like? In which case, I’m sure you don’t mind donating this sofa to a needy real estate editor, whose IKEA leather sofa and Pier One circa-2001 couch are no longer making the grade…

Read more »

« Older Posts  |  Newer Posts »