The team behind Fishtown’s restaurant and wine bar, ROOT, is doubling down on Frankford with an absolutely enormous three-headed monster of a concept called Suraya (say it “suh-RAY-ah”): part Lebanese restaurant, part Levantine market, part-outdoor garden inside a 10,000 sq. ft. space at 1528 Frankford Avenue.
Got brunch plans for this weekend? Well if you don’t, let us make a late suggestion. Root–the new-ish tapas and wine bar in Fishtown–just launched a brunch program last weekend. It’s actually a very straightforward list–lots of eggs, some lemon-ricotta pancakes, french toast, a cauliflower salad for those of you being healthy and lots of bacon for those of you who aren’t–but that’s not a bad thing. And the Turkish eggs and duxelle burger both sound more than a little bit awesome.
Anyway, we’ve got the full menu after the jump. Check it out below.
ROOT, which opened a bit over two months ago is now rolling out a happy hour. The wine bar and restaurant is offering a 5-6-7-8 happy hour between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weeknights. That means there are:
- $5 snacks and toasts
- $6 sangria and special wine
- $7 cheese and salumi plate
- $8 gin and tonics
ROOT isn’t the only new wine bar in Fishtown as Fishtown Social opened around the same time ROOT did.
Frankford Avenue’s Fishtown Social is now open. The wine bar from Fishtown local, Vanessa Wong closely follows the Tria model of wine, beer, cheese and meat. Fishtown Social does however also offers cocktails.
The wines (8 white, 2 sparkling and 11 red) range from $8 to $15 a glass, beers are categorized as light, dark, hoppy and seasonal. The cheese and meats are priced at $7 a portion, three for $18.
The wine bar is open Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to late night and from noon to late night on Fridays and Saturdays.
Maybe you think you know Frankford Avenue. You’ve met friends for table tennis, jenga and liters of German beer at Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall. You’ve gotten the high score on Asteroids at Barcade. Maybe even checked out the pizza and pizza museum that is Pizza Brain. But even 12 years after William Reed took over Johnny Brenda’s and made it the Avenue’s shining welcome beacon, the best days for the corridor are still ahead of it.
Our field guide takes you on an eating and drinking tour of the rest of the best on the food mecca that is the Frankford Avenue — a full day’s worth of delicious debauchery.
David Snyder visits the bare Root on on Spring Garden Street and finds that chef Christopher Hora is doing local right.
But Hora doesn’t even need anti-dÃ©cor dÃ©cor to get people to focus on his food. As one would guess from his restaurant’s name, he uses fresh, local ingredients. “It makes no sense why anybody would do it any other way,” explains the California native, whose family owned a farm in that state growing up. Indeed, it’s tiresome to hear restaurants brag about going fresh and local given how ubiquitous the practice has become. But what I like about Hora’s cooking is that fresh and local is not treated as a goal or a gimmick. Rather, it’s merely a launching point from which Hora builds complex yet accessible flavors in bold, refreshing ways.
After the jump take a look at Root’s updated Fall menu.
Rick Nichols visits several spots north of Center City for his piece in yesterday’s Inquirer. He starts off with praise of Cafe Lift, crosses his fingers for Cafe Estelle, stops off to slam Root and ends at Zhi-Wei-Guan, a new restaurant in Chinatown that doesn’t really excite. All-in-all, an odd spin around that section of the city.
New cuisine heard from [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Owen Kamihira is an ambitious man. He’s turning Deuce into El Camino Real, a “Mexican border bar.” He’s also looking to bring an izakaya to Northern Liberties, a gastropub to 44th and Spruce and A.D. Amorosi reports he is also looking into the bar black hole at 20 S 20th Street that was the Blue Horseshoe and 20 S 20 for a split second each. [Icepack, City Paper]
Michael Klein says Minar Palace is returning the week of May 19th but the facade of the former Time Video at 1304 Walnut Street looks the same as it does in this Google Street View image from last summer. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]
South Philly Bar & Grill has their liquor license in hand and is now aiming to open the 9th Street sports bar around June 1st. The interior definitely reminds us of Jose Pistola’s, lots of exposed brick, cherry wood and green walls. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]
Noble is the name of the “seasonal-American” restaurant slated to take over the Gioia Mia space at 2025 Sansom Street. The Apothecary’s Bruno Pouget and Steve Cameron are among the partners. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]
El Fuego is looking to expand from it’s Washington Square storefront with a second location at 21st and Chestnut. Look for the doors to swing open around June 1st. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]
Turns out there are some one word names left for restaurants. Root is set to open later this month or early June at 1033 Spring Garden in the former home of Palate. Chris Hora whose local resume includes Coyote Crossing is talking “slow food and sustainable agriculture. [Food & Drinq]
Another tidbit in Icepack this week has the Happy Rooster getting a new owner and decor redo. [Icepack, City Paper]