Around the Web: Classics Edition

Food photographer Jason Varney has been photographing some classic Philadelphia dishes. Above is his photo of a Sarcone’s Italian hoagie. Boy we could go for one of them now. [Fussing with Forks]

Philly Phoodie makes a cheesesteak pilgrimage to Chink’s Steaks and comes away impressed. And now we really want a cheesesteak. [Philly Phoodie]

Hawk Krall heads to Blue Bell for a “damned good” zep and hoagies at Pudge’s. [Drawing for Food]

Hawk also gets tomato pie at Corropolese as part of his dad’s East Norriton birthday. [Drawing for Food]

Two Eat Philly discovers that Vic Sushi still can make a tasty specialty roll. [Two Eat Philly]

Scissors and Spice discovers the vegetarian cheesesteak at Monk’s Cafe. [Scissors and Spice]

Suburban Snacks Including Blue Bell, Downingtown, West Chester, Cape May & More

Farmer’s Daughter

The attractive Farmer’s Daughter opened last Friday in Blue Bell. Chef Corey Fair is bringing a fresh and local concept to the restaurant at the Normandy Farm Hotel.

Avalon Restaurant’s owner and chef John Brandt-Lee is opening a second restaurant this spring in Downingtown. Avalon’s Pasta Bistro will takeover the former Jasper on Lancaster Avenue. The menu will feature homemade pasta, flatbreads, salads, cheeses and antipasta. Pastas will all be under $20 and a four-course tasting menu including the chef’s signature 15-item antipasti platter will be $40.

South Philadelphia institution Sarcone’s is opening a hoagie shop at 230 West Market Street in West Chester this Friday morning. [West Chester Dish]

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News for People Like Bad News

It’s been a bad January for points south.

Simon Pearce on the Brandywine near West Chester has closed after 10 years. [The Insider]

Pace One in Concordville called it quits on January 10th. [The Insider]

In Delaware the Arsenal, which had been a restaurant since the sixties, sold off everything and shuttered. [Second Helpings]

And further south in Washington DC, Taylor Gourmet, a local deli got pinched for claiming to use Sarcone’s rolls, but substituting in a DC bakery’s rolls instead. [Washington City Paper]

Quick Bites

Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar will be opening Friday. There will be 2 dueling baby grands, room for 125 and a menu put together by Brendan Smith of *Smiths. [Meal Ticket]

If Jose Garces decides to open a New York restaurant he says it will be an Amada. [Grub Street]

Meal Ticket has a slideshow and the menu for Grey Social,  French bistro spot that is promisingly swimming against the Old City current. [Meal Ticket]

Grey Lodge didn’t stop their refurb with new urinals, they also have gotten a glorious new sign. [The Grey Lodge]

Year after year Zagat polls diners to find out who is most generous. And year after year Philadelphia comes out on top. [KYW 1060]

Shinju Sushi at 930 Locust Street is moving to the former site of Aso Sushi at 719 Walnut Street. They’ll also get a cool new name, The Fat Salmon. [Meal Ticket]

MidAtlantic has started weekday lunch. [The Insider]

Sarcone’s Deli is adding a franchise in Delaware. [The Illadelph]

Paesano’s Named Best Hoagie

Paesano's Hoagies

Every year 610 WIP’s Glen Macnow goes on a great journey to find the best of a popular food in the Delaware Valley. This year he tried 60 hoagies enroute to picking his favorite, Paesano’s.

New “six-stool, mostly takeout eatery” that just opened after Thanksgiving. “Delectable mix of mortadella, prosciutto and ham … perfect amount of sharp provolone … a dark green lettuce … on a crispy seeded roll,” Macnow writes. “Folks, we have ourselves a winner.”

The complete top ten:

  1. Peasano’s
  2. Sarcone’s Deli
  3. Salumeria
  4. Pastificio
  5. Shank’s & Evelyn’s
  6. Carlino’s Market
  7. Pallante’s
  8. Primo Hoagies
  9. Carmen’s Deli
  10. Abbruzzi and Giuntas

Macnow will let the public have their say on Saturday, June 13th at the King of Prussia Fox & Hound. Eight or so of the hoagies will be available for free from 11am to 1pm.

After trying 60 hoagies, the best one was… [Philly.com]
Glen & Anthony’s Italian Hoagie Hunt [610 WIP]
Paesano’s [Official Site]

Sarcone’s Internet Video


Sarcone’s Deli has live video streaming on their web site and that just tickles us for some reason.

Looks like just a couple people are waiting so hurry over for the Junkyard Special. By the way Sarcone’s is looking to move into their new digs next door sometime in early 2009.

Sarcone’s Deli [Official Site]

Quick Bites

Could J.C. Dobbs being making a comeback this April? That’s the scuttlebutt from A. D. Amorosi. [Icepack, City Paper]

Just how cool is Yakitori Boy going to be with its first floor dining room and bar and upstairs karaoke lounge and rooms? Besides being labeled “arguably the coolest thing in Chinatown” by Michael Klein it was recently mentioned by the oh so cool Gridskipper. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Drew Lazor has more on Irish Times, the 2nd and Bainbridge Irish bar that opened a couple of weeks ago. One of the most popular items on the menu has been the “‘Drunken Swine,’ Guinness-marinated pork tenderloin served with veggies and potatoes.” [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Progress was spotted at Pearl, the new spot at 19th and Chestnut from the Red Sky peeps. A couple truckloads of kitchen equipment were being unloaded on Tuesday morning.

The Beer Yard’s web site is cited in a Forbes.com article as being “a harbinger of relationships between sellers and independent, user-generated content, reviewing sites.” The Beer Yard in Forbes, that’s pretty cool. [Forbes.com]

Sarcone’s is looking to franchise. Immediate plans are to open stores in New Jersey, Delaware and upstate New York. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Loving Philadelphia

Philadelphia newcomer Jael McMcHenry gives 30 reasons she loves Philadelphia and of course there’s lots of food reasons included.

Is it love, or infatuation? Am I completely enamored of Philadelphia because it’s the first new city I’ve moved to in almost a dozen years? Or because I’ve heard so many expectation-lowering information sessions, so many qualifiers and apologies, that I couldn’t help but find the city to be better than advertised?

Or, is it possible that Philly is… just awesome?

30 things to love about philadelphia [Intrepid Media]