Pierogi from Royal Cracovia | Photo by Neal Santos
Italian, British, French? Cinch. Even Dutch, Spanish and Belgian food is pretty easy to find close to the heart of Philly’s most tony neighborhoods. But for a long time, this city has also been home to a thriving community that brought all its borscht and sausages along from the Old Countries. So if you’re looking for a hit of post-Glasnost melting-pot Euro cuisine ignored by the likes of Vetri, Garces and Starr, here are some good places to start.
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Now through Thursday, October 2nd, Standard Tap is celebrating its annual Sausage Fest. The fine folk at the Tap promise this will be their biggest celebration of cylindrical meat yet. There will be everything from Bratwurst to Chorizo and it will all be accompanied by local fest beers and German-style drafts.
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To help your summer along, Foobooz plans to give you some recipes by notable chefs and bartenders in Philadelphia. We’re calling it the DIY Down the Shore series, and we’ll be posting them all week. We’re bringing Philly’s dining scene into your summer homes.
Summer is prime grilling time. There’s nothing like coming home from a day on the water, cracking open a few beers and firing up the grill. And if you consider yourself a serious grill master and are looking for your next challenge (or maybe just someone who just wants to attempt something new), Joe Cicala, executive chef at Le Virtù has shared one of his favorite recipes rooted in his family’s Italian heritage. If you’re feeling courageous we encourage you to try your hand at chef Cicala’s Abruzzese-Style Lamb Sausage. You’ll need a meat grinder and an appliance capable of stuffing the sausage, but don’t let the extra equipment scare you. These sausages are well worth the extra elbow grease.
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Illg’s Meats in Chalfont is closing up shop. The processing plant and retail shop’s meats show up on local menus at the like of Frankford Hall among others.
A note on Illg’s web site reads:
We are saddened to announce that after more than 50 years of serving the Bucks County community, Illg’s Meats will be closing it’s doors. We will be open through the week of July 5th(closed on the 4th). There will be two days of clearance sales on July 8th and 9th. We ask that you place your orders with as much prior notification as possible to ensure it’s fullfillment. Thank you for the many years of faithful patronage, you will be greatly missed.
Ernst A. Illg Meats has been located in Bucks County since 1964, before that it was located at 29th and Master Streets in Philadelphia’s Brewerytown neighborhood.
Illg Meats [Official]
Beginning May 1st, Red Owl Tavern on Independence Mall will begin offering outdoor dining. In addition to the 24-seats for outdoor dining, executive chef Guillermo Tellez will offering house-made sausages from his sausage car, “Sausage Hombre.”
Red Owl Tavern [Official Site]
It’ll be a Sausage Fest at Point Breeze’s American Sardine Bar this Saturday. Chef Scott Schroeder kicks off the fun at 4 p.m. featuring sausage dishes from thirteen chefs. It will also be a bit of a Hop Chef reunion as Rittenhouse Tavern, Stateside, Le Virtu, Ela and Schroeder’s South Philly Taproom will all be representing.
in addition to the sausage there will also be an extensive selection of Oktoberfest beers pouring.
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It’s that time of year again: Standard Tap’s yearly week-long celebration of all types of sausage starts this Friday, September 21st and runs through Thursday the 27th. Sausage Fest brings together nearly twenty dishes of every sausage you could think of with the area’s best Oktoberfest beers. Though the beer menu has not yet been released we have chef Carolynn Angle’s meaty menu in full. Read more »
Rocco’s Italian Sausages and Philly Cheese Steaks is hosting a grand opening of its fourth location in Philadelphia this Thursday and Saturday. The sandwich stand that can elevate a trip to Home Depot above root canal is opening in front of the Home Depot at 22nd and Oregon in South Philadelphia.
The first 25 customers of the day on the 20th and 22nd will receive free t-shirts and samples of the sausage sandwiches will be available for all.
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The Standard Tap’s week long Sausage Fest begins today. As the name implies there will be a full menu of sausage served up all week, including the talked about Beer Meat Plate. Just how serious is the Standard Tap about Sausage Fest? So serious they have a dancing neon sausage in the window.
During Sausage Fest the Tap will also be offering 20 ounce steins for the same price as 16 ounce pints. The quantity of steins is limited though, so get there soon.
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