Strange things are afoot in Fast Food Nation. McDonald’s, whose 2013 Mighty Wings promotion left the chain sitting on 10 million pounds of unsold chicken, is so deep in a corporate identity crisis that it just gave the Hamburglar a makeover as a suburbanite hipster. Meanwhile, Shake Shack’s stock hit a P/E ratio nearly 10 times higher than Facebook’s. And now Jose Garces is leaping into the quick-serve sweepstakes with a value proposition of his own: $3.50 fish tacos, and free beer while you wait. Read more »
Starting today and running every Wednesday through the summer, Derek’s in Manayunk is offering unlimited bowls of Prince Edward Island mussels of $19.95. You get to choose between a winey-buttery white sauce or their spicy red sauce (or have both). The mussels are served with baskets of Derek’s hand-cut French fries.
It was a harsh winter for Northern Atlantic fishermen, they’ve been shut out of their mussel beds for two months but that means bigger and meatier mussels for you.
Derek’s does warn that they can run out, so get there early and enjoy happy hour as well. Happy hour runs from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and includes $3 for all draft beers, $4 select glasses of wine and a $5 cocktail of the day.
While the music of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin plays, Little Nonna’s will be serving up dinner of spaghetti and crabs. The $35 per person menu is being served up on Sunday, June 7th and Monday, June 8th. The dinner kicks off with a summer salad with Italian Romano beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and basil. For the main course, you can choose between red and white sauce for their spaghetti and crabs.
For an additional $20 per carafe, you can accompany your meal with wine, sangria or thyme lemonade with vodka.
Blackfish in Conshohocken is hosting a four-course menu on Tuesday, April 28. The restaurant will be fittingly featuring the eponymous blackfish on the menu.
No, blackfish isn’t the killer whale, so don’t get all worked up about that documentary. But rather the tautog, a species of fish found along the eastern seaboard from Nova Scotia to South Carolina.
The menu is $49 per person and you can call and make reservations at 610-397-0888.
If you believe you are an oyster connoisseur, you can compete in Oyster House‘s sixth annual shucking contest and win a $100 gift certificate to the Sansom Street restaurant. Or you can pay five bucks and leave the shucking to the professionals, while you enjoy the fruits of their labor.
The annual shucking contest takes place Saturday, April 18 beginning at 2 pm at Oyster House (1516 Sansom Street). The $5 admission includes complimentary tastes of all the varieties of shucked oysters. Narragansett Lager and Del’s Shandy will be $3 for the 16 oz tallboy cans.
The first shucking competition will be for the professionals, competing for a $200 cash prize and the coveted oyster shell medal. Professional shuckers include Oyster House employees as well as employees from Pennsylvania 6, Juniper Commons, The Olde Bar and Ocean Prime. An amateur contest will follow and any prospective contestants can sign up the day of the event.
Oyster House [Official]
The Garces Group’s Buena Onda is opening on Monday, March 16th on the 1900 block of Callowhill Street. This afternoon, team Foobooz dropped by to get a taste and take a look around.
The brightly appointed taqueria is inspired by the vibe and food of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. That means lots of fish tacos, a surfer vibe and the sound of Los Yaki playing on Buena Onda’s record player.
Jose Garces is opening Buena Onda in the Granary building on the 1900 block of Callowhill Street. Buena Onda will join Pizzeria Vetri and Gyu-Kaku on the block. The casual spot, sporting the slogan “Fresh Fish Tacos” will offer tacos, quesadillas and more. The restaurant will have a liquor license, and according to this Instagram photo, Jose Garces’s tenth Philadelphia restaurant concept will offer a selection of cheladas.
Stay tuned for more details. We will all get a chance to try Buena Onda out on Monday, March 16th, when the restaurant opens to the public.
Buena Onda [Foobooz]
Be Well Philly is taking the angle that Oyster House is hosting a 5K led by a giant lobster tomorrow. And while true, we here at Foobooz are much more excited about the $5 bowls of Oyster House chowder that will be served on the sidewalk in front of the Sansom Street restaurant, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Of course if you do want to run with a giant lobster up the Art Museum stairs and get your chowder and Narragansett Lager for free, check out Be Well for details.
Oyster House [Foobooz]
Today, Jose Garces opens the Olde Bar in the Old Original Bookbinders building at 2nd and Walnut. The Olde Bar is indeed the old bar from Bookbinders and it hasn’t been so much remade as reopened.
The exterior is definitely still Bookbinders. Only a small square sign reveals that “Bookies” is now Olde Bar. The rest of the signage, century old stained glass, banquettes, lighting and flooring all harken back to John Taxin’s seafood house. The menu won’t feel all that different either.