Anastasi Raw Bar Opens Today in Manayunk

Holy Mackerel, Anastasi Raw Bar is open in Manayunk.

Holy Mackerel, Anastasi Raw Bar is open in Manayunk.

Anastasi Raw Bar officially opens today in Manayunk. Brother and sister Thomas and Mia Anastasi of the Italian Market’s Anastasi Seafood, Thomas’ in Manayunk and Pescatore in Bala, along with partner Frank Kemp have joined forces for this oyster bar and seafood grill at 4161 Main Street (the former home of Beast & Ale, Bisou, Gemelli, and MangoMoon).

Chef Ken Wallace, most recently of Vesper but with European experience that includes London’s The Fat Duck, is in charge of the kitchen. He’s preparing a seafood-focused menu that will offer daily oysters and chilled seafood favorites at the bar. Also look for a handful of meat and vegetarian options.

The bar will offer five beers, one cider and four wines by draft as well as wine by the bottle and glass. There will also be a list of oyster shooters that will be rotate seasonally.

Menus and happy hour »

Mike Stollenwerk Is Back with 26 North

26-north-facade-400Mike Stollenwerk, who won a legion of fans with his seafood at Little Fish and Fish has bounced around in recent years. Spending time at Branzino and Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co. Now he’s back with a new Old City BYOB, 26 North.

The restaurant at 26 North 3rd Street is aiming for a November opening. The BYOB will be open for lunch and dinner, with some classic Stollenwerk dishes including his signature skate wing with truffled spaetzle, leeks and parmesan broth. Expect another four or so seafood-focused entrees plus vegetarian pasta, meat and fowl dishes. Appetizers will include Portuguese fish soup, Sepia a la Plancha (grilled cuttlefish), char-grilled octopus, seared diver scallops and more.

For lunch, Stollenwerk is planning a casual selection of salads, soups and “handhelds,” (burger, crab cake, etc.) and entrees. There will be less of Stollenwerk to see when he opens his restaurant. The chef has lost nearly 140 pounds over the past couple of years.

26 North [Foobooz]

Another Weekend of Crabs

Photo by Arthur Etchells

Photo by Arthur Etchells

Since a Sunday hockey post-game barbecue turned into a crab fest a few weeks ago, I’ve had a major hankering for crabs. Last week there were several events to satiate that craving and this Labor Day weekend looks to have several more.

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Eat Junto’s Best of Philly Winning Fish for a Good Cause

Junto's smoked sturgeon

Junto’s smoked sturgeon

The August full moon is known as a “Sturgeon Moon” as historically native Americans found it the best time to catch sturgeon in the Great Lakes and on Lake Champlain.

And now, MacGregor Mann of Junto will be donating a portion of each Best of Philly winning sturgeon dish sold to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

The sustainable-farm raised sturgeon dish is smoked on Alder wood with romanesco, fermented celery root, watercress, lemon verbena and white wine emulsion. The dish at the Chaddsford restaurant is $30.

Atlantic sturgeon were once plentiful on the Delaware River, although now less than 300 spawning adults from the Delaware River’s distinct genetic line of Atlantic sturgeon remain. Learn more about Atlantic sturgeon here.

The donation will continue as long as the sturgeon dish is on the menu, which hopefully isn’t going anywhere.

Junto [Foobooz]

Clambakes, Crab Boils and More


Varga Bar is hosting a three-day crab boil.

If you’re a fan of clambakes, crab boils and bargain oysters, now through Labor Day is your time to strike.

Tonight is Oyster House’s last Twin Lobster Dinner of the summer. That’s two one-pound Maine lobsters, corn and drawn butter for just $28.

On Thursday, August 27th, Brick and Mortar is hosting a family style lobster and clam bake. The feast is $55 per person in advance, $65 in person. There are two seatings (6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and beer from Nantucket’s Cisco Brewery will be included.

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SugarHouse Is Adding New Restaurant in Expansion

sugarhouse-hugo-frog-940SugarHouse Casino is intending on opening its 300,000 square foot expansion before the end of the year, and the riverfront casino is including a higher end restaurant in the new space.

An announcement regarding the new restaurant and exclusive caterer for the casino’s new event center is set for Wednesday, September 2nd. The event will include a grilling demonstration and taste of a special “Philly Cut” steak. The press release also features a hashtag, #froginPhilly. After briefly hoping this would mean the return of Rib-It or Steve Poses’ Frog, we applied some positively Sherlockian deduction, (we googled frog+steakhouse and clicked the first result) we’ve concluded that the new restaurant will be from … Spoiler ahead »

More Summer Lobster Dinners

Vickers Restaurant Lobster SummerYes, we’ve told you about lobster dinners in Center City, Manayunk and the suburbs, but it’s summer, and people get excited about lobster in the summer so we’ll keep it coming.

Suburbia, we’ve got a live one for you. Literally.

Join Vickers Restaurant, at 192 E. Welsh Pool Road in West Chester, for Summer Lobster Fridays. They’re serving up live Maine lobsters with corn on the cob, potatoes, freshly baked bread and house whipped butter for $35. Crack open these one-and-a-half pound lobsters or have the chef crack them for you.

This event runs Fridays only and reservations should be made at least a day in advance. You can request to sit in the dining room or on the outside patio.

Call the restaurant at 610-363-7998 to reserve.

Another lobster dinner after the jump

Fast Fish: Buena Onda Reviewed

Fish Tacos | Photo by Jason Varney

Fish Tacos at Buena Onda | Photo by Jason Varney

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 »

All You Can Eat Mussels in Manayunk



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.

Derek’s [Official]

Coming Up: Little Nonna’s Spaghetti and Crab Nights

Crab and spaghetti at Little Nonna's

Crab and spaghetti at Little Nonna’s

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.

Check out the full menu »

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