Why Philly Chefs Keep Opening Fast-Casual Restaurants

Illustration by Gluekit

Illustration by Gluekit

“If I had a nickel for every time I heard the expression ‘I’m going to be the Chipotle of blank,’ I’d be rich,” says Steve Cook, the local restaurateur who, along with James Beard winning chef Michael Solomonov, owns the fine-dining eateries Zahav and Abe Fisher. Of course, given that Cook and Solomonov also own fast-casual hummusiya Dizengoff and the fast-growing Federal Donuts empire — five locations and counting — it’s probably something he’s said to himself.

Who can blame him? As Philadelphia diners have stepped up their demand for good food at every price point, a whole new market for quality eateries has opened up — one that just happens to include more takeout counters than OpenTable reservations. Read more »

Shake Shack And Big Gay Ice Cream Collaborating (And Not Just In Your Dreams)

CampoutLogoNo, seriously. Shake Shack and Big Gay Ice Cream, two of the most cultishly loved brands in Philadelphia’s (transplanted) restaurant scene, are getting together this week to bid adieu to the flavors of summer–just as the entire edible universe is being taken over by pumpkin-flavored everything.

Sure, they’re saying that this is a welcome to “fall and camping season,” and they’re calling it their Campout Layer Shake, but what we’re talking about here is essentially a drinkable s’more and that sounds pretty summery to us.

All the details, right this way…

Instagram Roundup Of The Week: Prepare For Insta-hunger (Snacks Recommended)

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You know what’s hard? Picking the best ten of about a zillion awesome food instagrams from this past week. You know what’s even harder? Trying to do that without snacks (I couldn’t make it– thankfully the office has cake today).

Moral of the story? Have something delicious by your side before you look at these. You’ll thank me later.

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Burger Monday (Also Known As “A Gift From Us To You”)


Burger deal at Lo Spiedo.

On the off chance this weekly celebration was unbeknownst to you, welcome now to Burger Monday. The day where burgers are not so many dollars as they are usually, but remain every bit as delicious.

Celebrate the start of the week in proper burger fashion with Lo Spiedo, where burgers are $5 until 6:30 PM today. That means the usual brisket burger ($14) just made it’s way well into your price range.

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10 Of Philly’s Best Ice Cream Floats

Watermelon and Mint Soda Float 

We didn’t mean to, but in the past couple of weeks we’ve done a lot of ice cream float reporting. There were the beer floats collaboration between Bottle Bar East and Joe’s Steaks. Then, we told you about the nitro-charged coffee and Weckerly’s ice cream floats collaboration at Rival Brothers and the 2015 affogato road show (because, being made of ice cream and a liquid, affogatos are kinda like floats). So, after all that, we finally just decided to put together a guide to some of our favorite floats around town. Because seriously? There’s just no better way to kick off a season of shore-house-less sorrows than to to drown them in than a tall glass of something frothy and creamy.

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Yoga on the Banks Starts This Weekend (With Free Beer and Milkshakes for All!) 

Yoga on the Banks

Yoga on the Banks

Well, vouchers for free beer and milkshakes that is. Here’s the deal: Yoga on the Banks will kick off their outdoor yoga season at 11 a.m. this Saturday with their first outdoor class of the year. And as if starting your weekend with pay-what-you-can yoga isn’t awesome enough, they’ll also have folks from Shake Shack on deck giving out vouchers to all the yogis for a free post-yoga drink — your pick of beer, wine, soda or a shake — from any Philly Shake Shack location. Pretty sweet, right?  Read more »

It’s Time to Say Goodbye to a Frost We’ll Miss

shack-frost-400It’s Last Call for the Shake Shack/Victory Brewing Co. collaboration, Shack Frost Ale. The weizenbock is now running on special till the beer runs out.

Pints are just $4 and pitchers (available in Center City and King of Prussia only) are $15.

Get there for a burger and beer before the flowers begin to bloom.

Shake Shack – Center City [Foobooz]
Shake Shack – King of Prussia [Foobooz]

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