Drink This Now: Citywide Special at the Sidecar

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It’s the pickleback that makes the Sidecar’s Citywide Special.

The Citywide or Special has become a Philadelphia tradition. The term is generally considered to have been coined on South Street at at Bob & Barbara’s and then the Tritone. At B&B’s, it lives on as a shot of Jim Beam and a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Over the years, we’ve begun to seen riffs on the Citywide. Mexican-themed bars offer a shot of Tequila and a Tecate. When Petruce et al was around, Tim Kweeder even put the “Balling Citywide” on his menu. That luxury version of the drink was a can of barleywine and a shot of Angel’s Envy for $25.

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Tonight: A Seed Dinner, Center City Sips Preview and Strong Beers

seed dinner 940Tonight, Buckminster’s chef Rob Marzinsky is joining up with Brick and Mortar’s Brian Ricci for a five-course dinner at Brick and Mortar to benefit the Roughwood Seed Collection. The dinner uses products from Roughwood and includes a complimentary cocktail from bartender Christina Rando. Roughwood is dedicated to preserving rare seeds and continuing their use in the world. The five-course dinner is $55 per person and there will also be seeds for sale at the restaurant.

Dinner is $55 per person and is offered between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The menu is available here.

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Wings Back at the Sidecar Bar

wings sidecar 940Graduate Hospital’s Sidecar Bar & Grille has brought back chicken wings as a permanent part of their menu and during all Flyers playoff games they will be on special for $7.

Chef Brian Lofink has created three varieties for the menu including one variety that looks a lot like these gems:

  • Buffalo style with Maytag Blue Cheese Sauce and Celery & Carrot Ribbons
  • Honey Chipotle BBQ with Cornbread Crumble and Scallions
  • Ranch Powder with Scallion Creme Fraiche and Pickled Red Onions & Jalapenos

Sidecar Bar & Grille [Foobooz]

Rare Beers and New IPAs at The Sidecar Bar

sidecar-bar-sign-940The Sidecar Bar has a lot going on this week, starting with the March edition of High Gravity tomorrow, March 16th. The Grad Hospital neighborhood bar will be pouring this month’s selection of high alcohol brews, some of which are hard to find on tap. And then there’s a very special IPA pouring on Friday.

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COOK’s Lily Cope Is Showing Off Her Wing Prowess Tonight

Nothing says wing connoisseur like a fur.

Nothing says wing connoisseur like a fur.

Lily Cope, executive director of COOK is trying to prove she’s picked up a thing or two from the chefs that have held classes at the Rittenhouse Square presentation kitchen. Tonight the wings she has designed will be served at Sidecar Bar & Grille starting at 5 p.m. The wings feature special breaded ranch and dill pickle brined wings served with ranch dressing, Crystal’s hot butter sauce and celery ribbon salad.

I’ll admit that sounds pretty good, but can it really be better than the Foobooz Wings that have served as the basis of Kraftwork’s wings? I doubt it.

So come on down and join Cope as she hangs out for wings, booze, fun and a little smack talk from yours truly.

Sidecar Bar & Grille [Foobooz]

Laurel’s Nick Elmi Trying His Hand at Wings

elmi-coffee-wings-400Tonight, Nick Elmi of Laurel on East Passyunk is creating wings for Sidecar Bar and Grille’s monthly “Wing Thing.” Elmi, who clearly needs help in the kitchen, is bringing in his coffee friend, Chris Miller, lead roaster of La Colombe, who will be helping to make La Colombe Coffee Cured Wings with Eddie’s habanero squash sauce and benne seeds.

The wings will try and take down my wing creation that by all accounts (or at least my account) are the best wings ever. But the Top Chef winner probably has a shot at second best; with coffee and a habanero sauce, at least Tom Colicchio won’t be able to complain they’re under-seasoned.

Elmi and Miller will be at the Sidecar starting at 5 p.m. and the wings will be on the menu for the rest of the week.

Nick Elmi of Laurel Restaurant BYOB in the kitchen for this month’s ‘Wing Thing’ [Facebook]

Drexel’s Food Lab Shows They Know Wings

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Drexel’s Verde Hot Chicken Wings at Sidecar Bar

It’s a “Wing Thing” returns to the Sidecar tonight. The 22nd and Christian Street bar is debuting Drexel Food Lab Manager Ally Zeitz’s Verde Hot Chicken wings and they sound pretty great.

The wings are inspired by the flavors of salsa verde and Nashville’s hot chicken. The wings are brined in seasoned buttermilk, lightly floured, then dipped in hot oil made from green jalapeno and duck fat. The wings are then served with pomegranate yogurt and pickled onions.

The wings go on sale at 5 p.m. and will be there for one night only.

Sidecar Bar and Grille [Foobooz]

This Week At Sidecar: BBQ Wings And Boozy Beers

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Tonight, “Wing Thing” is back at Sidecar. The Chef: Adan Trinidad of Jose and Sancho Pistolas. His wings: Black Garlic Mole Negro BBQ Wings with a Jasper Hill Blue Cheese Crema.

Sure that sounds pretty good, but did you hear about our wing collaboration with Sidecar a couple months back? Chef Trinidad’s got some big shoes to fill if we do say so ourselves.

The wings will be offered until they sell out, usually in four or five days.

Also on tap at Sidecar: really strong beers. Join them tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15th for High Gravity Night. The lineup looks like it could do some serious damage.
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Foie Gras Wings at Sidecar

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In this month’s installment of Sidecar’s Wing Thing, Luke Palladino and his chef de cuisine (and Sidecar alum) Ed Affinito have up with chicken wings stuffed with foie gras and chicken mousse. The wings are served with a chipotle barbecue sauce and they are on special starting this evening. And if you make it in tonight, you can say hi to Palladino and Affinito and tell them just how good they are (or more likely, how they just don’t compare to the Foobooz wings from a couple of months back. Sorry fellas, but nice try).

The wings are available while supplies last, but with foie gras and chicken mousse, these decadent wings won’t be around for long.

Sidecar Bar & Grill [Foobooz]

Juniper Commons’ Greg Garbacz Showing Off His Wings Skill

juniper commons wings sidecarFor Sidecar’s monthly “Wing Thing” collaboration, Brian Lofink and company have invited Greg Garbacz from Juniper Commons to come up with a wing. Garbacz has developed a Taco Wing, topped with tortilla puree, Guajillo sauce, queso fresco, diced red onion and micro cilantro. The wings will be on special throughout the week, and this evening Garbacz and his crew will be hanging out at the bar and eating wings.

Can these taco wings compare with the beer wort braised Foobooz wings that were featured last month? We doubt it, but then again, Garbacz is a professional and these do sound pretty great.

Sidecar Bar & Grille [Foobooz]

 

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