The since demolished Broad Street Armory that ignited opposing arguments from locals is in the news again. Sort of. The building next door, a Torre Big & Tall, has the spotlight this time with news of its spring closure.
Tap Room on 19th’s Michael Strauss is bragging about his Monday burger deal. And why not? The normally $13 Pat LaFrieda blend is offered for half-price. The burger comes with Tap Sauce, pickles, pickled red onions, lettuce and cheese.
The burger comes with fresh cut fries, accessorize the burger with Green Meadow Farms bacon, pork belly, fried egg or even Taylor Pork Roll.
The burger deal runs all day on Mondays.
Taproom on 19th [Foobooz]
WHYY has this new(ish) health-based show attached to Newsworks called The Pulse. It talks to doctors and discusses high blood pressure and cholesterol and all those things that grownups care about. It’s a good show, but rarely catches my attention until, this morning, I heard them talking about cheesesteaks.
The Post says Miller is still looking for a space in South Philly and David Goldfarb, the East Passyunk Crossing zoning chair is assisting.
You can still get the barbacoa on Sunday mornings outside of Rosa’s Bakery at 8th and Watkins. Also look for Miller and Martinez at the Garage on Friday, February 28th.
That was quick. South Philly Barbacoa will NOT be in Zagar warehouse [Passyunk Post]
South Philly Barbacoa [Foobooz]
We’ve previously told you about the South Philly Barbacoa cart that has been popping up at 8th and Watkins on Sunday mornings. If you’re not a morning, or even afternoon person, you’ve got another chance to try Cristina Martinez’s barbacoa and other tacos tonight at Tap Room on 19th.
Martinez and her husband Benjamin Miller will be selling $3 plates from 6 p.m. till they sell out.
There are plenty of gastropub restaurants in South Philadelphia, but this is the first for this particular area, known as Girard Estate. The staff is as warm as the comfortable, low-lit room, and it’s the kind of place where you could hang out for a long while, sipping on good bourbons and beers. It’s a neighborhood bar, but one with better food than most. The fried spaghetti sandwich special was an abject failure, but the pork-crazy Pig Destroyer sandwich, bangers and mash, and the choice of LaFreida meat for the skirt steak and burger made up for it. In a nod to how South Philly has changed, there’s even a vegan cheesesteak. Which I guess some people would call progress.
Tap Room on 19th [Foobooz]
First appeared in the February, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
John’s Roast Pork is of course known for its roast pork. But the sandwich shack is also known for its cheesesteaks which consistently rank among Philadelphia’s finest. But now, thanks to a new oven, John Bucci’s sandwich haven might be known for his roast beef sandwiches. Yesterday, Craig LaBan tweeted the above photo of his first taste of a roast beef sandwich from Bucci’s new oven.
And today, Michael Klein has some more details on the oven and the roast beef sandwiches that are coming out of it.
On Thursday night, a gas explosion rocked Bancroft Street in South Philadelphia. The resident, Ron Talton, a manager at Chris’ Jazz Cafe on Sansom Street, shot this depressing video of his house being destroyed.
In the video, a shaken Talton can be heard saying, “It exploded in the basement… I fell through the floor when the explosion happened. I didn’t fall through, but I was right in the middle of my living room… Is there a coat or a blanket I can put on?”
A representative of Chris’ Jazz Cafe says that a benefit is in the works, and we’ll get you details on that when they become available.
West Passyunk’s Grubhouse came on the scene earlier this year, winning a Best of Philly award for Hangover Cure. Now they’ve brought on Chris Ritter, a former cook at Brauhaus Schmitz and alum of the COOK Masters Program, to enhance the kitchen’s offerings. Today they debut their tightened up menu with ingredients like, “bacon fat powdered sugar” and a pretty awesome sounding bologna sandwich with bacon fat onions, hot sauce mayo and American cheese.