Where We’re Eating: AmeriThai

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If you’re going to open a Thai spot within walking distance of Circles — still the best Thai within city limits — you’d better bring your A-game. Unfortunately, the folks behind AmeriThai, a new spot next to Nick’s Charcoal Pit don’t have a clue what they’re doing. From gummy satays and the grease-oozing, undercooked slop pile they’re trying to pass off as a Thai corn cake, to the kind of service that will make your blood boil, to the flies swarming my plates, I couldn’t wait to pay my check and walk out the door. And when a cockroach scurried by my feet in the dining room, that walk became more of a run.

AmeriThai
1244 Snyder Avenue
215-334-0400

Tale of the Tape: Cheesesteak at Philip’s Steaks

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Philip’s Steaks is the hipster rock answer to where to get the best cheesesteak on Passyunk Avenue. But that doesn’t mean it is the wrong answer. Far from the neon of 9th and Passyunk, Phil’s, as those in-the-know call it, is a 24-hour stand at 23rd Passyunk. Easily accessible to homesick travelers returning through Philadelphia International Airport, as well as shift workers, locals and in-the-know sports fans heading to or from the sports complex, Phil’s always has customers, despite its off-the-strip location.

Philip’s offers the standard cheesesteak options and the “Old Fashioned” or “Old Fashion” as the sign says, a steak that GQ’s Alan Richman highly praised when he was naming his best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia.

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Eagles Unveil New Food Options at Lincoln Financial Field

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Now at Lincoln Financial Field: Pizzeria Vetri and a custom oven.

The Eagles and Aramark unveiled new food options for the 2014 season at Lincoln Financial Field today. Among the new concessions, Marc Vetri’s Pizzeria Vetri, complete with a custom brick pizza oven and barbecue sandwiches devised by Eagles greats Michael Quick and Harold Carmichael.

The Pizzeria Vetri stands are located in both the SCA Club and Panasonic Club areas. Vetri is serving up his popular rotolo (ricotta cheese, spicy sopressata and marinara sauce) as well as two square pizzas, a Margherita and sausage as well.

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Chance to Try Vetri’s Lo Spiedo

lo-spiedo-400Chef Scott Calhoun has been announced as the chef for the upcoming Marc Vetri restaurant, Lo Spiedo. Lo Spiedo, which is Italian for “the spit” is aiming to open this September at the entrance of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, September 16th, Calhoun is hosting a preview dinner of what will be served at Lo Spiedo at Osteria. The four-course dinner is available for $175 per person and tickets are extremely limited.

If you can’t get into the Lo Spiedo preview, Vetri is offering a series of other classes in September at Osteria as well as in the new upstairs space at Vetri.

For reservation information email events@vetrifamily.com.

Lo Spiedo [Foobooz]

All You Can Eat Crab Legs at Warmdaddy’s

Finally, somewhere you can dive into all you can eat Alaskan Crab Legs on a Tuesday night. And that place is Warmdaddy’s on Columbus Blvd. The tuesday night special is $22.95 per person and your choice of two sides comes with your never ending bowl of crustaceans.

Tuesdays are double duty for the restaurant because the stage hosts a Blues, Soul + Rn’B open jam session, backed by a live band. You can show off your talents or just enjoy the music while you partake in the 1-2-3-4-5 special. This special includes; $1 hot dogs, $2 Yuengling drafts, $3 Heinekens, $4 Buffalo wings, and every Philadelphian’s favorite, $5 City Wide Special (PBR & a shot of Jack Daniels).

Warmdaddy’s [Official]

SS United States Could Move to Brooklyn in Months

SS United States. Photo | Jeff Fusco

SS United States. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Lost your artsy friends to Brooklyn sometime recently? It could get worse: The SS United States may move to Brooklyn in a matter of months!

A bit of backstory: The United States was built in 1952 as a luxury ocean-liner that would break the transatlantic speed record. It was successful. The ship still holds Blue Riband for westbound transatlantic trips (as well as the eastbound record). Unfortunately for the United States, transatlantic air service for passengers began in 1958; the ship made its last run across the Atlantic in 1969.

Since 1996, it’s been sitting at a South Philly dock — near the South Philly IKEA, as many writers have noted — while everyone figures out what to do with this historic ship. The SS United States Conservancy — who has noted for years that the ship’s time is limited without a restoration — is attempting to save the ship from the scrap heap.

And now it might move to Brooklyn.

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Elijah Milligan Rolls Out First Menu at Tap Room on 19th

Elijah Milligan's Burger Brawl burger.

Elijah Milligan’s Burger Brawl burger.

Elijah Milligan (formerly of Laurel, Stateside, Le Bec Fin) has been on the job at Tap Room on 19th for about two weeks now and tonight he rolls out his first full menu. There’s an emphasis on shareable plates and it is highlighted by the likes of chorizo poutine, oxtail nachos, Bavarian pretzel bites, soft shell crab sandwich and a Pat LaFrieda blend burger.

Check it out tonight and wash down whatever you get with an IPA, because Wednesdays are half-priced IPA nights.

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Tale of the Tape: Cheesesteak at John’s Roast Pork

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John’s Roast Pork winds up on the top of more cheesesteak lists than any other cheesesteak joint and that’s despite the fact that the cheesesteak might just be their third best sandwich. There’s no argument that the roast pork is top notch and a recent visit proved what we expected, the new roast beef sandwich belongs in Philadelphia’s pantheon of best sandwiches.

Since we were there trying out the new roast beef, we couldn’t resist ordering a cheesesteak for the first time in way too long. Here’s how the cheesesteak stacks up.

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