Now Open: The Little Lion in Old City

Pimento Cheese - Country Pit Ham, Pickled Green Tomato, Grilled Country Bread

Some Southern cooking at the Little Lion | Pimento Cheese with Country Pit Ham

The Little Lion is now open at 3rd and Chestnut Streets. The former Haru has been extensively renovated and is now serving up chef Sean Ciccarone’s Southern comfort food. The “pour house” will offer 16 taps, 14 for beer, and one each for cider, cold press coffee and housemade sangria.

The menu has shifted towards more Southern fare from when the Little Lion was originally announced. Look for the oh-so-right-this-moment pimento cheese to make an appearance with country pit ham. There are also smoked wings, New Orleans-style chargrilled oysters and stone ground grits on the appetizer section of the menu. Highlights from the entrees include: a smoked bone-in pork chop; wild rabbit and sausage and blackened Mississippi catfish.

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The Fat Ham Turns Two with Revamped Menu and Wingaversary

Happy wingaversary.

Happy wingaversary. The Fat Ham turns two with wings and an expanded menu.

The Fat Ham, Kevin Sbraga’s University City Southern comfort food restaurant is turning two on Wednesday, December 9th and he’s celebrating with a night of wings. Sbraga will be offering offering a variety of wings including:

  • Country Captain Wings with curry and Chow Chow aioli
  • Lavender Honey Wings with pink peppercorn
  • Salsa Verde Wings with smoked green tomato and pork rinds
  • Mustard BBQ Wings with mustard, hickory, and brown sugar

The six wings go for $7.50 during the celebration, they’ll normally be $10.

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Southern Comfort: South Reviewed

Carolina Shrimp and Anson Mills lobster grits | Photo by Emily Teel

Carolina Shrimp and Anson Mills lobster grits | Photo by Emily Teel

The first time I had chef Paul Martin’s food, I was standing in the street. Or a parking lot, maybe. Under a tent and the night sky. We both were—the two of us in attendance at some food festival or another—and though I don’t recall precisely what he was serving (shrimp for sure; some kind of sauce as smooth and rich as velvet), I do remember its effect. I couldn’t stop talking about it, demanding that people drop whatever they were eating and go, immediately, to taste what Martin was cooking. Eventually, I’d annoyed enough people and driven away all my friends and was free to just circle Martin’s table alone like a fat shark, pathetic but happy.

Martin was cooking at Mamou then, a Cajun-Creole place over on 13th Street, and though it was one of those restaurants that seemed to be overlooked by pretty much everyone, I went there, ate, drank—hoping only to get more food and more of those hot, immediate stabs of joy I’d experienced on the street.

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First Look: South

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Despite having an extremely un-Googlable name (you try typing “south restaurant Philadelphia” into the search field and let me know how it goes), South–the latest offering from restauranteurs Robert and Benjamin Bynum and chef Paul Martin has opened on North Broad Street. The Bynum brothers, previously involved with jazz venues Warmdaddy’s and Zanzibar Blue, as well as Chestnut Hill’s Paris Bistro and the recently shuttered Heirloom, are sticking to what they know with this one: homey food and live music.

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Check Out the Opening Menu at SOUTH

Chef Paul Martin

Chef Paul Martin of SOUTH

Last week we shared the details on SOUTH, the North Broad Street restaurant and jazz bar from Robert and Benjamin Bynum. And today we’ve got Lafayette, Louisiana native Paul Martin’s opening menu.

The menu includes chilled seafood, appetizers, salads, soups and plates. The plates top out at $28 for Carolina white shrimp with lobster grits and a sirloin strip steak served with bourbon steak sauce and parmesan fondue.

A section of weekly specials includes a section of oysters, rock shrimp toast, Florida wahoo and chicken confit gumbo.

SOUTH is set to open this Friday, September 18th.

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Aprons Soul Food Coming to 26th and Washington

Aprons Southern Restaurant | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Aprons Authentic Southern Restaurant | Photo by Arthur Etchells

The former Moe’s Hot Dogs is getting a new tenant. Aprons Soul Food, which for a time operated near Temple’s campus at 1621 Cecil B. Moore is taking the corner of 26th and Washington Avenue. The new location promises authentic Southern food for eat-in, takeout and delivery.

A July post to Facebook promises the new Aprons Soul Food will open this month.

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Tasting Scratch Biscuits with Mitch Prensky

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The build-out on Mitch Prensky’s Scratch Biscuits storefront at 1306 Chestnut Street is on schedule, maybe even ahead of schedule. This, Prensky told me as he frantically looked for some wood to knock on, means the Midtown Village biscuit spot will be ready for inspections in about three weeks.

Yesterday, I sat down with Prensky to try a sampling of his breakfast and lunch biscuit sandwiches. Also on the agenda, identifying which sandwich was served on a gluten-free biscuit. I failed.

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The Fat Ham Adds Lunch and Happy Hour

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Lunch is back at the Fat Ham | Pimento cheese with grilled country bread

Beginning today, the Fat Ham is offering lunch and happy hour. Kevin Sbraga’s Southern restaurant in University City is offering lunch weekdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lunch includes the Fat Ham burger, shrimp and grits, pork belly and a hot chicken sandwich.

Happy hour consists of $4 snacks, discounted beers, wines and cocktails.

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Fat Ham Begins Sunday Supper

Hot Chicken | Photo by Jason Varney

Hot Chicken | Photo by Jason Varney

Starting Sunday, October 5th, the Fat Ham will serve up Sunday suppers for all you Southern comfort food lovers who have somehow found yourselves in Philadelphia’s dining scene.

Chef Kevin Sbraga will cook up a three-course dinner of family-style food designed for parties of two or more. The Supper costs $30 per person, but will definitely fill you up to top off the end of the weekend. The Supper begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. The Sunday supper menu is the only menu served on Sundays at the Fat Ham.

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