Photo by Alex Tewfik
For years, Alex Plotkin’s Chops steakhouse in Bala Cynwyd was an exercise in mediocrity. It didn’t have to be great, because it was the only place to get a rib eye and filet in the eastern half of the Main Line. But once Plotkin moved the operation to the old Table 31 space inside the Comcast Center — the most important corporate headquarters in Philadelphia — he needed to step up his game. Fortunately, he has. The kitchen delivers pristine cuts from Creekstone Farms and Gachot & Gachot, and a stellar shrimp cocktail and sides (though we are so over lobster macaroni and cheese). And if you think steaks and shrimp are hard to screw up, you obviously haven’t been to Del Frisco’s or Ocean Prime.
1701 JFK Boulevard
Originally published in the December, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine
Photo by Alex Tewfik
Chops Restaurant, which has been operating as an open air cafe at the Comcast Center, has now opened its indoor space as well. The restaurant that succeeded Table 31 opened yesterday and will only be serving its Restaurant Week menu over its first two weeks. That means there will be a $20 three-course lunch option and a $35 dinner prix fixe as well.
The look is modern but more casual than Table 31 ever was. Once Restaurant Week ends, there will be a grander opening.
Chops Restaurant [Foobooz]
Caroline Russock, who seems to have the South Jersey steakhouse beat on lockdown, was lucky enough to be invited in to try Guy Fieri’s Chophouse in Atlantic City. What follows is classic Fieri-isms and a shocking turn:
Ridiculous name aside, the Danger Wings were borderline genius. Served five to an order, the drumettes were frenched, rack of lamb-style for a no Wet-Nap necessary wing-eating experience. And the Blue-sabi? The wasabi heat actually works with blue cheese dressing. The Baja shrimp, tempura fried and dressed with a sweet-hot sriracha mayo, came with thin slices of jalapeno and lime wedges and did a fairly spot-on job mimicking the best elements of a Southern California shrimp taco in a decidedly un-SoCal locale.
Read on for the entertaining conclusion of Russock’s dinner at Fieri’s Chophouse and also check out her Edible Philly piece on stuck-in-time South Jersey steakhouses.
A visit to the Guy Fieri Chophouse in Atlantic City [City Paper]
Great Steaks [Edible Philly]
Guy Fieri’s Chophouse [Bally’s Atlantic City]
The bar at the Prime Rib is a treat. The people watching, the staggeringly strong martinis, the blue cheese stuffed olives. There’s something about the bar at this Rittenhouse spot that has to be experienced.
The other thing that has to be tried at P-Rib is of course the prime rib. And this month, the famous 15-ounce dish is just $25.
The Prime Rib [Official]
Chef Jose Garces is a busy man with two new restaurant openings.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 8, the newest iteration of his Distrito brand opens at the Moorestown Mall. Chef Garces brings the flavor of Mexico City to New Jersey with a full bar of 100+ tequilas and shareable plates, good for families and large parties. And drunks. Lots and lots of drunks. You’re welcome, New Jersey.
And that’s not all…
A few weeks ago, we heard Guy Fieri might be planting his flag in Atlantic City. The Press of Atlantic City speculated that it might be in the place of the old Reserve Steakhouse at Bally’s. They were right. The Press is reporting that it’ll be called Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, and it’ll be open in “early summer”.
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Ten years into its existence on Rittenhouse Square, Stephen Starr’s first Philadelphia steakhouse remains the city’s most stylish and expense-account-crushing ode to red meat. As at Starr’s supper-clubby Butcher and Singer, service here is A-1. But while Butcher and Singer is the kind of place you can take Mom to for an impressive birthday dinner, Barclay Prime is the type of modern see-and-be-seen dining room where you’ll be embarrassed when she shows up in anything less than Prada. Skip the gimmicky wagyu-foie cheesesteak and cut into the signature rib eye. Just expect to drop $150 to $200 per person if you’re going all in.
Barclay Prime [Foobooz]
Fogo de Chao has made a name for itself with its endless skewers of meat brought to you by Brazilian gaucho chefs. But dinner at Fogo is a full commitment. A night where ALL the red meat will be eaten and you won’t so much walk away from dinner but waddle. But now, if you’ve ever walked by Philadelphia’s Fogo de Chao at Juniper and Chestnut Streets and wished you could pop-in for a single skewer, or a sirloin slider with chimichurri sauce and served on the famous Fogo de Chão pão de queijo cheese bread, you now have an a la carte option.
All Fogo de Chao locations across the US now offer a bar menu. The menu of small plates include sirloin sliders, shrimp and beef skewers plus a drink list of cocktails and wine by the glass.
Bar Fogo Menu (PDF)
Fogo de Chao – Philadelphia [Official]
Union Trust made a splashy debut just as the economy went to hell back in February, 2009. By April, 2011 the locally owned steakhouse was in bankruptcy. The $12 million dollar project was closed in November of 2012.
Now comes word from HughE Dillon that the building was sold to the Parkway Corporation for $4.2 million and will be turned into a catering facility for Finley Catering.
Finley Catering manages the catering at the Crystal Tea Room, Ballroom at the Ben and the Clothier Room in Wynnewood.
Union Trust Bought by the Parkway Corporation [Philly Chit Chat]
The Strip Joint opens this weekend, replacing SoWe at 22nd and Carpenter. The new concept delivers steak dinners for under $20. That part sounds intriguing, the strip bar metaphors on the other hand … Are you ready for “Happy Endings” (desserts), “Something Wet” (drink menu) and a bar menu that includes the “Stripcheese Steak?”.
Saturday is being pushed as a “friends and family” night with 20% off food and drink. Sunday will see the Strip Joint open for brunch.
Check out The Strip Joint menus »