While looking for somewhere to eat this evening I checked in on the September menu for Talula’s Daily’s Secret Supper Club.
UPDATE: Then I realized it was October … And the menu still looks good.
Today, OpenTable revealed its Top 100 restaurants “fit for foodies” in America. The list was determined by OpenTable’s analysis of more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country. The list includes twelve restaurants from Philadelphia, the second most restaurants from one city, only Portland, Oregon had more.
The list includes a high concentration of restaurants from California, Oregon and Pennsylvania but not as many from traditional restaurant cities like Chicago (five restaurants), Los Angeles (five), New York (four) and San Francisco (one).
The overnight water main break at 7th and Locust Streets is affecting Talula’s Daily and Talula’s Garden. Luckily, not because of water damage but because of water access. Talula’s Daily has a barebones menu and only iced coffee since it was brewed yesterday.
Talula’s Garden is awaiting feedback from the Philadelphia Water Department before making a decision on dinner service tonight.
UPDATE: Talula Daily’s “Secret Supper” will be happening as of 7 p.m. tonight. The market will reopen in the morning.
Yesterday’s dinner consisted of an heirloom tomato salad, grilled corn on the cob and some watermelon snagged off a friend’s dish. It was summer in a meal. Much like what is being offered at Talula’s Daily all month. The monthly tasting menu is all about buttery lobster rolls, sweet corn soup, Lancaster porchetta with homemade beans and other summer barbecue standards.
Talula’s Daily’s August dinner is a prix fixe affair, $55 per person with a beverage pairing available.
Earlier today we shared the big news that David Gilberg of Koo Zee Doo would be this summer’s chef at Morgan’s Pier. But that is far from the only chef shuffling that’s been happening.
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My favorite dish of all my Daily meals, though, was the paper-wrapped surprise of skate en papillote. Almost always seared, the flesh took on an unexpectedly luxurious quality in a tangerine-scented steam, and concealed beneath its butter-glossed wing a trove of root vegetable treasures. Each was cut and cooked to a unique shape and texture, from weird and squiggly little crosnes, to earthy soft Jerusalem artichokes, snappy shaved ribbons of multihued raw carrots, bittersweet marbles of tender baby turnips, and crunchy cubes of al dente kohlrabi.
Three Bells – Excellent
Talula’s Daily cafe & market is affordable Olexy excellence [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Talula’s Daily [Foobooz]
A glass bell jar capped a pint-sized cupcake platform. A ceramic owl was also a cookie jar. Bone china plates painted with chameleons or honeybees alternated with stoneware bearing zigzags or abstract circles. Delicately etched wine goblets sparkled above the dull gleam of mismatched silver-plated utensils.
With an actual chill in the air today, the cider glazed scallops at Talula’s Daily are talking to us. Check out the full menu of fall and earthy bites. The Talula’s Daily five-course supper is served Tuesday through Sunday and is $50 per person.
Great news for caffeine addicts and returning students in University City: Joe Coffee officially opened its new location on Drexel’s campus. “Joe Chestnut” is the first business to open in Drexel’s Chestnut Square complex, though Shake Shack is getting close.
In addition to Joe brand coffee, the bi-level shop is offering local food coming from Aimee Olexy’s Talula’s Daily, pastries, muffins, scones and cookies arriving every day from the flagship Ovenly bakery in Brooklyn.