The Best Soups In Center City


Forget Center City Sips…when the weather is as gray and nasty as it is today, it’s all about Center City soups.

But where are the best? Don’t worry. We went out and answered that question for you. Here’s a list of places that offer up the good stuff in any number of ways – creamy, spicy, tomato-y, you name it.

The best soups in Center City

Tinto Adds New Happy Hour Deals


Tinto is now offering happy hour Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jose Garces’s Basque restaurant is offering their most popular pintxos for $5 each. The restaurant is also offering $5 white and red sangria, plus $7 wines.

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Rittenhouse Row Debuts Four-Night Culinary Event

Rittenhouse Row Culinary logo2_BlackThe forces of Rittenhouse RowKevin Sbraga, and Danielle DelRe, of Starr Restaurants, have come together to create an event that will be one to remember. From August 4th to the 7th, the restaurants of Rittenhouse Row will prepare meals unlike the ones on the traditional menus and give you a dining experience that is one of a kind. As of right now, 18 members will participate in the Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective, but the list is growing.

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Tinto Is Showcasing Spanish Beers Tonight


Beginning this evening, July 15th, Tinto will showcase Spanish beers on draft and by the bottle. Starting at 5 p.m. you can learn about these beers with the help of Kevin from Shelton Brothers and Jason from Bella Vista Beverage. Along with the new beers from Spain, Tinto is also rolling out new pintxos this week.

The beers are available as part of a $20 pairing at the bar, that features three pintxos paired with three samples of beer. Or you can order the beer a la carte for between $7 and $25 per bottle.

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Tinto Calls the “Txotx” – Cider Tasting


First some Rioja, and now some cider.

Tinto’s second installment of their monthly pairing dinners is welcoming in the world of European cider. Every year in the Basque country,  cider houses tap their cider barrels, and the people gather together, drinking the apple wine straight from those barrels. It’s called the “txotx,” and Tinto wants to join in on the celebrations.

On Thursday, April 4th, at 7pm, sidra (cider) will be poured from three regions in Spain and France, from Asturias to Irouleguy, and their accompanying menu looks stellar.

The dinner will only set you back $50 a person, and as is tradition, the ciders are bottomless. Make your reservation soon.

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Aged Rioja Dinner At Tinto


This Thursday, Jose Garces‘s Basque-inspired restaurant, Tinto, will be hosting the first in their new series of pairing dinners. For the first menu out of the gate, they’re doing rare, aged and “coveted” Riojas and setting them up against the seasonal Basque fare of chef de cuisine Dave Conn.

The dinner will run you $100 per person. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. And as of right now, there are still some seats available. Yeah, they’re pricey, but the Garces team is calling it “an extravagant tasting and dinner” and I’m not going to argue. Check out the full menu and pairings after the jump.

The menu, the wines and more

Tinto Adds Spanish Craft Beer to Its Menu


Tinto has added several new Spanish craft beers to its list. In addition to Estrella Damm Inedit, which was created with the help of famed El Bulli chef Ferran Adria, the bar is now offering Guineu RinerOmnipollo En El Bosque and CCM’s Hivernale and Negra Stout. The En el Bosque sounds particularly interesting, it is a red ale fermented with cranberries.

Tinto Beers, Wine & Cocktails Menu (PDF)
Tinto Restaurant [Official Site]

Restaurant Week Cooking Demos Today Through Thursday


With Center City Restaurant Week quickly approaching (January 20-25 & January 27- February 1), three local chefs are demoing their visions for the upcoming weeks of gluttony. Three cooking demonstrations will be held at the Market and Shops at Comcast Center.

The demonstrations start today at 12:15 p.m. with Square 1682.

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Six Pack: Bacon Bacon Bacon

Editor’s Note: This week, we’re going to be introducing our new army of interns to you, the Foobooz readership. And it occurred to us that what better way for you to get to know them a little then for them to tell you all about something they loved to eat? Thus, we set them each to assembling their own Foobooz Six Pack, focusing on something they craved.

For our final Six Pack this week, we’d like to introduce Maegan Cadet–a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Fine Arts. She’ll eat anything saturated with carbs and will drink anything with caffeine. While she is a self-professed “pretend foodie,” she prides herself in knowing a good croissant when she tastes one. 

Here’s her introductory Six Pack: Three courses of bacon-wrapped, bacon-spiked and bacon-infused goodness, proving that one can never have enough bacon (that is, until it runs out).

Bacon Starters

Bacon-wrapped scallops at Rembrandt’s

Start your meal off on the perfect footing with Rembrandt’s smoked bacon-wrapped scallops. These beautiful shellfish come swimming in Lancaster cheddar sauce, and are perfectly portioned to share with that special someone…or to devour all on your own.

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Lancaster cheddar-lager sauce

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Tonight, Tinto Tuesdays

Last week we checked out Tinto’s new Tuesday Basque Happy Hour to make sure it was safe for you and to sample some of the $2 bites and half-priced sangria. Others were certainly tipped off to the start of the weekly happy hour and showed up in Sips-esque throngs. But get there right at 5 and head to the back of the upper room. All those tables are available for happy hour. Then get to ordering the pickled tomato with sheep’s cheese pinxtos and Shortrib or Duck Confit Montaditos.

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