Collingswood restaurant stalwart, chef Mark Smith of the Tortilla Press and Tortilla Press Cantina (in Pennsauken), is renowned in South Jersey for his long-time commitment to local farmers. Tomorrow, he’s thanking his farmer-suppliers and saying goodbye to the year’s harvest with what he’s calling “WHAT JUST MIGHT BE YOUR BEST DINNER OF THE YEAR!” (caps his).
Tonight’s the last night to graze on (supposedly) succulent peaches at The Tortilla Press in Collingswood and its sister restaurant, Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville. Noted chef Mark Smith is wrapping up the three-course Just Peachy menu he’s preparing at his two fresh-Mex spots. I say “supposedly” because Smith tried very hard to answer diplomatically when asked about this year’s peach crop but his face and words belied the fact that they’re just not yet as ripe and sweet as he’d have liked.
Zavino has its gas line in and you can check out the progress as the paper is off the windows of the 13th and Sansom property.
Mark Vetri’s Amis is set for a mid-January opening. Meal Ticket teases with some details. [Meal Ticket]
Michael Schulson’s Sampan is aiming to open on December 18th. Check out the cool changing wall colors. We’re suckers for this type of stuff (See Pod, G Lounge). [The Insider]
Maru Global Takoyaki is looking to open in January. Ryo Igarashi, a Jose Garces alum will be serving up tempura batter balls that coat meat, fish and most traditioanally, octopus. [Meal Ticket]
WMD Hot Sauce is set to open at 1212 South Street and you can make your own custom sauce, complete with your own label. [@PhillyDesign]
Tortilla Press Cantina is back in business today after an 18-month bridge construction project forced the Pennsauken restaurant to close. [Meal Ticket]
MIXX will be the name of the casual restaurant going in to the former Maia space in Villanova. It’ll be comfort food in a casual space. [The Insider]
The green in Green Eggs Cafe is for the sustainability angle of this South Philadelphia bruncherie. It’ll open December 21st at 1306 Dickinson. [Meal Ticket]
Las Bugambilias is coming to South Street at the former Ristorante Primavera. Chef Carlos Molina, formerly of Tequila’s will serve traditional Mexican food. He’s expected to open in a month. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]
Tortilla Press of Collingswood is adding a second location, this one in Pennsauken. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]
Pei Wei Asian Diner, the less fancy sibling to P.F. Chang’s is getting set to open its first two area locations. Baltimore Pike in Springfield and the new Target on City Line are the spots lucky enough to be graced with Pei Wei. [Food Frenzy, City Paper]
Philly Flavors is heading downtown. The sequel to Fairmount Avenue’s location will offer much the same menu at 343 S 13th Street. [Food Frenzy, City Paper]