A cappuccino and pastry at Shot Tower in Queen Village. Photo courtesy of Ian Watson.

A cappuccino and pastry at Shot Tower in Queen Village. Photo courtesy of Ian Watson.

It can sometimes seem like Counter Culture (North Carolina) and Stumptown (Oregon) have a bean-roasting lock on Philly’s new-wave coffee scene. But Tom and Chris Molieri roast their own at GreenStreet, which now boasts a post in the Gayborhood. The tiny space and fickle wireless signal limit its appeal as a workspace, but there’s ample sidewalk seating on both sides of the corner — and more-than-ample coffee options. Think three espresso varieties and a pour-over menu that hooked this Ethiopia lover with a choice between washed- and dry-processed crops from that country. 1101 Spruce St., 610-504-3934,

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Ultimo Coffee Named Ultimate in America


The Daily Meal loves itself some lists. And today they name the Best Coffee Shops in America. And sitting pretty in the number one spot is Philadelphia’s Ultimo Coffee. Ultimo, which won Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly Coffee Shop for 2012, is singled out for its lack of attitude, sandwiches from American Sardine Bar and that the Newbold location is attached to BREW, the craft beer shop it shares space with.

Also making the list, Joe, which just opened on the 1800 block of Walnut Street and Town Hall Coffee on Montgomery Drive in Merion Station.

Ultimo Coffee Now Stocking American Sardine Bar Sandwiches


Scott Schroeder’s American Sardine Bar sandwiches are getting wider distribution. The sandwich artist and people’s champ’s sandwiches will be available at both Ultimo Coffee locations starting today. A vegan, vegetarian and meat-friendly sandwich option will be available each day. An Ultimo employee promised the sandwiches would be more substantial than previous sandwich options and priced more reasonably.

Today’s American Sardine Bar sandwiches at Ultimo »

UPDATED: Election Day Specials Around Philadelphia

Okay, let’s face it: Tomorrow’s going to be a long day. More than likely, it’s going to be the kind of long day that stretches on long into the night, too. And when it’s done, about half of the country is going to be happy, while the other half is just furiously pissed off.

But whether a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, a person’s gotta eat. And all over Philly, cafes and pubs alike are making sure you don’t spend election night alone and hungry with viewing parties and special Election Day deals.

Click through the jump to figure out where you want to spend Election Night.

Where to eat (and drink) on election night

Graduate Hospital’s Ultimo Coffee Is Opening Monday

The long awaited second location of Ultimo Coffee is finally opening. Located on 22nd and Catharine St., Ultimo will be serving up their signature brews starting Monday, October 7th at 7 a.m.. While there won’t be any beer at this spot (their Best of Philly winning location at 15th and Mifflin shares space withBREW) there is a coffee school upstairs. Counter Intelligence Coffee has opened a training center that offers classes, labs and seminars. And if you do need a beer, Sidecar is right down the block.

Ultimo Coffee Graduate Hospital Opens Monday [Ultimo Coffee]

Inquirer Goes Crazy For Coffee

The Inquirer’s Food section today is dedicated to the coffee bean. The exhaustive look at coffee in the area features Craig LaBan’s story on the third wave of coffee culture, his search for the finest beans as well as his 30 best. Fellow caffeine addict Steven Rea focuses on the best local roasters. It’s a really well done set of articles and worth perusing over a fine cup of joe.

LaBan’s Top Five

  1. Ultimo
  2. Shot Tower Coffee
  3. Elixr
  4. Chhaya
  5. Spruce Street Espresso

Coffee | Philly []
Craig LaBan’s best beans (Map) []

News for People Who Like Bad News

The saga over Brew’s liquor license drags on. The Newbold coffee shop and beer store had an official hearing more than a month ago and according to owner John Longacre it went well. But until the witnessing examiner writes up and submits his opinion to the PLCB, it’s limbo time. Ahhh, bureaucracy. [Meal Ticket]

Michael’s Cafe has closed on East Passyunk Avenue. Could this mean a larger Capogiro? [TwitPic]

Word of Mouth has shuttered in Collingswood. [In Jersey]

Quick Bites

The shelves of Brew should be stacked with beer in time for SPTR’s Wheat Beer Festival on Saturday, June 27th. [Meal Ticket]

P.Y.T. is aiming for a July 1st opening. Phoodie has the menu and some interesting art work that will adorn the place. []

Philadelphia Weekly’s Adam Erace and his brother Andrew are opening Green Aisle Grocery, a grocery store on East Passyunk Avenue this fall. Expect locally grown items from favored farmers and other good stuff.

American BYOB, Paul is about a month out. It will be opposite Effie Boukidis’ self-named restaurant, Effie’s. [Meal Ticket]

The Wine Thief had its soft opening last night. The Mt. Airy bistro has some tasty sounding menu items. [The Insider]

New menu items are on the menu at the Continental Midtown. [Meal Ticket]

Tonic on Main is gone after 5-years. Wow, 5-years. It is being replaced by Yunkers Pub & Lounge. [The Insider]

Doghouse Gourmet Burgers has opened in Downingtown next to the still new Firecreek. [Main Line Restaurant Guide]

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