Verdad Reopens Tomorrow With A New Menu

VerdadI have to admit, I didn’t know that Verdad was closed.

But it was. And now we get to write a post to tell you that it was indeed closed, but is opening back up this Friday, July 17th. So, good news!

Chef/owner Nick Farina closed the restaurant on July 5th because he wanted to “refresh its brand.” After years on the Main Line, he was looking to change things up, so he designed a completely new menu–one he hopes will be more challenging for him and his crew, and more indicative of their creativity, as he plans on doing more specials. Lots more specials, actually.

The details (and the new menu), right this way

A Barcelona Cheesesteak On The Menu At Verdad


In our continuing spring food coverage we came across this rather odd interpretation of a Philly favorite. Nick Farina of Verdad in Bryn Mawr is adding a Barcelona Cheesesteak to his spring menu.

The cheesesteak is offered tapas-style, in four bite-sized pieces. The Kobe beef is seared rare and topped with pickled onions served on a Manchego croquette, then drizzled with Gouda bechamel. And it can be yours for just $12.

Farina wanted to add flavors of Spanish cuisine to the iconic Philadelphia sandwich, and it’s on the menu right now..

Verdad [Official]

Six Pack: Paella in Philaelphia


Sometimes we just crave paella. The mix of spices, fresh seafood and rice is a dish that works no matter the weather. So here are six paella dishes in and around Philadelphia that deliver.

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Foobooz Six Pack: Dia De Los Muertos Deals


Halloween falls during the week this year, which means you have a choice of two weekends to don your freaky costumes and roam the streets, but there’s only one Dia de los Muertos. So pour one out for your fallen homies at any of the following…

La Calaca Feliz
2321 Fairmount Ave
Tim Spinner is offering a four course Day of the Dead tasting menu for $29. It begins with tamal de rana (slow braised frogs legs and green chili), moves to cemita sliders, then pork cheek mole coloradito with blue cheese grits and mustard greens, finally ending with traditional pan de muerto. At Cantina Feliz, the $28 menu (with the option to add a beverage pairing for only $12 more) is completely different and looks equally tasty. Red chili duck tamales with Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen by Neshaminy Creek Brewing, anyone?

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Here Come the Animal Rights Activists: Outrage Over Verdad’s “Backyard Sausages” Dish

This morning, Bryn Mawr restaurant Verdad sent out notices about its new Salchicha de mi Patio (aka Sausages from my Backyard) dish. “Rabbits destroy the vegetable gardens, ducks feast on flowerbeds, and deer destroy millions of dollars in landscaping,” said chef Nick Farina in an e-mail. So, he found revenge in a $28 shared dish featuring house-made rabbit, duck and venison sausages.

“Diners can make sandwiches or tacos out of the furry creatures that trash their yards and flower beds,” Farina explained. “What a delicious way to flip the paradigm and take something from a few species that takes so much from us.”

Not everyone is enthused. Read more »

Celebrate National Margarita Day at Distrito in University City (And Elsewhere)

Happy National Margarita Day everyone!

As far as made-up holiday go, National Margarita Day always features prominently on the calendars ’round Foobooz World HQ–a day ordained by the agave gods for the drinking of high-proof cactus juice and getting weird in public. And while Philadelphia as a whole doesn’t go nuts for the day, there are a few places around town throwing down in South of the Border fashion.

Show me the list (and a video)

Suburban Snacks: Art of Bread, Sound Down, $20 Mondays in Bryn Mawr

Georges Perrier’s Art of the Bread will be opening on June 1st in Narberth. The bakery-cafe will serve breakfast pastries, light fare, salads, sandwiches, Illy coffee, cakes and of course bread. The bread will be baked twice daily and pastries will come direct

Cantina Feliz got a very nice two-bell review from Craig LaBan but as is LaBan’s wont, he smacked them for the noise levels where he noted that the noise can hit 92 decibels without a full room. So Cantina Feliz is installing acoustic tiles in the front and back dining rooms in order to bring the noise level down 25%. Chef Tim Spinner will be monitoring the success with an iPhone based decibel reading app.

Verdad in Bryn Mawr is extending their Monday meal deal through June. It’s $20 for three-courses picked from the left side of the menu. Seems like the perfect bite before taking in a movie at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute next door.

Main Line Dish brings home the pies from Bake 425 and tries out the bake-at-home pizzas. [Main Line Dish]

Columbus Inn in Delaware has a new chef in Ross Essner. Essner rings a bell as he bought Django from Aimee Olexy and Bryan Sikora. Former Columbus Inn chef Chris D’Ambro is now in the kitchen at Olexy’s Talula’s Garden. [Second Helpings]

Go TU, Tequila University

Bryn Mawr’s Verdad is hosting Tequila University tonight and on the first Thursday of every month.

Classes are $30 per person and held in Verdad’s Agave Room. Guest professors educate students on the history, origins and flavors of tequila.

Each class will feature three varieties of tequila, which will be paired with food tastings chosen to for the class.

Tonight’s class will feature Michael Owens of Dulce Vida Tequila.

Seating is limited. Call 610-520-9100 for reservations.

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