Philadelphia Weekly Fail: We Meant Dave Lai, Not Benny Lai

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On Wednesday morning, the new Philadelphia Weekly hit the honor boxes, with a cover story about the alt-weekly’s favorite things in Philadelphia. The cover (seen here) proudly claims Vietnamese restaurateur Benny Lai as one of those favorites, and we couldn’t agree more. Except the guy on the cover is not, in fact, Benny Lai. Read more »

Sweet and Savory Crepes in Philadelphia

Longing for a nice, long, inexpensive trip to France? Well, we can’t really help you there but there are a few places in Philadelphia that sell crepes good enough to make you think you’re under the Eiffel Tower. From sweet to savory, there is no end in sight to the crepe combos for your next snack or meal. Read more »

Quick Bites

How European is Stephen Starr’s Dandelion? The kitchen is running on the metric system. [The Insider]

Beginning in 2011 Chinatown’s Vietnam Restaurant and West Philadelphia’s Vietnam Cafe are going to be seven days a week operations.

Jet Wine Bar is already open seven days a week and that now includes lunch. $10 Express lunch gets you soup/chili and a salad/sandwich. [Jet Wine Bar]

Michael Klein’s go-to Northeast sushi spot, Makiman Sushi is the next in a long line of sushi spots making a go of it at 1326 Spruce Street. [The Insider]

Around the Web

Three types of empanada are now on the menu at Restaurant M. CE Phood picks its favorite. [CE Phood]

Philly Phoodie likes everything at West Philadelphia’s Vietnam Cafe, from the Flaming Volcano cocktail to the Dyson hand dryer. [Philly Phoodie]

Frugal Foodist spots an everyday deal at S&H Kebab House. Dinner for $17 per person. [Frugal Foodist]

Bridges, burgers & beer hits up Distrito for brunch and has all the photographic evidence to prove you made a mistake not heading to Jose Garces’ Univeristy City Mexican restaurant this past weekend. [bridges, burgers & beer]

Philly Phoodie eats 30 dumplings during Kong’s Dumpling Thursday where each dumpling is only 50¢. [Philly Phoodie]

Table Matters goes upscale for vegan at Horizons. [Table Matters]

Flavor & Soul at Vietnam Cafe

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Adam Erace starts his review in the restroom at Vietnam Cafe, rarely a good sign but Erace does indeed dig the French Colonial dining room at Vietnam’s West Philadelphia sibling. He also finds plenty to like about the food.

Exhibit A: heavenly summer rolls I recommend swirling through the house nuoc mam, a salve of sweet white vinegar, garlic and funky fish sauce. There’s mahogany hoisin too, topped with crushed peanuts, and a vicious chili oil bloody with crushed peppers. Despite the aggressive condiments, the smokiness of the marinated and chargrilled pork inside the rice paper bundles came through, freshened by fragrant bursts of mint and basil.

Vietnam Cafe [Philadelphia Weekly]
Vietnam Cafe [Official Site]

Quick Bites

Pat Bombino’s location at 9th and Catharine is going to be reborn as Wishing Well Public House. Scrapple topped Shame burger? Oh my. [Grub Street]

Al Paris who has been involved in Zanzibar Blue, Rococo, Guru, Mantra and the aforementioned Pat Bombino’s among others is the new Executive chef at the Public House where he has installed a “great American pub menu.”

We don’t know much about Sweeties (1822 E Passyunk Ave) other than it is hosting its grand opening on the Avenue this Saturday. In addition to cupcackes, cookies, candies and nuts there will be balloons, clowns and magic.

McGillin’s 1860 IPA is now available in bottles. Only 200 cases of the Stoudt’s brewedale are available in commemoration of McGillin’s Olde Ale House’s 150th year. Look for it at Springfield Distributor, Bella Vista Beer Distributors or Fishtown Beverage. It is also available in 6-packs at both Foodery locations. The beer includes Centennial and Amarillo hops and is unfiltered, just as a beer would have been in the 1860s.

Rudi’s on Park has 44 investors and one namesake, Rudi Doeller. It’s opening in this week in Swarthmore. Aria, Hobbs Coffee and Davide’s are also coming to the borough. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

The redone Vietnam Cafe has opened at 816 S 47th Street. Meal Ticket has the pictures to prove it. [Meal Ticket]

Also opening while we were enjoying San Diego’s beaches, Lucky 7 Tavern where Aspen once operated at 25th and Aspen swung open its doors on Friday the Thirteenth. [The Insider]

Franco’s Trattoria off of Kelly Drive in East Falls is moving to the ground floor of the Presidential City Apartments on City Ave. [The Insider]

Meg Votta , chef at Sycamore in Lansdowne passed away on November 10th, 2-days before being featured in a Daily News article about successful female chefs. [The Insider]

Opening Dates Are Set

We updated our openings page yesterday but felt these three November openings needed to be highlighted:

  • Percy Street Barbecue is targeting November 17th for their anticipated opening.
  • Also on the 17th, the big new Vietnam Cafe in West Philadelphia where Abbraccio was is set to open. It’ll be BYOB for 30-days before opening their full bar on December 18th. The small space the Cafe occupies now will close after dinner on Sunday.
  • And then on the 18th, Hawthornes in Bella Vista is targeting to open its doors to eager beer lovers.

Openings [f8b8z]

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