Maybe you missed Tuesday night’s Battle of the Joes at Cook but there’s no reason to miss Monday’s Best of Philly burger crawl. Join me, the founder of Foobooz as we tour around Rittenhouse Square eating some past Best of Philly winning burgers.
The night kicks off at Village Whiskey at 5:30 for a half-burger and drink.Village Whiskey is followed by stops at Rouge and Butcher and Singer. At each spot there will be burgers and drinks.
Burger Crawl with Foobooz [Eventbrite]
Because sometimes, you just need to start the day with a long pour of John Powers Irish, right? Because maybe you’re thinking that, since it is damn near impossible to get a decent seat at Jose Garces‘s whiskey bar during normal human drinking hours, maybe it’d be best to get a jump on things and hit the bar at 10:30 on a Sunday morning.
For those of you who missed the news, Village Whiskey is now serving brunch–which is really just an excuse to open the doors at 10:30am on Saturday and Sunday mornings and then run straight through lunch, dinner and late-night service. Yes, there’s a new menu in place for the daylight drinkers–eggs benedict, cheddar-and-bacon biscuits and gravy. french toast with bourbon-maple pecans and toasted coconut, and shrimp and grits with andouille-braised chard and a fried egg–and of course there are Bloody Marys to wash it all down with. But really, who in their right mind would waste time with vodka and tomato juice when there’s that whole wall of delicious brown liquors beckoning?
Whiskey: It’s what for breakfast.
Check out the full brunch menu below.
Brunch Menu at Village Whiskey [Official]
The annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival is this Saturday, May 18, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. The festival extends from Walnut Street from Broad to 19th and on 18th Street, from Locust to Sansom. Over 40 of the areas best restaurants will be serving up their cuisine for your enjoyment at an affordable price. Some highlights of the participating restaurants include a. Kitchen, Barclay Prime, Continental Mid-town, Di Bruno Bros., El Rey, Le Bec Fin, Oyster House, Parc, Sbraga, Shake Shack, Vernick, and Village Whiskey.
If that doesn’t make you want go, maybe this will; there will be a tasting area with 20 of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Chairman’s Selection wines with a concierge and on-site store.
Other stands will offer Peroni beer, Rex Goliath wines, Cintron, and cocktails. Also, there will be cooking demonstration at 19th and Walnut courtesy of Starr Restaurants. The great food, booze, shopping, activities and weather make the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival a can’t miss.
Full list of participating restaurants »
It’s taken four years, but I finally made it into Village Whiskey last night. Jose Garces’ much-ballyhooed 20th Street spot has been on my list since its opening in 2009 (and I did have a problematic drink at the Revel location last year), but my aversion to lines, crowds and hostess Nazis has kept me away. Read more »
Food & Wine makes a list of the best bacon burgers in the country and curiously choose Shake Shack’s SmokeShack burger as Philadelphia’s best. True, the 20th Street location was the first Shake Shack to feature the SmokeShack as a regular menu option and we are fans of the New York based chain. But look around, like really, look out the window from Shake Shack and at Village Whiskey. In a list of bacon on burgers, it is difficult to imagine ignoring Village Whiskey’s Whiskey King. The $26, half-pound of beef burger, topped with maple bourbon glazed cipollini onions, Rogue blue cheese, applewood bacon and for good measure, foie gras has to be in the conversation.
Best Burgers in the US – Philadelphia [Food & Wine]
Village Whiskey [Official Site]
Macaroni and cheese: that ooey, gooey dish Mom used to make fresh after school with cheese oozing out of every bite. While we’ve all had it, we haven’t had it quite like these six restaurants serve it up.
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Professional drinkers aside, usually when you hear Village Whiskey you think burgers, right? Well, keep thinking about the burgers but now add the whiskey this time as well because tonight (Tuesday, November 6th), Village Whiskey will be having a reunion at Lemon Hill.
Strange? A little. But get past it. If you’re looking for a place to get weird after the polls close, this is it.
They’ll be serving up original Village Whiskey cocktails developed by the opening staff at a discounted price. There’s sure to be some fancy whiskey floating around there, too. Plus, the event is open to the public, and starts at 9:30 p.m. Or maybe 10pm. Or whenever. A slew of bartenders will be mixing, and the lineup includes Keith “Danger” Raimondi, Stephen Siebert, Lindsay Kruger, Alejandro Vaca, and Juan Bustamonte. Wear your drinking socks and come ready to sip the night (and maybe a small piece of your liver) away.
Lemon Hill Events Page [Official]
Travel + Leisure named Philadelphia the no. 2 burger city in all of America this year jumping up from last year’s paltry no. 22, and second only to Providence, Rhode Island, which, if we’re being honest, at less than 21 square miles barely counts as a city anyway.
So with that said, by my count that makes the City of Brotherly Love the best burger town in the US of A. So with cheesesteaks and burgers it looks like we’ve got the meat thing down. But what to do about our vegan brothers and sisters? Luckily, it looks like Philly is improving on this front as well, serving up killer veggie burgers at some of the same joints making our top meaty burgers. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, try one of these six options on for size. Who knows? Maybe you’ll convert. (But probably not.)
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Photo courtesy Grub Street Philly
An Irish cheesesteak, foie-kebabs, Nutella pizza and a simple plate of spaghetti at a restaurant known for somewhat more complicated presentations–these are just a few of the secret plates uncovered by Grub Street Philly in an excellent investigation that hit the interwebs this afternoon.
There are a million dishes in the naked city, but not all of them are listed on menus. And there’s no single answer why chefs and restaurateurs keep these secrets. Some are things that were replaced in menu updates, but remain tastes that loyal customers can’t live with out; other are simply special plates reserved for celebrities, high rollers and dearly loved regulars.
So check it out, won’t you? All 8 of the plates that made Grub’s list sound like they would make an excellent dinner tonight. Though something tells me you might not be the only fella in the dining room looking for those foie kebabs…
Secret Suppers: 8 Amazing Off-Menu Dishes [Grub Street Philly]
Philadelphia’s Lone Paparazzo HughE Dillon has been busy tracking the cast of Paranoia as they film around Philadelphia. And Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth and fiance Miley Cyrus have been spotted eating all around town.
Among the spots:
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