Photo by Jaeson Han
Craig LaBan checks out Talula’s Daily and finds that Aimee Olexy has another hit on her hands.
My favorite dish of all my Daily meals, though, was the paper-wrapped surprise of skate en papillote. Almost always seared, the flesh took on an unexpectedly luxurious quality in a tangerine-scented steam, and concealed beneath its butter-glossed wing a trove of root vegetable treasures. Each was cut and cooked to a unique shape and texture, from weird and squiggly little crosnes, to earthy soft Jerusalem artichokes, snappy shaved ribbons of multihued raw carrots, bittersweet marbles of tender baby turnips, and crunchy cubes of al dente kohlrabi.
Three Bells – Excellent
Talula’s Daily cafe & market is affordable Olexy excellence [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Talula’s Daily [Foobooz]
Earlier this week we told you the time was winding down to enjoy Garces Trading Company’s $5 menu. But now we’re happy to learn that GTC has extended the $5 menu through the end of the year.
The deal remains the same, $5 bar menu, select beers, cocktails and wine from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Garces Trading Company [Foobooz]
Last we wrote about this home, we said Clinton Street was one of the best in the city, which is why, perhaps, this glorious home took only three months to sell in a market where million-dollar-plus homes can take significantly longer. The 900 block is especially charming, as Philly Post contributor told us, despite its one failing: “Pizza drivers don’t know what street you’re saying, but they usually get it when you say ‘like Hillary and Bill.’”
We offered 14 reasons this house was especially charming, which we present again below as a refresher course in the details that make a difference. First, the deets:
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 3,753
Initial asking price: $1,495,000
Final sale price: $1,314,500
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Late Summer Farmstead Collection | Photo by Courtney Apple
Trey Popp says it’s a shame that Talula’s Daily’s chef Scott Megill’s dinner was interrupted by a sales pitch.
But somewhere before dessert and the individually tailored cheese course, our cheerful waitress broke the enchantment of Aimee Olexy’s ode to homespun coziness by delivering what you’d have to call a sales pitch. Everything on the table, she divulged, was a product for sale by Anthropologie.
Two-and-a-half stars – Good to Excellent
Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Talula’s Daily [Philadelphia Magazine]
Talula’s Daily [Philadelphia Magazine]
Cheese-lovers rejoice! DiBruno Brothers has opened their newest location at 834 Chestnut Street in The Franklin Building. The new shop feels like something of a hybrid of their other two downtown locations. Its pressed tin ceiling, pendant lighting and beveled tile work make the space feel lush (it is in the historic Ben Franklin House, after all) yet very much in line with the DiBruno aesthetic. The shop at The Franklin feels small, but only because it lacks the sweeping floor plan with case after case of prepared foods and beverages of the 19th Street location–and it’s still massive compared to 9th Street. There’s a comprehensive cheese counter, a coffee bar, a produce case, and an impressive array of olive oils, vinegars, jams, and other accompaniments, and the DiBruno line of prepared foods and beverages is available for take-out. The one thing that people will gripe about in the new space is the lack of indoor seating, but the new shop will heat your sandwich in a hyper-charged microwave oven (developed by the folks at Subway), called the Turbochef, to ensure that your bread is crispy and your cheese gooey when you take it back to your car or your desk or whatever not-as-beautiful-as-the-Franklin place to eat it.
Sampling events and photos, right this way
Dave Magrogan at Center City’s Stella Rossa.
Stella Rossa is replacing Square Peg at 10th and Walnut Streets. The 200-seat Italian bistro is the fourteenth restaurant for Dave Magrogan.
The restaurant will open on Wednesday, October 30th at 4 p.m. That will be followed by more training and a grand opening on Saturday, November 2nd.
The menu features cheese, cured meats and olives that are curated by Di Bruno Bros. Pizzas and wood-fired specialties like a rigatoni pizzaioli.
The restaurant will also contain an area dedicated to coffee and daily-made grab-and-go breakfast options.
During the grand opening, Stella Rossa will be offering a complimentary appetizer (one per table).
Stella Rossa [Foobooz]
Strangelove’s sits in a neighborhood filled with restaurants, hospitals and Jefferson University. So they figure, why should happy hour only cater to the 9-5ers? On Tuesday nights, after that late shift, class or just because you’re out late on a Tuesday, head to Strangelove’s between 9 p.m. and midnight for select American drafts, house wine, well drinks and snack specials, all for just $4.
Cheu Noodle Bar is extending its hours and will now be open seven days a week. Also new, Cheu is extending its lunch service by an hour, it’s now noon to 3 p.m. Also tweaked, the dinner menu will be available all day on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend hours have also been extended to midnight.
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Construction is underway at 707 Chestnut Street as Jose Garces continues work converting Chifa into Rosa Blanca, a Cuban diner. The diner will be similar to retro-Cuban diners found in South Florida and will feature an open kitchen with stainless steel and white subway tile. A pink and faux-marble lunch counter runs along the open kitchen. Black-and-white tile flooring completes the diner feel. The main dining room is laid out similar to Chifa’s, with booths along the walls and tables down the middle.
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The cheese counter at the new Di Bruno Bros.
Di Bruno Bros. location at the base of the Franklin at 9th and Chestnut opens today at 9 a.m. The latest location of Di Bruno Bros. will have limited hours through the weekend, closing at 3 p.m. each day.
The grand opening is set for Monday and there are lots of events planned including a risotto in a parmesan wheel that is flambeed.
In its opening weeks, Di Bruno Bros. will invite producers of many of the artisanal items they carry to put on demonstrations and samplings. Look for an exact schedule to be announced during the opening days.
DiBruno Bros. [Foobooz]