Check Out Talula’s Daily’s Summery August Menu

Photo by Jaeson Han

Photo by Jaeson Han

Yesterday’s dinner consisted of an heirloom tomato salad, grilled corn on the cob and some watermelon snagged off a friend’s dish. It was summer in a meal. Much like what is being offered at Talula’s Daily all month. The monthly tasting menu is all about  buttery lobster rolls, sweet corn soup, Lancaster porchetta with homemade beans and other summer barbecue standards. 

Talula’s Daily’s August dinner is a prix fixe affair, $55 per person with a beverage pairing available.

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Coming Soon: Petit Roti

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A reader provided us with a tip (and a pic) showing signs of progress at Petit Roti at 248 S 11th Street.

Set to open the doors in September, chef Olivier Desaintmartin, chef and Owner of ZINC and Caribou Cafe, hopes to bring a taste of France to Philly (again), but this time with a new spin. Desaintmartin will highlight France’s rôtisseries - a feat that seems more realistic when you hear that he has imported two authentic rotisserie machines from France. And along with the impressive machinery, Petit Roti will also have a pantry full of vinegars, oils, jams, olives, and more to emulate the French épiceries.

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5BR Center City Home for Less Than $1M

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach- Center City Walnut

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach- Center City Walnut

This home has a lot to offer for a five-bedroom, single-family Center City home priced under a million bucks. To wit: several fireplaces; a yard; one-year prepaid gated parking; a separate au pair suite with a full kitchen; multiple skylights, including one that leads to the roof via ladder; a covered portico balcony with great views; plenty of storage space; period details like tile and wood built-ins and hardwood floors; central air; a wood-burning stove in a bathroom; and a circular kitchen.

Why a circular kitchen should appeal is a mystery, but I find it very attractive. I suppose if I were a good cook, rather than a proficient microwaver, I would like the way a circle could facilitate a certain order to my food prep. But as it is now, I simply find it a comforting architectural detail. Like I kind of want to sleep in there.

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Cheu Noodle Bar Unifies Menu

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Yakisoba 2.0

Cheu Noodle Bar is now serving its dinner menu for lunch and dinner. That means buns, pigtails and Cheu fries all day.

The popular Washington Square West restaurant has also added several new noodle dishes to its menu.

  • Sour Broth – ground pork, fermented onion, flat noodle
  • Yakisoba 2.0 – shrimps, shiso verde, charred corn, radish
  • Cold Sesame 2.0 – tahini, yuba, marinated egg, cucumber

And the good news keeps on coming. Cheu will now be opening at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Historic Home on Tiny Quince Street

It doesn’t take a history buff to recognize that the narrow cobblestone streets in Washington Square West preserve Philadelphia as it was centuries ago. Located near the nation’s oldest hospital (as well as one of its oldest saloons), the quaint, old-timey feel only intensifies as one enters the living room of 232 S. Quince Street.

While graced with modern amenities, no renovator has yet removed period details like the (newly refinished) original pine flooring, wooden rafters, and a wood-burning fireplace that almost makes us wish for winter.

The main level also includes a full bath (complete with a claw foot tub, of course) and a family room with double doors leading to the back patio.

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Cheu Noodle Bar’s Second Ramen Rumble

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The ramen battleis back. On Monday, June 23rd, at 6:00 p.m., Cheu Noodle Bar hosts the second Ramen Rumble.

This month’s chefs competing for the title of best ramen are friends Scott Schroeder of South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar against Nick Macri of Border Springs Farm.

For $25, you’ll get two mini bowls of ramen, a beer and a voting card for you to decide who the ultimate winner is.

Cheu Noodle Bar [Foobooz]

Fire Closes Varga Bar

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UPDATE:

Just hours after hosting hundreds during its annual Philly Beer Week block party, Varga Bar was struck by fire. In a tweet early this morning, the bar announced it would be closed until further notice and do its best to reopen as soon as possible.

The fire apparently started in the basement and no damage was visible in the bar area.

This morning, a bright orange placard declared there had been an electrical fire and an electrician and fire alarm company would be required. The alarms could still be heard chirping inside the bar, dirty glasses stacked high when the bar had been forced to close.

The fire comes at a terrible time for the Washington Square West bar, as the beer bar had another 23 events scheduled for Philly Beer Week.

UPDATE: Sunday’s Lefthand event, originally scheduled for Varga Bar will be held up the block at Valanni at 10 p.m. All of Monday’s Beer Week events for Varga Bar have been cancelled. Michael Klein reports Varga Bar “hopes to reopen in a few days.”

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Restaurant Review: Petruce et al

Whole grilled sea bream | Photo by Jason Varney

Whole grilled sea bream | Photo by Jason Varney

Philadelphians have a lot of things to be thankful for, and one is that Justin and Jonathan Petruce aren’t trying to sell them pizza. There’s been some confusion about this. “When people hear that we have a restaurant with a wood oven and grill, the first thing they ask is if we make pizza,” says one of the brothers. “Actually, they’re more like, ‘What kind of pizza do you make?’” says the other.These are understandable assumptions. The Petruce brothers in fact wanted to open a pizza parlor. They even went to Italy, in 2010, to learn how.

“But then everybody in Philadelphia decided to open a pizza place,” Justin says.

So they just kept on cooking for other people. Between them, the Petruces have worked — occasionally together — at Mémé, M Restaurant, Fish and Little Fish. In March, they hung out a wooden shingle etched with their own name.

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The Staircase to End All Staircases in Wash West

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We usually crow about the views from decadent terraces and panoramic roof decks. And frankly, spiral staircases usually conjure more wrought iron and kitch than mid-century mod. At this Frank Weise-designed Wash West rowhouse, the best view is indoors, looking up from the living room.

While the home does offer a perfectly darling patio out back, the clear focal point for sunlight is the home’s soaring spiral staircase. It is lit by a wall of windows that climbs nearly to the cathedral ceilings and provides light throughout the home. The fireplace adjacent to the staircase climbs just as high and provides almost as much drama. The listing cites an unfinished attic space as offering the usual skyline views if you’re still not satisfied.

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Could the End Be Near for the Lincoln Apartment Building?

lincoln-buildingEver since a July 2006 fire caused it to partially collapse, the Lincoln, an apartment building in the 1200 block of Locust Street in Washington Square West that was in the process of being converted to condos when the fire struck, has sat as a boarded-up hulk and occasional vagrant magnet while feuding owners debated the building’s fate — and ultimately lost it at a Federal marshal’s sale.

A recent note in the minutes of a Washington Square West Civic Association (WSWCA) board meeting raises the prospect that the rest of the building may disappear soon as well.

At the WSWCA’s Feb. 21 board meeting, the Intergovernmental Affairs committee reported that “the Lincoln’s new owners are interviewing demolition companies and are expected to 
close on financing and commencing work in the next 30 days.”

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