Quick Bites: Newest Food Truck and More South Philly Eats

Pure Fare rolls out its truck today. Look for the healthy food on wheels at 40th and Locust.[Twitter]

Stateside has named original Barbuzzo chef de cuisine George Sabatino as its executive chef. The Passyunk Avenue bar/restaurant won’t commit to an opening date more precise than Fall. See what Sabatino is preparing for the Stateside menu via his blog. We vote yes to duck sausage and braised beef cheeks. [George Sabatino]

If you’re Kristian Leuzzi, how do you signal the redo of your former restaurant at 11th and Federal will be more casual than its predecessor? Well you shorten Kristian’s to just Kris. The Stogey Joe’s owner is coming back to his original location later this year. [The Insider]

Starr vet Gabriel Montalvo is the new head chef at Xochitl. Also changing at Xochitl, the downstairs lounge is being brightened and converted into an additional dining room. [The Insider]

What to Watch for at the New Xochitl

Last week we told you that Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov had sold Xochitl to a couple of friends, Peter Leontaras and Demetri Pappas. The new team is now in charge and you can expect some promising changes in weeks to come.

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Quick Bites: Shuffling Ownership, Cocktails and More

Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov are selling Xochitl. Friends Peter Leontaras and Demetri Pappas are buying the Mexican bar. This isn’t the first time the Cook+Solo have done something like this. They previously sold Marigold Kitchen to new operators. [The Insider]

Percy Street Barbecue’s 60+ craft beer cans are profiled by the web site CraftCans.com.  [CraftCans]

The Corner has remade its cocktail list for the summer with some guidance from Chef John Taus. [Grub Street]

The National Park Service is putting City Tavern’s lease up for bids. Current operator Walter Staib says he has no plans on leaving. [KYW News Radio]

Yesterday we told you about two restaurants that received their liquor licenses. Add Gemelli on Main to that list as the Manayunk restaurant is also now serving a full liquor list.

Xochitl Adds Sunday Brunch

Have you ever looked longingly at Xochitl as you shopped the Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market wishing that they were open forBloody Marias and some huevos? No? Just us? Whatever, they’ve read our minds and Xochitl is beginning Sunday brunch this weekend.

Huevos rancheros, huevos con chorizo and hotcakes de maiz, (cornmeal and black bean hotcakes, piloncillo syrup, seasonal fruit and whipped cream) highlight the brunch offerings. Check out the full menu here.

Brunch Menu (PDF)
[Official Site]

Celebrating the Day of the Dead

Last week we profiled several Day of the Dead celebrations at various Philadelphia restaurants. Here they all are again in one place.

Distrito – Tomorrow there is a Herradura Tequila dinner upstairs and street food specials and DJs downstairs.

El Camino Real – Tonight’s tasting dinner will feature four Patron cocktails.

El Rey – Stephen Starr’s Chestnut Street Mexican restaurant is creating a Day of the Dead altar which will be on display until November 2nd. Diners will also receive Mexican candies at the end of their meal.

Xochitl – Tuesday’s Day of the Dead celebration features heart tacos and more on the special 5-course menu.

Heart Tacos for Day of the Dead

On Tuesday, November 2nd Xochitl will be offering a special Day of the Dead menu. The $45 menu will include five-courses including beef heart tacos.

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More Black Market Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week is certainly an impetus for other restaurants to get in the prix fixe spirit.

Meme is promoting their $35 fixed-price meal that is available not just during Restaurant Week but every night.

Xochitl is extending its Restaurant Week deal of 5-courses for $35 through Sunday, September 26th and Prime Rib is offering its Restaurant Week menu right through September 30th.

And even in West Chester there’s some Restaurant Week backlash as Avalon is offering a free cheese plate to anyone who comes in and says “I am not here for so-and-so’s Restaurant Week.” And as we pointed out earlier this week, everyone is having a restaurant week.


Thursday night is a good night for Xochitl. Margaritas are half-off from 5 to 7pm. The “El Sabor” option is available for dinner, $23 gets you guacamole, an appetizer and taco too. And then Staff Meal has the whole menu available for 50% off from 10pm to midnight.

3-Courses for $23 at Xochitl

Xochitl is adding a 3-course, “El Sabor” dinner for $23.

Fresh Guacamole for the Table


Empanadas, sweet corn, chanterelle mushrooms, jack cheese and mulato salsa

Queso Fundido, Chihuahua cheese with mushrooms, pickled red onions and shishito peppers

Chiccarones, house-fried pork rinds with radish, mint and salsa verde.


Mary Tierra, ancho-marinated veal tongue, tuna confit, tomato-parsley pico de gallo and fried capers

Baja, achiote-marinated mahi mahi with grilled pineapple, avocado and watercress

Arrachera, marinated hanger steak a la plancha with caramelized onions, tomatoes and salsa ranchera

Calabacitas, summer squash with their blossoms, mole verde, Swiss chard and pickled fennel.


Ceviche for $9 per person

Dessert for $5 per person

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Boardwalk Food at Zahav

Down the Shore at Zahav

How cool is this collaborative dinner at Zahav set for Thursday, July 1st? Nine excellent chefs combining to celebrate boardwalk food. And there will also be a Journey cover band. Does it get better than that? Yes, because it’s just $25 per person.

Zahav [Official Site]

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