Year In Review: August
We’ll be looking back at the year in Foobooz. August, 2009,
- We ask the question, does Chick’s Cafe have the city’s most expensive beer list?
- We map all the Best of Philly food winners.
- Phiadelphia Weekly nails it with their Must Eats cover story.
- One of the trends ofÂ 2009 has to be bartenders becoming stars. We profile several.
- Jennifer Zavala was out from El Camino Real before her sole episode of Top Chef aired.
- Starr closes his Tangerine.
- We still don’t understand how Aimee Olexy and Bryan Sikora of Talula’s Table cannot get a loan.
- Meritage received a welcome redo.
- Gayle closes for good.
- Craft beer defies the recession.
- Nick’s Charcoal Pit impresses Holly Moore and Drawing for Food.
- We bring on Anthony Sica to chronicle 2009’s moment in the TV sun for Philadelphia chefs.
- What’s the most buzzing corner east of Rittenhouse? We say its 10th and Spruce.
- Distrito rolls out big changes with a Distrito Cantina menu concept.
- A tragedy unfolded above Monk’s Cafe as a fire escape gave way sending a man to his death.
- We lay out the Legion of Perrier as an infographic.
Dish of the Month
Braised Pigs’ Feet at Bibou
For the more adventurous diner, there were the braised pigsâ€™ feet ($25), served deboned and rolled in a light breading. The dishâ€™s rich flavor and gelatinous texture was enhanced by a bit of foie gras stuffing and a bed of tender French lentils. – Dan Saltstein, New York Times
Smackdown of the Month
“My luck was no better with the grilled pizza, whose toppings change daily. The glory of grilled pizza is a crispy crust that holds its shape, but I could have hung the one I tried over a towel rack.” – Trey Popp, City Paper