Year In Review: July
We’ll be looking back at the year in Foobooz. July, 2009, was obviously the month of the burger.
- Supper’s deviled egg happy hour served up 1,080 eggs.
- The Oceanliner of a restaurant, Oceanaire was a victim of the economy on July 6th.
- Jennifer Carroll and Jennifer Zavala are announced as contestants on Top Chef.
- Old City Cheese Shop getsÂ a couple mentions as a hidden treasure.
- Johnny Goodtimes’ hunt for Philadelphia’s best pizza took him to Chuck E. Cheese.
- Philadelphia gets a roving cupcake truck.
- Our own Kirsten Henri goes off to write Grub Street Philadelphia. Silver lining for us, we see her more often.
- Meal Ticket features Foobooz in their Good Word segment. We stand by our Dolphin Tavern answer.
- There was a lot of hand wringing over the closure of Ansill Food+Wine.
- We spot Michael Schulson’s liquor license on what has opened as Sampan.
- Ekta fails to renew its domain name and the old URL winds up as a midget porn site.
- Everyone runs out and writes about Brauhaus Schmitz.
- Grub Street starts off with a bang of 22 delicious burgers including the forthcoming Whiskey King.
- We try out We Said, Us Said where our internal monologue tries to make sense of Daniel Stern’s fall openings.
- Trey Popp digs Noble’s braised short rib above all else.
- It’s a media frenzy for the opening of SquareBurger.
- July saw an unprecedented number of restaurant openings announced. In fact we mapped them.
- Beer cocktails become a summer trend.
- Tommy Up goes all Clubber Lang on Stephen Starr’s Squareburger.
- Georges Perrier whips up a cheesesteak.
- Suzy Woods steps in for a few days and gets the Cease Operations order that was plastered to the front of Drinkers Pub.
- Butcher & Singer’s burger wins Best of Philly and the price gets slashed to $5.95.
- The Bite and Foobooz were in Portland, OR where foie gras profiteroles with caramel and sea salt is only the second most decadent dish eaten.
- Oscar’s gets in hot water for serving fake Maker’s Mark.
- Stephen Cook, Michael Solomonov and Erin O’Shea bid farewell to Marigold Kitchen.
Dish of the Month
Hanger Steak at Bibou
Itâ€™s difficult to upstage perfect, double-seared hanger steak, but the depth that green peppercorn, red currant gelÃ©e and a touch of cream brought to the dishâ€™s red wine bordelaise sauce (a Georges Perrier recipe Pierre tweaked) had me asking for more house-made bread to mop one of my companionsâ€™ plates. David Snyder, City Paper