Year In Review: April
- Shake Shack makes it official, they’re opening in opening in Philadelphia in 2012.
- Fork & Barrel bailed on East Falls and the comments filled up with vitriol as the owners were sued.
- Jason Sheehan gets to have dinner at 10 Arts with Jenn Carroll and Eric Ripert.
- We never did see a glow-in-the-dark bottle of Heineken in the wild. We’re sure that speaks a lot about where we hang.
- April, 2011 was the month Hopsing Laundromat came into our collective lexicon.
- With stories of an Eataly-like operation coming to the former Strawbridges department store, this tweet gives us pause.
- Buy me some peanuts and spanakopita at the old ball game? That was what the River Sharks were hoping.
- Jason Sheehan hits the ground as Philadelphia magazine’s new Food Editor. On day two he got to Village Whiskey and the single greatest whiskey he’s tried.
- Victor Fiorillo runs into too many fruit flies at his Cajun dinner.
- Best of Philly research starts early. Here’s a spread of doughnuts we had to try one day.
- Brian McManus’s book, Great Philly Dives hit bookshelves in April.
- Union Trust files for bankruptcy.
Dish of the Month
Octopus at Opa
“His octopus is the best I’ve had in Philly, or anywhere, reason enough to resist the magnetic allure of 13th Street’s sirens, make a left on Sansom and head into this onetime blueprint press.” Adam Erace, City Paper
Quote of the Month
“Jesus, this ain’t the glossy pages of Saveur. The writer appears to be a (partially) reformed lunatic with low-grade early onset dementia, complemented by a bachelor’s degree in general dirt bagery. There’s room for that, isn’t there? Let the guy talk about whiskey and barbecue.” – 75 South on Jason Sheehan’s second day
Circles Cafe, DiBruno Brothers Ardmore, Erawan Thai Chinatown, Pure Fare, Talulas Garden, World Cafe Live Wilmington
Charlie’s Pub, Fork & Barrel, MangoMoon, Warsaw Cafe