Where to Eat This Weekend: A Whole Pig, With a Side of Fried Chicken and Kung Fu

Getting you ready for the weekend, one patacon at a time.


Now that the food hipsters have eaten all the broth bones and Jay Rayner has kneecapped Le Cinq, you’re probably looking for somewhere to eat this weekend, right? Well have no fear. We’ve got you covered with some solid suggestions.

  1. Wanna eat a whole pig? Of course you do! And we’ve got just the place. Opa’s Drury Beer Garden is opening this weekend, and they’re celebrating opening day (tomorrow, April 15) with a complimentary pig roast from 3-5 p.m.
  2. Drury Beer Garden

    Drury Beer Garden

    Or maybe you just want to stuff yourself full of junk food done the Philly way. That’s cool, man. You do you. But before you head out there into the world you should really check out this list of 9 junk foods that Philly does better than anyone else. Because why eat a McMuffin from Mickey D’s when you could have the breakfast sandwich at Hungry Pigeon? Why mourn the KFC Double Down when Puyero is serving the Venezuelan alternative, patacon, right now?

  3. A couple of moths ago, Han Chiang started his own little gang. It’s called Han’s Kung Fu Cooking Club and involves hanging out at Han Dynasty, drinking a lot and watching kung fu movies while Han teaches everyone how to cook. I went and checked out the first one (they’re announced sporadically on Facebook), and while it might be tough to make it in for one of his events (they’re very popular, and fill up quickly), you should still just go to Han Dynasty for dinner because Han Dynasty is still awesome no matter what’s going on there.
  4. Looking for somewhere to do brunch? Check out Whetstone. The updated menu by new chef Eric Leveillee is in place now, so if you’re looking for breakfast poutine, drunken monkey pancakes or duck confit and butternut squash hash, this is the place.
  5. I know it’s not technically somewhere to eat this weekend, but next week, Jose Garces’s Tinto is turning ten years old. And while Tinto itself is having a party on Tuesday featuring drinking contests and Garces in attendance, all of his Philly restaurants are celebrating with Tinto-inspired specials all week long. It’s a big list, so if you’re the kind of person who likes planning ahead, you should check it out.