Where to Eat This Weekend

Korean stews, Jersey-style seafoods, and an Indonesian food crawl.

Vernick Fish | Photo by Ted Nghiem

Here’s where the Foobooz team is going to be eating this weekend. Maybe you’ll find something that sounds interesting to you. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite restaurant. And maybe we’ll see you there.


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Jong Ka Jib
Neighborhood: Olney • Cuisine: Korean

We might (might) see our first snow of the season this weekend. But whether it comes or not, Alex will be fortifying himself with a big bowl of soft tofu stew at this friendly Korean BYO in Olney.

Vernick Fish | Photo by Ted Nghiem

Vernick Fish
Neighborhood: Center City • Cuisine: Jersey Shore Seafood

No magical elevator ride, no million-dollar view, but Greg Vernick’s new restaurant at the base of the Comcast World Domination Spire is so much more interesting and approachable than Jean-Georges. I reviewed both, and Vernick Fish is the one I dream about getting back to — for the bluefish rillettes, the clam ragout, the homemade mafalde or roasted porgy in Creole broth. Get a table if you can. You won’t regret it.


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Neighborhood: Queen Village • Cuisine: Italian

If you’re out this weekend and looking for some late-night pizza, Gigi (from the Ambra and Olly team) just opened. They serve until midnight, and are doing exactly what you want: a bunch of different pizzas with fermented, Neapolitan crusts, wings from the pizza oven, a burger and some melted cheese from the pizza oven with flatbread to dip in it. Oh, and also Manhattans and negronis if you’re looking for one more drink.


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D’Jakarta Cafe
Neighborhood: South Philly • Cuisine: Indonesian

Maddy has put together her own Indonesian food crawl this weekend — a three-stop night that encompasses the beloved Hardena, Ramayana Cafe on the other side of East Passyunk and D’Jakarta Cafe for lumpia, satay and nasi rendang.


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Bud & Marilyn’s
Neighborhood: Midtown Village • Cuisine: Midwestern Junk Food

I’m a simple guy most of the time. And sometimes there’s nothing I want more than some smoked cheddar pierogi in brown butter sauce and fried cheese curds dipped in ranch dressing. Lucky for me, Bud & Marilyn’s has exactly that waiting for me whenever I want it.