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  1. Thank you for all of the great suggestions!
  2. Greetings folks, I will be visiting the Dupont Circle area in February. Looking for breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas. Since I'll only be there for 2 days, I'll only have time to hit up 4-5 spots realistically. I will be with my hubby who is NOT too adventurous. In other words, he's not really a fan of exotic cuisines. He's a meat and potatoes type of guy. He likes standard American fare, Italian, and stuff like that. I'm definitely hitting up Archipelago for tiki drinks (pre-dinner) one night. Thank you in advance!
  3. Thank you for sharing this, sis! My stats have blown up. :)
  4. I accepted an invitation to check out the new afternoon tea offering at Fork Restaurant last month when it was only being offered during the holiday season. Lo and behold, due to popular demand, they've decided to extend it at least until this June. There are only a handful of places where you can enjoy a proper afternoon tea in Philadelphia, so I'm glad they've decided to keep this going. It was quite enjoyable and it was such a pleasure to meet legendary Philadelphia restauranteur Ellen Yin. https://phillygrub.blog/2019/01/05/afternoon-tea-at-fork-restaurant/
  5. Thank you for posting this! I grew up near Jim Thorpe (in neighboring Schuylkill County) but I haven't ever spent much time in Jim Thorpe, so I wanted to go up there in the fall. We didn't make it in 2018; hoping to go this coming autumn.
  6. FYI - Kanella's is still open in Center City. The Queen's Village location closed a while back, though. It will be a new Italian restaurant called Fiore's Fine Foods opening soon: https://www.fiore-finefoods.com/
  7. FYI - this was a comped experience. Disclosure is on the blog article but wanted to clarify that here as well.
  8. I put together a roundup of food tours in Philly. A nice way to explore the city's food scene. https://phillygrub.blog/2018/12/17/top-philadelphia-food-tours/
  9. Here are scenes and some info from the ribbon cutting yesterday. "Del Frisco's Grille Ribbon Cutting" by Amaris Pollock on phillygrub.blog
  10. Last month, we took a road trip to the Crowne Plaza in Reading, PA to experience two hidden gems located inside of the hotel, The Chef's Table and The Pastry Studio. Here's the piece I did: "The Chef's Table and The Pastry Studio at the Crowne Plaza in Reading, PA" by Marilyn Johnson on phillygrub.blog
  11. Yes, I am beyond sad. I'm so grateful I got to know her over the past 2 years or so. She was such a lovely person and her drinks are beyond reproach.
  12. While we weren't friends per se, we knew each other and were always friendly when we saw each other. I knew something was going on with her but I didn't know the particulars. I judged her in a cocktail competition in which she won, of course. May 11, 2017 - "Mixologist Katie Loeb Advances to NOLA for Cocktail Competition" by Marilyn Johnson on phillygrub.blog So very sad, indeed.
  13. Today's episode was great. Craig is so nice. I didn't get a chance to do my segment this week. Just Grubbin is also very good and hilarious!
  14. You might also want to check out this great site: Breweries In PA. They're quality peeps with a wealth of information about the PA beer scene.
  15. There are also vendors from Lehigh Valley there, too, Diversity is a good thing if the quality is there. Majority of the staff is local. I was told that they approached a lot of different local restaurants and chefs and lots of people actually turned them down, so why not look outside of Philadelphia for a few?
  16. I don't know the actual reason, but I would assume the DC eateries wanted to branch out. I see nothing wrong with it because I'm cool with outsiders coming in with yummy food, but apparently, some people are super up in arms about it. 🤷‍♀️
  17. One of Philly's best steakhouses is actually across the Walt Whitman Bridge in Gloucester City, NJ. https://phillygrub.blog/2018/11/11/chubbys-steakhouse-gloucester-city/
  18. Whatever you do, DO NOT read the horrible hit piece Foobooz did on the Bourse. Unbelievable!
  19. I am probably going on Black Friday so I will report back when I go, but from what I hear, it's awesome and popular already. The grand opening is next week! Here are details from the press release: Kicking off with an official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony led by Philadelphia Mayor, Jim Kenney, on Thursday, November 15th at 9 a.m., the first 100 guests to dine at The Bourse Food Hall for breakfast (9:15 a.m.), and then for lunch (noon), and dinner (5 p.m.) will receive gifts such as “Taste of The Bourse” gift bags, gift cards, treats from vendors, and more. Attendees at the two-day celebration will also be in the running to win larger prizes, such as tickets to see the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers. Thursday’s celebration will cap off with an Old City Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. for Old City residents, business owners and employees. Attendees at the two-day celebration will also be in the running to win larger prizes, such as tickets to see the Philadelphia Flyers and The Philadelphia 76ers. The grand opening celebrations will continue on Friday, November 16th with The Bourse Bonanza, featuring daylong entertainment and hourly pop-up performances with guest appearances from Swoop and Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders, a mini Mummers parade with the Quaker City String Band, acrobats and stilt walkers, and Philly’s beloved historical re-enactors such as Ben Franklin. Friday will feature yet another day of giveaways, including the chance to win a pair of Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Flyers tickets (drawings at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.) Thursday’s celebrations will cap off with an Old City Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. for Old City residents, business owners and employees. The grand opening celebrations will continue on Friday, November 16th with The Bourse Bonanza, featuring daylong entertainment and hourly pop-up performances with guest appearances from Swoop and Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders, a mini Mummers parade with the Quaker City String Band, acrobats and stilt walkers, and Philly’s beloved historical re-enactors such as Ben Franklin. Friday will feature yet another day of giveaways, including the chance to win a pair of Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Flyers tickets (drawing at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.) The Bourse Food Hall vendors include: Bronze Table by Vera Pasta: This fast-casual concept from the team behind Vera Pasta serves made-to-order pasta meals alongside Italian wines and freshly packaged artisanal pasta to go. Customized pasta choices include a selection of signature dishes such as Nona’s Ricotta Gnocchi, Wild Mushroom & Sage Ravioli, Mac N’ Cheese, and more. The experience is completed with choices ranging from Insalatas to Spuntinis including crowd favorites like Cheesy Garlic Bread and a Bowl of Meatballs. Bronze Table’s traditional and innovative approach to pasta-making creates a truly unparalleled experience. www.verapasta.com/ Lalo: Neal Santos, Jillian Encarnacion and Resa Mueller, the industry veterans behind Pelago, a hospitality group specializing in Filipino-inspired restaurant pop-up events, bring the Philippines to The Bourse with Lalo, a fast-casual concept with a focus on Filipino comfort food. Named after the Tagalog words for grandmother and grandfather, Lalo is inspired by the approachable and friendly spirit of Filipino lutong bahay (Filipino home cooking). The menu will rotate seasonally, but highlights will include Inihaw and the Kamatis Salad. Lalo will also serve San Miguel beer and a selection of craft cocktails. All of the Filipino recipes are sourced from Jillian’s grandfather who sold Filipino-style BBQ sandwiches and skewers from a small cart parked right across Independence Mall for three decades. Menagerie Coffee: An Old City staple for the last five years, this locally-owned and operated specialty coffee shop opens up its second outpost at The Bourse and will keep patrons caffeinated with Dogwood Coffee and Elixr Coffee. The menu will include a variety of breakfast bites served seven days a week alongside fresh Machine Shop pastries delivered daily and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches. A winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly™, Menagerie Coffee has also been featured in Bon Appetit Magazine www.menageriecoffee.com Mighty Melt: A mighty collaboration between Philly’s Mighty Bread Company’s Chris DiPiazza and Stargazy’s Sam Jacobson, Mighty Melt will offer inventive grilled cheese sandwiches crafted from fresh, artisan breads with creative pairings. Local cheeses will elevate each sandwich to perfection and the menu will also offer seasonal scratch-made soups, sides, fries, and a newly launched alcoholic canned shrub, Ploughman’s Cider, and Tired Hands brews. www.mightymeltphilly.com Penzeys Spices: Penzeys Spices boasts a vast selection of well-curated, fresh, high-quality spices from around the world, including cinnamon, garlic, dill, and many more. One of a kind spice combinations created by Penzeys are also available such as Mural of Flavor and Sunny Paris Seasoning. Recipes using these unique spices are available so chefs of all levels can explore the world of at-home cooking at The Bourse. www.penzeys.com/ Takorean: With four locations in the DC area, Takorean will bring a delicious combination of Korean-inspired flavors with a Latin-American twist. In addition to their signature Korean tacos, the menu will include Korean rice and salad bowls, all made from scratch with the freshest ingredients. Also offered is a fully customizable menu comprising of five primary proteins, a seasonal vegetable, an array of slaws, handcrafted sauces, toppings and garnishes. www.takorean.com/ Barry's Buns: Baked fresh daily, Barry’s Buns is an all-natural, made-from-scratch bakery that specializes in gourmet sticky buns, cinnamon rolls and liege waffles. More than just buns, they offer other tasty baked goods including sticky bun bread pudding, Philadelphia butter cake, crumb cake, chocolate babka, and Jewish apple cake - to name a few. www.barrysbuns.com Abunai Poke: Abunai Poke is bringing the taste of Hawaii to Philadelphia with a selection of modern Hawaiian dishes and poke, including spicy salmon, tofu, and garlic ahi tuna options. Patrons can choose from a variety of signature bowls and will also have the option to create custom variations. Each meal is made-to-order with the freshest ingredients. Aloha! www.abunaipoke.com/ Baby Buns: From Top Chef’s Sylva Senat and Philly entrepreneur Uri Pierre-Noel, Baby Buns will serve fries, buns and the ever-popular rosé wine slushy, frosé. A combination of bold, international flavors with American-style sliders, Baby Buns will be a sure crowd pleaser! Bluebird Distilling: The Bar by Bluebird Distilling, headed up by Founder and Master Distiller, Jared Adkins, brings his extensive selection of grain-to-glass award-winning spirits, including Four Grain Bourbon, Straight Rye Whiskey, and Juniperus Gin to Old City with a craft cocktail bar featuring unique takes on the classics in addition to a rotating selection of one-of-a-kind creative concoctions. www.bluebirddistilling.com Bonatsos at The Bourse: is a third generation family-owned and operated flower shop serving the Greater Philadelphia region for over 75 years. Visitors to Bonatsos at The Bourse will be delighted by floating terrariums and succulents, seasonal potted and hanging plants, mason jars filled with farm fresh locally-sourced wildflowers, and trendy bouquets with punches of color in addition to popular posies of sunflowers, tropical foliage and exotic hard-to-find blooms. www.bonatsosflowershop.com/ Break Juicery: Break Juicery is bringing its delicious, innovative approach to The Bourse Marketplace with its extensive variety of juices and smoothies as well as açaí bowls and wheatgrass shots. Boasting locally sourced and organic fruits and vegetables, their goal is to provide customers a better, healthier daily diet plan that cuts through the hype of celebrity “detoxes” and “cleanses” to restore the science of health. Bricco Pizza: A second location for Westmont, New Jersey’s acclaimed traditional Roman style pizzeria, pizza expert, Vincenzo Barone will craft traditional Roman-style “pizza a taglio” made with homemade 72-hour dough and the freshest ingredients available. With imported Italian ingredients, and a light and airy crust, this pizza transports you to the streets of Rome. Choose from a variety of authentic Roman-style pizzas as well as suppli, a classic street food similar to fried risotto. www.briccocoalfiredpizza.com/ Chaat and Chai: Chaat and Chai is a fast-casual Indian street food concept from Chef/Owner Anney Thomas. Originally located in South Philadelphia, Thomas immediately impressed lovers of global cuisine with a fresh interpretation of hard-to-find South Indian street food upon opening in 2015. In its first year, Chaat & Chai won Philadelphia Magazine’s coveted “Best of Philly” for Best Indian Restaurant and Craig LaBan, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s acclaimed food critic, named the Kerala beef short rib parotta one of the 12 best dishes of 2016. Now at The Bourse, Anney hopes to take advantage of a much-expanded kitchen to serve reimagined Indian fare such as Parotta Rolls, Grilled Tikka Sticks, Chaats and traditionally brewed Chai. www.chaatandchai.com Chocodiem: Named one of the 10 best chocolatiers in North America by the Institute of Culinary Education, Chocodiem offers hand-crafted, artisanal Belgian chocolate confections along with a range of French macaroons, truffles, chocolate gelato, frozen hot chocolate varieties and more. In addition to their award-wining grab-n-go sweet treats, Chocodiem will boast a bar menu featuring Belgian chocolate and wine pairings as well as a cocktail menu with chocolate themed concoctions. www.chocodiem.com FreeByrd Chicken: This fried chicken hub will offer an extensive selection of sandwiches, bowls, and curly fries, in addition to fresh brewed sweet tea, local craft beer, and more. Sandwiches will be built with natural and local chicken breast meat, topped with house-made pickles, smothered with signature sauces, and sandwiched between two buns. www.freebyrdchicken.com/ #getfried: A gourmet fry café specializing in crisp and delicious, made-to-order, topped french fries and finger food favorites. Menu highlights will include topped fry basket meals such as the Rocky Balboa with sirloin, sautéed onion, sweet peppers, mushrooms and melted cheese, as well as Crispy Chicken Fingers, Mac ‘N’ Cheese Crunch Rolls, a Slider Trifecta, and more. www.getfried.com Grubhouse: A South Philly staple for four years, Grubhouse is back at The Bourse offering all-day breakfast and creative takes on American staples, including breakfast bowls, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, and more. Menu highlights include the über-popular Baconcakes, Hot Chicken & Waffles, Biscuits & Gravy and The Elvis (grilled sandwich with peanut butter, banana and bacon). In addition to breakfast fare, Grubhouse will also serve Southern craft brews. www.grubhousephilly.com Ka’moon: Fast-casual, halal-prepared modern Egyptian cuisine from the owners behind The Taza Truck, voted Best Food Truck by Lehigh Valley Style readers three years running. Menu highlights include 16-spice grilled chicken, savory sumac peppered sliced steak shawarma, kofta, Egyptian fried chicken, spicy fried cauliflower, and more. Guests can choose a signature wrap, rice bowl, salad bowl or signature hummus power bowl or build their own. Other offerings include staples such as baba ghanoush with homemade pita chips, and traditional homemade desserts. www.thetazatruck.com Kari’s Tea Bar: Hailing from West Chester and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Kari’s Tea Bar will offer healthy, made-to-order hot & cold beverages, including Elderberry Shrub, Kombucha on tap, hot tea lattes, Masala Chai Lattes, Matcha Lattes, Golden Milk, and more. Patrons will also be able to purchase unique and hard to find tea blends to go, all of which are carefully hand-blended with organic and fair-trade ingredients. www.pureblendtea.com Marino Brothers Cheesesteaks: Serving rib-eye cheesesteaks with choice of American, whiz or provolone cheeses wit’ or wit’out. Menu offerings range from a classic cheesesteak to a creative interpretation of a pizza steak. Chicken cheesesteaks are also available along with additional toppings and sides such as mozzarella wedges or fries. Patrons will be able to pair a local brew to accompany this Philadelphia staple. Mi & Yu Noodle Bar: This Baltimore based fast-casual hot-spot offers a variety of artisanal ramen, udon, pho, steamed bao bun sandwiches and much more in a create your own noodle bar environment. Menu highlights include Korean-style fried chicken, duck fat rosemary-garlic French fries, and Shrimp Rangoon Spring Rolls. www.miandyunoodlebar.com/ Olive With A Twist: A gourmet pantry offering a carefully curated selection of the finest cheeses, pâtés, charcuterie, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, sauces and more. The team behind Olive with a Twist prides themselves in stocking all-natural balsamic vinegar and top-quality olive oils. A selection of ready-to-eat sandwiches will be freshly prepared featuring imported cheeses along with award-winning meats from Schaller & Weber. www.olivewithatwist.com Prescription Chicken: The first Philadelphia brick and mortar location for this acclaimed soup purveyor will offer a signature spin on chicken soup. Valerie Zweig and Taryn Pellicone started delivering soup to hungry bellies throughout the Washington, DC area in September of 2016. They’ve channeled their love of all things soup to create a business dedicated solely to churning out their signature chicken-based soups, dubbed bowls of liquid gold. Prescription Chicken will cure whatever ails you, with everything from Matzah Ball Soup to Faux Pho, to a specialty soup dubbed The Hangover – a proven remedy for almost all of last night’s bad decisions www.prescriptionchicken.com Rustica Rosticceria: an authentic sandwich shop where Italy and Philadelphia meet. Owners and longtime Philadelphia residents, the Marino brothers, will be serving up delicious deli classics like House Roasted Pork, Sweet Italian Sausage, and Homemade Italian Meatballs. In addition to their signature sandwiches, Rustica will offer Rotisserie chicken and a variety of side dishes. Pinch Dumplings: Authentic, hand-pinched Chinese dumplings made in-house daily with organic and local ingredients. Pinch Dumplings run the gamut from a base set of traditional recipes, utilizing classic and time-tested meat and vegetable combinations, to bolder flavors packed with exotic yet authentically crafted spices and ingredients. Pinch's ever-dynamic menu will feature traditional pork dumplings as well as various combinations of lamb, beef, crab and vegetable dumplings. www.pinchdumplings.com Rebel Taco: A new authentic Mexican taco purveyor from DC-based Social Restaurant Group. Rebel Taco steps outside the boundaries with bold, vibrant “not yo mama’s” taco flavors that will redefine the street taco. Everything is made from scratch daily using only the freshest ingredients, from the handmade tortillas to the sauces and salsa. In addition to tacos, the Mexican eatery will also serve margaritas. Scoop DeVille: Scoop DeVille, a Philadelphia institution since 1989, is a one-of-a-kind ice cream parlor giving guests the opportunity to create custom scoops with their high-quality ice creams and toppings ranging from banana to bacon. Signature menu items include the now-famous Partially Baked Cookie Sundae, Edible Cookie Dough, and Cookie Cup-wiches. www.scoopdevilleicecream.com/ TAPS Fill Station: The second outpost from the Baltimore-based TAPS Fill Station concept specializes in all things on tap with a solid focus on locally sourced, eco-friendly and sustainable practices. The 36-line draft system will pull everything from beer (21 taps) to cider (5), kegged cocktails (2), red and white wines (6), and mead (2). Patrons can post-up at the bar and enjoy a beverage at their wraparound bar or take a growler to go.
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