Notes from the Weekend is a feature that sees the members of Team Meal Ticket compiling all the food/drink highlights uncovered during prime eatin' time, Friday to Sunday. We'd love to hear all about YOUR weekend eating adventures in the comments. Go for it! P.S. It's just Caroline this week. (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
Caroline Russock: CR
After a post-work pint at Khyber I headed down to Revel in Atlantic City. The plan was to grab a quick dinner at the newest Garces AC joint, Yuboka and then see Depeche Mode. Dumplings, mouthwatering chicken and bowl of pork belly and soft-boiled egg topped congee with sake-melon cocktails followed by an amazing show from Depeche Mode. We had a few late night Sazeracs at Village Whiskey before taking a 3 a.m. walk down the Boardwalk and heading back to Philly just before the sun came up.
Slept in plenty late on Saturday and decided that Chipotle was the way to go for late lunch. I ordered a totally enormous barbacoa plus everything burrito and made my way though a pathetic quarter of it before giving up. Wandering around the aisle of Home Depot I got a the "hey, we're coming to Philly!" message from two friends from out of town and ditched my home improvement shopping plans in favor of a trip to the liquor store. I stocked up on gin and Aperol and sparkling wine. A few hours and Aperol spritzes later we headed over to Cantina for watermelon margaritas, tacos and ceviche. Post dinner it was beers, shots and dancing at The Dolphin and then some night cap cocktails (gin and Jamaican ginger wine with lime) back at my place.
I generally avoid brunch like the plague but Sunday day eating at American Sardine Bar is a whole other story. Dark, quiet and never too crazy, ASB is the perfect place to kill any leftover from the night before woes with sandwiches and beer. I went for a Kenzinger (boring, I know) and Nick Macri's guest Italian hoagie.
After some downtime at home we cabbed it up to Morgan's Pier for burgers and melon slushies and then to Bamboo Bar where you can get a fishbowl of pretty much whatever cocktail you'd like. After an ill-advised fishbowl margarita I made the executive decision that gin and tonic was the way to go.
Although I felt slightly guilty for spending the last unofficial day of summer on my couch catching up on an obscene amount of television (Breaking Bad catch up had to happen at some point), there's something to be said about being totally lazy and ordering in spaghetti and meatballs and an antipasto salad from Ralph's. Wrapped up the long weekend with a few more Aperol spritzes before calling it a night.
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