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
Adam Erace: AE
On Friday afternoon I made my way up to the Piazza for Battle of the Burgers. Since the event was sponsored by Amstel there was plenty of Amstel and countless sliders and quartered burgers. The Pour House took home the gold with their Second Coming, a custom grind from Pat LaFrieda topped off with gruyere, overnight oven roasted tomatoes and a garlic aioli on a Le Bus Brioche bun. I may or may not have sampled the dreaded Luther from PYT (for the uninitiated that's a burger on a donut bun with chocolate covered bacon). Post Battle I headed out west to City Paper staff photographer Neal Santos' gorgeous West Philly Farm 51 for a few tequila grapefruit soda cocktails and lots backyard chickens, rabbits and ducks.—CR
Despite the lingering heat, I couldn't fight the feeling for fall foods on Friday, leading me to put together this chilled wheat berry salad studded with Bartlett pears, roasted butternut squash and chopped hazelnuts. (Pro-tip: Toast the nuts at 375 for 10 minutes before boiling to deepen their nutty flavor.) The salad made a fine homemade complement to a take-out Gennaro's pizza.—AE
Saturday morning (okay, afternoon) I stopped into the newly relocated Artisan Boulanger to pick up breakfast for friends - a few almond croissants and a couple of bacon, egg and cheese croissants. Best breakfast sandwiches in the city. Seriously. After weighing several South Philly options I went with Nick's Roast Beef where the Budwieser is cold, the roast beef is good, the roast pork is even better but the fries are downright out of control amazing. After dinner entertainment included many more beers plus an introduction to something called Captain Morgan Tattoo which I really wanted to hate but ended up kind of enjoying.—CR
Before running errands all morning on Saturday, I fueled up with chai-spiced polenta pancakes. (Just replace half the flour with cornmeal and half the milk with chai tea mix.) That was breakfast #1. Breakfast #2 about five hours later went down at John's Roast Pork: scrapple, egg and cheese, my favorite breakfast sandwich in town. Snack: Pop's Water Ice, half black cherry, half lemon underneath. Dinner: tacos al pastor from Los Gallos. Not my healthiest day.—AE
Sunday involved everyone's favorite pastime, moving! In between back and forth trips up and down the stairs and back and forth I grabbed some sandwiches at Potbelly on City Line Avenue where I was totally into the good vibes motto and even more into the fact that you can get giardiniera on your sandwich. After a solid afternoon and evening of moving and reorganizing a midnight trip over to Fountain Porter for burgers (so, so good), fries and a few Ballast Point Dorados was pretty much the perfect thing.—CR
Sunday I settled in to a long day of football and roasted some chicken from Wyebrook Farm. Hard to orchestrate a better day than that.—AE
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