Notes from the Weekend is a Monday feature that sees the members of Team Meal Ticket compiling all the food/drink highlights uncovered during prime eatin' time, Friday to Sunday. Consider this a place for good deals, great dishes, wicked cocktails, recipe triumphs (and tragedies), bizarro conversations and more. We're eager to share our notes, but especially excited to read yours. We encourage you to leave notes from YOUR weekend in the comments. Have at it! (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
Friday: Took care of an out-of-left-field hankering for South Street Souvlaki
(509 South St.) grubbed up some octopus, some htipiti, a Gyro platter and a couple bottles of Mythos
, a Greek beer we ordered because our very sweet server Phyllis
mysteriously identified it as "Greek beer" when rattling off her available brew selections. Why we don't hunker down at SSS more often is beyond us cheap, quick, tasty.
Do you need a part-time job? Do you have the ability to drop off a resume? Lastly, are you lovable? If you answered yes to all three of these questions, you should work at Chapterhouse
(620 S. Ninth St.). They have a really cool ceiling fan inside, by the way.
Ended up at Southwark
(Fourth and Bainbridge) Friday night, and kept our hands busy with some great clams, some great oysters and some ridiculous scallop crudo. Got our gin on (couple Last Words, couple Corpse Reviver Nos. 2), but the most interesting booze-based development of the evening occurred when a bottle of Art in the Age's
materialized in the crowd. We all got little tastes; it quickly proved to be a stratifying product, not unlike its big bro ROOT
. Some folks hated it and weren't shy about saying so; others loved it and cracked big smiles the second the 80-proof liquid gingerbread hit the back of their throats. Interested to see how this is implemented in a cocktail hot applications like Toddys seem like job one, but Oyster House's Katie Loeb
, who happened to be sitting at the bar, suggested it might make an intriguing swap-out for Cointreau
Don't sleep on quickie hoagies from May's Gourmet CafÃ© & Deli
at 19th and Christian nothing too fancy, but they're cheap and do the trick in a hunger-pang pinch.
Saturday night: On-a-whim dinner at Han Dynasty
(108 Chestnut St.) turned into a bit of a production because we forgot Old City would be a crowded mess thanks to the pre-4th fireworks show. After finally
copping a parking spot, we ended up ordering a richer-than-rich steamed pork belly with preserved vegetables (a bit left in the fridge), and fish and soft tofu in hot sauce, garnished with deep-fried soy beans (A LOT left in the fridge). Han Dynasty is one of a select group of places in this city that lives up to every iota of its own food-nerd hype. Go there.
Sunday: Cooked at home for the first time in a minute! Aren't you proud? Did a crazy-refreshing, tiny-bit-spicy chilled cucumber soup real simple, as the recipe was from Real Simple
and some shrimp sautÃ©ed in olive oil with lemon, scallions, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
Not sure if Duane Sorenson
would punch us for doing this or not, but Stumptown's Indonesia Gajah Aceh
makes awesome iced coffee if you brew it in a French press and stick in the fridge overnight.
Dare you to find better giant softy chocolate chip cookies than the ones from Ants Pants
(2212 South St.).