There is hardly a good thing to say about our fair unfair parking authority but today we've got to give them at least a little bit of credit. Yesterday Sichuan maven Han Chiang was given a ticket while napping in his car. Needless to say he was pissed. So today, for a limited time Han Dynasty customers who bring in a parking ticket get an order of dan dan noodles on house.
Here's the deal via HD's Facebook page: "FU PPA, FREE Dan Dan!! For a limited time get a parking ticket and bring it to Old City that day to get free Dan Dan with your purchase. These parking nazis give you lemons. I give you aide! God I hate those mutherfudhdnnxjengbjrs."
Sure some spicy noodles aren't going to make that ticket disappear but they sure do take away some of the sting.
Rustica (903 N. 2nd St.) is celebrating its 12th birthday today and as a token of appreciation of more than a decade of awesome pizza they're offering dollar plain slices all day long. So you might want to consider saving that brown bag lunch for another day and heading on up to NoLibs for a few slices.
The folks at Federal Donuts do an A+ job piquing our interest via social media. Just take a look at this gorgeous teaser that we spotted on their Facebook page. It's a Banana Cream Pie fancy and while we're not exactly sure when and where it's making its glorious debut, we do know that it's finished with a tropical banana glaze under a vanilla creme ring and sprinkled with a buttery pie crumble.
Update: Banana Cream Pie is available at the Sansom Street location and coming soon to Second Street. You're welcome.
Lots of new exciting things afoot at NoLibs' Ortlieb's Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.): Kyle Costill of Bands in the Backyard fame has taken over as bar manger and is giving us plenty of reasons to make our way up to this North Third Street spot.
Drinks-wise Costill has crafted a tight menu of summer perfect cocktails including the Pineapple Express (pictured above) with Sailor Jerry rum, vodka and cherry juice garnished with a totally tropical umbrella and flamingo sizzle stick. There's also a lighter take on an Old Fashioned dubbed The Big O made with cherries and an orange slice muddled with Tully topped with a splash of fizzy sour mix. House cocktails are running a wallet friendly $5 to $8 a pop and going down just a little bit too easily.
Apart from obvious draws like $1 taco happy hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 to midnight), there are also BYO vinyl and CD nights (Wednesday and Thursday, respectively) plus Friday vinyl happy hour featuring a cast of rotating local DJs (think Jeff Zeigler from Arc in Round.)
Be on the look out for some awesome shows happening at Ortlieb's too from the likes of Japanther and Spacin'.
Afternoon Snacks: Richard Blais's Ikea Burger, Waffle "tacos," Coffee nerdery, The U.N. wants you to eat more bugs
The latest burger to come out of Richard Blais's Burger Lab is the Ikea Burger, and we're not gonna lie: we thought it was somehow going to be made entirely out of food you can buy at Ikea and were just a tiny bit disappointed that only some of the condiments came from there. Still, will there be horse meat jokes? Yes, there will be horse meat jokes. (OK, just one.) On this monster: a gravy-drowned, cardamom- and nutmeg-spiced pork and veal patty, pommes Robuchon spiked with smoked cod roe (!), lingonberry preserves, dill-marinated cukes, pickled beets and gjetost (Microplaned so it looks like it came outta this thing), all on a brioche bun that's been buttered and showered with dill.
Looks like Citron & Rose has landed a new chef after parting ways with Cook & Solo and exec Yehuda Sichel. Grub's saying that owner David magerman has tapped D.C. chef Karen Nicolas, most recently of Equinox. Plans are the works for lunch service beginning at the end of the month as well as a dairy restaurant opening in 2014.
File this under good news: The fine folks at Foobooz are hosting their first Best of Philly public tasting tomorrow and even better news, the first one is a chocolate tasting. Get yourself to the middle of Rittenhouse Square tomorrow at noon for samples of chocolates from Shane Confectionary, Lore's, Marcie Blaine, Mueller and Éclat.
In less happy chocolate news Eater's caught word that Queen Village hot chocolate-eria Cafe Golosa is closing up shop at the end of the month so you've got until May to get your drinking chocolate on.
The Insider has a slideshow of pics from OMG-open-on-Thursday Luke's Lobster, Head on over for a look at buttery lobster rolls, chowders and all sorts of straight from Maine imports.
And in more free stuff news, our pals at Zagat Philly are spreading the word that Häagen-Dazs is going to be scooping free cones today from 4 to 8 p.m. While most of the local 'Dazs are in the burbs there is one location in the city, so we strongly suggest making your way down to 242 South Street this afternoon.
Well folks, Sunday is looking like a sunny 73 degrees, a perfect temperature for a little dining al fresco. Le Virtù (1927 East Passyunk Ave.) is hosting a patio party to unveil their gorgeous new outside dining area kicking off at 1 p.m. Chef Joe Cicala along with his new wife, pastry chef Angela Ranalli and owners Cathy and Francis Cratil-Cretarola have assembled a $45 prix fixe lunch that includes wine from LV's new tap system, craft beer and a spread of grilled items like lamb skewers, sausages and vegetables.
And to reserve your spot for the patio premier party give them a call at 215-271-5626.
You just can't give Jersey nice things. Like the fictitious South African prawn slum in the vastly underrated alien flick, District 9, Riverton, New Jersey's District 611 (710 Broad St., Riverton, NJ), a city-minded Neapolitan pizzeria from a trio of Starr vets, is closing.
I reviewed the place for New Jersey Monthly magazine and really enjoyed two dinners there, particularly the chewy, crispy pies and smart desserts. Lack of traffic is to blame, though my winter visits saw the vast dining room packed. Guess it was hard to sustain that momentum after the initial opening blitz.
The owners are planning to re-concept the space. Here's hoping they don't start slinging chicken parm and tiramisu like all their NJ neighbors.
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! (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
Adam Erace: AE
Caroline Russock: CR
Popped into El Zarape on Friday night for a quick dinner and can't say it was my favorite experience there. The joint, which usually delivers, was busy and warm and the mahogany mole my enchiladas de pollo were not up to snuff. Must have been an off night. Womp.—AE
Afternoon Snacks: Fox poison cocktails, A tale of two movies called Chef, DIY lumpia, Dos and don'ts
If you've spent time in Chicago (or just spend way too much time reading about food and drink), chances are good you've wondered about malort, the notorious wormwood-based liquor with Swedish roots. NPR's The Salt has a good article about its background, along with its cousin besk, a product described as tasting of "fox poison" by its own producer.
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