Archive: December, 2009
Today marked the grand opening of Stephen J. Slaughter and William Bonforte's Green Eggs Cafï¿½ (1306 Dickinson St.,215-226-EGGS), a project Meal Ticket first mentioned on Dec. 3.
The entryway side of the 50-seat space features an open kitchen with bar seating, some high-top stools and a pair of cushy leather couches alongside a mounted flat-screen and a fireplace. On the other side of the space, you'll find the sunny dining room, plus an additional nook for private events and overflow. This particular portion of the restaurant features original construction elements dating back some 91 years, says Slaughter. (More on the cafï¿½'s green ethos here.)
Slaughter and Bonforte, vets of the Old City club scene, serve a full breakfast/lunch/brunch menu from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a supplemental menu (coffee drinks, pastries, sandwiches, etc.) available both before and after that window of time (they're open to 7 to 7 daily for now). We'll post the full menus here shortly.
After eating a crazy-good dinner at Koo Zee Doo (614 N. Second St.) this weekend, co-owner Carla Goncalves put us on to she and chef/husband David Gilberg's sweet New Year's Eve deal. Their Vï¿½spera de Ano Novo menu features five courses served family-style ï¿½ oyster turnovers, mixed seafood/meat plates, goat stew and bacalao are just a few of the options ï¿½ for the tough-to-beat price of $75 per couple. Throw the restaurant's BYO status in there and that's a game-changing night out right there. Here's the full NYE menu.
Rob Rimeris tells Meal Ticket he's targeting the second or third week of January to open his first restaurant, Falafel Factory, at 32 S. 18th Street (between Chestnut and Market). The restaurant will feature both baked and fried falafel balls, done up in a variety of preparations, including the "California" (cream cheese, avocado spread, bell peppers, cukes, tomatoes, sprouts) and the "Caesar" (romaine, Caesar dressing, romano cheese). Sides include veggie dip, hummus dip and fries.
Rimeris stresses that while some establishments play up practices such as using LEED-certified building materials and biodegradable/recyclable packaging, the menu is the most vital area of focus when it comes to "greening" an operation ï¿½ FF's all-veg approach, according to Rimeris, shrinks its overall footprint dramatically in contrast to an establishment serving meat. "The greenest thing anyone can do is to choose certain foods," he says.
|Courtesy of Shank's|
Back in November, we discussed plans for Shank's to roll out an open-air location down by the waterfront at Pier 40 (901 S. Columbus Blvd.). The expansion debuted this weekend ï¿½ right now, the new guy's open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. check out the opening menu after the jump, and hit up Shanks' Web site to download a discount coupon good through March 2010.
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Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday. Now we're back to stump you with this two-part WWE.
At this place, Team Meal Ticket said "screw it" and put away a few beers in the middle of the day on the 23rd (if you look real close you can see Felicia D's head):
|Photo | Drew Lazor|
Then dropped by here for an amazing dinner, featuring dishes like this seafood stew over rice, on the 26th:
|Photo | Drew Lazor|
So what do y'all got?
|Photo | Jessica Kourkounis|
- David Snyder visits Stephen Starr's Pizzeria Stella, and leaves feeling as though the brick-oven dough cooker has the tools to change how Philly feels about quality pizza.
- Felicia D tells the tale of Carpano Antica Formula, the Italian vermouth that's de rigueur for our city's smartest cocktail mixers.
- In Small Bites, we've got all the details on skewering adventures in Chinatown, the best time sign up for Lancaster Farm Fresh's 2010 CSA, super-sleek Swedish lunchboxes and more.
- Erin Mae Szrankowski's got notes on New Year's Eve in the latest edition of What's Cooking.
- Word on a batch of edible noobs in Feeding Frenzy, including Zama, Philly Cupcake and more.
- Over in Agenda, check out Lauren Seibert's writeup on Moo Shu Jew Show, a comedic dinner event that pokes fun at the Jewish tradition of eating General Tso's Chicken on Jesus' b-day.
Chef/managing partner Steve Gonzalez has pushed the opening of his pizza/wine bar Zavino (112 S. 13th St.) ï¿½ initially set for the day after Christmas ï¿½ to next Wednesday, Dec. 30. Team Meal Ticket dropped by the spot yesterday to grab a few photos of the interior. (Food shots to come.)
Gonzalez, a Southwest Philly native and Vetri alum who last worked for chef Marco Canora (Hearth) in New York, describes the pies as "close to Neapolitan style," but what sets his apart is a not-too-tall crust. The seven-pie lineup at his cozy 40-seater ranges from the classic (a margherita, with tomato sauce, basil and Claudio's mozzarella) to the unconventional (a Philly cheesesteak tribute's got bechamel, provolone, roasted onions and bresaola, or Italian cured beef). There are antipasti, veggie and cured meat selections, plus a small selection of app- and entree-size plates, including beef carpaccio, braised pork and ricotta/kale cannelloni. (Check out the full opening menu after the jump.) The vino in the name comes into play in the form of 30-some-odd vines spanning producers like Italy, Spain and Argentina. Beer and cocktails, too.
The original plan for Zavino was to serve lunch and keep the bar open till 2, but that's since changed. To appeal to late-night munchie sufferers, Gonzalez will now stay open from 5 to midnight Sunday to Wednesday and 5 to 2 Thursday to Saturday, with grub available till the closing bell.
Konstantinos Pitsillides, chef/owner of Kanella (1001 Spruce St., 215-922-1773), is cooking a four-course meal for $60 this New Year's Eve. The kitchen will be open late and Pitsillides says he'll be offering a special addendum to the menu for those interested ï¿½ woodcock, the hard-to-find gamebirds that can be found in the chef's native Cyprus. The BYO will also be open for lunch and dinner on New Year's day, for all y'all recovering revelers.
Check out the full NYE menu after the jump.
1. Duo of filo pastry parcels with arugula and scallion salad
2. Soupia: grilled baby Sepia with green bean, tomato and caperberry salad
3. Pixti apo Kouneli: Rabbit terrine with grain mustard, pickled pearl onions and grilled rustic bread
4. Grilled Lambï¿½s Tongue with fennel and pickled Cauliflower
1. Greek Salad: romaine, tomatoes, cucumber, olives and feta cheese
2. Salad of Grilled vegetables tossed with tahini and caper dressing
1. Homemade Tortelloni filled with halloumi cheese and mint in a yogurt sauce
2. Kakavia: greek fishermanï¿½s rustic stew with an assortment of fish and shellfish, rice and fresh beans - garnished with Augotaraho (grey mullet roe)
3. Grilled and Braised Pigs cheeks with fresh pasta, chanterelle mushrooms, sweet peas and kefalotyri cheese
4. Kleftico :Braised Lamb Shank with orzo yiouvetsi, garnished with crispy leeks
1. A selection of traditional Cypriot desserts with preserved fruit
2. Pithiviers: puff pastry tart filled with almond cream, served with fresh custard
3. Classic chocolate tart served with candied orange
SNACK TIME: spicy and sweet, vino vending (but not for us), I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow you blog down!, bottled happiness to The Avenue, panic shopping GO!
|Five Spice Duck|
|C is for Cayenne Cookie|
Every Wednesday Meal Ticket pokes around the food blog world to see what's simmering.
-- Whither thou, Five Spice Duck?ï¿½ Oh, there you are.ï¿½ Back from an interminably long hiatus (Labor Day weekend dinner post! Sheesh!), our favorite sporadic blogger hits us with a recipe for Dark Chocolate and Cayenne Pepper Cookies. Wooo-eee!
-- What do you call a scandal-ridden, sweetheart-deal-funded, infant-corrupting, totally hideous Wine-O-Matic dispensing machine? We don't know, and you won't be finding out in Philadelphia supermarkets, either.ï¿½ Grub Street Philly explains.
-- Foobooz polled us gluttonous, functioning-alcoholic-types-around town earlier this year in the service of a little annual list called Top 50 Bars; thus the comment wars began.ï¿½ One disgruntled Belgian bar owner has recently fired over his bow with a missive to Art Etchells that begins like this: "Not sure your list really matters anyway BUT...".ï¿½ It gets juicer than a Christmas pomegranate here.
-- This didn't even blip the radar screen and it totally should have: East Passyunk is getting a craft beer bottle shop in early February, from beer geek fantasy-babes Gena Montebello and Michele Aquino. Adam at Blogalicious has more.
-- For the absolute procrastinators: The Restaurant Club has a last-minute foodie gift guide that you can get done today. Leave now.
|Photo | Drew Lazor
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