Archive: March, 2010
There are two steady truisms you can set your damn watch to this NCAA Tournament: 1) Jay Wright is ridiculously good-looking (that's him above, politely telling us that he's not interested); and 2) bars bust out some great deals to get asses in stools to watch all these games. Below, we've collected a few March Madness specials around town after the jump. If you have one to add, leave a comment or e-mail drew.lazor[at]citypaper.net. Go Wildcats, go Owls!
- Marathon Grill at 16th and Sansom is offering a $2 draft of the day during games.
- smith's (39-41 S. 19th St.) has $10 pizzas and $3 Philadelphia Brewing Co. beers all day today. Here's their rundown of daily specials.
- Gypsy Saloon in Conshohocken (128 Ford St.) is doing a special $5 bar menu (panko-crusted jalapeno poppers, wings, chicken/sweet corn quesadillas, etc.), $2 Miller Lites and lagers, $2.50 Miller Lite bottles and $4 Svedka cocktails through April 5.
- MidAtlantic (3711 Market St.) is doing weekly specials for the tourney. This week, check out $6 standard burgers during lunch and a $30 New York style with local 'shrooms and blue cheese for dinner. Five-dollar MidAtlantic wings (your choice of sauce) and $3 Yards Brawler or or Philly Pale at the bar.
- All three local Paddy Whacks locations will have $3 Sam Adams pints, $3 Twisted Teas and $5 Miller Lite pitches during all tournament games.
- Thirteen, in the Marriott Downtown (1201 Market St.), is offering 13 different Sam Adams varieties for $3 each.
- The American Pub (1500 Market St., concourse level) has $1 Miller Lite drafts and food specials today and tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m.
- Not basketball-specific, but every weekday this month till 7 p.m., Memphis Taproom (2331 E. Cumberland St.) is taking 25 percent off all seasonal bottled beers
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|"Simply Honest" vegan pie at Fino's Pizza|
Twice a year, Meal Ticket leaps from the Web to the print edition of City Paper for a little extra-curricular romp. Our Meal Ticket Spring '10 supplement hits newsstands today, lovingly coddled within the regular Food & Restaurants section.
Find inside Team Meal Ticket's exhaustive exploration of regionally delicious non-Neapolitan pizza; those local pies that aren't Tacconelli's, Osteria, Zavino or Stella. We've got the inside info on vegan pies made by vegan Sicilians, the secret of Greek pizzerias and the American cheese-coated mystery that is Pizazz.
Concocted from proprietary blends of botanicals, bitters are the comeback kid of the new cocktail culture. Now five local bartenders are getting back to the roots of the historical cure-all by making their own custom infusions. Their bespoke bitters range from the aromatic tincture of kaffir lime and curry leaves for Phoebe Esmon's Madras version to Poppy Brewster's tobacco-hit iteration inspired by the cigars of Havana at Alma de Cuba.
The weather is perfect for a little fake-spring outdoor dining tonight. A table away from the spewing SEPTA buses and panhandlers that color our usual Philadelphia al fresco dining is premium; this is where the Piazza at Schmidt's and Liberties Walk have the urban-planning edge.
Owen Kamihara's Bar Ferdinand (1030 N. Second St.) is offering a Thursday tasting deal for adventurous eaters: 13 plates for $35 per person. Recent menus have included sea urchin flan baked in an egg shell cup, housemade fettucine with braised pork shoulder and black olives, house-smoked trout sliders with horseradish crÃ¨me fraiche and goat cheese panna cotta with fig compote.
For an immersive gustatory experience, four paired wines can be added to the Thursday tasting for $25 per person.
Landmark Americana Tap and Grill (3333 Market St.) opened this past Saturday in University City. The first two locations (Glassboro, N.J. and West Chester, Pa.) are also situated near college campuses (Rowan and West Chester, respectively). GM Tom Revelli, who's worked all three establishments, says these niche communities a good mixture of students and corporate professionals does well with their concept. "Here, we expect lots of people to trickle in before and after Drexel's games,â he says, due to Landmark's coordinates, on the ground level of Drexel's Rec Center facing Market Street. (Drexel men's coach Bruiser Flint even stopped by for a bite while we were there.)
Menu offerings are mostly sandwiches, salads and traditional bar fare like quesadillas and buffalo wings, but there are also a few large entrÃ©es, like potato-crusted sea bass and lobster ravioli. We sampled the spicy tuna egg rolls, Caribbean salmon salad and house veggie burger and washed it down with a Dogfish limited release on draft.
The restaurant seats 200, including a lounge area with separate bar and a DJ booth. In the main dining area there is a dais sectioned off by glass half-walls intended for DJs and Quizzo MCs. There are about a dozen flat-screens, a speckled glass bar top and flooring made from recycled tires. Outdoor seating with fire pits and a full bar is under construction on the corner of the property at 34th and Market; this area is set to open up in April.
Landmark's dining room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the bar stays open till 2. Visit Landmark's Web site to view food and drink menus, as well as a weekly specials list.
|Photo | Drew Lazor|
Nearly a year after its debut, Brew, the Newbold bottle shop that shares real estate with Ultimo Coffee (1900 S. 15th St.) has finally received its liquor license, owner John Longacre (South Philly Taproom) tells Meal Ticket. They'll begin stocking stuff this Friday, but won't be at full strength until the following weekend. Head here and here to revisit this saga of sagas.
|Snickerdoodles from Sheila+Sharon|
Identical twins Sheila and Sharon Waples of Sheila+Sharon's Cookies are taking their sweet stock underground on Sat., March 27 for their first-ever Secret Bake Sale.
The sale will feature goodies made by three bakers, all members of the arts and crafts collective Handmade Philly, and will take place in a Frankford Avenue gallery from 11 a.m. until supplies run out.
Since it's not a Secret Bake Sale without a little cloak-and-dagger number, interested cookie hounds can become a fan of the Secret Bake Sale on Facebook, or send an email to SecretBakeSale[at]gmail[dot]com to receive the exact location.
After 10 hours of planes, trains and automobiles, the effort was clearly worth it when I had my first sip of on-Irish-soil Guinness this weekend, fresh from St. James Gate. While I'm pub-hopping in the UK this week, I've rounded up a list of St. Patty's Day events taking place right in town this Wednesday. No plane tickets necessary, though you may want to leave the car at home. Got any more? Leave a comment!
St Patty's at McGillin's Olde Ale House
Wed., March 17, 9 a.m.-2 a.m., pay as you go
Philly's oldest pub opens at at 9am for Sly Fox and O'Hara's stouts, McGillin's own 1860 IPA, plus Irish menu items like shepherd's pie and Guinness stew. Though there are no specific drink specials listed, you can be sure the place will be packed and wild. McGillin's Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury St., 215-735-5562, mcgillins.com.
Swarming and Partying at P.Y.T.
Wed., March 17, 6 p.m.-2 a.m., pay as you go
Obtain the coveted "Swarm" badge in Foursquare at P.Y.T. You can only get this rare and nerdy medal of honor when 50 or more Foursquare users are checked in to one place at the same time. Get a free draft beer just for checking in, then head to the back room for a no-cover Patty's Day party with music by DJ Dirty, Lady Prowl, Sammy Slice, Gun$ Garcia, and Brendan Bring 'Em. P.Y.T., 1050 N. Hancock Street, 215-268-7825, pytphilly.com.
Green Quizzo at New Wave
Wed., March 17, 7:30pm, $10
Remember the other meaning of the word "green" during this eco-themed quizzo night, testing your knowledge of both environmental and St. Patrick's Trivia. Vegan and vegetarian dinner specials will include braised veggie tacos, seitan fried rice and more. All proceeds will go to benefit the Humane League of Philadelphia. New Wave CafÃ©, 784 S. Third St., 215-922-8484, newwavecafe.com.
$3 Snack Menu at Swift Half Pub
Now through Sun., March 21, $3-$6
Enjoy mini tastes of Ireland with these small plates, for $3 each. All week Swift Half is offering traditional favorites like stuffed cabbage, Irish boxty (potato cakes), mini fish and chips, or ham- and potato-stuffed pierogies in Guinness brown-butter sauce. For an additional $3, add a half-pint to wash it all down; Sly Fox O'Reilly Stout and Irish Red Ale are both on tap. (Check out Felicia D's post from yesterday for photos and addidtional info.) Swift Half Pub, The Piazza at Schmidts, 1001 N. Second St., 215-923-4600, swifthalfpub.com.
Tomorrow night, Standard Tap (901 N. Second St.) will host the second installment of three happy hours featuring $4 ROOT cocktails. (The first was last Thursday at Bar; the next is Thu., March 25 at Charlie's.) Standard's edition will run from 8 to 10 p.m., featuring bonus specials on craft beers for those who need a breather from the potent effects of 80 proof bespoke liqueur. (Read Trey Popp's June '09 feature on ROOT.) Free T-shirts, courtesy of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction in Old City, have been thrown in to sweeten the pot.
Check out Art in the Age's Web site for more info on the spirit, recipes highlighting ROOT and more upcoming events highlighting the stuff, like the Useable Feast event scheduled for March 30 at Noble (more on this later).
Another ROOT Down series is highly probable for the month of April. We'll keep you posted.
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