Archive: July, 2009
This evening, Peter Woolsey at Bistrot La Minette (623 S. Sixth St., 215-925-8000) is offering a hell of a deal on some well-loved classic French dishes ï¿½ four courses for $35, with the option ofï¿½ wine pairing for an additional $15.
To put this in recessive perspective for a hot second, Parc across town is offering a Tour de France special of Cote de Beouf tonight ï¿½ for $32.
Here's Bistrot's coursework:
- Salad Lyonnaise: frisee, poached egg, lardons, potatoes
- Steak Tartare: raw dressed steak, raw quail egg, toast
- Poulet Roti Aux Champignons: mustard roasted chicken, haricot verts, mushrooms, duches potatoes
- Profiteroles: Vanilla ice cream stuffed cream puffs, chocolate sauce
|Photo | Jessica Kourkournis|
- David Snyder can't say enough about chef Pierre Calmels' rarefied French country cuisine at Bibou, the BYOB he runs with his FOH wife Charlotte. From expert sauces to accessible takes on offal (that's tripe, above), the couple can do little wrong.
- Trey Popp takes in Caribbean flavors at Mango Bush off South Street and leaves satisfied ï¿½ even though there's no cow foot stew to be had (damn!).
- Mark up your food calendar, using Lauren Fleming's What's Cooking as a guide ï¿½ this time around, she's got word of a ROOT mix-off at Silk City, a Slow Food Philly feast at Kanella, this weekend's beer fest at the Zoo and more.
- Lots of openings to talk about this summer, as evidenced by Feeding Frenzy this week ï¿½ Sonata, P.Y.T. and Good Food Market are just a few of the spots detailed.
If you thought oysters had nothing in common with lollipops, it's time to reconsider.ï¿½ Don Merry of Island Creek Oysters (Duxbury Bay, Mass.) supplies Charlie Trotter, Thomas Keller and the White House with bivalves from his home's cold, clear waters, and the man knows from oysters.ï¿½ In a helpful YouTube instructional, Merry makes shucking look easier than falling into a cold-ass bay by using his patented "lollipop method".
|Photos | Drew Lazor|
The latest biz to try its hand at making standalone restaurant at the corner of Girard and Orianna thrive is Trios Trattoria (342 W. Girard Ave., 215-627-1000), which opened July 7. Place is so named because it's got three owners ï¿½ Mario and Natale Presta, owners of Old City's Bocca and Manayunk's Bella Trattoria, and Melvin Marrero, who began working for the couple in 1983 and now has his own stake.
Pizza's the primary thing here, which seems like a wise populist move considering the space's many false starts (Chinese, wings/Puerto Rican, random global, etc.) They're doing three kinds ï¿½ traditional crust, thick Sicilian crust and cracker-thin square tomato pie, which comes topped four different ways. Also on the menu ï¿½ stromboli, salads, pasta, burgers/steaks, hot and cold wraps and pasta trays.
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Full menu after the jump.
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SNACK TIME: curious about georgia, vegans, meet James Beard, the Godiva of the Middle East, elevated veggie burgers, V-8 on a plate
|The Curious Georgia|
Every Wednesday, Meal Ticket pokes around the food blog world to see what's simmering.
-- Purists may scoff, but Beer Lass Suzanne Woods welcomes a new brew trend with open arms (and mouth)-- beer cocktails. Suz touts Smokin' Betty's entry, the Curious Georgia: Allagash White and peach schnapps prettied up with a ginger-syrup soaked peach garnish makes for a very Happy Hour.
-- Phoodie.info lauds Horizons chef Rich Landau, who will be the first-ever vegan chef to wield his knife in the hallowed James Beard House kitchen.ï¿½ Late August will bring pricing and menu details for the chef's November 3 NYC date.
-- Bocconcini visits the new Elevation Burger in Wynnewood. Skipping the meat, (organic and grass-fed though it is) means the veggie burger is the one getting grilled.
-- Our boys in SF, the catering wunderkinds of Hot Knives, turn a bottle of Spicy V-8 into a mid-course refresher in a way no one else can.ï¿½ Until you read their recipe.
Yo, the burger chains LOVE US. We got Johnny Rocket's. We got Five Guys. We got Goodburger. Wynnewood just got Elevation Burger, and many more are on their way to the region. Now, we've confirmed that The Counter, the six-year-old Cali-based burger brand that boasts the most customizable menu we've ever seen (more than 300,000 possible burger varieties are possible! plus ... booze!) is hunting for a spot in our already-patty-crazed city.
"We have a franchisee established for the Philadelphia market and are actively looking for the right real estate opportunity to bring The Counter to [the] market," rep Brian Berman tells Meal Ticket. "Although we do not have a location determined or a timeframe for opening, we are very bullish on the market and looking forward to bringing Custom Built Burgers to Philly."
We're hearing that Kong, Bistro 7 chef/owner Michael O'Halloran's Hong Kong street food restaurant (702 N. Second St.), will open to the public the first week of August. As in ï¿½ soon! Felicia D got the details from O'Halloran back in May. More on Meal Ticket before you know it.
|Photo | Drew Lazor|
Bags of Doritos Collisions are meant, by design, to feature two separate varieties of Dorito that taste nice (as nice as 'ritos can taste) when crunchily combined. So imagine our shock and frustration when we ripped open this hot wing/blue cheese bag (purchased at the 7-Eleven at 22nd and Lombard, a frequent Meal Ticket convenience haunt) and discovered that its contents were about 99 percent blue cheese and 1 percent hot wing. Munchie blasphemy! This is an affront to sedentary snackers nationwide, Doritos! You should be ashamed. We expect a package containing a Ziploc bag filled with seven to 10 hot wing chips forthwith.
Short, sweet and to the point, the Wednesday Farmers Market (3-7 p.m.) at Second and Poplar in Northern Liberties has everything you need to put together a healthful, seasonal meal ï¿½ or just treat yourself to a quick rack of slow-smoked ribs from Miss Amelia's Barbecue.
The Food Trust sponsors this and dozens of other seasonal markets in the city and suburbs to connect farmers with consumers. More pictures of the array of goodies after the jump, as well as an unexpected portrait.
Visit thefoodtrust.org to download a .pdf of the complete farmer's market schedule.
|All Photos l Felicia D'Ambrosio|
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