Archive: June, 2012
It's barely been a month but the buzz surrounding Pennsport's The Industry (1401 E. Moyamensing Ave.) is pretty serious. And with good reason. Both cocktail and food menus are an ideal blend of innovative and approachable, a fine balance that keeps The Industry in a zone that's both creative and entirely comfortable.
British barkeep Bob Achilles has designed a cocktail list that reflects this balance. The Industry's list of eight specialty drinks takes inspiration from classics and spins them with Achilles' deft touch. There's a refreshing lightness that runs through the menu, each cocktail seemingly created for the express purpose of warm weather sipping. Here's a look at a few Industry favorites.
The Ghost of Mary ($10) replaces that heavy, meal-in-glass bloody mary with a much welcomed lighter take that subs in a cucumber-spiked tomato water making for a goes-down-a-little-too-easy brunchtime drink with a spiced salt rim.
With a nod to the classic Sidecar, the Secret Girl ($10) blends brandy, Grand Marnier and Cointreau with seedy-sweet raspberries and lemon. Served in a coupe, this cocktail carries the delicate elegance of summer berries.
The Jackie Boy ($10) is Achilles' ode to the cobbler, a tumbler full of Jack Daniels muddled together with honey, orange, lemon and pineapple, and finished off with Cointreau. This drink goes to show that pineapple and whiskey should be spending way more time together.
If you're planning on checking out the cocktails at The Industry, it's certainly worth a mention that they run a dollar-off happy hour Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. And be sure to follow @theindustrybar for impromptu specials.
Here's a recap of yesterday's Night Market courtesy of A.D. Amorosi and Jodi Bosin.
Food Trust Night Markets may come and Food Trust Night Markets may go, but when there’s one on your corner, there's set of advantages that makes the evening all that much more pleasurable.
Standing on my corner and taking in the panoramic vista of nearly 60 portable restaurants, food trucks, carts, grills and vendors at 6 p.m. was an awesome sight: a few straggling attendees to start, an empty street devoid of children, dogs and unfortunate flip-flop wearers. The smart ones got in line early to hit up first time Night Market attendee Ka'Chi truck and taste their tender kalbi short ribs with kimchi fried rice. Smart because by Night Market’s end, the most consistently long line throughout the event, second only to Jose Garces’ Guapos Tacos.
Supper’s chef-owner couple Mitch and Jen Prensky popped up with their Scratch Biscuits’ brunch-a-phonic delights like their “Kentucky Classic” of thinly sliced Benton’s country ham with pimento cheese and house-pickles.
Still, it was hard to ignore the Night Market’s big mamoo, the ?uest Loves Food POWERED BY Graham Elliot tented lounge pop-up with spicy Blucoat gin cocktails from Farmers Cabinet and, of course, Philly’s own Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson chicken drumsticks and cupcakes. The origami heart-wrapped ‘Love’s Drumsticks’ were crisply breaded, totally succulent and lip-burning hot. And the ?uestfucious cupcakes, an Asian-inspired carrot-cake with pineapple and topped with a red fortune cookie and red curry frosting was a sweet end to finger-licking good time.
(Photos: Jodi Bosin)
George Sabatino is launching lunch at Stateside beginning July 5th and we've got our hands on the predictably awesome menu. Buffalo fried oyster sandwich, marrow sausage and steak tartare for lunch? Mr. Sabatino, you are speaking our language. With sweet outdoor seating and some damned fine warm weather cocktails, we're envisioning quite a few leisurely summer lunches at Stateside.
Get in on the action Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oysters on the Halfshell $2
hot sauce mignonette
Selection of 3 Artisan Cheeses $13
house made garnishes
Soup of the Day $7
ask server for selection
Grilled Watermelon Salad $8
thai basil, tomatoes, frisee
Steak Tartare $11
quail egg, hazelnuts, truffle vinaigrette
Sandwiches (served w/house made malt vinegar chips)
Pork Terrine $11
shredded chicken, pickled carrots, cilantro
Buffalo Fried Oyster $13
celery slaw, horseradish, aioli
Marrow Sausage $15
house mustard, peppers, onions
Crisp Cauliflower $12
toasted quinoa, orange, capers
Steamed Mussels $14
Jersey corn, lobster broth, pickled chilis
Skirt Steak $16
fried green tomato, red onion, bacon vinaigrette
Sipping a frosty pina colada under a shady palm sounds just about perfect right now and today's tropical temperatures make Stephen Starr's Art Museum Tiki Pop-Up all the more appealing.
Inspired by the works of Gauguin, Matisse, and Cezanne, the pop-up Tiki dinner is a $48 prix fixe featuring a menu of seafood laulau, whole roasted pig, Molokai sweet potatoes, and pineapple upside down cake amongst other island-inspired dishes. Also included is your choice of tropical cocktail (think rummy Mai Tais, Volcanos, and Pink Flamingos) and live steel drum tunes.
Starr and company have decided to expand this Polynesian oasis to seat 50 additional guests this weekend. Here's hoping that Mr. Starr takes note of the draw of the Tiki bar and does something about this town's serious lack of Don the Beachcomber style cocktails.
To reserve a Friday or Saturday night spot on the tiki-fied East Terrace call 215-648-7990 or head over to Open Table.
Never shy with the kid-friendly flavors, the newest ice from Rita's is Sour Patch Kids Red. That's right, not just Sour Patch Kids, but Sour Patch Kids Red. Sweet, tart, and just plain fun, this limited edition flavor is the latest in a line of candy-inspired ices that's included Peeps, Bubblicious, and Swedish Fish. Sour Patch Kids Red is only available until July 22 so if mouth puckering candy is your thing, get to your nearest Rita's ASAP.
If you're in the market for a more refined water ice experience, Rita's is rolling out honeydew and cantaloupe, two seasonal summer refreshers that are ideal for days when the temperature is climbing towards the triple digits.
The empty space on the southeast corner of 20th and Pine will soon be home to another outpost of Palm Tree Market. With locations in Northern Liberties and Queen Village, this up-market mini-chain of grocery-delis is popular with sandwich fiends all over the city.
Served on bread from Metropolitian, Midtown Lunch Philly loved the P11, stacked with turkey, ham, bacon, mozzarella, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and Russian dressing, pressed on the panini grill. Their vegetarian sandwich options have gotten raves as well.
There's a zoning sticker on the door so we're thinking that Rittenhouse residents will be enjoying Palm Tree Market sandwiches sometime in the next few weeks.
Greetings friends of Meal Ticket! As many of you have noticed Notes from the Weekend has been on summer vacation for a few weeks now. Next week the ol' NFTW is making its return with plenty of thrilling weekend eating adventures, cooking projects, a guest eater or two, and, if we're lucky, some snapshots of Adam Erace's Italian holiday. So be sure to squeeze in plenty of tasty meals over the weekend. Get ready, NFTW is coming back at you on Tuesday.
Veterans of the Food Trust's past Night Markets know that it's best to attend these food free-for-alls with a plan of attack in place. You've got to be on top of your food truck game, knowing not only who is going to be there but where they're parked as well as the status of waits and lines. Tonight's market on Washington Ave. promises to be epic with nearly 60 vendors plus the brick and mortar Italian Market restaurants and shops open for a little after hours action.
Wading though the crowds and navigating the lines is always a challenge, so we thought we'd help you out with a quick list of picks for tonight's festivities along with a map of this evening's set up for your Night Market planning pleasure.
There has been a serious lack of takoyaki in this town since the unfortunate closure of Maru or Tokio Global. Fortunately chef Ryo Igarashi is returning tonight, frying up those awesome bonito topped octopus balls and finishing them with drizzles of Kewpie mayo and teriyaki.
GiGi & Big R serves groaning styrofoam containers filled with rice and peas, jerk chicken, giant wings and stellar sides like mac and cheese, collards, and candied yams. Being a Caribbean food truck, things tend to run on island time, so grab a beer and chill out while you're waiting on those oxtails.
A pizza truck showdown is happening at tonight's market with Nomad's REO Speedwagon pitted against Pitruco. Luckily the Food Trust folks had the foresight to place the dueling mobile pizza operations blocks away from one another. Give 'em both a shot and see which truck-fired pizza reigns supreme.
And speaking of competition, the frozen treats game at the Night Market is getting pretty intense. In attendance this evening we had gelato giants, Capogiro, fan favorites, Little Baby's Ice Cream, ice cream sandwich new comer, Zsa'a Gourmet Ice Cream, and popsicle peddlers Lil' Pop Shop. Is there room enough at the Night Market for scoops of Nocciola, Banana Balsamic, a Salted Caramel Dulce de Leche ice cream sandwich, and a Beet Watermelon pop? There's only one way to find out.
Located on an unassuming corner of Newbold, Circles has been quietly putting out some of the city's most exciting Thai food for sometime now. Never cloying or dumbed down, there's a real heat and brightness that you just don't find at other Thai joints around town.
Beginning with a tiny storefront take out operation on Tasker and Hicks, Circles expanded last year with a sit down dining area directly across the street and tonight chef Alex Boonphaya and crew are opening a second location in Northern Liberties (812 N. 2nd St.), a BYOB with lots of lovely Thai detail.
The opening menu is identical to the Newbold location, although they are housed in elegantly embroidered Thai silk covers. But there are bigger plans in the works. Lunch and delivery are coming in the next month or so, a Thai-style brunch is in the works as well as plans to offer a chef's tasting menu and more extensive vegan and vegetarian options.
This uptown outpost of Circles features a cozy dining room with banquettes lined with Thai pillows, servers decked out in traditional garb, and those awesome cheesesteak spring rolls that might not be authentic Bangkok street eats but are pretty out of control.
After Wednesday morning's fire at South Street sliceria, Lorenzo and Son's, the scene is looking pretty grim. The good news is that injuries were kept to a minimum, one firefighter with an injured knee was rushed to Hahnemann. Owner Guiseppe Pulizzi managed to make it out of the building the safe and sound, along with all of his crew and his dog. The bad news is that the damage is extensive, extending to all three floors of the building.
The air surrounding Lorenzo's was quite smoky, even hours after the blaze was extinguished. A clean up crew was on duty clearing out debris and boarding up the building yesterday evening. It's pretty clear that late night slice action is going to have to happen somewhere else, at least for the time being.
While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Pulizzi is determined to have the iconic pizzeria back on its feet sooner rather than later. Say what you will about the slices at this 25 year old institution, pizza has a tendency to taste better after last call.
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