Posted by Aubrey Nagle on September 24th, 2012
Distrito is bringing back their Football Fiestas for another season. Every Monday throughout football season Distrito will be serving up endless tacos and enchiladas for $25 a person from 8-10 p.m.. If that wasn’t enough of a deal, Dos Equis Amber and Lager will both be $2 during the special. The big game will be shown on the flat screens downstairs as well as projected on a big screen in the upstairs lounge.
What kind of enchiladas and tacos, you say? We’re glad you asked. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Aubrey Nagle on September 19th, 2012
Looks like the always busy Jose Garces is in town this week for a good cause. This Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garces and his restaurants will be making an appearance at The Porch at 30th Street Station to support Philabundance. Five of the Iron Chef’s restaurants will be represented at The Porch. For a $10 donation to Philabundance event goers will be treated to samples from Amada, Chifa, Distrito, Guapos Tacos, and JG Domestic. What’s more, Garces himself will be doing a cooking demonstration at the event from noon to 1 p.m.
Posted by Aubrey Nagle on June 26th, 2012
For the 7th year in a row University City area restaurants are gearing up for University City Dining Days two-weeks full of dining deals from July 12th to 26th. The event is meant to bring traffic to the area during its slow months. This year a record 34 restaurants are participating in the prix-fixe specials which offer three courses for $15, $25, or $30.
Posted by Jason Sheehan on March 28th, 2012
Opening one new restaurant is tough. Opening two? That’s crazy. But Jose Garces (who, I think, must have access to both a jet pack and a time machine what with his sudden explosion of interstate restaurant openings) will, come April, be opening three new restaurants, in Atlantic City, all within 14 days.
Then, when he’s done, he’s going to ride his bike from A.C. to Paris, fight Mike Tyson and eat the entire moon in a single sitting.
Posted by Jason Sheehan on February 22nd, 2012
Happy National Margarita Day everyone!
As far as made-up holiday go, National Margarita Day always features prominently on the calendars ’round Foobooz World HQ–a day ordained by the agave gods for the drinking of high-proof cactus juice and getting weird in public. And while Philadelphia as a whole doesn’t go nuts for the day, there are a few places around town throwing down in South of the Border fashion.
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Posted by Jason Sheehan on August 3rd, 2011
Last week, we brought you the news (and rumors) about Iron Chef Garces’s plans for expanding his brand beyond the Philadelphia and Chicago homebases he’s maintained since 2005. Word was, he was looking at four new operations in Scottsdale and Atlantic City (plus one more in Philly), most of them hotel/casino operations.
And as of today we can both confirm and add more detail to part of that story. It was announced yesterday afternoon that Garces had signed on as “the executive chef in charge of food and beverage operations at The Drinkwater,” a new hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. But JG isn’t bringing just one concept to the desert.
He’s bringing three.
Posted by Foobooz on July 18th, 2011
Last night we took advantage of University City Dining Days by hitting up Biba for an awesome $15 three-course dinner. We started with the impossibly thinly sliced cured Spanish pork tenderloin, followed that up with a rather nice mixed greens salad with figls, hazelnuts and Gorgonzola. Third course was any cheese off Biba’s menu. We went with a Spanish blue. It’s a great deal and was made even better by yesterday’s Sunday School offerings.
So we recommend you hit up Biba before Dining Days ends on Thursday, July 28th and for exceptional dealage, plan on visiting next Sunday.
Vietnam Cafe and both of Jose Garces’ restaurants (Distrito and JG Domestic) also have menus worth checking out. Check out all the participating restaurants on the University City District’s web site.
Posted by Jason Sheehan on April 25th, 2011
As noted earlier today, Cantina Feliz got its review from Craig LaBan over the weekend, scoring two bells and the minor complaint that partners Brian Sirhal (who runs the front of the house) and chef Tim Spinner haven’t yet stepped fully out of the shadow of their former employer, Jose Garces. Spinner did some serious Garces time, working under him at Stephen Starr’s El Vez, at Garces’s first solo venture, Amada, then as chef de cuisine at Distrito. Sirhal earned his stripes as beverage director at Distrito before he and high school buddy Spinner jumped out for Fort Washington and their own thing at Cantina Feliz.
Those kinds of influences can be tough to shake off–especially since Feliz is working in the same culinary tradition as Distrito. Might’ve been easier had Sirhal and Spinner opened a sushi bar or a falafel cart, but they didn’t. They chose fancy-pantsy Mexican and while the Inquirer review was absolutely a big deal, they cooked for someone even more important than LaBan the week before it hit the stands.
Sunday the 17th: The day that Jose came for dinner.
Posted by Foobooz on November 1st, 2010
Last week we profiled several Day of the Dead celebrations at various Philadelphia restaurants. Here they all are again in one place.
Distrito – Tomorrow there is a Herradura Tequila dinner upstairs and street food specials and DJs downstairs.
El Camino Real – Tonight’s tasting dinner will feature four Patron cocktails.
El Rey – Stephen Starr’s Chestnut Street Mexican restaurant is creating a Day of the Dead altar which will be on display until November 2nd. Diners will also receive Mexican candies at the end of their meal.
Xochitl – Tuesday’s Day of the Dead celebration features heart tacos and more on the special 5-course menu.