Posted by Jason Sheehan on May 16th, 2013
The Thursday that sign is referring to is today. And noon was already two hours ago. So if you’re not at Luke’s Lobster right now, stuffing your face full of lobster rolls, what’s your excuse?
Mine is that I dropped in last night on the soft open/preview and that I’m still kinda stuffed–mostly because, at a certain point, I just gave up on the dining room and started hanging out by the pass rail of the open kitchen, grabbing half-rolls off the trays as fast as the cooks could lay them down. Waiting my proper turn? That’s for suckers. Especially when I’ve already been waiting so long for a lobster roll done right and served for a price that doesn’t immediately put it in the realm of the only-if-someone-else-is-paying expense account lunch.
Posted by Sam Bloch on May 15th, 2013
The annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival is this Saturday, May 18, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. The festival extends from Walnut Street from Broad to 19th and on 18th Street, from Locust to Sansom. Over 40 of the areas best restaurants will be serving up their cuisine for your enjoyment at an affordable price. Some highlights of the participating restaurants include a. Kitchen, Barclay Prime, Continental Mid-town, Di Bruno Bros., El Rey, Le Bec Fin, Oyster House, Parc, Sbraga, Shake Shack, Vernick, and Village Whiskey.
If that doesn’t make you want go, maybe this will; there will be a tasting area with 20 of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Chairman’s Selection wines with a concierge and on-site store.
Other stands will offer Peroni beer, Rex Goliath wines, Cintron, and cocktails. Also, there will be cooking demonstration at 19th and Walnut courtesy of Starr Restaurants. The great food, booze, shopping, activities and weather make the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival a can’t miss.
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Posted by Alex Tewfik on April 30th, 2013
Surrender yourself to a night of opulence.
You’ll feel good about it, I promise, and you’ll feel it the moment you walk in. It might, at first, feel like it’s too much; the hostesses are too pretty, the lighting is too perfect, it smells too good. But then you’ll stop and remember the days you dreamt of being where you were at this exact moment, in one of the best restaurants in the city, drinking some of the best wines in the world. That’s when the word “too” goes up for interpretation.
On Tuesday, May 7th, Giorgio Rivetti, of world-renown La Spinetta winery, will be joining chef Chris Painter for a night of Italian splendor. The wines are rare—some you won’t find anywhere in Pennsylvania, and others you won’t find anywhere in the country. And just as rare are occasions such as these, and while each seat is $225, there are only 40 seats left. Call to reserve.
Posted by Foobooz on April 30th, 2013
The original Tria location at 18th and Sansom turns nine years old today. So as you might guess, the Rittenhouse wine bar is celebrating. And when a wine bar celebrates, that means Champagne. All day today Tria will be offering Thierry Triolet Champagne from opening to close for just $9 per glass.
So stop in and a glass or three and toast Tria on their first nine years.
Tria [Official Site]
Posted by Foobooz on April 15th, 2013
Scoop de Ville, the popular ice cream spot at 1734 Chestnut Street is closing its doors for good on Saturday, April 27th. Rising rents are to blame. But it isn’t all bad news, the ice cream peeps will be opening Sophie’s Cafe, a coffee shop and ice cream parlor aiming to open in early June in Wayne. Here’s there closing notice they posted to Facebook.
We would like to inform you that effective April 27th we will be closing our doors at our 1734 Chestnut Street location. It has been a great number of years that we have been located close to Rittenhouse Square, but due to rising rents in the area, we are forced to close our doors. We want to Thank all of you loyal supporters who have come to us over the years for ice cream and chocolates, and want to let you know that as the date and location become clearer, Scoop DeVille will be opening again in Center City soon. You will soon be able to also get the same great ice cream and frozen yogurt you have come to love, along with breakfast, sandwiches and desserts galore in the Suburbs at our newest expansion, “Sophie’s Cafe” in the heart of Wayne, PA opening on or around June 1, 2013.
A second post on Scoop de Ville’s Facebook page says they are finalizing another city location and everything is 25% off for the final two weeks.
Posted by Foobooz on April 11th, 2013
Check out the week’s most interesting posts on Philadelphia magazine’s real estate blog, Property. Real estate king Allan Domb talks plans for 13th Street and the north side of Rittenhouse Square.
Posted by Taylor Bush on April 3rd, 2013
At the Dog Room at Stephen Starr’s The Dandelion, will be featuring Scotland’s William Bros. Brewing Co. this Thursday, April 4th, from 9-11 p.m. It’s a one-night only event featuring ales from three historic casks, snacks and top-notch fun. Chef Robert Aikens will be offering passed hors d’oeuvres, including cheese boards, Scotch eggs, bangers and mash, Welsh rarebit and smoked salmon fish cakes.
The event is $35 per person and include beer from three different historical Williams Brothers casks. Call now (215.558.2500) to reserve your seats.
Posted by Foobooz on April 3rd, 2013
Food & Wine makes a list of the best bacon burgers in the country and curiously choose Shake Shack’s SmokeShack burger as Philadelphia’s best. True, the 20th Street location was the first Shake Shack to feature the SmokeShack as a regular menu option and we are fans of the New York based chain. But look around, like really, look out the window from Shake Shack and at Village Whiskey. In a list of bacon on burgers, it is difficult to imagine ignoring Village Whiskey’s Whiskey King. The $26, half-pound of beef burger, topped with maple bourbon glazed cipollini onions, Rogue blue cheese, applewood bacon and for good measure, foie gras has to be in the conversation.