Posted by Foobooz on May 13th, 2013
Posted by Alex Tewfik on May 2nd, 2013
Kanella, the endearingly small, five-year-old Cyprian BYO sits at the corner of 10th and Spruce, containing wicker chairs, wooden tables, and exposed brick walls graced with copper cookware. Anything more would be a disservice to the chef. Food is the focus here, and there’s a certain necessitarianism to Konstantinos Pitsillides’s cooking—an effortless persuasion that this sort of cuisine should only be prepared by him, that there is exactly one way to compose each dish, and that Pitsillides is the only chef in the world doing it correctly. Soak your bread in the brightly spiced yogurt sauce that accompanies the lamb dumplings, and let his famed “katsiki” stew’s layers of flavor unwind for a lifetime. His food is convincing, his talent is compelling, and his restaurant is still worth a visit. Or a hundred.
1001 Spruce Street
Photo by Frances Olson
First appeared in the May, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Posted by Foobooz on April 22nd, 2013
Strangelove’s is set to open tomorrow, April 23rd. Yesterday we were invited to check out the two-floored space from the team that has brought us Memphis Taproom, Local 44 and Resurrection Ale House. The new space is their most ambitious yet, with 22-taps and a menu that will appeal to vegans and meat eaters alike. Brendan Hartranft promises a beer list that will always be worth a trip and judging by what was coming out of chef Paul Martin’s kitchen, there will be worthwhile food to pair with those beers. We tried the oh-so-buttery O. Redenbacher’s chili dusted popcorn and rueben croquettes that featured a Russian dressing that was distractingly good. We also downed a roasted turkey grinder with muffaletta spread that truly satisfied and finished it off with a lemon icebox cream pie, that we kept eating despite being way too full.
The grand opening kicks off at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, with complementary bites from the menu and a really impressive opening tap list.
Posted by Foobooz on April 17th, 2013
Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh have released the first update to the Cheu Noodle Bar menu since the noodle hot spot opened on April 1st. New to the menu are several items that have recently been running as specials:
- Fish Ribs with jicama, tamarind and herbs
- BBQ Pig Tails – ramp kimchi, sesame
- Peanut Noodles – ground duck, water spinach, foie gras
- Miso Noodles – smoked tofu, mushrooms
Posted by Foobooz on April 10th, 2013
Strangelove’s, the new Center City beer bar from Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly has announced its grand opening date. The two-floor bar with twenty tap lines is opening on Tuesday, April 23rd. The opening night blowout will feature a tap list to make all the beer geeks scream and complementary food from chef Paul Martin’s kitchen.
Regular service will begin on Wednesday, April 24th at 11:30 a.m. with the kitchen open till midnight, seven days a week.
We have to admit, this one excites us.
For more on Leigh Maida and how she and husband Brendan Hartranft select bar locations, read Liz Spikol’s interview with her over on Property.
Strangelove’s [Official Site]
April 1st, 2013
“Time to go open up a restaurant!” – Ben Puchowitz this morning as he prepares for the 3 p.m. opening of Cheu Noodle Bar.
Posted by Foobooz on March 7th, 2013
Toast has been open since the end of January but will be celebrating its grand opening with a free coffee giveaway tomorrow, Friday, March 8th from 7-9 a.m., and Saturday, March 9th from 9-11 a.m.
Toast offers coffee prepared by French press, pour-over and electric brewer. A dark, medium and light roast will be available daily and will feature single-blends from local roasters. Currently One Village, Philly Fair Trade Roasters and Green Street are all available.
Posted by Foobooz on March 4th, 2013
If you find yourself in Washington Square West and looking for lunch, Tria’s 12th and Spruce location is now opening every day at noon.
Tria [Official Site]
Posted by Arthur Etchells on February 27th, 2013
At Fork, Eli Kulp gave us something completely different.
Yesterday was the second night of Philly Cooks Week and we had Tasting Tours in Old City, Washington Square West and Rittenhouse Square. Yours truly, led the Old City tour that visited the expansion of Zahav, Eli Kulp’s duck feast at Fork and the Wonka-esque Shane’s Confectionery.
Posted by Foobooz on February 27th, 2013
Strangelove’s is motoring towards its opening. Last week we told you they had replaced the barn door with an honest to god, hinged variety and now they’ve named a chef. Paul Martin, most recently sous chef at Parc and the original chef at Catahoula will be in front of the stoves when Strangelove’s opens.
Martin, who was born in Louisiana and has cooked in Texas, the Pacific Northwest and even had a three year cycling career in France, will bring that wanderlust to Strangelove’s menu. The menu will also be compatible with the desire of co-owners Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly to create another affordable and accessible menu that is appealing to vegans/vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
Strangelove’s is looking at an early April opening as they await the liquor license transfer. For more on the recent civic association meeting, check out Philadelphia Real Estate Blog.
Strangelove’s [Official Site]