Saturday, February 13, 2016

Restaurant notes: New chef at Gunners Run

Perch Pub to discount burgers, Citizens Bank Park sinks in a PETA poll.

Restaurant notes: New chef at Gunners Run


Gunners Run, the pub at the Piazza at Schmidt's, lost chef Shawn Sollberger shortly after its opening. It has brought in Sarah Mays, a Chicago native and a Johnson & Wales University baking and pastry grad whose Philly experiences include FARMiCiA, Day
By Day, and Artisserie Bakery & Cafe. Her new dishes include Fried Mac & Cheese, Grilled Goat Cheese sandwich, and, as part of a solid vegetarian/vegan menu section, what she calls the Super Veg. It's a vegan entree consisting of roasted vegetables, herbs, and sautéed greens, served with a side of quinoa and black bean salad.

Perch Pub, the former Upstares at Varalli at Broad and Locust Streets, will sell half-price burgers on Memorial Day (May 30). The beef is custom-ground by butcher Pat La Frieda. You have to say "rooster" to get the discount.

And a shocker in the non-meat-eating world: Citizens Bank Park is now ranked second by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in terms of ballpark food. For four years running, CBP was No. 1. In rankings announced Monday, AT&T Park in San Francisco got the top spot. "The only thing sweeter than a World Series championship is knowing that no animals had to suffer for a tasty ballpark meal," PETA crowed. "Mouthwatering meat-free options at AT&T Park include veggie dogs, veggie burgers, portobello mushroom sandwiches, meatless burritos, grilled vegetable sandwiches, and noodles with ginger, sesame, and veggies."

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