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Archive: March, 2012

Squeal! Scrapple gets its props

Friday, March 30, 2012, 10:06 AM
Scrapple - that Pennsylvania Dutch-rooted porcine delicacy that even adherents will admit is made from "everything but the oink" - has made The Daily Meal's list of "18 American Foods You Have to Travel For." "A fried slice of mashed-together pig parts might not sound like your everyday breakfast... Read more

Getting ready to rumble

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 3:36 PM
Want a ringside seat for a fun afternoon of burger-eating? Check out this year's edition of Burger Brawl, coming off May 6 at the Fleisher Art Memorial. It's a benefit for Meredith Elementary School. Rouge owner and Brawl organizer Rob Wasserman has a son enrolled at the school, which will apply... Read more

Drama from Gordon Ramsay?

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 3:31 PM
Gordon Ramsay ... our hero. The promos for Friday's episode of Kitchen Nightmares take us to Zocalo, the Mexican restaurant in University City. The owners, Greg and Maria Russell, seem to be headed for divorce court. The restaurant is tanking. Based on a phone chat Wednesday - four months after the... Read more

Empanada Alley is called off

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 2:28 PM
Old City's Cuba Libre had planned to sell empanadas out of the back door on Strawberry Street, with proceeds going to charity. It's not happening. In a statement, co-owner Barry Gutin says: "We’ve decided not to open Empanada Alley at the back of our restaurant because of neighborhood concerns... Read more

Phillies food lineup: Loaded

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 2:23 PM
Aramark and the Phillies unveiled the lineup of new food selections to be served this season at Citizens Bank Park. I don't see Cardiologists Night at the Ballpark on the schedule, that's for sure. ("A free stent to the first 10,000 fans...") Harry the K’s, the sit-down restaurant in left field... Read more

Save 20% at 10 Japanese restaurants

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 10:18 AM
Dine Out Japan, part of the Cherry Blossom Festival, is April 15-19. Coupons are available that will give you a 20 percent discount on meals at 10 participating Japanese restaurants, including Morimoto. On board are Fat Salmon in Center City, Fuji Mountain in Center City, Headhouse in Society Hill... Read more

A bar honoring The Industry

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 12:48 PM
Dave Garry and Heather Gleason of Center City’s Good Dog Bar, with Tom Darby, are setting up their Pennsport pub with the people of the restaurant industry in mind. (They'll get a discount.) They say "spring" for The Industry (1401 E. Moyamensing Ave., 215-271-9500) - taking over for The Witch... Read more

The Boilermaker gives it a shot

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 12:35 PM
Philly is (or was, before all this "craft cocktail" rage began) a shot-and-a-beer kind of town. Such is the philosophy behind The Boilermaker, which soft-opens Saturday, March 24 at 216 S. 11th St. across from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in what most people remember as the old Doc Watson's... Read more

Nan Zhou's new location

Friday, March 23, 2012, 10:50 AM
Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House, one of the tastiest bargains in all of Chinatown, has relocated a block and a half from its former dumpy walk-up. It's now at 1022 Race St. The former Pho 75 has been transformed into a mod spot with a neon-ringed ceiling. Same menu. Plans for the old location are... Read more

Hold the strip steak: Christine's Cabaret closes

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 1:55 PM
Perhaps you did, in fact, dine at the steakhouse inside Christine's Cabaret by the Auto Mall on Passyunk Avenue. If you did, you'd know that the strip club's showroom was visible from the dining room through one-way mirrors. (And if you happened to visit the dancers' dressing room, as I did while... Read more
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