StreetSide, a low-key, budget-priced Vietnamese BYOB at 165 W. Girard Ave. (267-737-9165), across from the liquor store in Northern Liberties, joins a small collection of nearby Viet storefront eateries, including SameSame in Northern Liberties and Stock in Fishtown.
Co-owner My Huynh, who grew up in South Philadelphia, has 14 seats on the ground floor. There's seating upstairs for a couple dozen more people. The easy-to-decipher, somewhat politically incorrect menu includes vermicelli bowls, fried spring rolls, rice paper rolls, dumplings, banh mi, baked mussels, edamame topped with "Viet crack" (chili salt), and "happy endings" (aka dessert) including doughnuts and flan.
Drinks (from the category labeled "me thirsty") include mocktails such as basil seed lemongrass, and pineapple lychee. It's open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. every day but Tuesday.
Ting Wong shuffles
Ting Wong - one of Chinatown's better duck-house bargains - has closed, but workers say it will reopen soon as Ming Wong. The original owner will assume management of the spot, at 138 N. 10th St. Ting Wong closed for six weeks last fall during a management change that coincided with a renovation.
The Logan, the hotel replacing the Four Seasons on Logan Square, will have a public roof bar on its ninth floor, with a view of Logan Circle and the Parkway. "Ninth floor" is correct. Hotel developers have extended the elevator shaft to allow passage. Food will be provided by Urban Farmer, the hotel's steak house. The hotel and Urban Farmer are due to open in December.
The University of Pennsylvania this week got a renovated Saxbys coffee shop at 40th and Locust Streets. Nov. 16 will bring the opening of Honeygrow, the salad/stir fry/smoothie specialist, at 3731 Walnut St. Due early next year are Beefsteak, a veggie-focused eatery from chef Jose Andres at Houston Hall (3417 Spruce St.), and a Spread Bagelry at 36th and Chestnut Streets that will have a bar.
Here's the beef
The burger wars continue. One casualty is Good Stuff Eatery, which opened a year ago at 108 S. 18th St. amid a flurry of interest surrounding co-owner Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef fame. Corporate did not return a message for comment on the closing. Meanwhile, Wahlburgers - fronted by Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg - is looking at a January opening at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties.
Italian by the river
New and next to the Fillmore in Fishtown is Travinia Italian Kitchen (1000 Frankford Ave., 267-687-2020), a wine-bar chain from "that hotbed of Italian food, Greenville, South Carolina," says co-owner Mark Craig. Travinia, whose dozen locations are mostly in the South, is operating as a BYOB till the liquor license is squared away. Most dinner entrees are $14 to $23. It's open for lunch and dinner.
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