Notes from the Weekend is a feature that sees the members of Team Meal Ticket compiling all the food/drink highlights uncovered during prime eatin' time, Friday to Sunday. We'd love to hear all about YOUR weekend eating adventures in the comments. Go for it!. Better late than never, amiright? (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
Adam Erace: AE
Caroline Russock: CR
After spending Friday eating my way around the Northeast (hello, Keralan curries and plates of Uzbek herring) I opted for a night in. It was a cool weather kind of evening that involved plenty of whiskey on the rocks and a big pot of chicken and rice soup made (in record time) in the pressure cooker, finished with a shower of chopped cilantro and scallions.—CR
Friday was dinner from Chinatown newcomer, Xi'an Sizzling Woks, the details of which I must keep under wraps until next week's paper. Sorry, guys. I promise to tell you all about the chongqing chicken then.—AE
On Saturday it was back to the Northeast for another round of exploration, this time a trip to Philippine Jeepney Grill for, well, we ate everything including this gorgeous halo-halo. Why so many NE eats? You'll find out on October 31st. Back at home I mixed up a few rounds of calamasi-gin-Campari cocktails before heading to Voyeur to check out Fuck Buttons and have a few more gin and tonics.—CR
Saturday = Santucciday. The Most Perfect Salad (bibb, pickled red onions, Granny Smiths, celery and candied leeks) followed by an Uncle Joe's stromboli, of which I ate the whole thing in the dark, hence the lack of pictures. It was a weird night.—AE
On Sunday I woke up with dim sum on the brain. After spending far too long reading Yelp reviews of every single dim sum place in town (an always entertaining time waster) I decided on Ocean City. They were still going strong when I showed up at the decidedly late dim sum hour of 2 p.m. Not sure if it was the timing but, well, let's just say that I'll probably do some further exploration. Back at the house it was delivery from Celebre's, the only place in South Philly (or anywhere, as far as I know) to offer not only a half plain/half (love it or hate it) pizzazz pizza and a pizza box featuring Snoopy.—CR
Sunday I wandered over the Mildred for brunch. Mike Santoro's biscuit game is sick. Like Carla Goncalves at Ugly American levels, guys. Go there now. Biscuits come as a separate side or with the sunny egg/short rib hash thing.—AE
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