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! P.S. It's just Caroline this week. (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
Caroline Russock: CR
Adam Erace: AE
I spent a suburban Friday evening in Cherry Hill, kicking off the weekend with a scary bad cocktail from Bahama Breeze involving vodka, tequila and Fresca. In hindsight I probably should have gone with whatever frozen thing from the machine served with a shot on the side. Live and learn, I suppose. After a very serious grocery shopping trip to Wegman's I did the thing that I usually do after buying a ton of food - go out to eat. This time it was Thai and Korean lettuce wraps, spring rolls and edamame from Pei Wei, a fast casual place that I like a little too much.—CR
I'd hoped to get to Morgan's Pier early enough on Friday night for some George Sabatino grub, but alas it was just hot dogs for me on the decidedly fall-feeling deck. It hit the spot, though. The dog whisperer manning the cart crisped both the link and the bun on cast-iron pans. I added a squirt of Victory mustard to the dog and devoured it, followed by an ill-advised shot of Fireball whiskey.—AE
On Saturday morning I woke up and started on a batch of all-day Bolognese that made its was into a lasagna with leek-studded ricotta for dinner. After dinner I swung by B2 to check out Hawk Krall's art show and then over to Boot & Saddle for a few pints of Ballast Point Sculpin. The room looks great, the sound is awesome and I'm more than a little stoked to check out George Sabatino's upcoming anti-gastropub menu. After Boot & Saddle I headed up to Voyeur for Chromatics and Glass Candy (ohmygodsogood) and from what I can recall, a few too many rum and cokes.—CR
Saturday involved an Official-City-Paper-Business visit to a.bar in Rittenhouse. You'll have to wait till next week's paper for the details, but for now get a load of this pretty Haitian Wedding cooler.—AE
Because one mall trip in a weekend is definitely not enough I started out Sunday with lunch at The Cheesecake Factory in King of Prussia. After Friday's disastrous cocktail at Bahama Breeze I was skeptical about my choice, a blend of melon, mint and gin, but man, that thing was delicious. Entree-wise I went with a fried chicken salad that was basically a pile of pretty alright boneless fried chicken served with a kale salad. Does Cheesecake think that this trickery will convince people that this is a healthy option? Possible. Regardless, it was pretty okay. After some serious mall time I went joined my family for dinner at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne where the beer menu is mind blowing and the escargot and fried artichokes were pretty damned good.—CR
Beat the crowds at Green Eggs Cafe by breakfasting hellishly early on Sunday. This is their huevos rancheros, which are served over pulled pork taquito-type things. Also had to get a sidecar of my favorite, often-imitated-never-duplicated quinoa porridge. Ran errand, planted flowers and watched football for the rest of the day. With my fantasy team in shambles, I consoled myself with Santucci's.—AE
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