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
On Friday after a few happy hour pints at the Khyber I walked over to Tria's Fermentation School for an hour and a half of wine education that included some stunning sips of lesser known reds like Lagrein and Chinon. Post wine class I headed back down to South Philly for a can of Ballast Point Big Eye IPA at Garage and then over to Fountain Porter for a burger followed by a few beers at The Dolphin.—CR
I laid low Friday so let's skip straight to Saturday, my second visit to Ellen Yin and Eli Kulp's High Street on Market. Weekday to weekend, the vibe was totally different--"Busiest day so far," said Yin--with a full-frontal lazy brunch scene filling in the sun-washed storefront. My order skewed more lunch-y, with the soft, squishy, warm, gooey duck meatball sandwich on impeccable sesame-semolina bread (you'll need extra napkins) and bowl of heirloom tomato salad accessorized with cucumber, red onion shaved thinner than butterfly wings and lemony herbs. A very dignified plum tea cake, too. I'd bring it to the Crawleys' for dinner. Later, ordered dinner in from Marra's, a very proper veal Parm with sides of gnocchi and Ratatouille (the movie).—AE
On Saturday morning I drove down to Cape May for a friend's wedding. I missed the beachside ceremony but made it in time for the VFW reception where I learned that all wedding receptions should have serve-yourself taps. On my way back to the city I stopped off at Revel for a quick mango margarita at Distrito. A serious nacho craving landed me at Cantina for a plate of steak nachos and a few more margaritas and then over to The Dolphin (yeah, again) for a few more.—CR
A lazy Sunday was spent mostly on the couch with homemade ham and avocado tortas. The plan for that evening was to checkout George Sabatino's new dinner menu at Boot & Saddle and that's exactly what I did. We made our way through almost everything on the menu and I've got to say, thumbs up. Warm focaccia with fennel butter and fried shallots, cauliflower croquettes and smashed celery root with braised beef cheeks, parsley-garlic butter and pomegranate seeds were all out of control awesome.—CR
Sunday, C and I soaked in the crisp fall morning with brunch at Green Eggs.Went with the hearty short rib benedict, a new addition, I think, and a sidecar of quinoa porridge. Roasted Wyebrook chicken breasts for dinner, turned butternut squash into a velvet puree with the help of my Vitamix and threw together a very High Street-esque salad of white nectarines, shaved cucumber, blue cheese and pickled tomatoes and chilies from my garden.—AE
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