The Strip Joint | SoWe, the GradHo gastropub at the corner of 22nd and Carpenter has been transformed into The Strip Joint, a new take on a steak house offering up full steak dinners for less than $20. Bil-ling itself as an alternative to the pricier temples of ten-derloin in the city, The Strip Joint has three steak op-tions (steak maison aka strip loin, New York strip and filet mignon) all served with frites and a salad for $19. Reimagined steak-house sides like creamed spinach and kale and sauteed wild mushrooms all served way after Center City steak houses have turned off their grills. Tue.-Thu., 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-1 a.m. 918 S. 22nd St., 215-545-5790, phillystripjoint.com.
Tortas Frontera | Top Chef Master/PBS celeb/booster of all things Mexican Rick Bayless makes his Philadelphia debut with Tortas Frontera, a Mexican quick-serve on Penn’s campus. The affordable offerings are geared to the college crowd with a smart lineup of pressed tortas, soups, flatbreads, top-your-own guac bar and breakfast options. Bayless and company have brought in local roasters Rival Bros., who are working on a custom blend for both drip coffee and espresso drinks. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 3601 Locust Walk.
Garage | Garage has been an East Passyunk go-to for a killer canned beer selection and skeeball since they opened back in June but up until recently the edible offerings were limited to BYO cheesesteaks. Now they’ve got their indoor food cart all set up and ready to host a rotating lineup of big name chefs from restaurants and food carts around town including Trevor Budny of Avance, Sean Magee of Time and Street Food Philly. Mon.-Thu., 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4 p.m.-2 a.m. 1231 E. Passyunk Ave., garagephilly.com.
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