In this week's paper we've got Adam Erace chowing down at the newly reopened Boot & Saddle. With the help of George Sabatino chef Christopher Davis's menu is at risk of outshining the Boot's booking.
We sit down with Justin Bogle, the chef of soon-to-open Avance about shedding Le Bec comparisons and future plans for the storied address.
A roundup of wintertime openings including loads of stuff on tap, Rittenhouse bistro fare and next level ice skating snacks.
This past Sunday the snow could not dampen the excitement for the Ex Hex and JD Samson & MEN show at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C. Though the first band (Coup Sauvage & The Snips) cancelled due to the weather, it was a scorcher inside the pizza-and-ping pong joint with rock and dancing to warm the soul.
I'm sad to report that Philly jazz legend Jimmy Amadie has passed away. He was, simply put, an amazing man. After a promising start to his career — playing with the likes of Red Rodney, Mel Torme, Woody Herman and so many more — he was diagnosed to severe tendonitis and limited him to just a few minutes of practice per month. Still, this didn't stop him from recording CDs, writing books and, as recounted in Shaun Brady's cover story from 2011, playing one final concert at the Art Museum.
According to the barrage of New Year's Eve-related emails that have landed in our inbox over the past couple of days (Open Bars! Lobster Thermidor! Weird stuff from the State Store!), it looks like it's about time to start making NYE plans.
Our buddies over at Cheu Noodle Bar (255 S. 10th St.) are rolling out a very special New Year's Eve menu for the 31st including plenty of schmancy stuff like lobster, foie, encapsulated oysters (!) and sparkling sake. The four courser is going for $75 a head and there are four seatings - 6, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 p.m. Cheu is promising a night of amazing food, music and awesome drinks and we're going to agree that this is definitely going to be one of the more exciting NYE prix fixes happening this year. Seating is reservation only so give 'em a call at 215-287-2533 to reserve your spot. Here's a peek at the menu:
We generally like to keep things on the up and up here at Meal Ticket but this is too good. Over at Foobooz Victor Fiorillo got his hands on this truly shameless pitch from a local PR person. Basically said PR person (we're not naming names) is asking for a restaurant to host her and her family for Christmas eve dinner in exchange for, well, PR? What kind of PR you ask? Basically a handful of Facebook and Instagram posts plus a shoutout in her newsletter. Apparently this is a "great way to reach tens of thousands of foodies." Jeez.
As you ay or may not know, there aren't too many options for Filipino food in Philly. Sure you can head way out to the Northeast on weekends to the Philippine Jeepney Grill (seriously, it's awesome) but today you've got another Filipino option. Beginning at noon today Audrey Claire chef Lou Boquila is serving up Filipino boxed lunches to take out at COOK (253 S. 20th St.) Chef Boquila is going to be making silog-style lunches to go i.e. your choice of chicken, beef or eggplant served with garlic fried rice, lumpia (Filipino spring rolls), fried eggs, flan and sago (kinda like tapioca pearls). All proceed from this lunch pop-up are going to benefit Typhoon Haiyan relief.