Excited for the premier of Anchorman 2? Of course you are! Well, so are the good folks at The P.O.P.E. and The Industry. These two South Philly favorites have teamed up for a totally awesome midnight showing of the long awaited sequel, offering up an amazing $20 deal that gets you a pint at both bars plus a ticket to the premier on December 19th at Riverview. Allagash, Brooklyn Brewery and Shawnee are the beer sponsors and there's going to be a Ron Burgundy-inspired raffle - bottles of Sex Panther, anyone? Tickets are available at The P.O.P.E. (1501 E. Passyunk Ave.), The Industry (1401 E. Moyamensing Ave.) and The Foodery (various locations). Oh, and if you haven't watched the trailer yet, please do so immediately.
If you haven't been to High Street on Market (308 Market St.) yet (seriously, what are you doing?), this video from the folks at HyLo Labs does an A+ job documenting the transformation of the space from Fork etc. into its new and totally amazing new restaurant. Please prepare yourself for some borderline NSFW pastrami pics and a soundtrack courtesy of Roots producer Khari Mateen.
The second location of Old City Thai-Malaysain spot Aqua (120 S. 15th St.) quietly opening on November 29th. The unassuming street-level storefront at 15th and Sansom has a couple of counter seats but is mainly geared towards takeout. The menu is an even split between familiar Thai dishes like papaya salad and pad see ew and more exotic Malaysian offerings such as roti canai (a flaky pancake served with coconut potato curry) and be;can noodles with shrimp paste. Also worth a mention is Aqua's 12 item gluten free menu (Lettuce wraps! Panang curry!) and delivery until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends.
We've been hearing rumors of Mario Batali's massive Italian superstore-enoteca-birreria-dining-complex, Eataly, for quite a while now. Honestly, it's one of those pipe dreams that we didn't want to put too much stock into lest the rumors not come to fruition. Well, it looks like Eataly is coming to Philly according to Batali business partner Joe Bastianich. Yesterday, the opening day for the Chicago outpost of Eataly, Bastianich told the Chicago Reader that they're planning on cutting the ribbon at the Philadelphia location sometime in the next year. And, as rumored (and teased by Macro Verti), the Batali battalion is looking at the old Strawbridge's building at 8th and Market.
A PR rep tells us Avance (1523 Walnut St.) is "shooting to open for business next week," and no lie, in a heady field of new openings, this is the one Meal Ticket is most excited to check out.
In case you've been living under a rock, here are the specs: Justin Bogle is from Roxborough but has been cooking in New York, where he became the youngest chef to earn two Michelin stars during his tenure at Gilt. He's partnered with Chris Scarduzio to open modern American Avance in the old Le Bec. The storied address has been completely revamped--unlike the tepid re-do under LBF 2.0's Nic Fanucci--and now features a living green wall in lieu of gilded chandeliers.
Food and drinks specifics are scarce and best gleaned through the restaurant's Twitter: a living-edge walnut bar with a built-in glass rinser, serving vessels made from dehydrated tuna spines, a liquor collab with Hop Sing, a sweetbread dish with parsnip and fermented pumpkin jus... While you're waiting with patiently for Avance to officially open, we suggest checking out the well-done video on their website. It's got Bogle rocking a D'Alessandro's T (Rox represent!) while reverently sniffing Tom Culton's produce at the Headhouse farmers' market with sous chef Shane from Walking Dead, as well as a Scott Schroeder cameo. http://avancephiladelphia.com
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! (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
Adam Erace: AE
Carolione Russock: CR
Somehow I managed to do a little (okay, a whole lot, single malts and Meursault are as traditional as turkey and cranberries, right?) more drinking than eating on Thanksgiving which meant waking up on Friday feeling, oh, let's just call it a little rough around the edges. In other words, in serious need of a burger. I had a hunch that the new University City location of Shake Shack would be the spot to avoid the Black Friday masses. My assumption was correct and the Shack burger, cheese fries and root beer float helped immensely, as did the rest of the day spent laying on the couch.—CR
I started the holiday weekend early with my buddies for our annual Guys' Night Out (TM) dinner. This is the third year we'e been doing it at Modo Mio, whose $35 turista menu you still cannot beat, especially for a group. Twelve of us took over a long table in the dining room, where we proceeded to gorge on the chewy, thick-crusted molassesy bread served, as usual, with whipped ricotta in a pool of olive oil. I had the mussels, floating in a potent white wine, lemon-and-butter elixir, followed by toasted carrot gnocchi and unctuous short ribs. It was all terrific, especially for the price. The fellas headed to Frankford Hall, but I had to get home to get on Thanksgiving prep: sunchokes and parsnips for 30 roasted with garlic and sage, and a giant fruit salad with blueberry whipped cream.—AE
It's the first Monday of the month and that means Industry Night at Alla Spina (1410 Mt. Vernon St.) For this edition, the Vetri folks are keeping it in the family and celebrating the release of Jeff Michaud's new cookbook, Eating Italy. Michaud and Alla Spina chef Pat Szoke are going to be laying out a free buffet made up of recipe selections from the book and the bar is going to have plenty of cheap beer and cocktail specials to pair with it. As usual the party starts at 10 p.m., all you need is a pay stub to prove your industry cred.
Oh and there's an added bonus coming with tonight's festivities - the first 75 guests get to go home with a copy of Eating Italy.
After a long run in Old City, Sugars (formerly known as Sugar Mom's) has called it quits. Meal ticket tipster and longtime Old City resident Terry Lee Barrett tells us the the carnival-themed basement bar called it quits on November 23rd. Guy Smith, bartender at neighboring Fork had this to say about the Church Street Stalwart: "It was the first place you went to when came to Old City. It was a first with old school video games, great beer, falafels and on time music. It was the original bohemian cool place before a lot of hipster stuff came around. Kathy had the look 20 years ago before Sailor Jerry and the Suicide Girls."
Monday, November 25
Pre-Thanksgiving feasts and new Israeli favorites on Notes from the Weekend.
Tuesday, November 26
Kraftwork gets fancy with a filet and foie gras cheesesteak.
Wednesday, November 27
Our guide to pre-holiday drinking rounds up some of the city's divey deals.
Manayunk's newest taqueria reviewed and a few good bottles from the state store in this week's paper.