Center City District Restaurant is open through Jan. 21, and critic Craig LaBan picks his favorites for outdoor dining and takeaway. Also this week, there are a few restaurant shakes, including a new chef owner at Kanella, the closure of Jones and the scrapping of 13th Street streeteries.
I start with a quiz. The Grubhub delivery app summed up 2021 by listing its top-five menu items ordered in Philadelphia. Rank the following in order:
one. crab cake sandwich, b. turkey avocado wrap, c. cookie and cream milkshake, d. cheesesteak sandwich, e. cheesesteak pizza
Read on for the answer. (Yes, they really said “cheesesteak sandwich.” Sigh.)
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January is typically a slow month in the restaurant industry. After a rock-solid December, Philadelphia restaurateurs are telling me that the store is decidedly shut down in these first days of 2022, as fears of the omicron variant keep customers (especially older customers) out of dining rooms. It is perhaps even more a factor than the city’s new vaccine mandate.
Center City District Restaurant Week started January 9, and critic Craig LaBan offers ideas for outdoor dining and takeaway that organizers are pushing for. Is either an optimal set-up for a Philly food adventure? asks Craig. “Probably not, given the scorching temperatures outside. Then again, some of the best outdoor structures are warming up. And also: think about the grim challenges our restaurants face again heading into a long, cold winter, and consider this another inventive opportunity to support your favorite companies when they need it most. ” The promotion offers $ 25 lunches and $ 40 dinners.
And while I have you here: If you received a gift card during the holidays, use it now. And tip lavishly.
Contributor Adam Erace offers recipes for three sophisticated winter cocktails that can make it feel a little more like going out to stay home. The Dawn Departure you see above looks particularly intriguing as it combines elements from two classics, Aviation and French 75.
Erace, who contributed to the latest book The cocktail workshop, offered recipes for fall cocktails (and a non-alcoholic drink) a few months ago.
Both customers and workers were shocked by the unexpected closure of Lost Bread Co.’s year old store at 2218 Walnut St. a few days ago. Baker Alex Bois and business partner Avram Hornik are divorcing. The result is that Lost for the spring will find itself back in Kensington with not just a bakery but a café. A GoFundMe has been set up to support the seven employees.
Jones, the comfort food specialist that Stephen Starr opened in 2002 on Seventh and Chestnut Streets, has actually shut down after being shut down during the entire pandemic. Starr said he would love to revive it one day. Check out the article and use the link to contribute your own Jones memories.
Cinnamon, the acclaimed, uncomplicated Mediterranean kebab house in Center City, has had a chef-ownership change after 13 years in which Konstantinos Pitsillides stepped aside. Chef Tayfun Abuska brings a Turkish flair to the menu. And would you think there is a Zahav connection?
The top of the ceramic tagine is lifted and the lemon-scented steam rises to the ceiling at. Tajine in the White House, a cozy little place tucked away between a trophy shop and a florist in the center of Bryn Mawr with cozy banquet seats. There is a juicy half chicken inside along with olives, canned lemon and the spice mixture ras el hanout, a suitably full-bodied, stomach-warming winter night dish.
BYOB is the ownership debut for the Kabbaj family. The patriarch, Mohammad, is a local restaurant veteran, and the matriarch, Fouzia, cooks from their home country of Morocco – the lamb tagine ($ 38) is the most popular option, next to the chicken ($ 26). Start with mezze, such as hummus, tabbouleh and chicken or fish pastilla, or a combination.
In an effort to satisfy everyone, the White House also offers a separate menu of cheesesteaks, mozzarella sticks, pizza, burgers and gyros, mostly for takeaway and delivery.
White House Tajine, 1047 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Opening hours: 11.00-23.30 Monday to Friday, 10.00-23.30 Saturday and 11.00-23.00 Sunday.
Wing it forward, opening Wednesday, January 12 at Whole Hog Cafe’s location in the feed mill in Medford Village Mall (67 N. Main St., Medford), has a mission. For every 10 wings purchased, one more meal is purchased through the organization Feed My Starving Children. Hours: 11.30-20.00 daily.
Philadelphia says it needs to arrange street lighting on several blocks of 13th Street in Washington Square West, so the outdoor streeteries need to relocate. Deadline is January 20, but many are already gone.
Haddonfields Pizza crime now sells pizzas from Philly’s Love City Brewing on Tuesday.
Readers pull the boneless wings off DJ Khaleds Another Wing ghost kitchen (tip by @stephanieross) and arancini from Jose Garces’ Hook & Master in Kensington (via @talia_henry_besties). Eat a dish worth sharing? Share a photo with me on Instagram.
The answer is d, c, a, e, b. Grubhub says the best-ordered food in Philly in 2021 was the cheesesteak, followed by a cookie and cream milkshake, a sandwich with crab cake, cheesesteak pizza and turkey avocado wrap. Hungry now? Let us guide you to our favorite cheesesteaks.
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