Food & Drinks

Restaurants, bars, and all the food of Philadelphia.

Neon Lobster opens in South Philly

Neon Lobster, a gourmet Seafood takeout restaurant, opens at 2101 S. 3rd St, on the corner of 3rd St and Snyder. Neon Lobster stands at the boundary of the Pennsport and Whitman neighborhoods, technically belonging in the latter.

Neon Lobster
Neon Lobster sign via Neon Lobster Facebook

Last we heard, Neon Lobster was finalizing renovations and serving a limited menu of breakfast and La Colombe coffee. The full menu has not yet been made available, but they are accepting orders for holiday platters.

Neon Lobster Philly Platter
Neon Lobster announced order availability via Facebook

Justino Jimenez sells Los Jimenez

In November, chef Justino Jimenez sold Los Jimenez Mexican Cocin at Sixth Street and Oregon Avenue in the Whitman neighborhood. The loss of Jimenez, a previous Vetri chef, was a big disappointment for the residents of South Philadelphia.

Under new ownership, Los Jimenez has been rebranded as San Miguelito and continues to serve Mexican cuisine to the residents of South Philly.

Jimenez himself has taken over Logan Square Pizza behind the Franklin Institute and renamed it the Logan Square Pizza and Cocina. Logan Square Pizza and Cocina now serves al pastor in addition to their original pizza and menu items.

Fish Tacos from Los Jimenez
Chef Jimenez’s famous tacos will be missed in South Philly (via Michael Klein)

What was the reason for the big move? Is it the expansion of an empire or was South Philly simply too difficult to maneuver and profit?

Pennsport Beer Peddlers: a successful opening

Philadelphia’s most recently opened beer retailer has been enjoying the fine weather and support of local beer enthusiasts. Beer Peddlers, located at 1942 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd in the Pennsport neighborhood of South Philly, has seen tremendous success since it’s opening last week.

Part of the success may be due to the fact that is located next to Fine Wine and Good Spirits Store. Mostly, we think it’s due to their large selection of craft, import, and domestic beers.

Pennsport Beer Peddlers
Beer Peddlers is located right next to the liquor store (image via Beer Peddlers Facebook)
Pennsport Beer Peddlers Opening Doors
Beer Peddlers opens their door wide in support of the fine weather (image via Beer Peddlers Facebook)

Art & Craft Beer: Black Cat Tavern coming to South Philly

Black Cat Tavern plans to open at 12th and Oregon, where Cheech’s Beef & Ale once stood. Owners Marlise Tkaczuk and Tom Ball reveal that their draft will include craft beers and the bar menu will be Polish inspired. Tkaczuk will also be utilizing her talent to curate art shows at the bar.

Black Cat Tavern is scheduled to open in the Lower Moyamensing in January 2016. This tavern is the something new, artistic, and cultural that South Philly has been awaiting.

Cheech's closes for Black Cat Tavern
Cheech’s Beef and Ale will be gone and Black Cat Tavern will make it’s grand opening

Authentic Asian Dining in Lower Moyamensing

Along the Lower Moyamensing neighborhood, Cambodia Town serves some of the most authentic asian food in South Philadelphia. None of these little eateries have the grandeur of Washington Ave or Chinatown restaurants, but they have quality and richness of authenticity. The loyalty of the locals who have tried and loved their food have helped them prevail in South Philly for decades.

Influx of new residents have led to newly found fame of some of the restaurants in the once self-contained neighborhood. It will still takes courage to venture out to the unfamiliar ground and cross the language barrier. Be adventurous.

Cafe Vinh Long (2225 S 7th St; 215-334-8505; vinhlong.farphilly.com) is a small, simple restaurant cafe that makes fresh Vietnamese hoagies, or banh mi, right in front of you. Sure, you can travel to Washington Ave and other parts of South Philly to eat the mainstream Ba Le hoagie, or you could try this hidden gem. The Vietnamese coffee are made to order with French coffee drips.

New Phnom Penh (2301 S 7th St; 215-389-2122) is a hole-in-the-wall, less than 10-tables seating cafe that serves the absolute best Phnom Penh Noodle Soup (Hu Tieu Nam Vang) in Philadelphia. The streets around here are small, with less than inviting looks and some language barriers – but don’t let that stop you from trying some of the best Cambodian comfort food in the city, as reviewed by the Philadelphia Weekly.

 

Cambodian Noodle Soup
Noodle Soup with extra veggies and hot sauce via instagram

 

Other notable nearby Khmer eateries in Lower Moyamensing and Whitman neighborhoods:

Heng Seng Restaurant
2217 S. Seventh St.
215-755-5390

I Heart Cambodia
2207 S. Seventh St.
215-755-2728

Khmer Kitchen
1700 S. Sixth St.
215-755-2222

Khmer Sweet Basil
1801 S. Sixth St.
215-465-2329

Breezy’s Cafe Not Closing Permanently

Philly.com gave Point Breeze residents quite a scare when they announced in their headline that Breezy Cafe located at 1200 Point Breeze was closing. Kristin from Breezy’s Cafe was quick to ensure fans that Breezy’s Cafe is looking for a new location to move to and will not be closing permanently.

The building where Breezy’s Cafe now resides was listed on craigslist by OFC Reality, which caused a disturbance in the neighborhood. Ori Feibush of OFC Reality was singled out by some locals as a source of the confusion. Feibush addressed the criticisms thrown his way, but the details behind the situation remains unclear.

Breezys Cafe

Kristin’s Facebook message:

Hi friends,
I wanted to reach out and say thank you to everyone who has expressed concern about Breezy’s Cafe “closing”…and to let you know that it’s totally not true! Not sure why philly.com went with such an ominous headline, but we’re not closing! Take a deep breath, go to your happy place, and rest easy tonight on a bed of organic, sustainable greens wink emoticon.
We heard your feedback about the heating and cooling and, as many of you know, we’ve also had some (many) issues with water leaking. Attempts have been made to fix the problems, but so far without success. Since I’ve just been made aware that I will not be getting a new lease, you will not have to worry about those issues we’ve been having any longer!
Let’s worry about a better location to serve the community! We don’t just serve Point Breeze, we’re part of it, and that’s the way it’s going to stay.
Love you guys!
– Kristin
P.S. Point Breeze location suggestions welcome! Send me a message! ‪#‎pointbreezepride‬

Ori Feibush’s Facebook response:

Many of you asked me over the last few days why “I am pushing Breezy’s out” of their current location. I am not.
You asked me why I couldn’t try and make things work. I have.
You asked me why I haven’t given them a second chance. They had a dozen second chances.
You asked me why I had to let them find out through social media that their space was for rent. I did not. I told them 4 months ago.
You asked me why I couldn’t give them the first opportunity to lease their space again. I did.
You believed these tall tails because every story must have a hero and a villain and OCF must be that villain.
The truth is that Breezy’s had an opportunity that no small business owner ever gets. It’s an opportunity others could only dream of. Rather than take that opportunity and run with it, they took a crap all over it.
I spent $150,000 of my own money to help Breezy’s open up at 1200 Point Breeze. That amount does not include the year of free rent which I gave them to get on their feet, the fronting of their security deposit so they could open the doors without spending a dollar, or the thousands I spent with a smile on my face for taxes and insurance to make their lives as easy as possible.
You may also think that I own the building where Breezy’s is. I do not. I leased it for the sole purpose of giving them a real chance after they picked a terrible first location. Any of you who are disparaging my team are welcome to do the exact same thing for their next location.
All of that said, life is too short to hold ill will and I consider this to be a simple reminder that no good deed goes unpunished.
I wish Breezy’s nothing but success and hope they find their new location to be even better than their old.

Best New Restaurants Coming to South Philly

Philadelphia is quickly becoming the best city for foodies. It is only a matter of time before it is declared the food capital of the country. These newly opened and soon to open restaurants are must tries for any food enthusiast.

South Philly Eatery

Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina
Whitman: 2654 S. Sixth St.
Vetri chef Justino Jimenez specializes in the al pastor, succulent bits of pork shaved from a pineapple-marinated spit and served with chopped onion, cilantro and avocado. This new South Philly eatery is a hidden gem on the dated streets of Oregon ave. Arguably the best taco eatery in Philadelphia, Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina is disguised as a small, hole-in-the-wall corner store.

Stargazy
East Passyunk: 1838 East Passyunk Avenue
Opening this Friday, August 28 on East Passyunk is chef Sam Jacobson’s Stagazy, featuring traditional English dishes. The menu will include savory pies, along with other specialty baked goods, puddings and house-made breads. Look for the doors to open Friday, August 28.

Coeur
Bella Vista: 824 S. 8th Street
The latest restaurant to spring from the team behind Memphis Taproom, Local 44 and other superior spots, Coeur is a Montreal-style bistro with approachable, easygoing fare that features options for everyone from meat eaters to vegans. The doors open with a party on September 18.

Neuf
Bella Vista: 943 S. 9th Street
It’s so difficult getting a table at Joncarl Lochman’s popular Noord that he opened up this new restaurant to share more Nordic cuisine with South Philadelphia.

Buckminster’s
Point Breeze: 1200 S. 21st Street
Buckminser’s “neo-bistro” menu will be available later this fall.

Fourth and Cross
Pennsport: 1527 S. 4th Street
South Philly’s Pennsport and Whitman neighborhoods have been sorely lacking on the brunch department up until now. Newly opened Fourth and Cross features a farm-to-table menu that focuses on simple and fresh items like pancakes, burgers and sandwiches.

Hungry Pigeon
Queen Village: 743 S. 4th Street
Chef Scott Schroeder’s creativity knows no limits and soon, with the opening of Hungry Pigeon on Fabric Row, he’ll add an all-day café with dinner service to his restaurant portfolio.

Kanella Queen Village
Queen Village: 757 S. Front Street
Kanella’s previous location in Washington Square West closed down, but chef Konstantinos Pitsillades plans to open a new edition of this famous eatery in Queen Village this fall.

Win Sky Free Brunch at Top of the Tower

SkyBrunch for 2 Giveaway

Top of the Tower offers SkyBrunch every Sunday from 10AM through 2PM. Dine 50 stories above the streets of the city. Brunch is $50/pp, children 3 to 12 pay $1.00 per birthday. Kids 2 and under are FREE. SkyBrunch is located on the 50th floor of Three Logan Square 1717 Arch Street. Underground garage parking is available for $10.

During Center City Sips only, enter to win a free brunch date for 2 every Wednesday during sips. Four winners will be drawn during the 5-7pm sips hours.

SkyBrunch for 2 Giveaway

SkyBrunch at Top of the Tower
1717 Arch Street
50th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 557-1999