Eat ThisBrunch Donuts at The Industry
Sure, it’s listed as a dessert on the dinner menu, but because weekend mornings are made for indulgence, Pennsport’s newest haunt (from the owners of Center City’s Good Dog Bar) offers the treats front and center on the brunch menu. Chef Pat Szoke makes a cake dough that's quick-fried and rolled in copious amounts of cinnamon and sugar. Break each one open and spread the housemade preserves on the warm interior for a jelly donut experience you won’t find at the drive-through ($6; 11 AM-4 PM, Saturday-Sunday; 1401 E. Moyamensing Ave.; 215-271-9500).
Alla Spina Sausage Cheesesteak
Whether or not the new sandwich on the menu at the North Broad Vetri Family beer bar actually belongs under the moniker “cheesesteak,” we’ll leave to the experts, but we do know it’s begging to be in our belly. Sausage is chopped and tossed with fried onions, then doused with the beer cheese dip usually served alongside the pretzel nuggets. Speaking of pretzels, all that gooey goodness is then slid between halves of a salt-studded pretzel roll. Served with a side of housemade chips for $12, this has hangover cure written all over it (1410 Mt. Vernon St.; 215-600-0017).
Do ThisManayunk Arts Festival
For the 23rd year, nearly 300 artists and crafters will gather on Main Street beside the Schuylkill for this juried arts show and festival. Attendance is free, so you can stroll through the stalls to your heart's content, stopping along the way to talk with the artists or purchase their wares. More than 15 neighborhood restaurants will set up tents, where they'll be selling summertime snacks like crab cakes and fresh-roasted corn. This will also be your chance to get a taste of Rubb BBQ (from Belvedere Restaurant Group), set to move from mobile to bricks later this summer, as well as the first samples from Chabaa Thai chef Moon Krapugthong’s forthcoming Japanese, Yanko (11 AM-7 PM, Saturday and 11 AM-6 PM, Sunday; Main St., Manayunk).
Family Spaghetti Dinner at Avalon Pasta Bistro
For many Americans, spaghetti with meatballs is an iconic family dish. Whether it brings you back to your childhood or just makes your own kids smile, the meal has never been easier, or a better value. On Sundays from 4-6 PM, chef John Brandt-Lee is offering the pasta - along with garlic bread and Caesar salad - for just $15 per person at his Downingtown BYO. Extra bonus: the deal includes two glasses of Victory beer or sangria for every adult. So gather your friends or loved ones and head out for an early dinner that’ll let you start the week off ahead of budget. Walk-ins are welcome (78 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown; 610-873-4200).
Read ThisWill Le Bec-Fin's Old-School Charm Translate to New World of Restaurants?
Inga Saffron, architecture critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, weighs in on the reincarnated Le Bec-Fin, and wonders if Nicolas Fanucci’s embrace of traditional Parisian salon decor will fly with today’s more casual diners. She chats up designers from both Philly and New York, whose opinions vary from “he should have torn everything out and started fresh” to “history is the restaurant’s strongest point.” Are you a fan of the formal atmosphere? Click over to check out what the experts have to say.
Drew Lazor on Pigs and Whiskey
One of Philadelphia’s best writers recently stepped down after more than five years as food editor (and MealTicket blogger) at the Philadelphia City Paper. Drew Lazor is the master of culinary coverage that's smart without being condescending or boring, and happily for his fans, he’s now issuing freelance pieces. In The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lazor covers six Philly chefs’ recent trip to NYC’s James Beard House for a “pig dinner,” and on The Drink Nation, he gets the rundown on Pittsburgh’s new distillery, Wigle Whiskey. Pork belly and rye on the rocks? Good lookin’ out, Drew.