|Wednesdays are for lobster at Sansom Street's Oyster House|
Time flies when you’re drinking good brew and having Bundesliga fun - it’s been three years since Brauhaus Schmitz brought a German beer hall to South Street, and a celebration is in order. From 7 PM on, stop by the high-ceilinged, wood-clad room to enjoy free bites from chef Jeremy Nolen along with $3 pours of Hofbrauhaus Traunstein Pilsner and Arcobrau Dunkel, which taste all the better served by ladies in full dirndl attire (267-909-8814).
East Passyunk hang (and square pizza purveyor) Stogie Joe’s Tavern has launched weekly “crab nights,” and Foobooz tips us off to the crustacean dealage that awaits. Through the end of the season, every Tuesday, snow crab clusters (three legs and a claw) can be yours for $14.95 per pound, and number one (the big guy) blue claw crabs from New Jersey come steamed for $5 a piece. Time to get cracking (215-463-3030).
Sansom Street’s Oyster House is offering a midweek escape to the shore with Wednesday night twin lobster dinners throughout the summer. A pair of fresh steamed Atlantic lobsters with traditional accompaniments drawn butter and corn on the cob can are available each week for just $26 - making a light, value dinner for two or a hearty meal for a solo crustacean lover. If you’re ready for an all-out seafood feast, add a pound of Old-Bay steamed peel-and-eat shrimp for $18, available any day of the week (215-567-7683).
More than 60 food and drink vendors will congregate around the epicenter of Ninth and Washington for the Food Trust’s second Night Market of the year. Organizers promise eats from cuisines as varied as Mexican, Italian, Vietnamese, Caribbean, Cuban, Venezuelan, French, Polish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Midwestern, Southern and - of course - Philadelphian, so bring a wide appetite to the pay-as-you-go, 6-10 PM event. There’s also a ?uest Loves Food pop-up, and with a $55 ticket you can enjoy cocktails, Love’s drumsticks and other VIP treats.
This weekend is your chance to enjoy a cocktail on the gorgeous eastern terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Starr Events, the museum’s official caterer, will create a pop-up tiki bar and buffet, serving whole roasted pig, seafood “laulau” wrapped in banana leaves, Molokai sweet potatoes, slow-smoked BBQ brisket and sweets like pineapple upside-down cake and chocolate macademia mousse. A $48 ticket brings all you can eat plus a tropical cocktail of your choice, best enjoyed while gazing out over the flags of the Ben Franklin Parkway, Logan Circle and the distant figure of Billy Penn atop City Hall. Call or visit Granite Hill on OpenTable to make reservations (215-684-7990).
Head to the hills of Chester County and enjoy a picnic on the grounds of Penns Woods Winery, where all wines will be offered at $5 per glass, live music will play, and fresh-made BBQ and crab cake sandwiches from Muse Restaurant will be on sale. Show up to the Big Bang BBQ bash wearing red, white and blue, and you’ll get $1 off your first glass of vino (noon-7 PM; 610-459-0808).
Part of the week-long Wawa Welcome America July 4th celebration, Taste of Philadelphia brings food and drink vendors to the riverfront on Penn’s Landing. From 11 AM-7 PM, enjoy live gospel music as you munch on bites from Darling’s Diner, Gigi Restaurant & Lounge, Marabella Meatball Co., Sweet Box, Lil Dan’s and Vernalicious. Independence, how tasty it is!