Eat ThisChick-Phil-Gay Sandwich at PYT
In response to the anti-gay-marriage comments of Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy (and surrounding uproar), Tommy Up has introduced a new sandwich to the menu at his offbeat Northern Liberties lounge. Noting that many staff and regulars of PYT are members of the LGBTQ community, Up declared a zero tolerance policy for “homophobia, racism, sexism, and any other kind of hatred.” The Chick-Phil-Gay sandwich consists of a fried and breaded chicken breast, served with pickles on a toasted, buttered bun and a side of waffle fries. “It’s oddly familiar, but with 100% less hatred,” Up says. For each plate sold, $1 will be donated to Philadelphia nonprofit the Mazzoni Center, which provides medical services for the gay community. Order this sandwich to make a statement, and get a good lunch while you’re at it.
Duck Pierogies at The Cambridge
Last week saw the opening of The Cambridge, the new casual tavern from Hawthornes owners Chris and Heather Fetfatzes. We had a chance to stop in for a brief visit, and can heartily recommend the pierogies. Hand-rolled dough is filled with caramelized onions and mashed potato, along with a rotating meat or other add-on, then crimped into half moons and fried up golden brown. This week they come with duck confit tucked inside, which provides a rich bite, made even better with a smear of cold sour cream. Three to a plate, the dish is a perfect bar bite or starter for a larger meal ($10).
Do ThisMoonlit Movie in Rittenhouse Square
Rittenhouse Square is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the city, and during the day is full of people enjoying lunch on a park bench, playing chess on the stone walls, or just lounging on the grass. During the evening it usually gets much emptier, but not this Saturday, as Uwishunu hosts a free screening of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. The movie starts at 8:30 PM, but you’ll want to head over sooner to get some sustenance for watching. Starting at 7 PM, Shake Shack will be giving away free Fromage Blanc Raspberry Swirl custard at the PHS pop-up garden across the street, and Rouge will set up a stand at the edge of the park to sell hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade.
23rd Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival
From 8 AM-5 PM, Thursday-Saturday, Reading Terminal Market is hosting this celebration of traditional PA Dutch culture and food. Along with handmade crafts like quilts and woodcrafts, all of the market’s Amish vendors will be selling special eats like chicken pot pie, ice cream and donuts. About those donuts - they’re made fresh to order and are one of the best things that will cross your palate this year, so don’t miss the opportunity. On Saturday, the party extends outdoors with buggy rides, live music and a petting zoo.
Read ThisThree Bells for Rittenhouse Tavern
Nicholas Elmi was chef at Le Bec Fin before Georges Perrier gave in and shut it down, and as such was the target of Philadelphia Inquirer critic Craig LaBan’s revisit smackdown at the beginning of this year, during which the food writer demoted the onetime star from four bells to two. Redemption is Elmi’s, however, with this week’s review of Rittenhouse Tavern, where LaBan finds “artful, contemporary plates that are recasting him as one of the city’s top young chefs.” We have written aplenty about the great dishes and atmosphere at the Rittenhouse newcomer, so it’s nice to see a well-known critic agrees.
Coca-Cola Freestyle Machines May Soon Include Booze
Have you had a chance to try out Coke’s “Freestyle” soda machines? In Philly, you can find them at Five Guys Burgers & Fries, along with a few other chains in the suburbs. These pop dispensers allow you to mix and match your fizzy pour from 120 of the company’s soda brands, and Huffington Post picks up on the story that the Atlanta based corporation is pilot testing a version that would also allow users to throw alcohol into the mix. Our question: will the machines require built-in breathalyzers, like the failed PLCB vending kiosks?