Eat ThisSalumi at Kris
The tender veal isn’t the only reason to make casual modern Italian Kris one of your weekend stops. For the rest of the summer, the new Bella Vista spot is offering what might be the best antipasti deal in the city. Just $20 brings a half-dozen small plates like paper-thin slices of house-cured capicola and sopressata; lemony charred artichoke hearts and asparagus; balsamic drenched Reggiano and fig-jam-accompanied blue cheese; along with plenty of crusty bread. After pairing the snacks with a hard-to-find bottle of Imper Ale Italian craft beer, you might be tempted to skip right to dessert - we recommend the fluffy ricotta donuts with blueberry compote (215-468-0104).
$25 Cheesesteak at American Sardine Bar
Sandwich wizard Scott Schroeder is not known for high-end fare - he’s more a comfort food kind of guy - so it’s fitting that the most expensive item on the menu at American Sardine Bar is now a cheesesteak. A garlic-buttered Sarcone’s roll is filled with 48-day aged LaFrieda ribeye, royal trumpet mushrooms, Vidalia onions and shaved truffled Pecorino and served with a cup of jus made from the ribeye bones. If it’s too early in the day for that beef bomb, opt for another new addition at the Point Breeze tavern - the BELT, which sees a BLT enhanced by the addition of a mound of egg salad (215-334-2337).
Do This2nd Street Festival
Northern Liberties is the place to be this Sunday, as Second Street will be closed to traffic from noon–10 PM for the fourth annual street fair. Four different stages will feature live music and events throughout the day, interspersed with plenty of food vendors, kids activities (moon bounce, yes!) and even a pop-up beer garden. Entrance is free, drinks and snacks are pay as you go.
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is now completely stocked with art, and to celebrate, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is offering a deal to visitors to the newly minted Barnes Foundation. Those with a ticket to the Barnes will receive $5 off admission to the summer exhibit Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia. The entry fee also includes access to the renovated Rodin Museum and the collections at the Perlman Building across the street. Nothing like a day of fine art to work up the appetite.
Read ThisTasty Sausages
Another Philly food blog? Yes, and this one’s a bit different: author Jett is only seven years old. However, he also happens to be the son of Jenn Conley, beverage director at East Passyunk’s Stateside and fiancée of hotter-than-hot chef George Sabatino, so the kid is exposed to more eats than you might expect. So far Jett has weighed in on South Philadelphia Tap Room (which got a 29 sausage rating) and Nomad Pizza (17 sausage). We hear Joe Cicala’s Le Virtu is next on the list, and we can’t wait to read the verdict.
Former McDonald’s Honchos Take On Sustainable Cuisine
Lyfe Kitchen (short for Love Your Food Everyday) could have ended up on our list of the funniest restaurant names, but the concept behind the company is no laughing matter. Former McDonald’s COO Mike Roberts and partners are aiming to launch the first eco-friendly fast food chain, with a goal of hundreds of branches opening in the next half-decade. After reading through Fredrick Kaufman’s piece at Wired, you can’t help but think that it just might work.