1/07/2013 10:37:00 AM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events, January 7-13

Pod has a new late-night happy hour
Chef Evan Turney found a great seafood supplier, and will be launching special buck-a-shuck happy hours starting today. Every Monday-Thursday from 5-7 PM, Varga Bar in Wash West will be offering an assortment of freshly-shucked oysters for $1 each. This week’s haul includes Wellfleets, Naked Cowboys and Blue Points from Long Island and James River oysters from Virginia (215-627-5200).

We mentioned it a couple weeks back, but this one is worth a reminder. Alla Spina will host chefs Paul Kahan and Brian Huston from Chicago for a special beer dinner that will introduce Hundred Horse Ale. The ale is Alla Spina’s third house brew created by Victory Brewing Company, and each of the four courses for the dinner will feature a Victory beer paired with a dish from both Alla Spina and The Publican. Reservations are available for $50 throughout the evening (215-600-0017).

Nanobrewery St. Benjamin Brewing Co. is set to officially open in Kensington this year, and you can preview some of the goods at a special beer and whiskey tasting at Fishtown’s Lloyd. Brewers will be on site from 6 PM on at the Girard Avenue bar, offering free samples of barrel-aged Imperial Cream Ale, which they suggest you pair with pay-as-you-go Buffalo Trace bourbon (215-425-4600).

If you ever find yourself close to University City near the end of your evening, there’s a new late-night happy hour option. From 9 PM-close every Sunday-Thursday, Stephen Starr’s Pan-Asian Pod will offer a selection of dim sum and maki for $5 per plate. Pair the nibbles with $4 beer and $6 wine and cocktails for a fine finish to the night (215-387-1803).

Avoid the crush of weekend dining and head to Northern Liberties’ Cafe Chismosa for a relaxed yet refined escape. We mentioned the ceviche last week, but the tiny, wood-filled cafe offers many larger plates that are just as tasty and even more satisfying. If you are a fan of hot sauce, order the guacamole to start and have fun dressing your chips with chef Jugo Stevcic’s five or six different housemade hot sauces (267-273-1448).

It’s time for the return of Rocky Fest. Passyunk Avenue sports pub South Philly Bar and Grill is hosting its annual celebration of all things Rocky, with a day full of movies, food and drink specials and contests. Starting at 11 AM, all of the Rocky movies will be screened in reverse order, leading up to a DJ dance party at 9 PM. Italian Stallion salad? Why not, along with a glass of Balboa Punch (215-334-3300).

Conshohocken’s Isabella is known for its Mediterranean small plates, but this winter chef Michael Cappon is dedicating Sundays to larger dishes. A selection of pastas and entrees includes grass-fed beef short ribs, papperdelle with meatballs, grilled shrimp with risotto and other full portion mains. Plates are priced from $13-$22 (484-532-7470).


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