6/14/2013 10:15:00 AM

Eat This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner, June 14-16

Summer in the city is just beginning, and there’s plenty to explore before you jump ship to the shore. Check out a couple turf and surf food suggestions to get fueled up, then spend a day outdoors or an evening watching a live spaghetti western (complete with a plate of spaghetti). If you’re planning to grill, check out a survey of new BBQ cookbooks, and as you crack open your can of craft brew, read about what the French might be popping the top on instead.

Eat This

The E.G.G. Burger at East Girard Gastropub
It’s hard to find eggs as perfectly sunny-side-up as the ones that top the burger at this Fishtown corner bar, but then again, E.G.G. is the nickname of the joint. The offering here is one that could easily become your standard reference for pub buger: a hefty-but-not-huge patty topped with melted cheddar, bacon, onion jam and that gold-and-white fried egg. With fries, it’s just $11.50, which will leave you plenty of dough for the great craft beer list (267-761-9343).

Fried Clams at Pennsylvania 6
If you’ve ever been bitten by the fried clam bug, you owe it to yourself to get over to this new bistro on 12th Street and order chef Marc Plessis’ version. A plate of belly-on strips is a spot-on rendition of the New England classic, with light, flaky batter surrounding Ipswich (aka longneck) clams. Drag them through the lemon a├»oli before interspersing the bites with your drink - skip the wine and beer and go right for the cocktails. You can expect a lively, almost raucous atmosphere on par with a clam shack, albeit one with red leather banquettes (215-568-5200).

Do This

Pig Roast at Chaddsford Winery
If the weather prognosticators are right (which is a stretch, but we’re thinking positive), Saturday, June 15, is set to be one of those perfect June days, with sunny skies and temps hovering around 80F. Take the drive to Chester County and spend the afternoon at a pig roast on the winery estate. Live music will play as you sip on wine slushies paired with fresh-pulled pork and fixings. No tickets or reservations are required, just show up and chill out (610-388-6221).

Dinner Theater at Lucy’s Hat Shop
There are still spots available for the Sunday, June 16, performance of The Last Plot of Revenge in Old City, and if you’re looking for a novel evening of entertainment, this is the ticket. A mix of spaghetti western, musical and puppet, this show set in the Wild West comes with an actual plate of spaghetti. The food is provided by Nick’s Roast Beef with support of Esposito’s Meats, and the fun promises to be just as campy as the food is delicious (tickets here; 215-413-1433).

Read This

What's New in BBQ: Cookbooks Bring Cookout up to Date
For the Philadelphia Inquirer, food scribe Joy Manning takes a look at several new grilling cookbooks and finds lots of new ideas and trends. The BBQ is not just for burgers and steaks anymore; in fact, many of the recipes are for vegetable and fish. If you’re looking for inspiration for your backyard party, click over for a survey of the season’s best new kitchen reads.

Will France Embrace ‘Quality’ Wine in a Can?
While we know many Americans who love Francis Ford Coppola’s miniature, pink cans of Sofia Blanc de Blancs, whether the snooty wine drinkers of France will go for tinned wine is another story entirely. A French start up is betting consumers can be converted to pull-tab aficionados, and is planning to sell top-quality AOC wines in 187-ml. (6.3-oz.) black-label cans. Will the “Nespresso of wine” succeed? France 24 has the story.


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