7/12/2013 11:30:00 AM

Eat This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner: July 12-14

If you’re not going French this weekend, why not go all-American with the best fried chicken hoagie we’ve had the opportunity to bite into? Or continue the U.S. theme with whole-roasted pulled pork or a beer brunch, and definitely save room for buy-one-get-one Neapolitan pizzas. Then read about the experience of swooning over/suffering through a the 40-course La Panarda at Le Virtu and what it’s like for the dude who Tom Cruise’s character in Cocktail was based on, 25 years later.

Eat This

Fried Chicken Po’ Boy at Sassafras
When you stop by this Old City bar to try the sassafras ice cream beer floats, bring your appetite - and maybe a friend - because you’ll want to start with this new po’ boy. The olive-oil-marinated chicken breasts in a spicy breading compete with the best fried chicken in the city, set up hoagie-style on an Amoroso roll for easy eating. Served with hand-cut fries and a pickle for $11, the sandwich is available through the end of summer (215-925-2317).

Whole Roasted Pig at Cherry Bomb Bus
Jennifer Zavala has started a regular schedule for her long-in-the-works food truck, and each Saturday at 9 PM, she’s going to roast or smoke a whole pig. This week the location is the corner of Frankford and Girard in Fishtown, and pulled pork on a seeded roll goes for $11 with toppings of your choice. Bring your vegan buds along, because Zavala is also doing a broccoli burger with roasted peppers for $10 (or scandalize them by ordering it with the optional crispy pork belly on top). Several other bites and desserts round out the mobile menu.

Do This

Allagash Beer Brunch at Jose Pistola’s
The Center City cantina has started a series of prix-fixe Sunday brunches highlighting different breweries, and this week Allagash is in the spotlight. Three courses and a flight of five different reserve beers will run you just $35, and the deal is available from 11 AM-3 PM (215-545-4101).

Buy One Get One Pizza at Bufad
We recently fell for the Neapolitan pies at this Loft District pizzeria, with their tangy, chewy, blistered crusts, and now you can get two for the price of one. The deal starts at 11 AM when the restaurant opens for brunch and continues all day, until supplies run out (215-238-9311).

Read This

One Man, 40 Courses: The Tasting Menu Marathon
West Philly resident and CBS Interactive editor Andrew Nusca took the plunge and scored seats last winter’s 40-course “La Panarda” feast-slash-challenge at Le Virtù. For GQ, he recounts the experience, from first several courses that were downed with relish to the mounting difficulty even tasting one bite of what chef Joe Cicala delivered. His dining partner, however, was an eating hero. Click over to find out how it all went down.

Cocktail at 25: Heywood Gould on Tom Cruise, Flair and Barman Poets
Bar owner and drinks guru Derek Brown catches up with Cocktail author Heywood Gould to find out his thoughts on the production of and after-effect of the movie version of his book, which starred Tom Cruise and was released 25 years ago. The Table Matters piece offers a fun and intriguing window into the world of bartending before “mixology” was a noun, and also the effects of Hollywood on the food and drink industry.


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