Here’s how we do it: Today’s report summarizes the best sushi and Oktoberfest activities in our area, and we feature a list of food news, including a new soul food-er at Reading Terminal Market, a new Chinese restaurant and bar on the Main Line, a gluten-free bakery of note, and word of a new location for the James Beard-nominated Thai restaurant Kalaya.
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Whether you are looking for for omakase madness or a bun with a beer, collaborator Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme presents our favorite places for sushi across the city and suburbs.
Hi, sushi fans. Two pieces of information: I heard that Jesse Ito will soon be resuming his famous omakase experiments in a newly decorated setting at Sushi Royal and Izakaya. And the team of Name Name Ramen opens an underground izayaka this fall just off Washington Square at 727 Walnut St. (formerly Six Feet Under). After the opening of Kevin Yanaga’s izakaya last week, this city is on the rise.
September means fall, pumpkin season, and beer-fueled Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the Philly area. Colleagues Jillian Wilson and Nick Vadala drew on blueprints of local breweries, neighborhoods and beer bars celebrating Germany’s Oktoberfest tradition, and they put together a comprehensive Oktoberfest tour.
Colleague Jenn Ladd tells the heartwarming story of how a team of restaurants and Philly volunteers came together in a flash to feed Afghan evacuees at Philadelphia International Airport. An 8 p.m. message got the project going, Jenn writes. “This is the only group text I have participated in that I did not hate,” said one of the organizers of the frantic effort.
Fishtown’s operators East Bottle Bar agreed to pay 73 workers back wages totaling $ 246,458, plus an equal amount in damages, after federal investigators found the bar retailer had violated several requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, such as the ‘Jenn explains.
“I have done all I can to keep my business afloat over the past year and a half,” writes Jon Myerow, owner of Tria Cafe, in an Inquirer editorial on the plight of restaurants in China. this moment. “The situation for our industry is much worse now than it was when the pandemic started. We cannot stand another drop in income. I borrowed almost $ 2 million to help us get through the pandemic, to keep our staff employed and our doors open. Some of this debt is forgiven, but most is not. I cannot impose additional debt on this company, and the threat of a slow winter is terrifying. The government must step up its relief, he said. Real conversation.
In the news of the great restaurants of the week: Thai food Kalaya, the James Beard-nominated Thai BYOB in South Philadelphia, plans to open a second location in the summer of 2022 in Fishtown. Owner Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon will work with Greg Root, Chef Nick Kennedy and Al Lucas, partners of Defined Hospitality (Suraya, Pizzeria Beddia, R&D Cocktail Bar, and Condesa / El Techo). It will have outdoor seating and a bar, so you can eat a Thai one.
Meanwhile, Kalaya has temporarily closed its market, one block from Ninth Street restaurant, citing staff issues.
Eight months after the death of soul-food giant KeVen Parker, warm Southern-style cuisine returns to Reading Terminal Market on Thursday, September 9 with the soft opening of Chicken and waffles from Ma Lessie. Longtime Parker manager Perry Ison teamed up with his cousin Stacy McCarthy. Expect baked and fried chicken wings, collard greens, smoked turkey and peach cobbler, plus classic, fruit-infused and flavorful waffles. Can’t decide? You laugh.
Suburban Square in Ardmore now has a location of DanDan, the upscale Sichuan-Taiwanese bar and restaurant that launched near Rittenhouse Square in 2015 and expanded to Wayne two years later. Cat and Kevin Huang are seated next to Lola’s Garden (Parlor and St. James area) in Parking Plaza with an indoor-outdoor bar and contemporary dining area. It’s in the soft opening phase (open daily for lunch and dinner; as such, some features (such as lunch specials) will be limited until the grand opening on September 18.
Big news for the region’s gluten-free community Soft pretzels A&A opened a dedicated gf bakery at 511 White Horse Pike in Oaklyn. (Anthony Panara and his family bring in non-gluten free baked goods from the Camden store to complete the offerings.) “The pretzels are truly amazing.” said Michael Savett, who directs the invaluable Gluten Free Philly to place. Hours: 7 am-3pm Thursday and Friday, 8 am-4pm Saturday and 9 am-1pm Sunday.
Chef Reuben Harley, who now cooks in Pub pitchers in Manayunk, starts a brunch collaboration with the neighbors Pizza Jawn (4330 Main Street). Offered only on game days away from the Sunday Eagles (because Jawn’s David Lee has tickets at the Linc), they bake a 16-inch square grandma’s pizza with a bagel crust, topped with scrambled eggs. with whipped ricotta and turkey sage sausage and drizzled with Rube baby mama sauce. Thirty dollars per throw. Pre-orders only via an online form.
Joe Cicala at Cicala at the Divine Lorraine celebrates its second place finish in the Northeast Division and the Neapolitan Division at the recent International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas with a pop-up pizza on Sunday, September 12. It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch reservations available through OpenTable or the website; take-out pies will be available. As for his story in Vegas: he made the dough in Philadelphia and put it in an insulated backpack for the flight. (TSA unwrapped it to test it.) It also brought out fresh Claudio’s mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, Sicilian extra virgin olive oil, and 00 flour.
Evil Genius Beer Co. and Sheetz (the local chain after Wawa) collaborated on beer. It’s a vanilla cappuccino beer dubbed Project Vanilla Shteam Machine, and it’s sold in Sheetz stores as well as Fishtown’s Evil Genius Lab.
Hop Sing Laundromat, Chinatown’s sweatshop-style bar, reopens Thursday, September 9 for the first time since March 14, 2020. Among the changes to Hop Sing: Parties are limited to four people and not only proof of vaccination is required, management must see the actual maps. If you’re one of the 4,857 people on HSL’s banned list, you won’t enter. The owner Lê puts the bar in bars, okay.