Posts for November 20, 2012

Rhino Bar Makes It Official With Tonight’s Grand Opening

As you probably already know, Rhino Bar, the gastropub-y venture Fish’s Mike Stollenwerk recently launched at the Independent Hotel after his seafood flagship moved over to a smaller space under the same roof, has been rocking it at the corner of 13th and Locust with its late-night grub, raw bar, and drinks for several weeks. But tonight it’s celebrating its official grand opening. That means from 6 to 9 p.m., beers on tap will be priced at $3, cocktails $4, and all menu items will be half-off.

Here Comes More Beers For the Holidays

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant's SeƱor ChocolatoroPhoto: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Nothing works those last nerves like the onset of the holidays. We suspect that’s why most beer makers roll out high ABV seasonals this time of year. How else do you keep people from coming unraveled as chain stores begin force-feedings of Christmas carols, and stir up a frenzy with Black Friday sales? That said, if you want to start stocking up some bottles of high-octane holiday cheer, you’re in luck. West Philly’s Dock Street Brewery is going to start selling a bunch of boozey brews with tonight’s Holiday Bottle Party. Tipsy tipplers like Prince Myshkin Russian Imperial Stout, Barleywine, and the award winning Prisoner of Hell will be on tap all evening.

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Ruth Bourdain’s Flat Thanksgiving Jokes Are All Turkeys

It's almost Thanksgiving, and thus everyone's favorite Twitter mashup of 2010 is at it again. Ruth Bourdain unleashed a flurry of Turkey Day-related tweets today, and we'd have to concur with Anthony Bourdain who said six months ago that RuBo had "lost gas." Jokes like "Moistness should be your goal when cooking the turkey, but if it's too moist, consider calling a gynecologist," and "If you are buying a local, organic, heritage turkey, make sure it has a beard, tattoos, and is wearing skinny jeans," never would have made it out of the Onion writers' room, that's for sure. RuBo then finished up her morning's work with a brief moment of shilling her new book, Comfort Me With Offal. Because, you know, with humor like this we could sure use more! Thankfully the burning question of "who is Ruth Bourdain?" isn't burning so bad anymore, and it would seem most of us have given up caring. (Last we heard it was two people, but they've remained mum.) [RuthBourdain/Twitter]

Cook Rushed to Hospital After Eating Ghost Chile Pepper Sauce

A spoonful ... of danger.

A 26-year-old cook in London was taste-testing his restaurant's "ultimate flaming hot chicken wings" in front of cheering customers when things went horribly wrong. Arif Ali started sweating while eating the wings, which were slicked with a sauce made from Naga Bhut Jolokia, or ghost chile peppers. He drank milk in an attempt quell the burn before gasping and ultimately collapsing on a dining room table. Ali was taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released, but reported severe stomach cramps and diarrhea for a week afterwards. The wings were prospective menu items at Jimmy's in London, and the restaurant intended to challenge customers to eat as many as they could withstand. "We have now decided in the interests of customer safety," Jimmy's manager tells the Mail, "not to put this particular item on our menu." [Daily Mail UK]

Positively Broad Street: Dylan Gets Take-Out From Tashan

Knockin' on Tashan's door

Back in September when Munish Narulla introduced take-out service at Tashan, many wondered aloud who exactly would order chef Sylva Senat’s sumptuous Indian small plates to go? Well, last night it was none other than Bob Dylan. Yeah, that Bob Dylan. Senat said the call came in last night just as the 71-year-old American singer-songwriter was about to treat fans at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center to a 15 song set that included everything from “Tangled Up In Blue,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.” And he ordered just about everything on the menu. The ticket included four orders each for G.O.C. naan, Tandoori shrimp, Tandoor chaamp (lamb chops), Mangalorean sausages, Afghani chicken kebabs, and gol-gappa. Senat, who was on his way home when the call came in, turned around and came back to the restaurant to make sure the order was perfect.

New Jersey Fisheries Floundering in Sandy’s Wake

Still reeling in misery three weeks after the storm.Photo: iStockPhoto

Though three weeks have passed since Superstorm Sandy laid waste to much of the Jersey Shore, there’s still a long way to go before things are “back to normal.” That’s especially true for the Garden State’s fishing trade. Today’s Inquirer reports that commercial fishing ports, docks, and processing facilities from Long Beach Island to Sandy Hook took a tremendous beating from Sandy, and are still struggling to snap back. The storm chasing many species of fish into deeper waters, and flooding oyster and other shellfish beds with sewage and untreated waste water only complicates matters more. The $2.7 billion commercial and recreational fishing industry employs tens of thousands, and any long term disruptions will surely send troublesome economic shockwaves rippling into other segments, including the hospitality trade. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Commerce declaring a federal fisheries resource disaster for New Jersey and New York means emergency funding is on the way. [Inquirer]

Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Bryn Mawr Pizza See the menu

    “Pizza is alright”

    The food is alright... there honestly is no "atmosphere" since it consists of just an oven, two small tables and a television.

  • Derek's See the menu

    “Everything a restaurant should be!”

    Others talk the talk, Derek has always walked the walk.

  • Lion King See the menu

    “My other spot”

    When it comes to the generals...(chicken that is) they'll make you sign up for recruitment


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