Posts for November 29, 2012

Jersey Mike’s Brings Its Subs to Hoagietown

Jersey Mike's Hoagies Subs

Earlier today we talked a little bit about how a bunch of Starr vets were bringing a taste of Philly dining to the Jersey burbs. Now it’s looking like old Dirty Jerz is sending one of its own back over the the Delaware. Jersey Mike’s Subs, a sandwich franchise with 600 locations that was founded in Point Pleasant in 1956 just set up shop at 30th Street Station. The franchisee, The Grove Inc., is also behind the new Wendy’s that also just opened in the mini food court on the station’s concourse. The sandwich maker’s commitment to using only house-baked bread, and private label meats (not to mention offering a cheesesteak) deserves some props. It’s the flagrant use of the word “sub” here in the heart of hoagietown that doesn’t sit so well with us. They should be a little more careful when it comes to regional sandwich nomenclature. It didn’t work out so well for Mitt Romney when he got it wrong.

Earlier: Sandwich Gaffes: Romney Orders a ‘Sub’ in the Heart of Hoagie Country

Don’t Worry, Hostess Executives Will Apparently Still Get Bonuses

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Oh, Hostess: Yes, all of the company's assets will be liquidated and almost all of the company's employees are without jobs, but in a move that is sure to draw ire, the company asked a bankruptcy judge to approve a move that would give its top executives $1.8 million in bonuses. And, according to CNBC, that judge did, in fact, approve it.

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Lemon Hill Introduces Dinners For Two and a New Cocktail List

All new drink at Lemon Hill's bar.

The good folks at Lemon Hill are shaking things up quite a bit as they head into the winter months. The Fairmount bar and restaurant just launched rotating weekly dinner for two options, and added a bunch of new drinks to its cocktail list. Assistant GM Daniel Eng tells Grub that each week the kitchen there is going to serve “very much protein heavy” plates for guests to share. For the menu feature's introduction, they rolled out a whole roasted branzino, served with the head and tail on, and a double cut, bone-in Hampshire pork roast that they say would make Fred Flinstone proud. Over on the bar side, they tapped Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.’s Al Sotack to overhaul the drink offerings. It’s the first full revamping of the list since opening last year. The cocktails go on tomorrow. Keep reading to check out what they’ve come up with.

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Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on a Handsy Padma and Old-Timey Hawaiian Obsessions

Photo: Bravo

This week’s episode kicks off with the gang still arguing over Kuniko’s exile. John, the most hated chef in Dallas, continues his role of loudmouth jerk. He yells at Josh: “How many restaurants have you opened and failed?” CJ looks like he wants to knock John upside the head with How to Cook Everything. Amidst the din, someone lets slip this immortal diagnosis: “You pretend to have balls and you don’t have balls!”

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Peanut Farmers Peeved Over Peanut Butter Plant Closing

Seems the FDA’s shuttering of a peanut butter factory tied to salmonella outbreak that sickened 41 people in twenty states has turned a bumper crop of goobers into a bumper bummer for the small town of Portales, New Mexico. And the citizens there are mad as hell about it. The AP reports that the peanut-rich region was banking on a particularly bounteous harvest this year, but with Sunland Inc., the only production facility around, and the town’s largest employer, out of commission, those hopes of fortune have turned to worries about the local economy.

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Watch This Magician Make a Baguette Appear Out of Nowhere

This Yif guy really knows his way around viennoiserie. Even if you're one of the few people out there who doesn't appreciate street magic, you'll probably want to see this Paris-based, Taiwanese guy turn dough into flaky pastry, then transmogrify a little more flour and water to produce a three-foot-long loaf from, well, nowhere. We're wondering if Yif can make other food magically appear, but in any event, "bread magician" sounds way better than "charcuterie magician." What you are about to see may not be gluten-free, but it is no-knead. Prepare to be amazed.

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Now Open: District 611, Serving Wood-Fired Pizzas and Lots More In Riverton, NJ

District 611

With all the excitement in the run-up to Thanksgiving and the Vetri v. Garces Turkey Bowl, we totally snoozed on District 611’s opening. It’s the pizza-plus operation that we mentioned a few weeks ago was being brought to life across the Delaware in Riverton, N.J. by a bunch of former Starr fleet crew members. Just as promised, it opened on November 17. The Inky today says that it’s now chugging along full speed, serving lunch and dinner on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. It’s open Saturdays from 5 to 11 p.m., and Sundays 4 to 8 p.m. The BYOB specializes in wood-fired oven pizzas, but also offers such culinary creations as banh mi spring rolls, steak frites, and a custom blended beef cheek, short rib, and dry-aged strip burger. [Inquirer]

District 611, 710 Broad Street, Riverton, NJ, (856) 829-1552

Watch a Gangbanging Latke-Making Video

Just in time for Hanukkah comes the first episode of what's apparently going to be an online series, "Bubala Please." And the premiere finds our two Jewish gangster hosts frying up some latkes. Stir this motherfucker up.

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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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