Posts for December 5, 2012

Del Rossi’s Recruits Geno’s Steaks Vet

Yo, you want dat Whiz wit?

Del Rossi’s Cheesesteak Co., the NoLibs upstart whose owners see it as a potential competitor in the Pats v. Geno’s sandwich standoff, is one step closer to realizing that bold vision. Michael and David Frank, the brothers behind Del Rossi’s, announced today that they’ve recruited Nicky “Slice” (no last name given), a veteran who served on the front lines of the great cheesesteak war for more than 25 years while stationed at the flattop behind the glass at Geno’s. With a seasoned pro like him on the grill, slinging steaks and slapping Whiz, the Frank brothers say their still new operation is now a bona fide cheesesteak force to be reckoned with.

Earlier: Now Open: Del Rossi’s Cheesesteak Co., Throwing Shade on Pat’s and Geno’s From Up In NoLibs

Watch a Charming Little Video About the International Banana Museum

We'll be honest: Until about four minutes ago, we were not aware that the world's largest collection of banana paraphernalia was in Southern California, but it turns out that it is. Cool Hunting stopped by the International Banana Museum and talked to owner (and apparent savior of the museum) Fred Garbutt about why in the hell someone would have a banana museum in the first place. It's ridiculous, of course, but gosh this guy's enthusiasm is just so darn agreeable.

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It’s the End of the Line For Carman’s Country Kitchen

The sad news that Carman’s Country Kitchen, the kooky and kitschy South Philly mainstay, was vacating the corner of 11th and Wharton streets to make way for a forthcoming pizza joint came back in September. Sadder, owner Carman Luntzel, who’s been holding it down there since Twin Peaks first aired on TV, is calling it quits once her lease is up. And that date is now fast approaching. In today’s Daily News Lauren McCutcheon writes that Carman, her dog outside that will bite you if you try to pet it (just as the sign states), and all her dirty dick-knacks that adorn the tiny breakfast and lunch spot will clear out on Sunday, December 16. Luntzel’s reportedly going into retirement, and there’s no word on when her successor will open for business. [Daily News]

Earlier: Carman’s Country Kitchen Calling It Quits

Where to Feast on Seven Fishes This Holiday Season

Marc Vetri and Brad Spence at Amis

If you don’t have an Italian grandmother, you aren’t Italian, or you don’t even celebrate Christmas, the only thing that stands between you and the time-honored Feast of Seven Fishes this holiday season is a reservation. Book them now if you want in, because seats are filling quickly at the handful of restaurants honoring the christmastime tradition. To help you navigate the waters, we’ve put together this guide to seven fishes feasts in Philly. Keep reading to see who’s serving them, and when.

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United States of Bacon Taking on Jake’s Sandwich Board’s Turbacon

TurbaconPhoto: Jake's Sandwich Board

Topping Anthony Bourdain’s just aired Philadelphia episode of The Layover is surely one tall order, but for what it’s worth, the cast and crew from Discovery’s Destination America channel are touching down here on Thursday to shoot a segment for their show United States of Bacon. And on the top of their shot list is a stop at the gallery of gluttony known as Jake’s Sandwich Board. There the show’s host Chef Todd Fisher will tackle the quick-serve’s Turbacon sandwich. That’s their sandwich that’s piled high with enough turkey, bacon, cranberry-apple spread, brown gravy and crispy potato pancakes to set a defibrillator on fire. Cameras will be rolling between noon and 2 p.m. There’s no word yet on when the spot will air, but new episodes of the show will begin showing on December 30.

Ralic’s on South to Set Sail on Friday With Limited Menu

Don't get all crabby: A full menu's coming in a few weeks.

Looks like a newly relocated Fond isn’t the only restaurant opening on our radar this week. Ralic’s on South, the seafood sports bar concept that we told you Haddonfield, New Jersey’s indie-steakhouse operator David Ralic has been putting together for months inside the sprawling space that last housed Black Angus Steakhouse near Front and South streets, is also on schedule to open Friday. A rep for the new restaurant told Grub this morning that a limited, soft-launch menu will be offered for the first few weeks while Chef John Anninos and his crew — wait for it — get their “sea legs” (groan). Said menu will feature an assortment of raw bar options, salads, soups and bar snacks, like fried octopus, chicken wings, clams casino and flatbread pizzas. Check out what’s in store straight ahead.

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Sloshed: How to Drink Your Way Through the Christmas Season

Your actual Christmas might look a little different.Photo: Fox Photos/Getty Images

Christmas is not a drinking holiday, per se (we have Saint Patrick's Day and the Super Bowl for that), but it is the holiday that presents the strongest reasons to drink: family time, shopping madness, end-of-year ennui, sweater parties, cookie swaps, hearing "The Little Drummer Boy" for the fourteenth goddamn time in one day. The only sensible way to navigate the Yuletide gauntlet is with drink in hand.

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