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On Tap: Serpico Street Food, Free Japanese Eel, Outdoor Festivals

By Danya Henninger
July 28, 2014
Photo by: Danya Henninger

What’s going on in Philly food and drink this week? We’re glad you asked.

Monday, July 28

Garage: Serpico in the Cart
Skip the BYO cheesesteak option this time when you hit up the canned beer game bar on East Passyunk, because Peter Serpico and his crew are taking over the in-house food cart for the night. Starting at 6 PM, a platter of Korean fried wings, a half duck leg sandwich, kimchi and hot sauce will go for $10.

Lolita: Cochinita Pibil Night
Marcie Turney is serving a special $20 family-style prix fixe from 5 PM-midnight at her 13th Street modern Mexican. Each table gets pork shoulder slow roasted with achiote and sour orange to pile on housemade corn tortillas with summer vegetable slaw, cumin black beans and pork belly fried rice. Call 215-546-7100 for reservations.

Tuesday, July 29

Zama: Day of the Ox
Anyone for some free BBQ eel? Following old Japanese tradition, chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka is giving away an amuse bouche of “uzaku” to all dinner guests on this “Doyo no Ushi” day, which marks the time before the start of autumn. Supposedly, if you eat the eel, it will save you from the summer heat...but we don’t really need an excuse.

R2L: Blooming Glen Harvest Dinner
The second to last in chef Daniel Stern’s summer series of farm dinners with a view of the entire city highlights this Bucks County operation that uses no synthetics or GMOs to produce diverse herbs, vegetables and fruits. Reserve a $75 seat to enjoy four courses featuring the local bounty (215-564-5337).

Wednesday, July 30

Osteria: Cookbook Dinner
Chef Matt Accarrino is chef at San Francisco’s acclaimed SPQR, and he’ll be in town for a one-night-only dinner at Jeffrey Michaud and Marc Vetri’s North Broad Italian. Four courses that include duck ravioli, squid ink linguini, rabbit and tuna panzanella will go for $100 per person; call 215-763-0920 to reserve.

Art Museum: Craft Beer Tasting
From 6-8:30 PM, the Great Stair Hall will be buzzier than usual as Stoudt’s Brewing reps walk guests through a tasting of several local craft beers. A hearty selection of appetizers and bites will be served to go with the brew, and $25 tickets are available by calling 215-763-8100.

Alla Spina: Sharknado 2
Head to the North Broad Italian beer bar at 9 PM to catch the sequel to the cinematic tour de force that combines the twin terrors of weather and sea creature. Food and drink deals during the screening include Port Brewing Shark Attack beer and 50-cent wings. USA!

Friday, August 1

The Victoria Freehouse: Scottish Weekend
From Friday-Sunday, this Front Street pub is celebrating all things Scotland with specials on Scottish food and drink. Look for $5 “forfar bridies” (beef pastries), $6 cock-a-leekie soup, $14 haggis platters and deals on Scotch beer, whiskey and flights.

Saturday, August 2

The Trestle Inn: Dog Wash for PAWS
Bring your pooch to the Loft District whiskey and go-go bar between 1-5 PM and you can get a bath for your furry pal plus a glass of beer or wine for you, all for a $20 donation (here). Nail trims will go for $10 extra, and there will be snacks for sale from the grill, plus a DJ spinning tunes.

Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin: Summer Salute
Each Saturday through the end of August, this family-run gourmet grocery continues its 75th anniversary celebration with a free tasting from 11:30 AM-2 PM. Expect tastes from local meat purveyors, cheesemakers, dessert shops and brewers, plus plenty of other bites at the Ninth and Sansom shop.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
A cavalcade of the country’s coolest brewmasters has been making its way across the nation, stopping at seven cities for collaborative beer fests along the way. Penn Treaty Park is the site for the Mid-Atlantic stop, and your $65 ticket (here) gets you access to more than 150 regional craft beers from noon-5 PM. A dozen or so food trucks will be vending on-site, and live folk-burlesque music will set the party mood.

Sunday, August 3

Northern Liberties Second Street Festival
The sixth annual edition of this huge block party will shut down North Second Street from Germantown to Green between noon-10 PM, and the strip will fill with food trucks and stands, beer gardens and pop-up margarita bars, arts and craft vendors, live music stages and games for people of all ages. Admission is entirely free.

Places Mentioned

Lolita

Mexican • Washington Square West

Food24 Decor- Service20 Cost$34
 
 
 
Garage

Bar • Passyunk Square

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Serpico Restaurant

American • Bella Vista

Food26 Decor25 Service24 Cost$74
 
 
 
Alla Spina

Italian • Spring Garden

Food24 Decor23 Service23 Cost$39
 
 
 
Zama

Japanese • Rittenhouse Square

Food24 Decor22 Service22 Cost$48
 
 
 
R2L Restaurant

Fine Dining • Rittenhouse Square

Food21 Decor26 Service22 Cost$62
 
 
 
 
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