Daily Digestif: Cheesesteak Shuffle, Cool Contests
Your daily roundup of Philly food tidbits
• Like fries with your dive bar tunes? Connie’s Ric Rac in the Italian Market is about to reopen after a week of renovations that will bring more seating and a new menu, according to the Passyunk Post. New chef Sean McMonagle (he’s cooked at Ardmore’s A la Maison and Havertown’s Brick & Brew) is planning an extensive selection of fry toppings and dipping sauces, likely available six days a week.
• Cheesesteaks got a shout-out on the Super Bowl last night, as the Geico Gecko introduced the world (or actually, just select ad markets) to the Cheesesteak Shuffle (turns out it’s a dance and not the move you do to catch the bits of cheese and meat that fall out of your roll when you take a bite). Foobooz has the video, which shows the lizard bopping around at the Pat’s-Geno’s corner.
• If you want to win free food truck eats for a year, get over to 33rd and Arch by this Thursday to pick up a $10 raffle ticket from Spot Burgers, Taco Mondo or Mac Mart. The three are teaming up to help raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and one lucky person will get to gorge themselves silly thanks to the cause. Drew Lazor has the details on Philly.com here.
• Restaurant Week was so popular at Meritage that the Rittenhouse dining room is extending the $35 prix-fixe deal through February 7 (check the menu here). This week you can also take advantage of chef Anne Coll’s $39 Chinese New Year tasting menu, with pot stickers, five-spice quail and dan dan noodles.
• Hey, a reason to patronize the local branch of the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse chain: you could win a car. Philly’s Ted Beitchman was selected as the winner of the national 2013 “Person Extraordinaire” loyalty program sweepstakes. He gets a two-year lease on a Lincoln MKZ, which may or may not be worth eating as many S&W meals as Beitchman did. In his defense, he does say he lives right across the street from the restaurant.