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Daily Digestif: Lolita Tortillas, More Tacconelli's

By Danya Henninger  |  January 13, 2014
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Your daily roundup of Philly food tidbits

• The new and improved Lolita-with-liquor-license is still a few weeks from opening, but today we found out chef-owner Marcie Turney will be making fresh corn tortillas there.

• During a session at today’s Philly Chef Conference, Foobooz learned that cult-fave Tacconelli’s (the pizzeria where you have to order your dough in advance) is planning a new restaurant. It will be on Main Street in Maple Shade, and there will be pasta in addition to pies.

• Hesh’s Bakery, which provided kosher baked goods to the Northeast for more than half a century, appears to be closed for good. The Insider chronicles the confusion of the past couple of weeks and points to the shifting demographics of the formerly Jewish neighborhood as a possible reason.

• A commenter on Passyunk Post’s piece about the soft-open Pancho’s Grill notes that the restaurant appears to be giving away “free” liquor, since it doesn’t yet have a liquor license. The Insider previously noted the spot - from the same folks as South Street West’s Baja Room - was operating without the proper zoning variance. It all looks a bit sketchy from here.

• Peter Serpico introduced a few updates to the menu at his eponymous South Street restaurant. A Country Time Farm pig tail is new, as is slow-roasted swordfish. The kimchi stew that used to have seafood now comes with pork, and the Elysian Fields Farm lamb ribs is now plated for one person instead of two (bringing the price down to $29 instead of $60).

Executive Travel interviews Todd Carmichael about his love for Philadelphia, and the La Colombe co-founder and CEO does a great job talking up our fair city. He talks about Fishtown (“what Brooklyn wishes it was”), how Philly is “the linchpin of the Northeast Corridor” and how we’re really only “on the ninth floor of a skyscraper” with lots more room for growth. He also shouts out Han Dynasty, The Farm and Fisherman and Reading Terminal Market as great places to eat.