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Charlie Was a Sinner, New Saxby’s Cafe on the Way, Great Sandwiches

By Danya Henninger  |  May 6, 2014
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Your daily roundup of Philly food tidbits.

• Anyone reading this like sandwiches? Judging by the popularity of our 10 Best Sandwiches in Philadelphia roundup, we’re guessing yes. The lineup is set for Philadelphia City Paper’s first annual Great Sandwiches Event on Wednesday, May 28, and it’s an impressive collection of breadwinners (so to speak), including sandwich hot spots like Luke’s Lobster, American Sardine Bar, Rotisseur and Hot Diggity. Tickets are a very reasonable $35.

Charlie was a sinner. Yes, that is how you write the bar name ("was a sinner" in lowercase, with a period at the end), reports The Insider, who notes that the Midtown Village bar from Nicole Marquis of HipCityVeg is nearing launch. Michael Santoro of The Mildred is creating the all-vegan menu, which so far includes a tofu “crab cake” and house-smoked “sausage.” No news on drink list or prices, yet.

• There will soon be a new owner running things at Reading Terminal Market butcher shop Giunta’s, per Robert's Market Report, as eight-year proprietor Charles Giunta sells to employee Rob Passio. Also of note at RTM: soft-shell crabs are now on sale at the fish stands, so if you’ve seen them at restaurants around the city and want to give it a go, here’s your source.

• A new Saxbys coffee shop is coming to 11th and Locust, says The Insider, who also points out that area is “already one of the most caffeinated parts of town.” It makes sense, since Jefferson Hospital and associated teaching campus is right there. It will be the 31st cafe for the Philadelphia-based company. Look for doors to open this summer.