Philly Weekend Planner: August 23-25
The scene in Philly is simmering, smoldering, just waiting to burst back to full liveliness next week, when Jay Z and friends descend on the city and the fall event season kicks off. However, before that happens, enjoy this last weekend of semi-quiet with a couple great bread bites, sour beers and an outdoor meal in Manayunk. Get the skinny on Taco Bell’s new breakfast with no risk of indigestion, and read about why you are definitely ordering soda during your next job interview.
Hush Puppies at Lemon Hill
Here’s the best part about the hush puppies at this Fairmount cocktail and craft beer lounge - they’re free! Well, complimentary, at least, assuming you order a meal - these fritters are chef Adam Zensinger’s new bread service. Indian Head cornmeal is mixed with milk, eggs and chopped scallions and sautéed onions and scooped into bubbling oil. When the exteriors are golden and crisp, they land on a plate with harissa butter to whet your appetite for dinner (215-232-2299).
Scones at Talula’s Daily
Aimee Olexy’s Washington Square market-cafe has been open for four weeks, and we’ve already tried at least four different kinds of scones. The problem is, they’re all great. From ridiculously flaky berry to grain-filled “health” to umami-rich bacon and cheese, each one is a mini vacation in a crinkly wax-paper bag. Newest discovery: rosemary and corn, sweet but intensely vegetal and herbal in each bite (215-592-6555).
Sour Beer Brunch at Prohibition Taproom
Bar managers at this Loft District pub stumbled on a stash of sour beers in the cellar, so they decided to dedicate Saturday brunch to the power of the pucker. From 11 AM on, look for several sours on the taps and get $2 off sour beer in bottles. Perfect with a pork-roll-topped croque madame of PB&J French toast (215-238-1818).
Dine on the Deck at Bisou
Chef-owner Clark Gilbert has just opened a new, flora-filled deck at his Manayunk bistro. Overlooking Main Street, the wood-slat patio seats 25 under umbrella-shaded tables, and is open for brunch and dinner. From 5-6 PM there’s no corkage fee if you BYO, and 50% off bottles if you don’t (215-487-1230).
Why Did He Eat This? (Taco Bell Breakfast)
Semi-regular food blogger (and Navajo taco master) Marcos Espinoza - nom de guerre “Fidel Gastro” - took it upon himself to try Taco Bell’s new morning offerings. Did the pseudo-infamous Breakfast Taco with a waffle instead of a tortilla shell live up to expectations? Is replacing the tostada in the Crunchwrap with hash browns a good idea? Click over to find out.
The Case for Getting Drunk at Work
For Slate, Matt Yglegias reviews a couple of recent studies regarding alcohol consumption on the job. Yes, a bit of booze can loosen you up and lead to more creative associations. However, beware of any hint of a drink during a job interview, even one that occurs over dinner - candidates who skipped the wine in favor of soda were seen as more intelligent.