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Xi’an Cuisine in Chinatown, Beer Garden Licensing Loophole, Iced Coffee Deal

By Danya Henninger  |  July 17, 2014
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Your daily roundup of Philly food tidbits

• The folks behind hot BYO Xi'an Sizzling Woks have come to Old City with a three-floor karaoke bar, reports The Insider. Xi’an Cuisine & Bar is now soft open at 120 Chestnut Street with the same menu as its Chinatown sibling, offering wine, beer and cocktails on the ground level, a dining area above and singalong rooms on the top floor, two large enough for 12 people to party in. Hours are 11 AM-10 PM, Sunday-Thursday and 11 AM-11 PM, Friday-Saturday.

 • Got pop-up beer garden fatigue yet? Nah, we didn’t think so, but established nearby businesses that pay good money for liquor licenses and go through reams of paperwork to get open might. For his Joe Sixpack Daily News column, Don Russell takes a look at how a recently-passed loophole in PLCB regulations allows all of this temporary tippling. 

 • The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan loves the burrito-size maki rolls at Hai Street Kitchen, where the goal was to bring this kind of cuisine to the ostensible 85% of Americans who don’t usually eat it. Where are these sushi haters? We don’t know any in Philly, but since the management is planning a rollout of at least 10 new stores, perhaps this tasty trickery will prove to be the key to sushi-esque success in suburban markets.

• Iced coffee should be the official drink of summer. Now you can get yours for $1 less at Metropolitan Cafe, the Rittenhouse sit-down shop next to Metropolitan Bakery. Buy a snack or sandwich and get the discount on any iced drink, including coffee, latte, tea or chai. The deal is good through August 15.

• Have you been following Frito-Lay’s hunt for a new potato chip flavor? Turns out one of the four finalists hails from nearby Deptford, NJ, according to The Insider. Her entry is kettle cooked wasabi ginger, which sounds way better than cappuccino (really?), and for us, also tops bacon mac ‘n’ cheese or mango salsa chips. She could win $1 million if the rest of America thinks so too.