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What's Happening in:  West Passyunk 

Feast of the Seven (Vegan!) Fishes

Vegan Commissary exterior. Photo by Daryl Peveto.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes, a seafood meal served on Christmas Eve, is a centuries-old custom brought to South Philly by southern Italians. For those who want to try a new, unexpected take on this feast, The Passyunk Post is proud to sponsor a special event with the Vegan Commissary, the beloved South Philly vegan market, caterer, and cafe. The Commissary’s Feast of the Seven Fishes will take place on Sunday, December 16th at DuJour Cafe, 20th and Market Streets. Doors open at 5pm, meal served at 6pm. A portion of the proceeds raised benefit the East Passyunk Community Center.

Vegan Commissary chef Steve Laurence started preparing, cooking, and savoring vegan food in 2010 in the midst of the recession. He founded a wholesale business at 11th and Morris Streets. Ultimately, Steve wanted a space that could hold catering and a cafe and moved the Vegan Commissary to 1429 Wolf Street.

The cafe does business all week long. Popular items include melt-in-your-mouth pesto gnocchi and the savory ‘meatball’ sub. The neighborhood has embraced this eatery and about 45% of the customers aren’t vegan, but continue to come back for the delicious, healthy food, friendly service, and laid back atmosphere. Steve, along with his team and head chef Damian Patterson, see food as a bridge to cross cultures and communities. You’ve may have also seen Vegan Commissary’s tasty treats at coffee shops all over the city.

Crab cake with zucchini, horseradish cream, basil oil and caramelized cabbage. Photo by Daryl Peveto.

The Commissary’s take on the Feast of the Seven Fishes will capture the inherent spirit of each traditional dish and translate it to a different medium. Diners will taste the ocean and brine in some dishes, and their tastebuds will resonate with sweetness and certain textures in others. This imaginative meal will leave vegans and non-vegans alike satisfied and enriched. The incredibly talented Damian Patterson has planned the dazzling menu below.


Vegan Feast of the Seven Fishes

MENU

Carrot Lox
pumpernickel toast l herbed almond cheese l candied radish

Watermelon Tuna Poke
carrot caviar l seaweed chip l mache l daikon l serrano relish

Hearts of Palm & Chayote Ceviche
coconut-sunflower seed broth l lemongrass l Aleppo pepper l tomato seeds

Trumpet Mushroom Calamari
fresh herb & cucumber salad l smoked avocado mousse

Tofish Fillet
black sesame sauce l beurre blanc l crispy lentils l swiss chard dumplings

Seafood Pasta
bucatini l ocean butter l smoked tomato sauce l oysters l clams l scallops

Dessert
Italian Rainbow Cake l Pistachio Cannoli


To accommodate a larger crowd, the meal will take place at Du Jour Cafe, 2001 Market Street.

Can’t make the event? Each year, Vegan Commissary features a unique holiday sandwich with proceeds going back to the community. This season’s Moist Maker (yes, that is an old-school Friends reference) is vegan turkey, sweet potato mash, stuffing, gravy, shaved brussels sprouts, and cranberry marmalade piled on thick cut whole grain toast. The sandwich benefits farmers who have been negatively impacted by the Fair Food Farmstand’s closure.


Vegan Commissary
http://www.vegancommissary.com/
1429 Wolf Street
215-964-3232

Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Breakfast in bed…South Philly-style!

Start the day right – have breakfast delivered by one of these South Philly favorites

By Catherine Murray

As the weather cools and the days grow shorter, lingering at home in the morning is more and more appealing. We wanted to remind our readers of these long standing South Philly favorites that will deliver a piping hot breakfast to your door. So stay in your jammies, nurse your cold (or hangover), and dig into a hearty breakfast, South Philly-style.

Tell ’em the Passyunk Post sent you!


Brunic’s
2000 S 17th Street
Open at 6 am, Sundays at 8 am

Sweet Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, egg, and provolone. Photo courtesy of Brunics.

Breakfast club with scrapple. Photo courtesy of Brunics.

Brunics traces its beginnings to the 1950s when it was Mary’s Kitchen. In 1972 the restaurant was renamed when Bruno and Nicky took over. Brunics started delivering breakfast in South Philly over 22 years ago and remains a go-to place for breakfast sandwiches with hot or sweet Italian sausage and eggs. Be sure to add the broccoli rabe or sharp provolone for an extra punch. Or opt for one of Brunic’s most popular items, a triple decker breakfast club sandwich made any way you want.

Menu: View their menu at AllMenus, or on their Facebook page.

How to order: Call 215-755-7645 for cash only delivery or via Grubhub for credit card. 


Fat Joe’s
1618 S Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Open daily at 8 am

Breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, onions and cheese. Photo courtesy of Fat Joe’s.

Fat Joe’s serves breakfast all day and has a wide variety to choose from including sandwiches, mega omelets, quesadillas, and pancakes. The Dirty Dirty Home Fries are mixed with angus beef, bacon, jalapenos, onions, and pepper jack cheese. Craving a taste of childhood?  Order the Sweet Crunch Toast, a play on French Toast coated with Captain Crunch or Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Menu: View their menu at MenusPages.com.

How to order: Call 215-389-1333 or via Grub Hub. 


T & N Homemade Kitchen
1820 W. Moyamensing Ave.
Open on weekdays at 6:30 am and weekends at 8:00 am

Da Bomb. Photo courtesy of T&N Kitchen.

T&N has been part of the Philly fabric since 1980 and is now on it’s second generation of ownership. Their extensive breakfast menu includes eggs platters with pork roll, Italian sausage, or scrapple. They also offer unique items like ‘Da Bomb,’ an omelet – with anything you want – rolled into a pancake. If that’s not enough, order the colossal breakfast with french toast, pancakes, meat, potatoes. Breakfast is served all day.

Menu: http://www.tnhomemadekitchen.com/menu/.

How to order: Grubhub, Uber Eats, Postmates, or simply give them a call at 215-462-1095.


Vincenzo’s Deli
1626 S 9th Street
Open at 7 am on weekdays and 9 am Saturdays; closed Sundays

Pancake breakfast. Photo courtesy of Vincenzo’s.

A beloved establishment for over 30 years, Vincenzo’s serves up breakfast sandwiches on long rolls, hearty breakfast sandwiches, and lemon ricotta pancakes. Can’t decide if you want breakfast or lunch? Opt for the meatball omelet served with three eggs, meatballs, spinach, and cheese.

Menu: http://vincenzosphilly.com/menu/.

How to Order: Delivery through Grubhub only.


Do you have a favorite South Philly breakfast place that delivers? Let us know at tips@passyunkpost.com or in the comments below.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Halo there, Thirsty Soul

The “Pope Chair.”  Courtesy Darren Fava

New Watering Hole on West Passyunk Offers All-day Brunch, Clever Cocktails, and Live Music.

By Mark Ferrante for the Passyunk Post

“We’re all about comfort and spirits.  The comfort and spirits that we serve, and the comfort and spirits of those we serve,” says Timothy Lidiak about The Thirsty Soul, open since August at 1551 West Passyunk Avenue (northeast corner of West Passyunk Avenue and 16th Street) in Newbold. The church-themed restaurant is a joint-venture of Lidiak and fellow owners Billy Hines, and Adrienne Markey-Salvatore. Hines serves as general manager. Executive chef Barbara Romeo, previously at West Passyunk’s now-closed Grubhouse, has crafted a comfort food-filled, New Orleans-meets-South Philly all-day brunch menu.

Lidiak, a South Philly resident since 1999, also serves as president of the Newbold Community Development Corporation. He says the restaurant will provide “delicious comfort food and craft cocktails at an affordable price structure suited for our South Philly neighborhood.” More ambitiously, the restaurant hopes to  “jump start the economic growth and commercial revitalization of West Passyunk Avenue and provide job opportunities to neighborhood residents.”

The confessional. 

The fun, church-themed decor includes pew seating, a stained glass bar top, low lighting, and candles. A red-curtained confessional booth, located to the right of the main entrance, allows passage from the main dining area to a speakeasy-like space fittingly called the Red Room. This room features comfortable chairs, low lighting, a fireplace, and tables. Live music performances take place here.

The outdoor seating area, installed this past week along West Passyunk Avenue , will feature large sidewalk planters and landscaping when complete. Lidiak says it’s the restaurant’s “Garden of Eatin’” theme.

Red Room – live music lounge. Photo courtesy Thirsty Soul.

Stained glass bar top. Photo courtesy Darren Fava.

Southern-meets-South Philly
The Thirsty Soul’s menu features Southern- and New Orleans-inspired brunch items served fourteen hours per day (11 am – 1 am), seven days a week.

Appetizers include fried green tomatoes, catfish beignets, bacon jam-topped deviled eggs, and hot strawberry wings.

Hot strawberry wings. Photo courtesy Thirsty Soul.

Sandwich offerings include a “smashed burger” and a selection of “yo’ boys” with choices ranging from fried shrimp, catfish, and BBQ pork, to vegan-friendly green tomatoes or cauliflower.

BBQ Pork Yo’Boy. Photo courtesy Mark Ferrante.

Heartier plates like jambalaya mac and cheese, BBQ shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles with sausage gravy, and Eggs Benedict with BBQ pork fill out the menu – and will more than fill you up.

Jambalaya Mac & Cheese. Photo courtesy Darren Fava.

Fried chicken & waffles. Photo courtesy Meghan Walter.

Cornbread, BBQ pulled pork, Eggs Benedict. Photo courtesy Thirsty Soul.

The drink menu offers unique craft cocktails. There’s a refreshing take on the Singapore Sling and a maple-infused bourbon “Saint.” Need a pick-me-up? Try the Perk-A-Tory, featuring La Colombe coffee and coconut water spiked with spiced rum.

Brunch n’ punch! Photo courtesy Thirsty Soul.

Are your dining companions are up for a common cup? Then invite them to experience a Jezebel punchbowl for the table – a vodka is infused with blueberry and basil. Craft beers on tap, dozens of can beer selections, and canned wine round-out the options.

Bar interior. Photo courtesy Darren Fava.

In addition to hosting live music, the Red Room will be available for special events and private gatherings. There’s also talk of a Gatsby-themed event to ring in the New Year.

Thirsty Soul is open 11 am – 2 am. Food served until 1 am. For more information, visit www.thethirstysoulphilly.com.

 

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Mifflin Tavern – a place for everybody

Two years ago, IBEW Local 98 boss John Dougherty sold his bar, Doc’s Union Pub, on 2nd and Mifflin Streets. New owners Bill McKeever and Anthony Giordano re-branded it the Mifflin Tavern. In August, the Lamplugh family – brothers Russell and Joe and wives Megan and Kelli – took over daily operations.

The Mifflin Tavern burger.

“Walk with me while I talk,” says manager Russell, a high-energy GenX-er who grew up only a few blocks from the bar. He shows off new furnishings, distressed wood fixtures, and a lighter, brighter atmosphere. He also stresses the singular word that defines the new Mifflin Tavern: “Everybody.”

Blackened Tuna Bites with spicy remoulade and seaweed salad.

Prosciutto Fondue Fries.

It’s tough not to enjoy Russell’s tour. He’s smart but humble. He talks fast but speaks carefully. He hates any label that may exclude somebody from feeling welcome. The Mifflin Tavern is a place for everybody, past and present, in a dynamic neighborhood.

“I don’t care if you’re 25 or older than 60. We want our level of service to make you feel appreciated. You can see it when you look at the menu,” he says. “If you want a burger and a domestic bottle at an economical price, we’ve got you. We also have ten craft brews on tap from smaller local breweries.”

Buffalo chicken tenders. Made in house.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

A Cheesesteak with a Difference

Tonight only: enjoy an “Abbruzze Cheesesteak” at Pat’s for a good cause!

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, July 18th, Di Bruno Bros.’ owner Emilio Mignucci will join Frank Olivieri, owner of Pat’s King of Steaks as they share the grill and serve a limited-time Abbruzze Cheesesteak. All proceeds will go to Frank Olivieri’s Spread the Whiz Foundation, which partners with schools to teach kids about healthy food choices through artistic and cooking expressions.

Longtime friends, Emilio and Frank, both graduates of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College have grown up in their family businesses. Frank’s great uncle, Pat Olivieri, opened Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philadelphia in 1930. Pat, a hot dog vendor, wanted something different for lunch one day and made a sandwich of chopped steak and onion. He shared it with a regular customer, a cab driver, who loved it so much he spread the word. Frank’s work in the community and growth of Pat’s King of Steaks has allowed his uncle Pat’s legacy to live on over 86 years.

Emilio, with his brother Bill Mignucci and their cousin William Mignucci, Jr. have grown their family business from the original Di Bruno Bros. in the historic Italian Market to a company with five retail stores, e-commerce, national distribution, and a catering and commissary kitchen. As Di Bruno Bros. approaches their 80th anniversary, Emilio is creating a cheesesteak using their “infamous” Abbruzze Cheese Spread – a zesty garlic and herb spread with red chile pepper flakes. Named after the region where Danny and Joe Di Bruno were born, the Abbruzze Cheesesteak will reinvent the King of Steaks for one day only.

Di Bruno Bros. and Emilio join the ranks of Marc Vetri, Jose Garces, and Michael Solomonov
who have all shared the grill with Olivieri to support the Spread the Whiz Foundation.

 

 

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Celebrate Dad with Tasty Freebies in South Philly

Several restaurants in South Philly are offering special deals for Dads this Father’s Day, Sunday June 17th.  They include:

SliCE

1180 S. 10th St. (215) 463-0868, http://www.slicepa.com

On Sunday, June 17, purchase a large pizza for the family and Dad receives a free small pizza of any variety on the menu. Any toppings, any variety, any crust – it’s all for him and him alone to enjoy! Available for dine-in or take-out. On the go with Dad this Father’s Day? Bring him in for a free slice with the family for lunch- for dine-in only. Only one offer per Dad. (Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian offerings)

Slice owner Jason celebrates with his family. Photo courtesy of Slice.


P’unk Burger

1823 East Passyunk Ave. 215-468-7865, http://punkburger.com

Bring Pop in on Father’s Day to East Passyunk’s burger, shake and fries organic hot spot for a free Root Beer Float. Dads will enjoy their choice of ice cream – including vegan varieties – with Fair Trade and organic Maine Root fountain soda. (Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian offerings).

Burger & shake at Punk Burger. Photo courtesy Punk Burger.

 


Puyero Venezulean Flavor

524 S 4th St. (267) 928-4584, http://www.puyeroflavor.com/

On Sunday, June 17th, this family-owned casual eatery invites Dad and the whole family down for lunch or dinner. All the Dads will eat free all day in the dining room with his choice of any arepa. Puyero is the perfect spot to celebrate in the casual, vibrant, and fun atmosphere – with no fuss, no reservations. (Gluten free offerings)

Puyero’s cachapas (sweetcorn pancakes). Courtesy Puyero Venezuelan Flavor.

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