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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Cantina’s chef to compete on Bravo network’s new cooking show

East Passyunk Avenue’s talents have been displayed on everything from Wheel of Fortune to the Food Network.


Photo from Yelp.

Now Cantina Los Caballitos is getting a closeup, with their chef de cuisine, Aila DeVowe, competing on Bravo’s “Recipe for Deception.”

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Cantina is paving its outside patio

The Cantina is making summertime margarita-sipping a little less buggy as it makes another update to its outside patio.

A crew was outside the restaurant yesterday getting the ground ready to pour the concrete. The gravel that covered the ground — and provided plenty of nooks and crannies for mosquitoes to hide in — has been removed.

cantina patio

Nice. Now, what ever happened to that “living mural” that was supposed to go up on the wall? Last we heard, the Mural Arts Program was still looking for funding, but that was in 2012.

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15 of city’s best bars call South Philly home, Philly mag says

Philadelphia magazine said in its latest issue that 15 of the city’s 50 best bars make their homes on or below South Street.

In the Top 10 were American Sardine Bar (4), Brauhaus Schmitz (8) and Devil’s Den (9).

American Sardine Bar, via Philly Phoodie

No. 4 American Sardine Bar, via Philly Phoodie

Buzzy spots like South Philadelphia Tap Room and Stateside made the list (14 and 37), but also places that are less likely to pop up on food blogs all over town, including Grace Tavern (28) and Fountain Porter (39).

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There’s still time to enter to win $25 from the Cantina!

In case you missed it last week, we’re holding a contest for a $25 gift certificate to the Cantina. All you have to do is to fill out this Passyunk Post reader survey, which is only 10 questions and will probably take you less than a minute to complete.

It’s anonymous and asks just a few questions that advertisers like to know. So, if you want us to keep on doing what we do, this can only help. The survey will close on Friday at 5 p.m., so get to it if you want FREE margaritas.

Thanks for reading, everyone. Follow this link to complete the 2013 Passyunk Post reader survey.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Tequila! Not the song from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

Yep, the kind you may not remember drinking. Anyway, the Cantina at 1651 E. Passyunk Ave. is hosting the first meeting of its Tequila Club next Tuesday at 7 p.m., Feb. 5. Thanks to Meal Ticket for the tip-off in their post, which said:

The introductory session will break down the basics of blanco, anejo and reposados. Not sure yet on the salt and lime situation but the evening’s tequila selection will be paired with bites from Cantina exec chef Mark McKinney and plenty of chips and salsa.

Tickets are $35. Get them at the Cantina or by calling 215-755-3550. Looks like the place is going to be packed. The Facebook event page already says 48 people are going.


The Cantina, in warmer days

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Sophia’s is starting a new happy hour

They may not have a sign yet, but Sophia’s already has what they call the best happy hour on Passyunk Avenue. Before the restaurant, which used to be Salt and Pepper, shuts down next month for a full remodel,they’re trying to get people in the doors with some early evening deals, which began yesterday.

Here’s the deal: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, $6 appetizers, $3 beers, $5 wines, $6 cocktails. So does that make it Passyunk’s best happy hour? Hmm, it does offer more food than Stateside, and Cantina’s only goes till 6. Hmm…
Sophia’s, 1623 E. Passyunk Ave.

Meanwhile, you can now make reservations for dinner at Sophia’s on their website. Here’s the menu:

Mmm, delectable
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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

New Year’s around Passyunk? 15 things to do – UPDATED: even more

UPDATE (again): Just got word that the valet stands at the fountain and in front of Cantina will be open, just don’t tell MADD.

So, you wanna go out for New Year’s, but you wanna be able to stumble home. Ditto. In that case, here are a smattering of events within stumbling distance, roughly in descending order of personal interest. If we’ve missed something, please leave it in the comments.

1) Eater reported that Chef Christopher Lee is launching a series of pop-up dinners at Salt & Pepper, which we told you will be eventually called Sophia, on New Year’s. With the new overhauled the kitchen, Lee will offer a four-course dinner at 6 and 6:30 p.m. for $45. The 9 p.m. seating will be $75. Both come with a champagne toast. UPDATE: Check out the menu on Meal Ticket.

2) Stateside: 5-course prix-fixe menu for $65. There will be seatings at 5:15/30/45, 7:15/30/45, and 9:15/30/45. The last seating’s will be $75 and include a champagne toast. There will also be a vegetarian option and a $20 wine-pairing option.

3) Connie’s Ric Rac: Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret with the West Philly Orchestra. $25, or $30 including a Balkan buffet. describes the showcase thusly: “The show that has redefined the notion of talent and nontalent, it’s like a Prairie Home Companion, but with a dry martini, Jerzy Grotowski, and a fading vomit stain on your lapel.”

4) Royal Tavern: CORRECTION: Choose Your Own Happy Hour. 2 hours of open bar for $25 per person between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.

5) Le Virtu: Capodanno (New Year’s Eve): “La Festa di San Silvestro” 4-course meal, no timed seatings. $75 per person

6) Noir: 3-course, $75 lobster tasting, including in the dessert, with a free glass of champagne.

7) Cantina los Caballitos. Choose Your Own Happy Hour. You pick a time – 2 hours of open bar for $25 per person.

8) Adobe Cafe: Special NYE Karaoke at 9:30. (For all its faults, Adobe has badass karaoke)

9) Devil’s Den: Champagne toast

10) Fountain Porter: Beer specials and free champagne.

11) Lucky 13 Pub: Drink specials, giveaways, DJ

12) Stogie Joe’s: NYE party with drink specials and DJ Louie T

13) Kris: New Year’s Eve 4 course dinner for $50 per person.

14) Chickie and Pete’s: DJs and live music. Buffet, topshelf bar, champagne toast. Two options: $150 all-inclusive package for two people or pay as you go

15) And then to fight the fire (hangover) with fire (beer), Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar: New Year’s Day Karaoke starting at noon.

- Caroline Voyles, @CarolineVoyles

UPDATED: Here are some more goings on for New Year’s:
Sidecar Bar & Grille is hosting brunch on both NYE and NYD and will be open until 2 a.m. both days.

SoWe is having a three-course prix fixe dinner for $55. Open bar packages are available. Also, a New Year’s Day brunch from 10-4. Football will be on.

Chick’s Social is featuring a special NYE a la carte dinner menu. Free champagne for the 10 p.m. seating as they screen the Times Square celebrations.

Tashan wants you to reserve your seats now for a Mummer’s Parade brunch on New Year’s Day. Watch the parade while you eat! Bar starts pouring at 11am and brunch goes until 2:30. Regular menus resume after ward.

The Industry – Open from 4pm-2am on NYE – Burgers and Bubbles all night long, free champagne at midnight. NYD brunch from 11-4.

Kennett – 4 courses, 4 meals NYE dinner.

2nd Street Brew House – Buffet, DJ, drink specials, free “champagne of beers” toast at midnight. Watch the 2 Street parade from the bar, DJ Dan Bucciarelli spinning all night.

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