downloadPHILADELPHIA, PA – Happy hour gets the Chef Jason Cichonski treatment at his inventive American bar and restaurant Ela (627 South 3rd Street, 267-687-8512). Known for his boundary-pushing food, Chef Cichonski is doing Happy Hour His Way, challenging expectations on every level: unlike most restaurants, where early evening specials are relegated to weekdays, Ela will offer happy hour every Sunday, as well as Tuesday through Friday. Guests will enjoy an inspired menu of dishes that are only available from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., alongside affordable drink specials.
“There’s no rule that says happy hour snacks have to be boring, and there’s no rule that says you can’t have happy hour on a Sunday,” says Chef Cichonski. “And even if there were, I’d be ‘happy’ to break those rules in order to give my guests what they want: memorable food and inexpensive drinks at the end of a long day – or as an end to your Sunday funday.”
Rotating drink specials will include: $3 draught beer, beginning with local favorite Troeg’s Sunshine Pils; $5 wines, with a daily-changing white and red available; and $6 daily cocktail specials, such as Daisy, Hendrick’s gin, rhuby, cucumbers and lemon, as well as Last Chance to Lose Your Keys, tequila, rosemary, kaffir lime, St. Germaine and citruses.
Chef Cichonski’s happy hour menu will change frequently to reflect his latest inspirations. Dishes may include: a house-cured Pickle Plate, with everything from cauliflower florets to butter radishes preserved in-house and served alongside house-dried jerky; Bacon Preserved Sardines, marinated with grilled onions, honey and sherry vinegar, then lightly grilled and served in mason jars; Puffed Oyster Cracklins with “Old Bayo,” crunchy dehydrated-and-fried oysters with Old Bay mayonnaise that Chef Cichonski compares to “more addictive Cheetos”; Crispy Chicken “Chomps”, pieces of marinated chicken thighs breaded with spices and fried crispy; Tots His Way, hand-rolled potato gnocchi that are breaded and fried, then served alongside house-made hot sauce and “the sauce,” a creative concoction that combines lime, soy, mustard, roasted garlic and chopped, smoked pickles; and Soy Bourbon Burger, a nine-ounce house-ground sirloin patty with bourbon- and soy-glazed shitake mushrooms, aged Cabot cheddar, smoked pickles and a house-baked black sesame bun. Only 10 of these burgers will be available each day, exclusively during happy hour. Dishes will range in price from $6 to $14.
Ela is a serious-yet-comfortable restaurant with a menu that changes frequently throughout the year, to reflect the season’s finest ingredients and Chef Cichonski’s creative and artful presentations. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan wrote in his glowing “Three Bells: Excellent” review that “few kitchens in town can match Ela’s food value-wise for pure excitement…from the first course to the last, the chef at Ela is hottest where it matters most,” while Philadelphia magazine’s Trey Popp called the restaurant “deliciously off-the-wall…completely worth it” for offering “a transporting peek inside this rising young chef’s head.”
Ela’s happy hour will be available every Sunday and Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Dinner is served Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. and Sunday until 10 p.m. Ela is closed on Mondays. For more information, please call (267) 687-8512 or visit www.elaphilly.com. The restaurant can also be followed on Twitter (@ElaPhilly) and on Facebook.

Ela – Chef Jason Cichonski – Credit Jason Varney Ela- Bar_6701 Credit Jason Varney

by | Categories: Dining Out, Features | Comments Off on CHEF JASON CICHONSKI – INVENTIVE HAPPY HOUR MENU AT ELA

by Helene
tonys
Nothing like going to Tony’s Place Bar & Grille-in the summer! Just love sitting out on their beautiful patio with palm trees and colorful flowers all around-it’s like being in a tropical paradise. The 4,000 sq. foot patio can seat over 100 guests. There is also an option of dining under the covered area or you can sit at the patio bar. In the evenings the tables are lit by candle for the right ambience. And the patio is available for your own private event too!

You must come out and sample Tony’s all new summer fare menu. Here is a glimpse at what they offer: Steamed Clams, Crab Stuffed Avocado (Cilantro and Lime, with Tortilla Chips on top), Scalloped Salad (Seared Scallops over Mixed Greens, Chilled Asparagus, with Lemon Olive Oil), Kobe Burger on a Brioche Roll, or how about this wonderful entrée; Shrimp and Scallops over Risotto with Avocado Corn Salsa and Chipolte Aioli. Want a fun and dreamy dessert? How about Homemade Smores: 3 layers of Graham Crackers, Marshmallow and Chocolate Ice Cream, garnished with Chocolate Sauce & flamed Marshmallow on top! Yumm! The kitchen is open every day at 11 am and from Sunday thru Wednesday until midnight and Thursday thru Saturday until 1am. Everything on the menu is available for take-out by calling the restaurant or by ordering online www.tonysplaceivyland.com. Do I have your attention so far?

Atmosphere (check) Delicious Food (check) and now you ask what about the bar….Tony’s Place has a selection of 20 draft beers, 100 bottled beers, Homemade Sangria, Signature Infused Drinks like Pineapple and Kiwi infused with Coconut Rum or Vodka infused with fresh Strawberries and Basil served over Lemonade. And here is a little FYI, Tony’s has become the destination in Bucks County for the best Craft Beer. They feature Bear Republic, Chimay, Dogfish Head, Russian River, Sam Smith, Yards, Troegs to name a few. And if you get there for their Happy Hour from 4-6pm, Monday thru Friday you get 50% off select drinks and appetizers! Perfect for the hazy days of summer!

Look for upcoming events like their famous 5 course beer and wine dinners and their anniversary pig roast party sometime in August! Tony’s also has great acoustic entertainment too. Best yet it’s only 20 minutes from Business Route 1, near Street and Jacksonville Roads, in the Ivyland borough (1297 Greeley Avenue).For more information check their website or call 215-675-7275. Make Tony’s Place Bar & Grille your summer spot for their great food, wonderful drinks and an atmosphere that is out of this world!

by | Categories: Dining Out, Features | Comments Off on Tony’s Place Bar and Grille-Summertime Fare!

wine006Philadelphia- Anthony Masapollo, co-owner of Le Castagne at 1920 Chestnut Street announces that the restaurant will now offer a new summer bar menu and happy hour. The happy hour features savory bar snacks from Executive Chef Michael DeLone and daily food and drink specials, Monday through Saturday from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.

The happy hour schedule is as follows:
Monday: All drinks are ½ price
Tuesday: All bar snacks are ½ price
Wednesday: Join Le Castagne for Center City Sips
Thursday: All bar snacks are ½ price
Friday and Saturday: All drinks and bar snacks are ½ price

Bar menu includes:
Crispy calamari with cherry peppers, grilled lemon and pomodoro sauce
Shitake rubbed Berkshire ribs with saba glaze
Salmon pastrami on fennel blini with whipped creme fraiche and caperberry
Assorted bruschetta: tomato basil, shrimp rillette, and parmesan cream with crispy
prosciutto
Grilled flatbread with caramelized onion, mushroom and herb goat cheese

Le Castagne, a Sena family restaurant (Panorama, La Famiglia, Revolution House, Spiga) located at 1920 Chestnut Street, one block from Rittenhouse Square, features Northern Italian cuisine and handmade pastas from Executive Chef Michael DeLone. With convenient parking in an open-air lot adjacent to the restaurant, patrons can eat in a sleek and elegant dining room. For reservations call 215.751.9913 or www.lecastagne.com for more information.

by | Categories: Dining Out | Comments Off on NEW SUMMER BAR MENU AT LE CASTAGNE

CHEF JOSE GARCES’ AMADA
HOSTS LIVE FLAMENCO PERFORMANCES
EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
image001
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Diners and gamblers alike will be delighted by the public Flamenco Performances hosted every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Chef Jose Garces’ Andalucian tapas bar and restaurant, Amada (609-225-9900), at Revel (500 Boardwalk, 855-348-0500), the newest resort destination in Atlantic City.  The live performances are hosted by the restaurant on their custom-built flamenco stage, visible to the entire 300-seat dining room as well as from the casino floor beyond.
“Dancing and music are as important to Spanish culture as food and wine, and I’m thrilled to bring them together at Amada,” says Chef Garces, who owns Garces Group, with restaurants in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Scottsdale, AZ; and Palm Springs, CA.  “These spirited live performances are a true taste of Spain for our guests and an incomparable experience that you can’t find anywhere else in Atlantic City.”
The performances feature flamenco troupes De Luna a Lunares (Thursdays and Saturdays) and Flamenco del Encuentro (Fridays).  Known for their dynamic style, authentic costumes and exceptional musical talent, both troupes have performed at Chef Garces’ original Amada in Philadelphia and are thrilled to partner with him again at Revel.  Dinner reservations on flamenco nights are strongly recommended, and can be arranged by calling (609) 225-9900.
Amada is an authentic Andalusian tapas bar located on the casino level at Revel, with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a central white marble bar and chic lounge seating;  a 14-seat private dining room;  a convenient walk-up take-out area for sangria and grilled snacks a la planxa with additional seating;  and a stunning dining room tucked against the resort’s sweeping glass façade with floor-to-ceiling views of the water.  The dining room features gray, brown and orange Spanish tiles and suspended orange glass drop chandeliers.  The entrance to the restaurant is adorned with twinkling candles, which also line the hallway that leads to the private room.  Seating throughout the restaurant, from circular brown leather banquettes to cream leather benches to hi-top butcher block tables and stools, is designed to offer guests optimal views of the ocean.
Amada’s grand open kitchen turns out an extensive menu that encourages guests to mix and share multiple dishes, whether enjoying drinks or indulging in a full meal.  Signature dishes include:  Charcutería y Quesos, assorted cured Spanish hams and sausages and artisanal cheeses, served with house-made accoutrements;  Pulpo a la Gallega, Spanish octopus with smoked paprika and potato coins;  Costillas de Ternera Coca, beef shortribs with horseradish, Parmesan and bacon on house-baked flatbread;  and Chipirones a la Planxa, grilled baby squid dressed simply with olive oil, sea salt, lemon, parsley and garlic.  Tapas range in price from $5 to $23.  A signature La Mesa de Jose tasting menu is also available, allowing guests to enjoy a selection of Chef Garces’ favorite tapas, all portioned appropriately for the number of diners at the table.
Chef Garces has two other restaurants inside Revel including Distrito Cantina, a lively margarita bar serving food from Guapos Tacos – a customized, stationary “food truck” that is styled after his wildly popular Philadelphia-based truck, and Village Whiskey, a retro-cool space that evokes the original in Philadelphia and is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of its namesake spirit available in Atlantic City.
Amada serves food from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 12 midnight on weekends and holidays.  The restaurant hosts live flamenco performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 p.m.  For more information, or to make a reservation, please call (609) 225-9900.

by | Categories: Dining Out | Comments Off on Dining out @ Amada, Atlantic City

By Mike De Palma

burger1I know many of you out there are big burger fans. Nothing can match a great burger and to be honest,  finding a place that can wip up a good burger is something that I always keep my eyes open for. There is a hip new spot that I want to share with all of you called the Burger Bar at Gallo’s. The place is located in  the back side of Gallo’s Seafood Restaurant in North East Phila at  8101 Roosevelt Blvd. It is on the side of the building where the parking lot is.  When you enter it will sort of blow you away. The inside decor is trendy, and the vibe is  something you will see in Center City or Olde City…you would not expect to see this kind of place in the heart of NE Philly. Very modern looking and the thought process to create this decor one can only say hat’s off to the designer. They did capture a look that is now and is upscale.
Our visit here was on saturday night this past weekend…and it was around 9Pm…driving up the Blvd we wanted to grab a bite to eat and we noticed the sign…and to be honest, I have been hearing many people that work in the bar / entertainment industry making mentions to this Burger Bar and how good it was. So we say let’s go for it.

The menu is not that big but offers an assortment of starters like: Buffalo Wings $8.95,Lump Crab Bites $9.95, Fried Calamari $8,95 or Beef Suasage & White Bean Chili -Cup $4.95 or Bowl $6.95. They feature sides like French Fries $3.50 or House cut Onion Rings $5.95. They offer Salads and also adult Shakes and  Spiked Shakes.  The Spiked Shakes caught my eye with names like: the Carmael Bourbon Shake, The Dark & Stormy Float, The Knight Rider. The prices on these are around $9.00…  The menu of Burgers that are all cooked with fresh house ground certified angus chuck and hand pressed run from $5.95 for their Burger Bar Classic…add cheese $6.95…then there is the Smokehouse Burger for $7.95 which comes with smoked house bacon, cripsy onion strings with a house barbecue sauce and cheddar. They have the 5 -Napkin Burger $11.95 which is double beef, double cheese,lots of extra bacon and fried fresh egg. There is a Chili Cheeseburger and also a BBCB Burger which is a bacon blue cheese burger with cajun spice $7.95 They also have on the menu other kinds of sandwiches from a Blackened Chicken sandwich which comes with roasted red peppers, caramelized onions with smoked gouda cheese $7.95…other items are Pulled Pork, Fresh Tacos, a Crab Cake sandwich and a Burger Bar Melt $5.95 Also on the menu there is good selection of bottled beers and some craft beers and a nice wine selection along with their special line up of various cocktails.
The service was kind of fast and were seated right away. My date ordered a Corona $4.25 and I had a Miller lite $3.50 and we placed in an order for the wings as a starter.  The wings came and are a good portion that are done perfect. Crispy, the way I like em’ and they are coated with a very good  sauce that has the right kind of zip. The wings come with a blue cheese dressing that was chunky in texture. We did a number on the wings. We talked and could not help but take notice to the folks all sitting at their large bar area. It was a saturday night and the room was alive with people having a great time. We also we’re doing the same thing and having a fun night.

We ordered Burgers:
One was the Smokehouse burger $7.95 and I had the Cheese burger $6.95 and also placed in an order for their French Fries $3.50. The burgers are  a nice size and cooked they way you order them. The burger was very good. We enjoyed the food and noted that this would become one of our new places to hit every so often.  They have 2 large HDTV’s, so this place could be awesome to grab a bite to eat,have a few beers and watch that special sporting event.   This is not a fast food kind of place but one that is really kind of impressive and enjoyable. Our visit to the Burger Bar at Gallo’s was just a great way to take a break and enjoy something to eat on a saturday night.   And if you are looking to impress somebody…this is great way to do just that. As for their prices – they won’t dent your wallet
We will be back soon.

The Burger Bar at Gallo’s

8101 Roosevelt Boulevard
Phila Pa

215-333-0484


by | Categories: Dining Out | Comments Off on The Burger Bar at Gallo’s

by Mike Vagnoni

gbk-burger

by Mike Vagnoni
The new Tango located at 14000 Bustleton Ave in Phila ( Somerton Section) have  new chefs who have the kitchen kind of busy these days. Two chefs have taking the kitchen over at the Tango Bar & Grille …Woodrow Smith and Andrew Fazzone have a company called Grubbys’ and now are proud to announce that they are operating the restaurant duties at the Tango Bar & Grille.  “The food is so amazing here” says Kim the manger. When she said that, I told her ok, then I think we should tell all of our OOT fans and friends about it. So here we are. Fun food is now here and the word is spreading and each week more folks are coming to the Tango.  Price and quality is the key. These two chefs have put together a really cool menu for all to enjoy. I am so use to just going to the Tango for music but now – the new thing is heading over to the Tango to experience the food.
Here is what you will find at the new Tango Bar & Grill:
*Appetizers- Beer Battered Onion Rings $5, Potato Skins(4) for $6, Loaded Fries$5 which are tomatoes, cheddar cheese, bacon scallions and ranch, Add chicken steak or beef steak for $2. Beer Battered Mozzarella Sticks (5) for $6 served with a mouth watering marinara sauce Grubby styled.
Nachos $6, Wings (10) for $8 -hot mild,sweet chili, BBQ, or garlic parm and all served with celery and blue Cheese. Nice sized portions. They also offer a sampler for $12 that gives you 2 potato skins, 3 mozzarella sticks,3 tenders and onion rings.
On their new menu they offer Homemade soups, fresh  salads…they have Steamers served with garlic bread Clams (12) or Mussels (30) for $9 and you have your choice of marinara, diavolo, or scampi.
These items are the Fun Foods and this is really a great new addition to the Tango.
*Specialty sandwiches are served with a pickle and homemade chips. Here you can find some items like Italian Pork or Beef sandwiches for $8…they have Hot sandwiches on the menu like Cheesecakes or Chicken Cheese steaks for $6 Hot Beef or Pork for $6, Burgers the way you like em’…the also have *Full platters  from a Crabcake platter for $10 to Sheppard’s Pie $8…Seafood platters $13 that has crab cake, clam strips, battered cod,and shrimp with fries and coleslaw…In a the mood for a steak? The offer the Steak a la Grubby for $15 which is a rib-eye, served with fried mushrooms and onion with a potato…there are many other items also on the menu. stop over and check it out.
Now the fun really takes on a new meaning with Grubbys’ being in the Kitchen at the new Tango Bar * Grill.  Going out this week? Looking for some great food along with good music? Stop over to the new Tango and see what real Fun Food is all about.  See this item online at: www.ootonline.com


by | Categories: Dining Out | Comments Off on Fun Food at the new Tango!

masthead_index_1No Meat? No Problem!RISTORANTE PANORAMA FEATURES CHEF’S THREE COURSE SEAFOOD PRIX FIXE MENU FOR LENT Philadelphia-Ristorante Panorama, located inside the Penn’s View Hotel at Front and Market Streets, will be offering a Three-Course Seafood Prix Fixe Menu option for Lent. Starting Wednesday, February 22nd through Saturday, April 7th the restaurant will be serving the following chef’s menu for $35 per person: Pan Seared Diver Scallop over truffled celery root puree and crispy fried red onionsMaine Lobster Tail with fresh tomato sauce over homemade spaghettiHazelnut-encrusted Atlantic Cod over zucchini in limoncello sauce with fresh basil. This year The Penn’s View Hotel’s Ristorante Panorama earned the distinction from Guinness World Records™ of Largest Winekeeper/Cruvinet . The unique wine bar’s, custom-built, 120-bottle wine keeper was designed by owner Luca Sena in 1990 when he opened the restaurant. The cruvinet is the key to the restaurant’s extensive offering of flights and up to 150 wines by the glass on any given day. The wine keeper is officially the largest wine preservation and dispensing system in the world. The hotel and restaurant are located at Front and Market Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106.For more information call (215) 922-7600 or visit www.pennsviewhotel.com

by | Categories: Dining Out | Comments Off on Dining Out @ Pennsview Hotel

By:  Krista Doran

At the corners of State and Washington Streets in Historic Newtown Borough is a wonderful place called The Temperance House.  “The Temp” as many of their regular patrons lovingly call it, is not just a local tavern.  The tradition of the Temperance House began in 1772, when soldier and scholar Andrew McMinn first opened the inn.  Since then, The Temperance House has seen many different proprietors and has been used as a meeting place where drinks, ice cream and even oysters have been served to the locals.  The Temperance House is steeped in history and today owned and operated by Carlene and Pat Deon, who still maintain “The Temp’s” love of Newtown’s colorful heritage.

As you walk in either of the entrances, you immediately feel its charm.  The Temperance House has so much to offer as a tavern, restaurant and an inn, and its casual elegance is just a reminder that once inside, you are going to experience something special.  The culinary team of chefs James Hagan and Derek Fields are always creating new and exciting dishes to please every palate, even accommodating those who choose gluten-free foods or are vegetarians.  The menu changes seasonally to take advantage of all the wonderful meats, seafood and vegetables that are available at the time.  The best way to describe the food would be American, but it definitely has an international fusion flare.  Both chefs are very thoughtful when considering which delights to offer guests, even taking time to consider Chinese New Year and other Holidays important to many.  The food is always fresh, always delicious and very reasonably priced.  Lunch specials start at just $6.00, and dinners start at just $14.00.  The portions are large and very satisfying.  The staff is absolutely wonderful, too, always making sure all guests are comfortable and content.

A night at The Temperance House, whether you are there for just drinks, dinner or a weekend stay is certainly going to be memorable.  The building itself is beautifully maintained.  Considering its age, you will never see cracks, broken trim or flooring anywhere.  Mr. and Mrs. Deon love this building and it shows.  They have taken great care to see that it is continuously cleaned and maintained to keep its charm and beauty.  From elegant fireplaces in the dining rooms, to the beautifully appointed stained glass art and light fixtures, “The Temp” is the place to be in Newtown.  It is definitely a favorite among locals, and can accommodate up to 150 people at one time.  It’s a great place to have a party and if you are looking for a place to host a wedding, shower, fundraiser, life celebration or any type of event, the party “dream team,” headed by Manager Erica Darragh and Event Coordinator Kim Carney, is at your disposal.  Erica and Kim will create a party as simple or as extravagant as you desire, always bringing that “Wow Factor” into all that they do.  If a max capacity of 150 is too small for your event, no problem!  They do off-site catering as well and can do anything from an office cocktail party, a fun luau or themed event to an elegant grill party with steaks and lobsters!  You dream it, they make it happen!  There is no event too big or too small for them to handle and everything from carving stations, to gorgeous flowers and centerpieces, amazing desserts and specialty drinks are handled to meet your individual specifications.  The Temperance House has catered many wonderful off-site charity events too.  In fact, every year they cater a fundraiser for their own personal charity, Pennsylvania Special Olympics.  In the past 8 years, there has been over $250k raised for this wonderful cause!  The 9th Annual Fundraiser will be held on June 20th, 2012 at the Makefield Highland Golf Course.  If you need details or want to participate, please call Erica at 215-860-9975.

Something that is unique to The Temperance House and a favorite among cigar aficionados is their cigar, cognac and scotch selections.  They also play host to many cigar events throughout the year and it’s the perfect place for the guys to have a special night of cigars, food and a scotch tasting.  You can even book one of their 5 private rooms for your smoking pleasure!  It’s perfect for an upscale bachelor party or guys night out.  There are not many places that cater to the cigar lovers but The Temperance House certainly does, offering a fine in-house selection.  If you prefer a special brand of cigar to smoke in the tavern, there are also local smoke shops within walking distance.  The inn upstairs is the perfect place for an overnight or weekend stay for people traveling through the area, or even just a quiet get-away.  The Temp’s 13 nicely appointed rooms are completely remodeled, comfortable and inviting.  These spacious rooms all have private baths and are ideal for wedding parties.

There is always something fun going on at The Temperance House!  If you love live music, it is the only place in Newtown that hosts the area’s top bands in all genres including Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, Top 40 and Acoustic.  Wednesday through Saturday the place is always hopping with a great looking people who like to have fun.  They offer some really spectacular specials featuring half price draft beer and appetizers plus $1 off mixed drinks and house wine from 5-7 pm every day of the week.  Week day specials are:  Monday – half price appetizers from 5-9 pm, Tuesday – “Tini Tuesday” with $5 house martinis, Wednesdays – $5 glasses of house wine, Thursdays – $2 domestic drafts and $3 Craft beers.  On Fridays and Saturdays from 5-7 pm – half price draft beer and appetizers plus $1 off mixed drinks and house wine.  Weekend day food specials are $1 Hot Dogs on Saturday $4 Cheese steaks (Beef or Chicken) on Sunday.  Make The Temperance House your place to watch the Flyers play and enjoy $3 Stellas during all games.  Other events that The Temperance House is known for are their Wednesday Jazz Celebrations, Special 4 Course Tasting Menus, and The NFL Draft with Merrill Reese of WBCB and draft expert Tom Hepler.  On Easter and Mother’s Day, a beautiful and elegant brunch is offered that the whole family will enjoy.  The next big event on the agenda is Valentine’s Day, so why not make plans now?  The Temperance House will be offering a very special and romantic evening featuring a special dinner menu, running 2/10 through 2/14.  For “The Temp’s St. Patty’s Celebration” Celtic Pride will be performing from 8 – Midnight on Friday 3/16/12.  There will be traditional Irish food and beer specials. Reservations are required for all special events!    For all events and information about specials please visit their website at www.temperancehouse.com.

The Temperance House offers so many great ways for you, your friends and family to enjoy its elegantly casual atmosphere, professional and welcoming staff, fresh and delicious food and top notch entertainment.  It’s the “total package” when it comes to restaurant/bars, and is hands-down, the jewel of Newtown Borough!  I highly suggest you go try The Temperance House.  You will be glad you did!

by | Categories: Dining Out, In The Spotlight, Restaurants | Comments Off on The Temperance House…The Jewel of Newtown Borough

By Helene
Italian_Still_Life_Paintings_2-706x525 copyLa Casa Di Lucia Italian Restaurant and Pizza, located in the Trent Plaza, 14425 Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia is the best bet for this Valentines Day. The food here is home-made and definitely made out of love.  Owners, Joe and Lucia, have been married now for 50 years, so they know what love is all about. A match made in heaven, Lucia’s love of cooking and Joe’s business sense and love of Italian food (lol)  was the special ingredients it took to make this little spot successful and special to everyone who has ever spun some of that delicate pasta around their fork. Yes, it is a family spot but it is also perfect for lovers too. And on Valentines Day you can look forward to quite a few dinner specials to share with your love. And even better, they will have live entertainment for a little dancing with your sweetheart.

As a matter of fact they offer some great live entertainment five days a week; Wednesday to Sunday.  Catering services too with a large room to accommodate guests for any special occasion! Want a great deal? Check out their Early Bird Specials Monday-Friday from 3-6pm, which includes Soup or Salad, choice of Dessert, and a Beverage. Want Lunch? Monday thru Saturday from 11am to 3pm you can get great lunch specials too. Of course they cater to the little ones, which will fit anyone’s budget.

While writing this I have sweet memories of the last time my guest and I reveled in their food. This particular night, Joe sat down with us while we dined and enjoyed his and all of the staffs’ great hospitality.  We started out with the Fried Calamari Marinara, a great big serving enough to share and some fresh hot Bread for dipping. The Calamari was lightly floured and delicious! We each had a cup of their Home-Made Soup; I had the Escarole, with a shake or two of fresh Parmesan Cheese and my guest, had the Pastina. Both were light, hearty and scrumptious. Next came the entrees, I had the Eggplant stuffed with Ground Beef and topped with Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese. It was baked to perfection. The sauce (or as Italians say the gravy) was magnificent, sweet and spiced just right. Every bite was tantalizing! My guest ordered one of Lucia’s Signature Dishes, the Chicken Francaise.  Boneless Chicken lightly floured, prepared in an egg batter and sautéed with White Dry Wine, Butter and a touch of Lemon. For our sides, Joe suggested that we sample their famous Home-made Gnocchi and Raviolis; both were delicate, perfectly molded and stuffed with Ricotta Cheese. Simply wonderful! Of course we could not resist their tempting desserts! They offer Home-Made Tiramisu (my favorite) , Rum Cake (also my favorite), Cheesecake and Rice Pudding. Plus they have ice cream and pie if that is what you are yearning! Well you already know that we had for dessert- the Tiramisu and Rum Cake! Both were simply irresistible and and were a great ending to a wonderful meal!
So if I were you…..I would make sure I got my sweetie to La Casa Di Lucia’s, where you will get the Best Italian food around! And your sweetie will love you even more! For reservations call (215) 677-6111. Happy Valentines Day to you!

by | Categories: Dining Out | Comments Off on La Casa Di Lucia Italian Restaurant and Pizza is For Lovers

…is What you will Find under the direction of Chef Tom Seacrest.


By Mike Vagnoni
buffalo_wings_1Getting great food when going out is kind of important to all us. Most of you out there know me from promoting and doing the advertising  for many area bands and clubs,restaurants & bars.  Well for this issue, I have to talk this next item  up for my good friend and Chef Mr.Tom Seacrest. Tom is now running the kitchen full time at Squirrel Murphy’s located at  872 East Street Road in Warminster Pa….Tom and I go back many years and he’s from Doylestown Pa., and as of November 1st he is now the resident Chef at Squirrel Murphy’s . He has made many changes on the food that is offered.. He asked for me to stop on by and check it out.  Well here is some things that I would like to share with you about the new food lineups.
Squirrel Murphy’s is an Irish Bar and features many favorites that you will see in many bars but now they can boast that Chef Tom Seacrest brings to the table a unique style of home made items. The portions are a good size and the quality of  is top end.  For starters in the Appetizers Department…you will find  home made soups. Here Tom’s comes up with his soup of the day for $4. Starters make the bar experience fun and you will see many items from jumbo Chicken wings. Here you will find jumbo fresh wings that are deep fried to perfection and you can pick from mild, hot or barbecued or suicide. They are served with blue cheese and celery at $7.50.   On Mondays you can taste Tom’s wings from 8 to 10pm ” FREE .WINGS” yes, this is true and each order is made to your order. Mondays there is a big crowd in the house and them wings are flowing .Had to throw that in …other items you will find are: Chicken Tenders $7, Supreme Nachos are always a treat and the Squirrel Murphy’s style is a large portion of chips that are smothered in chili and cheddar cheese along with jalapenos and served with a great tasty salsa sauce and sour cream $8.50  This is big, real big and one I would suggest to try. Other goodies are Mozzarllea Sticks, Pizza Fries, Cheese Fries, Beef Chilli and Garlic Bread with a tasty marinara sauce.   From the Grill with tasty sandwiches. Squirrel Murphy’s makes them big, like a Grilled Cheese made with a thick Texas toast and layered with american cheese $5.50. They also offer Steaks sandwiches and Burgers. The  prices range from  $6.50 to $8.50  and again, Tom put’s his tender love into each food item and this only adds to a better tasting order.
The Kitchen hours are from:  Monday thru Friday from 12pm to 10pm. Saturdays from 5pm to 10pm and on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm.  Open for Lunch, Dinner specials are daily.  Catering is available for your next event and now thru the end January they offer a 10% special off if you should book now.  They also offer take service and you can call 215-942-4550… Great Food at Great Prices along with fine catering…this is what you will find with your next visit to Squirrel Murphy’ and the man in control of the kitchen, Tom wants you to see all that he has cooking for you. So, stop by and check it out – and be sure and come hungry because the portions are big!
Upcoming @ Squirrel Murphy’s:  Mondays Free Wings from 8 to 10pm.  Super Big Game Day Party Feb 5th ,
:  Check out  Jan 14th  Steamboat Annie, 21st  The Sneaky Rats, 28th Stems & Seeds, Feb 4th  Six of One, Feb 11 Joey Presley and his Love Me Tender  Valentines’ Show!

by | Categories: Dining Out | Comments Off on Getting the Best Bar Food at Squirrel Murphy’s