In this month’s edition: A well-known favorite returns to the dining scene. // Photo Courtesy Friday Saturday Sunday

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The Resy Lineup: Friday Saturday Sunday Returns, V-Day Tasting, a Weekend in Fishtown, and More

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Welcome to Philadelphia’s Resy Lineup, your regular dose of recommendations on what to eat, drink, and see — updated on a monthly basis.

In this edition, we’ve got drinks in a 30,000-square-foot greenhouse, take-home cocktail kits and tacos, and weekend grazing through Fishtown.

 

February

The Restaurant Rec

Elwood chef and owner Adam Diltz is a man of the land. Scrolling through his Instagram, you’ll see he hunts, forages, tends to his garden, and that he and his wife even have a bee hive where they produce their own honey. Diltz is clearly very passionate about connecting to the foods that surround us in nature. So it’s fitting that Elwood brings not only the region’s history to the plate, but also incorporates fresh, locally sourced ingredients into every meal. Cozy up with a traditional pepper pot stew or a succulent roast goose. Also, beginning Feb. 13, Elwood’s weekend tea service is making a comeback, featuring Dutch specialties like a savory scrapple and sweet shoofly cake.

 

The Drink Proposal

Parks on Tap has set up shop in the Fairmount Horticulture Center, offering guests a spacious environment to enjoy a drink, grab a bite to eat, and take in the greenery. The 30,000 square foot greenhouse is home to a collection of plants as well as Gaia, an artistic globe display featuring stunning imagery of Earth sourced from NASA, which floats overhead. It’s a beautiful environment to kick back in with a drink. Toast to nature in all of her glory with a beer courtesy of Mainstay Brewing, or just snuggle up on a bench with a vodka-spiked hot cocoa.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

If you’re craving a cocktail but you’re not the best home bartender, check out Rosy’s Taco Bar’s cocktail kits. These cocktail kits come with the ingredients you need to make a wide range of cocktails like a spicy habanero margarita and a sweet, creamy coquito. Plus, they are a perfect accompaniment to Rosy’s tangy and salty al pastor tacos, the saucy Valentina wings, and the southwest chicken sandwich glued together with chihuahua cheese and guacamole, which drips in chipotle aioli.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Weekends are all about variety. Start your day grazing through Fishtown at Laser Wolf for some smooth hummus with a fresh pita, aromatic dill, and lentil tabbouleh along with Romanian beef kebab and chicken shishlik straight from the grill. Then, make your way to Evil Genius Brewing for beer straight from the source. If you’re into darker beers like stouts and porters, you’ll have fun with the Purple Monkey Dishwasher, a rich chocolate peanut butter porter, and the I’ll Have What She’s Having, a nutty chocolate hazelnut imperial stout. But if you’re wanting something hoppy, you can’t go wrong with their Mosaic IPA, Pics Or It Didn’t Happen.

 

The Event Invite

Valentine’s Day is one of February’s headlining holidays, and a big one for dining out. River Twice is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu for indoor and outdoor dining from Feb. 11 through Feb. 14. The menu is a six-course tasting menu with incredibly inventive pairings like venison tartare with black walnut, elderberry capers, sorrel, and olive granola, and quail covered in a concord grape vinegar, chanterelles, and a peppery sweet kohlrabi. Reserve your table today for this special feast.

 

From The Tipline

Friday Saturday Sunday reopens on Feb. 11 and they’ve got a new, exclusive menu. For only two dinner services a night, guests will enjoy an eight-course tasting menu evoking winter flavors like roasted yams with pistachio cream, a duck pie with earthy collard greens and sweet parsnips, ending with a winter citrus tart with huckleberry. Friday Saturday Sunday is also offering their full cocktail list that we’ve come to know and love, along with a generous offering of wines by the glass to go with the meal.


January

Pizza or the ultimate takeout food. // Photo Courtesy Pizzeria Beddia

The Restaurant Rec

You can now experience the intimacy of omakase in an elegant greenhouse in the heart of Fishtown. Hiroki has taken their 20-course feast outside with a cozy, private dining space lit with charming string lights and a wood burning fire pit. Enjoy one of Philadelphia’s most immersive dining experiences in one of the city’s finest outdoor dining spaces.   

 

The Drink Proposal

If your New Year’s resolution was to learn more about great wine, look no further than Fancy Wine Shop, Bloomsday Cafés carefully curated bottle store. They offer a rotating selection of wines, all of which come with unique stories about the places they come from and the people who make them. It’s also a great spot to get vermut, beer, cider, and mead. Don’t know which wines to try? Check out its Fancy Wine Club, where you’ll be introduced to three new wines each month.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

Upgrade your pizza night with pies and wine from Pizzeria BeddiaBring home a spicy pizza arrabiata, or a creamy roasted cauliflower pie with smoked Colby and royer mountain cheese and cherry pepper vinaigrette. Beddia may be all about pizza, but no meal is complete without trying a small plate or two, like the salty and meaty Cantabrian anchovies or a salad with sunflower seeds, olives, a creamy oregano dressing, and a subtly pungent pecorino cheese.  

 

The Weekend Pairing

After the holidays is the best time to scoop up great deals. Between the stores along Walnut Street, the Shops at Liberty Place, and all the outlets in between, if Santa forgot something that you wanted this year, chances are you’ll find it in Center City West. When you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a hot bowl of noodles from DanDan, one of the neighborhood’s spots for Sichuan and Taiwanese food. Whether you’re getting a spicy bowl of dan dan noodles with minced pork, or a Sichuan beef noodle soup, a meal here is the perfect wintertime comfort 

 

The Event Invite

On Jan. 14, chef Chris Paul is bringing his Lakay pop-up to Kampar Kitchen with Haitian Creole meals for two. The takeout meal features soup joumou — a pumpkin soup eaten on Jan. 1 in celebration of Haiti’s Independence Day — and pate ak vyann poul, or braised chicken and marinated vegetables served in a puff pastry. Be sure to order your meal ahead of time while supplies last!   

 

From The Tipline

Speaking of Kampar Kitchen, it’s a new community kitchen started by Ange Branca of Saté Kampar. Operating out of the Bok Building in South Philly, Kampar Kitchen brings in guest chefs and gives them a platform to share their culture through food. The communal aspect of this kitchen means chefs get the opportunity to collaborate with one another, with space to express their passion for cooking. There’s always something new being offered, giving the community an opportunity to engage with new chefs as well as familiar onesFood is about community and Branca’s new project embodies that spirit. 


December

Taco kits at Cadence. // Photo Courtesy Cadence Restaurant

The Restaurant Rec

Mission Taqueria is more than just a spot for great nachos, tacos, and burritos. Just as its name implies, this taqueria is on a mission to create community, connecting good people over good food. Even during this pandemic, they’ve developed clever ways to keep diners engaged. Yes, there are colorful outdoor tables and heaters to keep you warm, but if you want to stay home, Mission Taqueria is also a solid spot for takeout. Every Friday, they host a virtual Mission Movie Night which comes with a DIY nacho kit stocked full of any topping you could ever want, alongside a code to stream that week’s selected movie at home. Though we may be apart, it’s shared experiences like this that bring us close to heart.

 

The Drink Proposal

Harp & Crown has become a boozy oasis in the middle of Sansom Street, serving inventive cocktails under a heated deck. Try a customer favorite, the Meridian Peak, which brings a bit of heat with chili added to a tequila and blood orange cocktail. Or get festive with Harp & Crown’s Ruby Slippers: Champagne mixed with elderflower and strawberry, with a dash of vodka.

 

The Event Invite

Hudson Table is all about sharing good food and educating home chefs on how to bring out the best in their own cooking. Though we can’t gather in the way that we normally do, Hudson Table has made their cooking classes available online. Fried chicken may seem easy but getting a perfect golden crust on the outside with juicy meat on the inside is an artform. Learn how to perfect your fried chicken skills with chef Ben Flesch on December 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

Weekend meals tend to be slower paced than the last-minute foods we grab and go during busy week days. That’s why Cadence’s weekend takeout and delivery menu is the perfect stay-at-home move. Start your special meal with the coconut scallop ceviche, which comes with a bit of heat from the pickled pepper, and umami from the uni. There are also taco kits complete with salsa, beans, pickled vegetables, and a choice of slow roasted pork belly, roasted duck legs, or a vegetarian option of vegetables and sweet potato “chorizo.”

 

The Weekend Pairing

Every Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m., The Wayward brings yuletide vibes to East Market with their hot chocolate truck and live jazz music. Start off your weekend festivities with a spiked hot chocolate, mulled wine, and a mini croquembouche while sitting by one of their outdoor fire pits. If you still have some holiday shopping to do, make your way a couple blocks north to Reading Terminal Market — they’ve got plenty of local handmade goods and festive treats that make for perfect holiday gifts.

 

From The Tipline

Ripplewood Whiskey and Craft’s chef and owner, Biff Gottehrer, is channeling his childhood memories with his “Jewish Christmas” menu. Inspired by his visits to Sangkee every Christmas before going to the movie theater, chef Gottehrer is offering a special holiday meal for pickup either on Christmas eve or Christmas day. The menu “Whole Hudson Valley Duck” features duck rolls, foie fried rice, and fried duck dumplings. The holidays are all about comfort — which is especially needed this year — so treat yourself to this nostalgia fueled feast.


November

The excellent Mediterranean small plates at Oloroso.

The Restaurant Rec

You’ll get small plates but generous servings at Oloroso in Center City. The spice blends and Mediterranean influences found in Spanish cuisine are captured perfectly in everything, from the white anchovies in an aromatic herb oil to their signature dish, the roasted pig’s head. Whatever you’re ordering, you’ll find something to pair it with thanks to Oloroso’s extensive selection of Spanish wines, ciders, and of course, sherries. 

 

The Drink Proposal

Bloomsday may be a wine bar, but theyve got a couple of Catalan cocktails that you should try, one of which will only be available throughout the winter. The first is the Panther Milk, a Barcelona favorite made with sweet condensed milk and packs a one-two punch with rum and gin. The other is a Cremat, a rum and coffee drink flavored with blood orange amaro and topped with Dalgona. Its a hot drink thats sure to make winter dining in the Shambles at Head House Square a warm and cozy experience.

 

The Event Invite

Walnut Street Café has been hosting a lot of incredible events lately, but one of the best has been the Honeysuckle Brunch series. Aimed toward raising funds to develop the Honeysuckle Community Center, chefs Omar Tate and Cybille St. Aude-Tate have created a three-course brunch meal along with Haitian-inspired cocktails. There will also be a live DJ and an outdoor market stocked with local art and handmade products. The next one takes place December 12th at 10 a.m. so reserve your spot now before it fills up!

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

Thanksgiving is going to be very different for all of us this year, but it doesn’t mean we can’t still make the holiday intimate and special. River Twice has developed a Thanksgiving Meal Kit that serves 4 to 6 people. It comes with Thanksgiving Day classics, like a tart cranberry sauce with ginger, zesty golden raisins, and orange; and an iconic green-bean casserole. A couple of the sides have notable hints of Southern charm — the sweet-potato mash is boosted with maple and pecans, and the oyster-cornbread dressing brings in a taste of creole cooking with andouille sausage.  Of course, the centerpiece of the meal is half an organic Lancaster turkey brined in sweet tea. They’ve even got you covered for dessert — pumpkin pie with spiced whipped cream. Be sure to preorder by November 19.

 

The Weekend Pairing

The Christmas Village at Love Park and City Hall opens Nov. 26 through Dec. 24 for its 13th season. So before you go shopping for unique holiday gifts or enjoy a mulled wine at the beer garden, grab a hearty meal at The Wayward nearby where you can reserve a table with a fire pit.

 

From The Tipline

Who said tea time is just for the British? On Saturdays and Sundays, Elwood is offering a Pennsylvania Dutch-inspired tea service. Enjoy a selection of herbal teas along with a delicious spread of traditional Pennsylvania bites like scrapple, snickerdoodle, and shoofly cake, all inspired by Colonial, Federal, and Victorian-era recipes. 


October

Walnut Street Cafe’s brand of cozy eats.

The Restaurant Rec

Friday Saturday Sunday is open for indoor dining again, offering guests a new prix-fixe menu that’s available in-house only. The four-course meal showcases flavors and ingredients pulled from all corners of American cuisine, for culinary comforts that are familiar yet innovative and new. Think the flavors of Tennessee hot chicken infused into sweetbreads, and the spicy, fruity tinge of aji chili with a roasted chicken. And don’t forget to indulge in one of the restaurant’s much-lauded cocktails — if you like scotch, give the $413 Million Dollar Baby a try.

 

The Drink Proposal

The doctor is in at Four Humours Distilling. Literally. After practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Robert Anolik, along with his son Jonathan, are shifting their focus to a different kind of remedy: distilled spirits and handcrafted cocktails. And they’ve teamed up with Robert Cassell, a master distiller whose incredible skills have earned him over 20 international gold medals. Their cocktails are innovative takes on classics, and everything from the spirits to the bitters and syrups are made in-house.

 

The Event Invite

Irwin’s at Bok Bar is hosting what can only be described as Saté Kampar’s greatest summer hits. For 12 days, chef Ange Branca will be serving up some of the best dishes from the pop-ups and collaborations she held this past summer. Expect to see Malaysian comforts along with incredible saté cooked over charcoal. So if you miss Saté Kampar’s Passyunk location and didn’t get a chance to go to any of Branca’s other pop-ups, now’s your chance.

 

The Stay-At-Home Move

The Italian Markets new Thai grocery store, courtesy of Kalaya. Stop by for a thai coffee or tea, pick up fresh specialty ingredients like calamansi citrus and fresh galangal to make your own Thai dishes in your kitchen, or order a meal to take home. Pro tip: The market also features rotating guest chefs, collaborations, and even hosts musical performances — stay tuned here.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Walnut Street Cafe with a side of culture. The beloved cafe has mastered the art of cozy chic, and they’ve recently reopened their comfy yet modern dining room for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Follow up your meal with just a short walk through an Ivy League campus to visit the Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, which houses an impressive collection of ancient artifacts, Egyptian Sphinx included.

 

From The Tipline

On Halloweekend, River Twice is hosting a seven-course tasting menu appropriately named 7 Deadly Sins. The event is almost sold out, so if you don’t get a chance to dine outside under October’s auspicious Blue Moon, don’t fret! River Twice is reopening for indoor dining on Wednesday, Nov. 4 with a new dining format featuring two ever-changing four- and seven-course tasting menus, highlighting regionally sourced ingredients and seasonal foods.

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