In this month’s edition: The excellent Mediterranean small plates at Oloroso.

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The Resy Lineup: Mediterranean Small Plates, Afternoon Tea, and a Brunch for a Cause

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

This month, we’ve got a Pennsylvania Dutch afternoon tea service, a spot to grab a bite and go bowling before hitting up the annual Christmas Village, and an ice bar where the drinks are as wild as the venue itself.

 

November

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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