In this month’s edition: A trip through Philadelphia’s culinary history. Photo courtesy of Elwood

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The Resy Lineup: A Beer-Paired Tasting Menu, Pizza Deals, and Join a Mini-Golf League

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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 very first edition of 2022, we’re sipping on an espresso-forward cocktail at The Wayward, joining the mini-golf league at Libertee Grounds, and enjoying a special dinner featuring dishes paired with Stickman Brews from Elwood.

 

January

The Restaurant Rec

At Osteria, golden hour and happy hour coincide. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas, pastas, salads, and snacks paired with fashionable drinks, all served in one very Instagrammable dining room. Pro tip: Get their classic margherita pizza for just $8, alongside a $5 selection of spritz, wines, and beers, Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

 

The Drink Proposal

Espresso cocktails are having a moment. Head to The Wayward, Center City’s American brasserie, for the Not Your Basic PSL. With hints of brown butter and pumpkin, this rich dessert-like espresso and courvoisier cocktail comes with a mini Federal Donut balanced precariously on the rim of the glass.

 

The Event Invite

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 19, Libertee Grounds will be hosting the Putt Buddies Mini-Golf League. Teams of two will compete during a weekly tournament for a chance to win a three-hour mini-golf party for up to 20 friends. Enjoy a few pints of local beers and show off your mini-golf skills.

 

The Weekend Pairing

You’d be remiss to not take advantage of Broad Street, a.k.a. the Avenue of the Arts. Kick off your evening with a flavor-packed Mexican meal at Tequilas, where you can indulge in a tangy ceviche and a traditional mole poblano. Then, head a few blocks over on Broad Street for a show at the Kimmel Center. You’ll have a wide selection of shows to choose from, including a dance performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a selection of symphonies by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, or even Pretty Woman: The Musical. Buy your tickets ahead of time and enjoy the show!

 

From The Tipline

Sunday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m., Elwood is hosting a special $70 dinner featuring pairings by Stickman Brews. The meal will start with Elwood’s famous venison scrapple and will take diners through Philadelphia’s culinary history, with dishes like pickled mackerel and guinea hen with spent grain porridge and sweet potato. Each course will be paired with Belgian and German beers that have a unique American twist. Snag your seat now.

In this month’s edition: An unmissable 17-course sushi omakase. Photo courtesy of Royal Sushi Omakase
In this month’s edition: An unmissable 17-course sushi omakase. Photo courtesy of Royal Sushi Omakase

December

The Restaurant Rec

West Coast vibes meet Philly spirit at Loco Pez, a Los Angeles-style taqueria. And just in time for holiday cheer, their most popular seasonal taco is back on the menu for the rest of this month: the duck taco. Don’t miss out on this tender duck confit creation, slathered in a rich white walnut mole and topped with the crisp, fruity crunch of pomegranate seeds and herbaceous cilantro. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most highly anticipated menu items of the year.

 

The Drink Proposal

When it comes to Japanese spirits, sake is the first that comes to many people’s minds. And though the mildly sweet spirit expresses itself in a wide spectrum of flavors (like bright and full bodied or smooth with floral notes), there are other exciting Japanese spirits to try. So, whether you want to experience unique sakes, explore the earthy essence of shochu, slowly nurse 10-year Ohishi rice whiskey aged in a brandy cask, or sample gin from Kyoto, Cheu Fishtown & Nunu is the absolute spot to go to.

 

The Event Invite

From Dec. 19 through 23, River Twice is hosting Cheftivus, a five-night collaborative dinner series featuring guests chefs from Philadelphia and beyond from the restaurant’s popular “Hidden in Plain Sight” dinners. The series kicks off with chef Diego Moya on Dec. 19, chef Evan Hennessey on the 20th, chef Alex Yoon on the 21, chef Alex Talbot on the 22, and chef Shola Olunloyo on the 23. Every night is sure to be an unforgettable experience, so get your tickets soon, because it’s bound to sell out fast!

 

The Weekend Pairing

Nothing says the weekend like dinner and a live show. This month, we recommend heading to Fishtown for a dinner of hummus, pita, and expertly grilled meats at Laser Wolf, followed by a night of laughs at one of Punch Line’s hilarious comedy shows.

 

The Splurge

Omakase dinners are often a splurge, but if you’re going to go, you should go big at Royal Sushi Omakase. Hidden right in the back of Royal Izakaya is a small, eight-seat sushi bar where chef-owner Jesse Ito will take you on a thoughtful culinary journey through a 17-piece tasting menu. This is definitely the spot to go for a special occasion, and one of our favorite dining gems of 2021.

In this month’s edition: The new locale of a cult sandwich shop. Photo courtesy of Middle Child Clubhouse
In this month’s edition: The new locale of a cult sandwich shop. Photo courtesy of Middle Child Clubhouse

November

The Restaurant Rec

Seems hard to believe, but Middle Child has gotten even better. The new clubhouse location in Fishtown has the nostalgic, playful feel of the classic sandwich shop in Center City, but upgraded to a whole new level. Indeed, come dinnertime, the restaurant transforms into a grown-up clubhouse with a casually upscale menu. Think a Toad in a Hole made with locally baked sourdough bread from Mighty Bread Co., with a fried egg, tuna conserva, and broccoli rabe kimchi.

 

The Drink Proposal

The drink program at The Farm & Fisherman Tavern in Cherry Hill, NJ is one of the most unique in the region. Leveraging foraged ingredients, “ugly” produce, and local goods, mixologist Danny Childs has developed a seasonal cocktail menu, with drinks like the Crabapple Punch, made with Laird’s Applejack, mulled spicebush, crab apple cider, lemon oleo-saccharum, Plantation Xaymaca rum, and Batavia Arrack, which gives the drink subtle notes of anise. Pro tip: The menu changes with the seasons, so every visit promises something new.

 

The Event Invite

A $250 Sicilian-inspired feast featuring rare wines. On Wednesday, Dec. 1, Headhouse Square’s perfect all-day café will offer a variety of Frappato wines from Arianna and Giusto Occhipinti of COS Winery in Sicily, whom you might’ve seen on Stanley Tucci’s show, Searching For Italy.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Nothing beats walking through Fairmount Park on a fall day. Taking in the crisp air and warm sun while enjoying views of the Schuylkill River is a perfect way to spend the afternoon. So, after you watch the sun sink behind the city skyline, follow that up the only way you can: With a visit to A Mano for their handmade pasta and seasonal Italian fare. Bonus if you end the day on a sweet note with the tiramisu.

 

The Splurge

With a leg span of just over five feet, the Norwegian King crab is a massive crustacean that yields upwards of 10 pounds of buttery, sweet, and salty meat. At Dim Sum House by Jane G’s, you and your table can share this crab feast, which is prepared in three different ways. First, there’s the creamy egg custard with the essence of crab served in the crab’s body. Then come steamed crab knuckles served with a ginger and scallion broth. And lastly, the legs and claws are battered and fried with a pork stir fry and spicy sauce.

Note: The meal is for groups of six or more and you have to order your Norwegian King crab at least 48 hours in advance.

In this month’s edition: A hot new opening from Starr Restaurants. Photo courtesy of LMNO
In this month’s edition: A hot new opening from Starr Restaurants. Photo courtesy of LMNO

October

The Restaurant Rec

New on the scene is Starr Restaurants’ latest concept, LMNO, a spot best described as an immersive experience. The hybrid lounge, bookstore, art gallery, and venue is also a restaurant that explores Baja Mexico’s coastal-driven cuisine. Order a round of beer battered Baja fish tacos or order La Sirena Gorda for the table, a crowd-pleasing and bountiful seafood cocktail featuring shrimp, octopus, clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, kampachi with clamato, tomato, and avocado with a bit of spicy chiltepin. Know this: Every night at LMNO is a party.

 

The Drink Proposal

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is known for their wood-fired meats, pastas and pizzas, but their cocktail menu is a sleeper hit. Get the Vibe Check, a citrusy, sharp, and subtly herbaceous cocktail of gin, Montenegro, and Santa Maria Al Monte amaro with lemon, honey, and sage. Or, get your one-way ticket to a tropical getaway with the Kiwi Herman, made with a coconut oil washed mezcal, sweet kiwi, turmeric, almond, and a bit of lime. There’s also the Show & Chanterelle, an ambitious cocktail centered around an earthy chanterelle mushroom infused gin. Pro tip: Do reserve seats in the bar room to fully immerse yourself in their cocktail culture.

 

The Event Invite

Book your tickets for an evening with chef Joncarl Lachman at Stina Pizzeria. As part of their Guest Chef Series, Stina has invited Noord’s owner and chef, Lachman, to share his Dutch soul food cooking through a prefix dinner, with an available beer pairing courtesy of the nearby ARS Brewery. Best yet, 20% of the sales for the evening’s event goes to the William Way LGBT Center, which provides a safe place for the LGBTQIA+ community to connect through arts and culture. Tickets over here.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Shows are back on at Union Transfer! Before rocking out with your favorite bands, head to The Institute Craft Bar & Kitchen for a pre-show meal and drink. Start off with a plate of tinga chicken nachos layered with braised chicken, black beans, a spicy pico de gallo, and sour cream garnished with cilantro, jalapeño, and green onions. For an entrée, nothing beats the classic Institute burger drenched in their tangy Institute sauce.

 

From The Tipline

Kalaya recently launched their art residency program! The exhibitions will feature the works of local artists, which will be displayed inside the restaurant as well as within the outdoor diners structures for diners to enjoy. The series is being kicked off with local contemporary artist Tiff Urquhart, who painted the tropical flower mural across the walls of Kalaya’s streetery. Take a peek.

In this month’s edition: A local favorite launches a new tasting menu. Photo courtesy of River Twice
In this month’s edition: A local favorite launches a new tasting menu. Photo courtesy of River Twice

September

The Restaurant Rec

Suraya, because it’s an immersive affair that excites all of the senses. The smell of aromatic Middle Eastern spices, the feel of the soft, billowing pita pulled straight from the oven, the pungent anise flavor of the arak, and the beautiful Beirut-inspired tile accents throughout the restaurant all come together to create a memorable Lebanese meal. The $70 Taste of Suraya tasting is the best way to maximize experience, but don’t skip the kwarma, a slow roasted lamb seasoned with Baharat and served with a dill yogurt sauce and cucumber salad.

 

The Drink Proposal

Whiskey lovers know that patience is a virtue: Part science, part art, whiskey is a craft that takes a lot of time, but the wait is worth it. Enter Four Humours Distilling, which has perfected the process of aging, developing balanced whiskeys that are smooth but have strong flavor profiles. And their cocktail menu presents a full range of flavors — on the sweeter end, the Velvet Remedy blends rye with strawberry and basil, while the classic old fashioned, made with bourbon and a mellow, house made sorghum syrup, makes for smooth yet bitter drink.

 

The Event Invite

The Amex Gold Pop-Up Diner is coming to Philadelphia September 17 to 19, and if you love the upscale Italian cuisine from Osteria, you’ll love the homestyle diner eats they’ll be dishing out during the event. Don’t miss the classic mama’s meatballs swimming in a tomato sauce with parmigiano, and a chicken parmigiana with mozzarella, tomato and rigatoni, among others. Tickets over here.

 

The Weekend Pairing

Good food and good laughs are the equation for a good time. Start your night at Rosy’s Taco Bar for a loaded plate of nachos covered in all the classic fixings (including chihuahua and Monterey jack cheeses), plus juicy al pastor tacos. Then, head to the Helium Comedy Club a couple of blocks away, where comedians from around the country bring some of their best jokes and experimental material.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: For dinner Thursday through Saturday, River Twice will be moving to a seven-course tasting menu only that gives diners a tour what’s in season. Expect dishes that push the boundaries of fresh, local ingredients, like a PA trout with maple vinegar and trout roe, or a Vermont quail served with figs and peanut miso.

Bonus: The restaurant just launched its new Wine Bar concept on September 12, where an à la carte menu features lighter fare served alongside natural wines (available only for walk in on Sundays). Pro tip: Sundays is also the day to drop by River Twice for the delicious off-menu Mother Rucker burger.

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