Showing posts with label center city. Show all posts
Showing posts with label center city. Show all posts

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Corner Foodery

1710 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-1500

It's about time the well known bottle shop broke into the real Center City market. I mean, what have the business men and women been doing for their lunchtime six packs to-go all these years?

This place is a collaboration between The Foodery (we all know what that is, right?) and The Corner restaurant (one of the few establishments not owned by Val and Marcie) on 13th. In case the name didn't already make that part obvious.

They have a long wall lined with the usual range of high-end, expensive bottle shop selections, as well as a rotating selection of draught beers on tap.

Their website is terrible.

The interior has got a really great vibe, it's dark but open, modern and classic, and really quite comfortable. There are a few seats at the 'deli' counter, in case you want to do a quick in-and-out. Their interior was the highlight of my experience.

They use Carangi rolls.

The to-go boxes look nice, but they're not at all suited for hoagies of any type. They should be wrapped tightly, swaddled and protected, like a baby. I do like a good bag of UTZ though.

I ordered the "Godfather," which boasted coppa, prosciutto, pepperoni and prov with LTO. A basic twist on an Italian, fine. I'll take it. Did I want oil or vinegar? Both, plus a little mayo, of course. I was not asked if I preferred seeded or unseeded, I mean, obviously a sesame-seed roll is mandatory here. Right?

Wrong. And sometimes red onions just don't cut it on an Italian. Especially this one. There was little-to-no meat for a $10 sandwich and the roll was so thick in comparison to the fillings. It was a jaw strainer for sure. It was some sort of heavy-handed sourdough roll.

Not to mention the mealy canal of dough where they overdid the vinegar. Meh. But hey, let's look at the bright side, I ate the whole thing anyway and the pickle was delicious!

Considering I'm never getting take out beer during the work day, I don't think The Corner Foodery will ever see my beautiful, hoagie inhaling face again.

Monday, April 8, 2013

MeltKraft | Valley Shepherd Creamery

(Reading Terminal Market)
12th & Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 639-3309

The Reading Terminal Market has just about every kind of food you might want. So it was no surprise that a cheesemaker has somewhat recently taken residence, and is cranking out some amazing fromage.

They also have a specialty grilled cheese bar.

The most popular sandwiches are prepped, assembly-line style, before a trip to the hot press.

I decided to try one that was toasted, and one that featured their fresh-made mozzarella without toasting.

The "classic mozz" was simple and delicious. Fresh mozzarella, soppresetta, and roasted tomatoes drizzled with olive oil.

There was a significant amount of soft, buttery, salty cheese inside, and the crunchy baguette was a great vessel for delivery.

If I were to make one change, I would probably look for just a bit more acidity, as the rich flavors were definitely there in force. I really liked this simple sandwich, and their house made fresh mozzarella was incredibly good.

The other choice was the "Melter Skelter." This was a non-traditional style grilled cheese with raclette cheese, pickled green tomatoes, crushed BBQ chips, jalapeno, and watercress.

This was no diet sandwich. Between the butter, cheese, and chips, this was a heavy-duty lunch. I could have used some more jalapeno, BBQ chips, and watercress to cut some of the heaviness, but it was definitely a good grilled cheese. As should be expected, the focus is on the cheeses themselves, and they are damn good. Not to mention, they are very generous, with the cheese.

You also get a chance to see them at work, right next to the olive bar (not to be missed).

As we all know, RTM has many offerings and the new Valley Shepherd cheese & grilled sandwich shop is a welcome addition.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

John & Kira's

Gourmet, Artisan Chocolates
Currently only online – Website

Even though a chocolate-specific write-up is something I never thought I'd do as Philly Phoodie, I was recently invited to an "exclusive chocolate and wine tasting at the Independent Hotel" on Locust at 13th. It's a new 'boutique hotel' that I had no idea existed, but apparently it hits a niche market in the heart of Center City. But I digress...

Owner, John Doyle, was there to give an introduction and to talk a little bit about each of the evening's three pairings.

Although these little numbers weren't on the pairing agenda, they were scattered around the lobby for a bit of chocolate pre-gaming. How cute, little pumpkins.

They were filled with a nutmeg caramel and reminded me of November.

I won't talk too much about the wine pairings, because they seemed a bit off to me. I'm no wine connoisseur, but I know enough to know which wines taste good and which ones don't. There was a red (okay) and a white (terrible).

They really take care to making these little buggers look expensive. The Red Ganache Lovebugs are "hand-painted 62% dark chocolate shells with colored cocoa butter, filled with a delectable dark Valrhona 64% chocolate ganache and a hint of Singing Dog vanilla sourced from Indonesian farmers." Talk about fancy. Unfortunately, I couldn't help but think of Rodney Dangerfield the whole time.

Probably the greatest highlight of the evening were the figs. Talk about indulgent. Not to mention the fact that these were paired with a Fine Tokay wine, which was more of a syrupy-sweet dessert wine that really had some legs on it. This pair was actually right on.

"We import tender, organic dried Calabacita figs from a small family farm in Spain then fill them ourselves with a silky smooth, whiskey infused Valrhona dark chocolate ganache. They are then hand-dipped in 62% dark chocolate." Need I say more? Absolutely incredible.

All in all, I'd definitely recommend a purchase of John & Kira's chocolates over anything else - if chocolate is what you're gifting. Compounded by their impeccable eye for design in packaging and marketing, the company's quality ingredients are certainly worth a try.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pagano's Market

2001 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 523-6200

Pagano's is a DiBruno Brother's type place that caters to white collar workers in Center City. I wrote about the outpost of it here last year, but felt a trip was deserved to the main location.

They get awfully busy during lunch, and the office workers swarm the "gourmet" foods offered.

There is a large salad bar, one at which (unfortunately) I will never be able to eat. Every time I have ever tried to take the healthy route, my food eyes have ended up costing me AT LEAST $15. For a damn salad. I guess I like heavy vegetables.

They also have a pizza station, that includes stromboli's. It looked good, but I was here for sandwiches.

You get into the appropriate line, and try to decipher what you want on this particular occasion. It didn't take me too long. Although I changed my choices a couple of times on the way to the front.

Most of the sandwiches are pre-made, but they will dress them to order.

Always a sucker for chicken cutlets, I had to try the sharp prov and spinach with a side of sauce.

This one did, however, look like a salad even I could get behind.

They dress hot sandwiches according to your requests.

Also, don't forget to grab a side of pickles. They are delicious.

I started with the Italian classico. It had the traditional assortment of cured Italian meats on it, but they were definitely of higher quality than usual.

The crusty roll was really, well, crusty. It was good though. Different than I am used to. The proscuitto was also quite good. Deep crimson in color, it was tender and packed with rich pork flavor.

The other meats and sharp provolone were also quite tasty. I think the roll might have been a bit overkill, but luckily I had oil, vinegar, AND mayo to lube it up. A solid Italian, though it was a bit steep at $10.

The chicken cutlet/parm, didn't fare quite as hot. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't the best I have had. The sauce was incredibly bland, and nothing about this sandwich "popped". It was very one note.

The cutlet itself was pretty good, but again, without any spice or enough salt, no contrasting flavors, it just didn't "cut" it. It could have also taken a bit of a pounding - more surface area and less (dry) breast to cut through with every bite.

I would go back to Pagano's, but probably only if the Kennedy Food Garden was closed. I think the couple of dollars less per item make the difference, but that's just me. Pagano's is certainly good enough, and if I worked in one of these buildings I would probably be here quite often. Has anyone had the pizza?