beer: fegley’s brew works space monkey


Fegley’s Brew Works Space Monkey is a saison which is brewed with raspberry juice. It was a good, drinkable beer. Felt light and tasted sweet with some raspberry tartness. Space Monkey is one of Brew Works‘s seasonal spring brews, so you might wanna try it now while it’s out!

Please ignore my choice of glassware…it’s all I had…

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the corner


Last Friday a couple of us were lucky enough to join Foodspotting investor Jay Jamison for dinner. We had dinner at The Corner, located at the former APO Bar & Lounge.


sweet breads


masa tots

Dinner was great! I had an order of Masa Tots to start. They were tots made from corn, jalapenos, and onions and served over a chipotle sauce. Some of the others started with pork belly sliders and sweet breads. Oh, how I wish I coulda tried them! My entree was the Truffle Grilled Cheese without the braised short ribs (unfortunately). The sandwich was served with fries and a pickle. I also enjoyed my first Brooklyn Lager in can!


truffle grilled cheese

It was a pleasure joining Jay and other Philly Foodspotters for dinner on Friday!

PS. I will be in charge of May’s Philly eat-up…stay tuned!

The Corner
102 S 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.735.7500

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the abbaye


It’s been almost a year since I’ve visited The Abbaye. I had a great time last year when I went even though it was just for a drink or two. There is no good excuse for why I haven’t been in so long and after last night’s dinner, I will not forget about this place again.

One of the reasons I chose to come here last night, besides the fact that it’s been too long, was that they have some great vegetarian/vegan food options. Some of my friends have raved about their vegan wings in particular. That being said, vegan wings were ordered for our appetizer (pictured above). They were delicious. The Abbaye makes these in house! The wings were full of flavor and had a crisp outside, a texture almost dead on with fried chicken skin. These were some of, if not the best, faux meat experiences I’ve ever had! After Lent is over, I’m still going to order these…they’re THAT good.


seitan cheesesteak

In addition to the wings, I ordered the seitan cheesesteak. I’ve had other sandwiches made with seitan before and enjoyed them, however, this was the first time I’ve had a vegetarian cheesesteak. The cheesesteak is served on a roll with melted gruyere, grilled onions, grilled tomato, and a roasted garlic aioli. I haven’t had other veg cheesesteaks to compare but this was delicious as well. The chopped up pieces of seitan were tasty and not dry at all. The cheesesteak came with a pickle, frites, and a dipping sauce.

The menu is pretty huge. Even though I could easily eliminate the meat options, I still read through everything and started to wonder how some of the stuff would taste once Lent is over (ex. Abbaye Burger, Smokey Chimay Wings). I NEED to come back to try those. Seriously had an awesome time last night. I’d like to apologize to my stomach for ignoring this fantastic place in NoLibs for almost a year. Hope to be back soon!

Also, I got to try one of their pâtés at this year’s Brewer’s Plate and it was great! Looking forward to trying the non-vegetarian ones!

The Abbaye
637 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215.627.6711

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beer: sierra nevada hoptimum


Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum is a 10.4% ABV, full cone IPA. Hoptimum was released earlier this year and I grabbed a bottle from the local store since they only had a case of it. I thought it was alright. It’s one of the hoppier beers I’ve had in a while.

Unrelated to the taste…the label was pretty cool. It’s literally a portrait of a hop head.

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pyt


Last night was the March Foodspotting eat-up! Tommy Up, owner of PYT was awesome enough to set up a special menu for the eat-up featuring mini versions of the burgers he serves. This gave us a chance to try a couple of different ones.


Since I’m vegetarian for Lent, I luckily sat with two others eating vegetarian friendly burgers so we got to share the three veg burgers offered! We had the Calibunga burger – white bean, basil, garlic, tomato & breadcrumb patty and topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and caramelized onion; Portabella goat cheese burger – portabella topped with red peppers, caramelized onions, goat cheese, and a balsamic reduction; black bean burger – topped avocado & lettuce.


mini portabella burgers

It was quite an awesome time. There may have been some pickleback shots taken as well as some “adult milkshakes”…


cereal killer shake – vanilla ice cream, frosted flakes, vodka

Some thoughts at the end of the night…Is that black bean burger gunna stay on the menu? That was effing good. Also, when did PYT start serving tots? Did I just never notice that?!

Thanks to Tommy Up and Dan for setting this up!

Stay tuned for April’s Foodspotting eat-up!

PYT
The Piazza at Schmidt’s
1050 N. Hancock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215.964.9009

Some other photos taken last night:


mini calibunga burgers


special menu


mini black bean burgers


foodspotters!

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