jerry’s bar – brunch burger

Name: Brunch Burger
Location: Jerry’s Bar, 129 W Laurel St., Philadelphia, PA 19123
Protein: Beef
Bun: Brioche (Toasted)
Toppings: Bacon, sunny side up egg, choice of cheese (I went with Cabot cheddar)
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: House cut fries and a pickle
Price: $13.50

Notes, etc.: The burger was cooked over to well, when it was ordered medium rare, yet it was still juicy. The egg was not as runny as I prefer as it was cooked more hard at the center. The house cut fries were tasty. Large size was appropriate for curing a hangover and sending you back for your afternoon nap. I’m taking this visit as an off day, as it seemed as though the place was getting mobbed while we were there.

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philly foodspotting steep up – march 2012

Last Thursday was Philly Foodspotting’s monthly eat up. In this case, it was a steep up, held at The Random Tea Room in Northern Liberties.

Foodspotters who attended were able to choose from a wide variety of such as Darjeelings, Sri Lankans, Chinese, and Japanese. They also offer several herbal infusions to soothe any aches or pains you may have. I went with the House Ceylon, a black Sri Lankan tea.

The Random Tea Room has also debuted a small bites food menu, consisting of an olive, cheese, and nut platter, a parfait, and oats.

The steep up was a fun time and it was great to see some new faces! Huge thanks to The Random Tea Room for having us. Make sure to say hi to the house dog, Izzy, when you visit!

Keep up with Philly Foodspotting. Stay tuned for our upcoming Taco Crawl in South Philly!

The Random Tea Room
713 N. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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koo zee doo

It was my father’s birthday and my siblings and I decided we take him out for dinner at the Northern Liberties Portuguese restaurant, Koo Zee Doo. We’ve heard great things and were even supposed to come here for a Father’s Day brunch in the past but something came up.

salada de marisco

I always walk by and it seems like a pretty small space. The dining area was much larger than I thought as it extends into the far back. The space is comfortably lit and not too bright. There’s also bar seating so you can watch the chefs/cooks at work. I’d like to sit there next time I’m in.

We were started off with some bread, butter, and these “edamame”-like beans. The bread had a good crusty exterior and a soft interior.


The three appetizers we started off with were the Moelas (braised chicken gizzards), Alheira (smoked sausage, sauteed greens, fried egg), and Salada de Marisco (spicy seafood salad, hearts of palm, orange, watercress). All of these dishes were quite good. Some of the family liked the salad the best, but I personally loved the gizzards more.

bife à portuguesa

Our main course consisted of the Lulas Estufadas (fried & braised squid, tomatoes, cumin, mashed potatoes–pictured at top), Bife à Portuguesa (picanha steak, presunto, fried egg, fried potatoes), and Cataplana de Marisco (seafood stew). Everything served was delicious, though my favorite was the Lulas Estufadas. The mix of fried & braised squid gave a really great mix of textures and add to that the tomatoes and potatoes…fantastic. The steak dish was great too. The fried potatoes really shined on this one. They were sliced about 1/4″ thick, but were perfectly crispy on the outside with a soft inside. I would totally ask for a side order of these if not ordering the dish. So good.

tarte de côco

We were leaning towards no dessert but we took a look and couldn’t refuse. We ordered the Tarte de Côco (coconut tart with chocolate whipped cream) and Maçã no Forno (baked custard, caramel apple, almonds). Both great desserts. I couldn’t really choose a favorite one here.


The dinner was a great experience. Just wish I brought some wine since it’s a BYOB. If you haven’t been out here yet, you should definitely check it out. They also offer a Chef’s Tasting Menu for $50/person which I’d like to come back for.

A few more photos from dinner:

cataplana de marisco

maçã no forno

Koo Zee Doo
614 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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