Sips and Eats: Philly’s best food and drink picks for Jan. 23-27


Featured Bars and Lounges

The Spotlight of the Week: National Pie Day

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Wednesday, January 23rd is National Pie Day. Here are some great places to stop by to celebrate the delicious holiday.

CO-OP: CO-OPThe Study hotel’s bustling restaurant and lounge located on the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Sts., has a rotating selection of freshly baked pies available year-round. Apple and pecan lovers are in luck, as CO-OP will be serving up $8 slices of each tomorrow in celebration of National Pie Day. Pair a slice (or two) with one of CO-OP’s many coffee-based beverages for the perfect post-dinner pick-me-up.

Ocean Prime: Ocean Prime, while known for its extensive selection of prime seafood and steak offerings, has a delicious dessert menu, with favorites such as the Ten Layer Carrot Cake, Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Cake with hand spun ice cream. However, the real showstopper is the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie ($12), served with a rich and creamy peanut butter mousse center, and topped with a bittersweet chocolate ganache. This decadent dessert is available tomorrow for National Pie Day — but, don’t worry, it’s an Ocean Prime staple and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Urban Farmer: Urban Farmer, Philly’s modern “chic” American steakhouse, is celebrating National Pie Day with, not one, but two pies — a sweet AND a savory. Executive Chef Seth Pettit is cooking up an Urban Farmer Meat Pie ($14), boasting braised wagyu, roasted root vegetable, Herve mascarpone and Saba for those who prefer a savory option. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy a Shoofly Pie($10), served with streusel, Chantilly, and mocha ice cream. The meat pie will be available during lunch, while the Shoofly Pie will be available during lunch and dinner.

Center City Restaurant Week Picks: Amis Trattoria, The Dandelion, Lolita 

(Lolita Philly)

Center City Restaurant Week will continue to run through Friday, January 25th.  Several restaurants across Center City offer three-course dinners for only $35 per person. In addition, many will also offer three-course lunches for $20. Here are some dinner picks or this week.

Amis Trattoria: Drop by Amis Trattoria for a wide selection of bruschetta (Bufala Ricotta Bruschetta and Eggplant Caponata Bruschetta) for your first course. The Italian eatery has Rainbow Trout, Rotini, Pork Chop Parmigiana, and more as second-course choices. Mom-mom’s Rice Pudding, Tiramisu, and several others highlight a wide variety of desserts.

The Dandelion: The Dandelion has several tasty Center City Restaurant Week options available for you. There’s a great Seared Salmon dish with stewed tomato and chickpea curry, roasted cauliflower.  Confit Chicken Thigh and Lamb Shepherd’s Pie are also tremendous entree options.

Lolita: 13th Street contemporary Mexican restaurant Lolita has several festive options for CCRW. For your first course, you can choose between Crispy fish tacos, a Mexican chopped salad, Pork carnitas tacos, and Crispy Cholula fried chicken tacos. Roasted winter squash enchiladas, Seared cauliflower steak, Carne asada a la lolita, and more highlight the entrees

Weekly Events

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(Radio 104.5 Winter Jawn. Photo by Andy Gorel for The Triangle)

Each week, Philly Influencer picks the best parties, events, and social gatherings the area has to offer.

Latin Night: Come to the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest this Thursday night for Latin Dance Night. There will be a live band, dance lessons, a DJ, drinks, food, and more.

Dinos After Dark: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will be hosting Dinos After Dark this Friday night. Stop by the beer garden in Dinosaur Hall during this extended hours gathering. There will be specimen and fossil inspections, a scavenger hunt, live animals, and more at this wild night of fun.

Cocktails and Conversation at Raven Lounge: Raven Lounge will be hosting a happy hour this Friday night which features a select vodka open bar. There will be comedians, live acts, DJs, games, and more. The event is free with RSVP.

Founders Philly Freeze-Out: This Saturday from 11 am- 4 pm will be the Founders Philly Freeze-Out in Manayunk. There will be samples of Founders Brewing Company beer throughout the event that will feature ice carvings, a chowder crawl, and more. Brews and cider will be flowing at this neighborhood event spanning several bars and restaurants.

Brews with the Bullies: Yards Brewing Company will be hosting Brews with the Bullies this Saturday.  Flyers legends Bob Kelly and Dave Schultz will be serving up drinks during this lively event. A ticket will get you free Yards drafts, wine,  and food for two hours. There will also be a Rolling Stones concert ticket giveaway.

Radio 104.5 Winter Jawn: Xfinity Live! is the place to be this Saturday. Radio 104.5’s annual outdoor, Winter Jawn will be takin over South Philadelphia. Headliners Young the Giant and Matt & Kim will have the crowd going. There will be drink specials, food, and more at this yearly musical blowout.

The ’90s Alternative Sing-Along: Come to The Barbary this Saturday night from 8 pm-2am for a ’90s Alternative Sing-Along party.  Local band In The Presence of Wolves will accompany you live as you sing along to the best alternative hits from the 1990s. DJ Baby Berlin will also be in the building spinning tons of throwback hits.

Featured Event

‘Winter Warmup’ Craft Beer & Festive Cocktail Celebration

Philadelphia Winter Craft Beer & Cocktail Festival

Where: 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.
When: Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd

On the weekend of February 1st and 2nd, 23rd Street Armory will be filled with a tremendous craft beer selection and several festive cocktails. The Philadelphia ‘Winter Warmup’ will feature three drinking sessions of winter brews and seasonal beverages. There will be 30+ breweries and 15+ specialty drinks on location. The lively event will also have food trucks, entertainment, fun activities and games, and plenty more. There will also be a winter coat drive hose less fortunate this cold, winter season. This will be an amazing and exciting sampling event that you don’t want to miss.

For more information, click here.


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