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Sips and Eats: Curbside cocktails, outdoor dining options, and re-openings

Cauliflower Curry // Square 1682

 Square 1682 Re-Opens for Take-Out and Outdoor Dining

(Square 1682)

Square 1682, the modern American kitchen located at the intersection of 17 th and Sansom streets by Rittenhouse Square, has re-opened for take-out as well as outdoor dining on the patio seating area.

As of this week, the chic eatery has opening hours every day of the week, with lunch service running from 12 – 4 pm, followed by dinner from 4 – 8 pm daily. Guests can enjoy dishes tried, true, and even some new from the freshly updated Square 1682 menu – Select known favorite dishes have returned, such as the  Waffle Fries served with malt vinegar and chipotle ranch ($10), the delectable  Warm Cornbread accompanied by honey butter ($5) to start, or the revered Cauliflower  Curry entrée, with chickpeas, spinach, and madras curry ($24). Newer additions to the menu include a sumptuous  Softshell Crab Sandwich with jalapeno tartar sauce ($16), and Tagliatelle served with Jersey vegetables, pistachio pesto and pecorino ($13/serving, $25/family style). View the full menu here.

Square 1682 is also known for its fun and advanced cocktail program. Cocktails are presently available for takeaway or at outdoor tables when dining.

Reservations are highly encouraged. All details regarding social distancing and cleanliness protocol can be found on Square 1682’s website.

To-Go and Curbside-Drinks Options

(Art in the Age/ Thai Chili Gin)

•  Art in the Age: Art in the Age, Philadelphia’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply and bottle shop has an expansive selection of spirits – as well as craft-at-home cocktail kits – available for curbside pickup! Art in the Age is stocked with everything an at-home bartender would need, from jiggers and shakers to bitters and booze. Imbibers are invited to browse the online shop for spirits such as Thai Chili Gin or Kinsey Bourbon Whiskey, etc. Once selected, shoppers should email the list of desired items to  curbside@artintheage.com. A confirmation email will be sent containing an invoice, a time window for curbside pickup, and all other specifics, at which time the order will be ready for pick-up at the Art in the Age shop. Shoppers must have a valid form of ID ready at pickup.

•  Bluebird Distilling: Bluebird Distilling, Phoenixville’s award-winning grain-to-glass distillery, knows the best way to beat the heat is with a delicious cocktail. Imbibers are invited to stop by the distillery for bottle sales or simply shop online and choose from a selection of locally-made spirits including White Rye Whiskey, Four Grain Bourbon, Blueberry Brandy, Agave Blanco Salvaje and more. Cocktail enthusiasts looking for an immediate refreshment also have the option to take home one of Bluebird Distilling’s new to-go cocktails in reusable flasks. The flask cocktails ($20/each) are good for two servings and come in five different creations: Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Negroni, Boulevardier, and Gin Martini. Bluebird Distilling will ship online orders to anywhere in PA with free shipping for all orders over $145.

(Jet Wine Bar)

Jet Wine Bar: Jet Wine Bar, South Street’s “global vineyard” and Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly recipient, is open for pick-up, offering a wide variety of acclaimed wines from all corners of the globe. Ordering is a snap – Simply visit Jet Wine Bar’s online shop, complete your purchase, and provide a valid ID at pick up during store hours.

Outdoor Dining Around Town 

(Freebyrd Chicken Sandwich)

The Bourse: The Bourse, From cheesesteaks to poke bowls to ice cream, The Bourse, Old City’s modern artisanal food hall, is the perfect place for those looking for delicious fare in the comfort of their own home. Foodies can order fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner options from different vendors including Prescription Chicken, Abunai Poke, Marino Brothers, Grubhouse, and Scoop DeVille. The Bourse Food Hall’s fare is available for walk-ins for pick-up and for delivery via your favorite third party app. Guests can now purchase eats from multiple vendors in one order for delivery or pick-up via  Snack Pass.

Café Ynez: Café Ynez, the Mexico-City inspired all-day café on Washington Avenue, is open six days a week offering a savory takeout menu. The restaurant is cooking up authentic flavors of Mexico City with   Burritos and   Tacos starting at $9,  Quesadillas starting at $12, and  Fajitas starting at $15. Guests are encouraged to call in for pickup orders or order for delivery via Caviar.

Devil’s Den: Devil’s Den, the South Philly spot for pub fare and an extensive beer selection, is accepting takeout orders by phone and delivery via Caviar. Highlights include  Duck Fries ($13), Bacon Mac and Cheese ($12), the  Short Rib Cheesesteak ($14), Buffalo Chicken Sandwich ($12), and – of course – Devil’s Den’s enticing beer list. The full menu can be viewed here.

(Café Ynez)

Fond: Fond, the acclaimed restaurant on Passyunk Square, takes take-out dining to the next level this summer with a weekly-changing three-course prix fixe menu ($50/person). Diners can look forward to unique and refreshing apps, entrées and desserts courtesy of chef/owners Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki-Styer or pick up à la carte options as well as wines and cocktails to-go. Orders can be placed by calling the restaurant or via the website. Delivery is available within one mile of the restaurant.

Khyber Pass Pub: Kyber Pass Pub, the renowned Southern-inspired bar and restaurant located in historic Old City, is open for take-out seven days a week. Known for its Southern and Cajun cuisines, the restaurant offers its popular po-boys (from vegan sausage to fried chicken to surf n’ turf), jambalaya, BBQ rib platters, and more – perfect to eat at home. Insider tip: Khyber Pass Pub also has frozen Palomas, frozen mimosas, blackberry mojito freeze pops, and other boozy mood-lifters, perfect to stay cool this summer. Orders can be placed via the website.

Philadelphia Brewing Company: Philadelphia Brewing Company, one of Philadelphia’s oldest and largest breweries, keeps patrons hydrated this summer through contactless curbside pick-up. Imbibers are invited to browse the brewery’s new online shop and order their favorite brews (including Kenzinger, Walt Wit, Schwarzinger, Tahitian Wheat) and merchandise for inside or curbside pick-up. Options include single cans, cases, and variety packs as well as kegs.

(Red Owl Tavern // General Tso Cauliflower)

Red Owl Tavern: Red Owl Tavern, the modern American restaurant across from historic Independence Hall, is offering a sizzling breakfast (grab and go), brunch, lunch, and dinner takeout menu sure to help beat the heat. Patrons can enjoy shareable apps such as Whiz Fries ($10) and Burrata ($14), and entrees including   General Tso Cauliflower ($14) and  Housemade Capellini  Pasta ($28) by ordering for pick-up, or order delivery via Uber Eats, during restaurant hours.

Rex 1516: Rex 1516, Philadelphia’s go-to for elevated Southern cuisine, has the answer to all your homestyle-cooking cravings. Patrons can enjoy delectable dishes available for takeout or delivery including apps like  Skillet Cornbread ($8) and  Crawfish Hot Pie ($11), and entrees such as  Shrimp and Grits ($23) and  Fried Half Chicken ($25) by ordering for pickup by phone, or ordering via the Caviar app.

Royal Boucherie: Royal Boucherie, Old City’s American-inspired brasserie from Top Chef winner Chef Nicholas Elmi, just recently resumed outdoor dining and take-out and delivery after taking some time off to work on a safe and smart re-opening strategy. Friends of summery French-inspired cuisine can look forward to Elmi’s notorious  Boucherie Burger,  NY Strip Frites,  Torchio Pasta with burgundy escargot, hazelnut, chartreuse, herb pistou and more. Orders can be placed via DoorDash or by calling the restaurant.  Guests ordering take-out via phone will have the option to add cocktails and wine to-go.

(Royal Boucherie // Boucherie Burger)

Square 1682: Square 1682, the modern American kitchen located at the intersection of 17th and Sansom streets, has re-opened for daily take-out service. Guests can enjoy dishes tried, true, and even some new from the freshly updated Square 1682 menu – Select known favorite dishes have returned, such as the  Waffle Fries served with malt vinegar and chipotle ranch ($10), the delectable  Warm Cornbread accompanied by honey butter ($5) to start, or the revered Cauliflower  Curry entrée, with chickpeas, spinach, and madras curry ($24). Newer additions to the menu include a sumptuous   Softshell Crab Sandwich with jalapeno tartar sauce ($16), and Tagliatelle served with Jersey vegetables, pistachio pesto and pecorino ($13/serving, $25/family style). Pick-up and delivery can be ordered via the website.

The Twisted Tail: The Twisted Tail, the hub for virtual music events and elevated pub fare on Headhouse Square, is open for takeout! Hungry patrons can enjoy snacks such as the   Salmon Tartare Toast ($12) or  Crawfish Mac N Cheese ($8), or hearty entrees including   Ricotta Gnocchi ($18) and   Shrimp and Grits ($18), for pick-up or delivery. The Twisted Tail will deliver for free within 3 miles when guests order by phone, or, order from anywhere using Uber Eats. See the full menu here.

Urban Farmer: This summer, Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, donates $1 from each take-out order to Feeding America’s COVID-19 first responders. Food lovers can get a taste of summer in the form of Dry Aged Ribeye, NY Wagyu Tastings, Skuna Bay Salmon, Weekly Beer-B-Q specials with local brewery partners (communicated on the restaurant’s social media channels) and more among the mix. Additionally, Urban Farmer offers wines by the bottle as well as beers and cocktails to-go including the summery Hibiscus Aperol Spritz with dry rosé, Aperol, hibiscus, strawberry, lime. Orders can be placed via the website or Grubhub and Caviar.

(Urban Farmer // Skuna Bay Salmon)

Lobster Bakes are back at Red Owl Tavern

(Red Owl Tavern)

Red Owl Tavern’s popular Lobster Bakes are back! The summertime favorite will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays through September at Red Owl Tavern’s outdoor seating and for takeout — at just $25.  Featuring a whole lobster, shrimp, and mussels, and served with corn-on-the-cob, new potatoes and savory lobster broth, the Lobster Bake is served piping hot in a traditional New England-style black speckled pot.

Better still, those wishing to enjoy a glass of wine with their Lobster Bake can take advantage of Red Owl Tavern’s Monday and Tuesday 1/2 off Wine Bottles promotion and choose from a vast array of wines for 50% off  — both for enjoying onsite outdoors, or to-go with 50% off more than 30 bottles ranging from $20-$350, and includes white, red and sparkling wines.

Red Owl Tavern officially re-opened for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining last week; welcoming guests for lunch and dinner service on the expansive and socially-distanced patio seating area.

“Even before we reopened we had requests to bring back our Lobster Bakes,” said Erik Travers, of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “We like to think we’re bringing back a bit of normal summer enjoyment at this difficult time.

Lobster Bakes are available from open until close (noon – 7 pm) on Mondays and Tuesdays now through September.

See the full menu at Red Owl Tavern here, and view COVID-19 safety and cleanliness procedures here. In order to maintain safe social distancing practices, guests are highly encouraged to make reservations online, or call (215) 923-2267.


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