Monday, August 6, 2018

Philly Classic Cook Off presented by Budweiser

On August 23rd, Budweiser is presenting the inaugural Philly Classic Cook Off, in coordination with Philadelphia Magazine. Think plenty of ice-cold Bud, live music, and most importantly, Philly's favorite dishes re-invented by some of your favorite restaurants. And guess who's judging? This guy! Along with Philly Food Girl & Philly Grub

From 5:30PM - 8PM on the 23rd, the Philly Classic Cook Off will be at the Piazza at Schmidt's (1001 N. 2nd Street). Six restaurants will battle it out live in front of guests to compete to see who can put their best twist on a Philly classic! Two winners will be crowned in the form of a Judge's & People's choice. Competitors include Milkboy, Molly Malloy's, the Union Tap, Mad Rex, Revolution Taco, and Slice! Be sure to grab tix as they're going fast! Pro-tip: Use code BELLYOFTHEPIG to get 20% off your tickets! 

Philly Classic Cook Off
Piazza at Schmidt's 
1001 N. 2nd Street
August 23rd, 5:30PM - 8PM

White Dog Cafe's 2nd Annual Dining out for the Dogs

*Media Alert*

Once again, White Dog Cafe will be partnering with Alpha Bravo Canine for the 2nd annual Dining Out for the Dogs on Monday, August 20th! Starting at 5PM, each of the three White Dog Cafe locations will be raising funds for Alpha Bravo Canine, which provides trained service dogs to U.S. military veteran suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and other combat-related disabilities.

 WMMR's Preston & Steve, along with other on-air personalities will be at each of the locations as well. They'll be dining with the guests and hosting drawings for fantastic prizes including the opportunity for a commissioned pet portrait valued at $2,200 by artist Jay McClellan! There will also be puppy-kissing booths and you can even sign up for a VIP booth (very important puppy, natch) outside, so you can sit with your own pup! Last year's Dining out for the Dogs event raised $25K. I know that Philly can do even better this year! 

Dining out for the Dogs

Monday, August 20th at 5PM
White Dog Cafe Locations in
Haverford, Wayne, & University City

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Louie Louie Review

Located at the Hilton Inn at Penn, Louie Louie is the Fearless Restaurant Group's latest offering. And while it's only been a week since their opening, it's clearly a hit. Because what's not to love? Sleek, with a gorgeous interior courtesy of Rohe Creative, Louie Louie offers American bistro fare with French inspirations. And the bar? Retro and gorgeous. 

Dual Old Fashioned [$13] 
White Dog Cafe's Jefferson's & Buffalo Trace Bourbons, Caramelized Sugar, Angostura
White Cosmopolitan [$12]
Faber Citrus vodka, Combier, lime, agave, white cranberry, sparkling wine

I enjoyed the dual old fashioned, which featured both their Jefferson Barrel select and Buffalo Trace bourbons, with the sweetness of the caramelized sugar really coming through. The GF's white cosmo was refreshingly sweet, with the triple sec and white cranberry offering up light notes that went well with the effervescence of the sparkling wine. And the etched rose made of ice? Instagram-worthy for sure! 

Yellowfin Tuna Tartare [$16]

Accompanied by buttered toast points, the tartare was well-seasoned and delicious. Easily enjoyed! 

Goat Cheese Arancini [$11]
Shaved manchego, almonds, Romesco

The GF was raving over the arancini - deftly fried with al dente rice and the creamy, yet tangy goat cheese coming through. The Romesco sauce offered a nicely acidic counterpoint to each bite. 

Warm Onion Tart [$12]
Puff Pastry, caramelized onions, taleggio, black olives, arugula

Sweet and rich caramelized onions sat atop puff pastry, with the brininess of the olives and the bitter arugula providing some balance. 

Comte Ravioli [$20]
Corn, favas, shiitakes, peas, basil

For her main, the GF enjoyed tiny ravioli, filled with comte cheese. Fresh seasonal peas and corn studded the broth along with favas and shiitakes. This was a nicely light summer dish. 

French Dip [$21]
Demi baguette, gruyere, black truffle mayo, shallot broth, pomme frites

For my money, I'd highly recommend the French dip. In fact, it might be the best sandwich I've had in recent memory (certainly the best French dip in Philly!). Moist, tender beef was draped with melted gruyere. It's all housed within a crisp demi-baguette that was slathered in black truffle mayo. And the shallot broth? Ridiculous rich! And you can never say no to any of the Fearless Restaurant Group's fries - always a standout and Louie Louie doesn't disappoint. 

Lemon Tart [$10]
Fresh berries, meringue kisses

After the French dip, I was glad we went with a palate cleanser of sorts. The lemon tart was, well ... tart with plenty of fresh sweetness coming through from the berries and clouds of meringue kisses to offer up some lightness. 

I'd definitely recommend stopping by Louie Louie. Beyond the Penn & Drexel students and families stopping by, I know it'll be a hit with the food and vibe that Louie Louie has to offer. Check it out and let me know what you think about that French dip! 

Louie Louie 
3611 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 805-8585