Friday, January 17, 2020

Pat's Pizza & Pasta South Street

If you've been as invested in the pizza landscape as I've been over the years (trust: many Friday & Saturday's spent ordering delivery), you've naturally seen some iteration of Pat's on the East Coast. And interestingly enough, the majority of these shops are family enterprises! The history extends back to the 1970s in Jersey, when three enterprising cousins began Pat's Pizza. As the family itself expanded, siblings and cousins became owners of separate branches, with each individual making it their own. 

South Street was graced with a Pat's a little over a year ago and it's already becoming popular with folks popping in to grab a few slices or ordering in. I recently had the opportunity to check out their menu, and it definitely features more than just pizza. 

Boneless Wings | Buffalo Chicken Calzone | Tortelloni Alfredo | Mozzarella Sticks

A standard order for me includes boneless wings (boneless to cater to the wife!). Pat's did not disappoint. I appreciated the crispness of the batter, encasing juicy morsels of fresh chicken. Loved the vinegar emanating from the mild buffalo sauce - perfect to dunk in sauce studded with chunks of blue cheese. A guilty pleasure of mine? Buffalo chicken calzones. The medium-sized calzone at Pat's will easily service 3 or more, oozing plenty of cheese and chunks of buffalo chicken. The sleeper hit at Pat's and an absolute must? The pastas. Do check out the tortelloni or the fettucine alfredo. That sauce is pure decadence, redolent with plenty of cheese and begging for you to mop it all up with bread. And yes, mozzarella sticks are solid here at Pat's ... gooey, crispy, and served with the requisite marinara. 

Pat's Special Burger

Pat's special burger is housed in a Le Bus bun, airy and light. The burger itself is char-grilled and juicy, topped with onion rings, crisp bacon, and plenty of American cheese. Tasty! 

Large Pepperoni Pizza

Circular and square slices are both available at Pat's. A crisp crust offers a vessel to house sweet marinara and cheese. Studded with plenty of pepperoni, this hit the spot. 

So if you get a chance, be sure to check out Pat's on South Street. The appetizers are on point (no freezer burn here) and in addition to wings & pizza, you'd be remiss if you didn't check out some of the pastas on the menu! 

FTC Disclaimer: Thanks to Pat's South Street for inviting us in. Regardless, my opinions are mine alone and, therefore, unbiased.

Pat's Pizza & Pasta
1410 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 790-7287

Friday, December 6, 2019

Amada Brunch

If you haven't been to Amada by now, you're missing out on a classic Jose Garces destination restaurant. Beyond being the long-standing bastions of tapas cuisine in the city, the kitchen's ability to execute on classic dishes, with a creative twist, keeps me coming back for more. 

Clockwise from Top Right: Ensalada Verde, Pan con Tomate, Law of Desire Cocktail, Pastry Basket

For brunch, the $27pp prix fixe is the way to go. Coffee or tea, along with a killer pastry basket is included. Think warm, flaky, buttery croissants and olive oil cake, paired with fig jam and whipped butter. I also enjoyed the Law of Desire, featuring Jim Beam Honey Whiskey, Iced Coffee, and Cinnamon - easy drinking. From there, the prix fixe allows you to order 3 items per person off their sectioned brunch menu. My sister was in town for the holidays and to start, she had the ensalada verde and I went with the classic - pan con tomate. First off, I need to order more salads at restaurants, especially if they're at Amada. Here, diced green beans, favas, asparagus, and avocado are perfectly seasoned and dressed, with plenty of shaved manchego on top. And what can I say about the pan con tomate - it's a must. Juicy diced tomato, olive oil, and garlic is atop crusty bread ... if you come to Amada for just Happy Hour, do get this. 

Clockwise from Top Right: Sangria Pancakes, Revuelto, Panceta, Patatas Rosti

For our mains, we went with the Reveulto and sangria pancakes for a savory and sweet combo. Soft-scrambled eggs, shrimp, and truffle-butter toast was on point. And the sangria pancakes? Plenty of texture from apple, pear, figs, and the pancakes themselves, to be drizzled with that sangria syrup. For sides, we paired the Patatas Rosti which were essentially hockey-puck sized fluffy potatoes, crisped on the exterior. And obviously the smoked bacon really hit the spot for me. 

Not that anyone needs a reason to go to brunch, but Amada clearly has plenty to reach those #BrunchGoals for your squad. 

217-219 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 398-6968

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Amada: Porcine Bites, Unreal Pernil Asado, & Bodegas Muga Wine

It's been awhile since I last posted about Amada, but when I heard about the unreal pork dishes on the menu, I had to stop by. One of the stalwarts from Iron Chef Jose Garces' restaurants, Amada consistently remains a popular tapas hot spot, nestled in Old City. 

Clockwise from Top Right: Croquetas de Jamon, Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Cana de Cabra, Coca de Alcachofas flatbread, Champagne

The wife (yes, I finally upgraded from GF!) and I started off with a champagne toast, which provided a nice effervescent acidity from the luxuriously rich and nutty Jamon Iberico de Bellota. Perfectly sliced, and gossamer-thin. Being the cheese nuts that we are, we couldn't help but melt at the Cana de Cabra. The tang from the goat cheese gratin was paired with sweet membrillo and gooseberries, along with some texture from the nuts. And a JG flatbread is always a must - nice salty sharpness from the manchego, with earthiness from the truffles and mushroom. 

Pernil Asado & Bodegas Muga Gran Riserva Rioja

Pro-tip: Keep an eye out for special events at Amada. In conjunction with Victor Ordonez of Jorge Ordonez selections, Amada recently hosted a Spanish wine experience where guests enjoyed tapas and generous pours of wines from Rioja by powerhouse Bodegas Muga, Sierra Cantabria, Ramirez de la Piscina, and Vinedos Llurch. GM Joseph Quintela was kind enough to save us a bottle of the 2011 Bodegas Muga Gran Riserva - black fruit, medium-bodied, easy to drink, with an extremely smooth mouthfeel. 

This went nicely with what is probably the best pork dish I've had in recent memory. The pernil asado is a must for any porcine palates out there. Redolent with plenty of garlic and citrus, the texture on this dish was spot on. Crisp skin on the exterior and juicy within. The savory white beans gave extra heft to the dish, with the citrus supremes providing that connection to the underlying marinade. I highly recommend this dish! 

So if you're in Old City or simply looking for that next pork bite, be sure to stop by Amada. There's plenty to be enjoyed, along with exceptional service. 

Amada Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato