Eats Beat: Restaurant and food news

Posted: May 25, 2012

Bravo hit "Top Chef" has tricked out an 18-wheeler and is roaming the country, setting up cook-offs between former cheftestants on the James Beard Award-winning show. It’ll be Jennifer Carroll vs. Eli Kirshstein when "Top Chef: The Tour" rolls into town Wednesday with events at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. at LOVE Park, JFK Boulevard and 16th Street. Free. Events include a "Top Chef" Horseshoe Toss. Details at bravotv.com.

Summertime on the Delaware River gets some of the old buzz back with the planned opening tomorrow of Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd., morganspier.com), from Avram Hornik and Four Corners Management, Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, Dave Pianka of Making Time and the Bowery Presents. Named after the first person to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge, the seasonal venue plans a back yard beer garden, picnic menu and live entertainment.

Coastline Restaurant & Bar (1240 Brace Road, Cherry Hill, N.J., 856-795-1773) has a new name (it opened in 1978 as the Coastline Bar & Grill), menu, decor and an outdoor patio.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will open its 10th location at Voorhees Town Center (13107 Town Center Boulevard, 856-545-9009, www.ironhillbrewery.com) next winter. There’s already one in Maple Shade. The popular local chain recently opened in Chestnut Hill, too.

Every Wednesday throughout the summer, Dettera (129 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, Dettera.com) chef Jeffrey Power roasts suckling pigs in his pizza oven, pairing them with white bean and bacon ragout, braised greens and spicy barbecue sauce for $24

Windrift Resort Hotel (105 80th St., Avalon, N.J., 800-453-7438, 609-368-5175, windrifthotel.com) celebrates summer’s start this weekend with Level 2, a new restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor space, casual to upscale food and primo views of the Atlantic Ocean. Live music is planned daily through the season.

Send food and restaurant news to Assistant Features Editor Laurie Conrad at conradl@phillynews.com.

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