Eats Beat: Food tours with twists and turns

DiNic's at Reading Terminal Market.
DiNic's at Reading Terminal Market. (Michael Klein)
Posted: January 10, 2013

Stray Boots' mobile-phone-based tours put a scavenger hunt twist on sightseeing, with challenges and clues that move the tour along at your pace. Two food-themed excursions, each $12 a person, look at "South Street & the Italian Market" and Center City, where stops include Reading Terminal Market and McGillin's Olde Ale House. More at

* Speaking of tours, City Food Tours will host its aphrodisiac-themed three-course dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Day By Day Restaurant near Rittenhouse Square. You won't go far on this "tour," but you might get to go all the way later! $59 a person; reservations at 800-979-3370 or Must be 21.

* Chef Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz restaurant and beer hall (718 South St., 215-909-8814, will make his dinner debut at New York City's James Beard House at 7 p.m. Feb. 2. It's an honor you can share in by contacting for specially priced tickets, which otherwise run $170 a person.

* Their pending expansion into Bala Cynwyd has given the folks at honeygrow (16th & Sansom, 215-279-7724, quite an appetite. Justin Rosenberg has added three egg-white noodle dishes to the menu: 5 Spice Stir-Fry, Gluten Free Coconut Curry Stir Fry and Lemon Miso Tahini Stir-Fry, $8.25 each. Look for the new location in February.

* There's payback at Jake's Wayback Burgers, where the chain (with locations in Voorhees and in and around Philadelphia, is giving away $5,000 to one customer nationwide, and a burger a month for a year to one customer in each of its 60 locations. The contest ends Feb. 28.

* Recently opened Ralic's on South (119 South St.,, a family friendly, fish-centric restaurant/sports bar, will start brunch service in February. Kids under 5 eat free at that meal, too.

* Are you a fabulous home cook, or do you know someone who is? On the third Thursday monthly, "Top Cook" spotlights a home-cooking whiz and one of their recipes in the Daily News. Your nominee, if profiled, will receive a cookbook or other food-related gift. (And, yes, you can nominate yourself.) Email or write: Top Cooks, Philadelphia Daily News, 801 Market St., Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Include your name and a daytime phone number.

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