TableTalk: What's on the Phillies' menu

Aramark's poutine, french fries a la Montreal.
Aramark's poutine, french fries a la Montreal. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff)
Posted: March 28, 2014

Food lineup at the ballpark

They say 2014 will be a rebuilding year for the Phillies. Same for Aramark, which handles the food at Citizens Bank Park.

For its 11th season at the ballpark, Aramark rebuilt many kitchens. The new equipment will allow for new food options and perhaps add speed. At least part of the new lineup will be served Thursday. And it's smokin'.

Kevin Tedesco, Aramark's general manager, and Jeremy Campbell, its director of concessions, seem pumped about the pastrami that's brined and smoked in-house, as well as the house-braised and -smoked brisket. "We studied this extensively," Campbell said, clearly relishing the research.

The pastrami sandwich will be done "special" style (topped with Russian dressing and slaw) and served in Alley Brewing Co.'s new, expanded location. The brisket will be included in a grilled cheese sandwich topped with pepper jack cheese on griddled Texas toast.

At Harry the K's, whose renovation includes more high-top tables and drink rails, Aramark also will unveil poutine, the Montreal french fry dish that's topped with a crise cardiaque of richness (gravy, cheese curds, bacon), and Prince Edward Island mussels served in a sauce of shallots, bacon, and ale with a grilled baguette. There also will be an offering called an Over Easy Burger (a 5.5-ounce Angus beef burger topped with pepper jelly, oven-dried tomato, and fried egg) and a BLT with slab bacon, chipotle, lettuce, tomato, and onion ring.

For dessert, Harry the K's will offer a soft-serve ice cream stand with a create-your-own sundae bar; sundaes and root beer floats will be $5 on Sundays after the fourth inning.

Aramark also is twinning hot dogs and craft bottled beers at a new stand called Philly Frank & Stein. The most ambitious is the Philly Cheese Steak Dog (frank topped with steak and melted cheese; onions optional); a bacon dog (frank topped with slab bacon and melted cheese); and a chili cheese dog. Aramark also will revive its Summer Dog from a few seasons ago (frank topped with cucumbers, pickled onion salsa, and ancho pepper sauce).

Prices were not disclosed, in keeping with Aramark's practice.

Pregame, the team is offering a $10 family pack at South Philadelphia Market stands from the time gates open until first pitch. Choose from a combination of three items (regular popcorn, soft pretzel, hot dog, or regular soda) all for $10.

There's more to come. Tedesco says they're also working on a lobster roll.

In other news: Planet Hoagie will move next to Federal Donuts, which will return for its second season.

 

 

  

   

What's going

Route 6, Stephen Starr's 2½-year-old seafooder at Broad and Mount Vernon Streets, has closed. He plans to open something new in September.

The Dmitri's location at 23d and Pine Streets on Fitler Square closed after 14 years.

Kaya's Fusion Cuisine ends its six-year run in Havertown on March 29. Phil Ferro and Dan Prazenica will take over the lease and open La Tez, a Mexican tapas BYOB that will offer mixers for margaritas.


More restaurant news at www.philly.com/mike.

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