June 17, 2016
Since transitioning in January from his popular food cart to a mustard-yellow brick-and-mortar storefront in Brewerytown, Josh Kim's SpOt Gourmet Burgers has, not surprisingly, become a bona-fide destination for some of the best burgers in town. Creative house-ground beauties such as the Ponderosa (posed inside its bun over a raft of french fries with mushrooms, Swiss, and barbecue sauce) and a lamb-patty special scented with mint over cumin aioli were just two of his recent hits.
February 12, 2016 |
Josh Kim's Brewerytown sandwich shop, SpOt Burgers, has been open less than a month, but it already has its signature: The Jawn, a blessed union of sliced rib-eye, Sloppy Joe meat, Cheez Whiz, and onions, with a Pittsburgh-style crush of french fries serving as a starchy crown. It's big. It's beefy. It's messy in the most complimentary sense of the word. And it's just the latest addition to a sub-canon of Philadelphia grillcraft defined by its own slightly twisted brand of culinary ingenuity: the "appointment sandwich," between-bread creations so dense, rich, and calorically triumphant that taking one on is akin to clearing one's schedule.
December 18, 2015
The truck: Mike's Steaks, aesthetically, is a complete 180 from Unique Greek, the pastel-splashed truck featured in this space last month. Mike's looks like . . . a metal box. Basically, like every other nondescript food cart you've ever seen. However: Mike's Steaks landed on our radar about six months ago when local writer Dan McQuade wrote in Playboy that Mike's makes one of the best cheesesteaks in town. In fact, McQuade ranked Mike's No. 4, wedged between heavy hitters Dalessandro's in Roxborough and Jim's on South Street.
September 5, 2014
What to eat: This nondescript food cart, on 15th Street between Vine and Race, is best known for its breakfast sandwiches - cheap protein on a roll, made fast and fresh, to keep Hahnemann University Hospital students and employees going. Nothing fancy, just the classics, with solid execution. Don't miss: Daily News Assistant Managing Editor Gar Joseph insists that Alex and Maria's makes the best scrapple-and-egg sandwich in the city. He offers the following review: "Two well-beaten, fluffy eggs are paired with properly sliced, crispy scrapple on a fresh hoagie or Kaiser roll.
June 27, 2014 |
As Cristina Martinez heated a wide maguey leaf on the food cart's griddle, her husband, Benjamin Miller, reached into a warming box holding slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, and the earthy aromas of Capulhuac, Mexico, suddenly wafted over this South Philly corner at Eighth and Watkins Streets. "You want rib meat, leg, or spine?" asks Miller, assembling a one-pound package of moist flesh to be gift-wrapped inside the maguey leaf, with a pint of lamb consomme, spicy cactus salad, and a stack of fresh tortillas on the side.
May 9, 2013
This is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 8, 2013: Craig LaBan: Welcome to the Food Truck edition of our chat! I have two of my favorite food truck owners cohosting: Kiki Aranita from Poi Dog Philly, a Temple-based cart serving Hawaiian snack foods, and Alan Krawitz of Say Cheese Philadelphia, one of the "pioneers" of this generation of food trucks, whose Drexel-based truck specializes in variations on grilled cheese and...
May 3, 2013
What is it? Philly's first Hawaiian-themed food truck, operated by island expat Kiki Aranita and her partner, Chris Vacca. The duo took the lessons they learned while slinging hash at Foo Truck and added a Pacific twist, plating delicacies hard to find outside the 50th state. Aloha, lunch crowd: The food cart, named after a now-extinct breed of dog native to Hawaii, debuted early last month, setting up an exclusive residency at 13th and Montgomery, smack dab in the heart of Temple's campus.
April 19, 2013 |
And elderly fruit cart vendor was fatally stabbed early Thursday in South Philadelphia while preparing to leave for work, officials said. Police found Don Ly, 68, near his cart on the 400 block of Vollmer Street before 5 a.m. He had been stabbed seven time to the neck, arm and body and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he died at 5:33 a.m. police said. Police said robbery did not appear to be a motive and investigators were studying surveillance video from the area for clues.
May 4, 2012 |
Craig LaBan: Mike Klein and I popped by this adorable little cart, Spot, to try their house-ground burgers, and cheesesteaks. They butcher the meat themselves from a big top round, pretty impressive for a place that's 6 feet long. They've got the system down pat, with someone taking orders beneath the shade of a red awning on the yellow cart, with a grill-master inside sizzling away at warp speed. You know they've got ambitions with ingredients like "mire-poix" (for the meatloaf) and an "Umami" signature burger (excellent, with pickled daikon, mushrooms, and gochujang)
April 27, 2012 |
There was an Alcatrazlike quality to it, the way it all went down Wednesday in Row 24 of US Airways Flight 1419, as the tiny food cart on my jammed Philadelphia-to-Los Angeles flight rolled up. The snack cart, we had been warned by a flight attendant over the public-address system, might run out of food. This was largely by design, she explained, not stocking enough food for everyone on board. Oh, and what was on the menu - an Italian club wrap, a chicken salad, a fruit-and-cheese offering, snack boxes - would have to be purchased.