East Passyunk Celebrates Flavors of the Avenue and Grace & Pat's Opening

From Plenty for East Passyunk Flavors of the Avenue, Crostini with Tasso ham, fig jam, sliced green apple and Gruyere
From Plenty: Crostini with Tasso ham, fig jam, sliced green apple and Gruyere

On Sunday, April 26, East Passyunk Avenue (EPA) – home to South Philadelphia's famed Restaurant Row – will show off its finest culinary wares in one place at the 8th annual Flavors of the Avenue under the big top tent between Tasker and Morris Avenues from noon to 4 PM. That same day will also be the debut of East Passyunk Avenue's newest eatery, Grace & Pat's ristorante, across from EPA's Singing Fountain.

At a recent EPA press preview for Flavors of the Avenue, Glamorosi Magazine editor Reese Amorosi and I had the opportunity to sample cocktails and menu items from several of the event's participants. While Palladino’s (1934 E Passyunk Ave.) offered something simple, but tasty – reed-thin bread sticks wrapped in prosciutto – Bing Bing Dim Sum (1648 E Passyunk Ave.) gave up hearty items like its dense Pan Fried Bao with pastrami & Swiss cheese, and Lucky 13 Pub (1820 S 13th at the corner of 13th and Passyunk) served its zesty Gazpacho. Special mention goes to Plenty (1710 E Passyunk Ave.), whose New Orleans Crostini with Tasso ham, fig jam, sliced green apple and Gruyere offered the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

Magic Tonic from Bing Bing, East Passyunk Flavors of the Avenue, Philadelphia PA
Magic Tonic at Bing Bing
It's important to note that several of those restaurants offered serious cocktails, like Palladino's Spaghetti Western ( tequila, blood orange liqueur) and Bing Bing's Magic Tonic (gin, Lillet, Cointreau, absinthe, sour cherry).

When we attend Flavors of the Avenue this weekend, Reese and I will head straight for the stations where Noord (1046 Tasker St.) and Brigantessa (1520 E Passyunk Ave.) are distributing their wares, then turn our attention to the Fountain area where Mike Giammarino will have samples from Grace & Pat's (1533 S. 11th S.). Giammarino, also owns the legendary Lombardi's in New York City and Gennaro's Tomato Pie in South Philly, so we'll be looking forward to some pizza samples, too.

For information about Flavors of the Avenue tickets and future East Passyunk Avenue events, stop by VisitEastPassyunk.com.

Photos ©Reese Amorosi 2015

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015