Food and Drink

How Lucy Dacus would spend her Best Day Ever in Philly

Photo courtesy of Ebru Yildiz

Indie rocker Lucy Dacus is set to kick off the next leg of her tour supporting last year's lauded "Home Video" on Thursday at Franklin Music Hall in Philly, where she moved in 2019.

  • I'd been wanting to ask her how she'd spend her Best Day Ever in the city since she told Pitchfork about ringing in 2020 at Johnny Brenda's (which, frankly, sounds like the Best Night Ever).

Your weekend guide: Philly festivals, spooky fun and a scavenger hunt

Caption: A fortune teller in the speakeasy bar at Eastern State Penitentiary's “Halloween Nights.”
A fortune teller in the speakeasy bar at Eastern State Penitentiary's "Halloween Nights." Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary/Erin Davis

It's officially fall in Philly, and it shows in this weekend's lineup of things to do around the city. Check out these fun and frightening events:

  • Get spooked at Eastern State Penitentiary's "Halloween Nights," which opens for the season Friday. The festival includes five haunted houses, live entertainment, immersive bars, and tours. Tickets: $34.

Tulip Pasta & Wine Bar brings fine Italian eats to Fishtown

Photo: Shane Savitsky/Axios

Tulip Pasta & Wine Bar, tucked away in Fishtown, might not be slinging anything new to Philadelphia, but it's a mighty fine addition to the neighborhood's scene.

What's happening: I checked out Tulip's second preview weekend on Friday, which featured four courses with wine pairings — but the spot is set to start its regular, a la carte service this weekend.

Mike D'Onofrio
Sep 21, 2022 - News

Pennsylvania's craft breweries rebound from pandemic slump

Data: Brewers Association; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios

Some of Pennsylvania's largest craft breweries reported heady growth in the year after 2020's pandemic-fueled sales slump.

Chef's Table with Gabriella's Vietnam chef Thanh Nguyen

Thanh Nguyen
Owner Thanh Nguyen at Gabriella's Vietnam in South Philly. Photo courtesy of Thanh Nguyen

Thanh Nguyen came to the U.S. to study biochemistry but instead followed her passion and became a chef.

State of play: Nguyen is the owner of Gabriella's Vietnam in South Philly, where she serves up dishes from her native Saigon, Vietnam.

How Philly's pandemic recovery lags the nation

Data: OpenTable; Chart: Axios Visuals

Philadelphians saw promising signs of a rebound from the pandemic this summer, but headwinds persist as many of our industries trail the nation and region in recovery.

  • That's according to a new report by the Center City District and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation.

Philly Weekender: XPoNential Fest, Fine Arts Show and more

Illustration of seven periods moving from right to left in a row, and two of them turning into exclamation points.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The fall fun has begun. Here are six ways to spend your weekend in Philly:

Take advantage of Philly's dueling Restaurant Weeks

People sharing dinner together
Photo courtesy of Center City District/Ian Shiver

A pair of Restaurant Week events have dozens of eateries offering specials and discounts, with some award-winning places on the billing.

What's happening: The Center City District's Restaurant Week kicked off this week and runs through Sept. 24 at more than 70 participating locations.

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