Celebrate Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary on July 14th

June 21, 2012 2:34 pm

Renters love living in Philadelphia in part because the city's got so much unique character, with historic landmarks from the Colonial Era sitting adjacent to hot new Jose Garces restaurants. From Old City to Rittenhouse Square and Northern Liberties, Philly offers renters an eclectic mix of old and new. Of course, no list of unique Philly events would be complete without the annual Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount.

Never visited Eastern State? It's one of Philly's most notable landmarks, a prison opened in 1829 that now functions as a museum in Fairmount. On July 14th, Eastern State will host a re-enactment of Bastille Day, a moment that helped precipitate the French Revolution. As part of the 2012 Bastille Day festivities, Eastern State will partner with The Bearded Ladies, a cabaret troupe, to offer what its website — possibly, maybe, just a little facetiously! — promises will be a "'completely historically accurate' re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille."

The whole thing culminates, of course, in a faux Marie Antoinette exclaiming "let them eat Tastykake!" as thousands of those Philadelphia favorites fly from Eastern State's towers. The sight of airborne Tastykakes is one of Philadelphia's most unique spectacles and if you're a renter living in Fairmount or, really, in any Philly neighborhood, it's an event you won't want to miss. Click here for Eastern State Penitentiary's 2012 Bastille Day Preview!

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Dive Into Devon Seafood

June 14, 2012 8:02 am

For a romantic evening out, a dinner at Devon Seafood on Rittenhouse Square will not disappoint. Known for top-notch seafood offerings as well as the luxurious interior, Devon Seafood is a feast for both the belly and the eyes. Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by an impressive bar, dark wood booths, and soaring tiled ceilings. Exuding an upscale 1940s vibe, you’ll feel right at home sipping your well-mixed $6.50 happy hour martini here.

For your meal, diners recommend the shrimp enchiladas, ahi tuna sushi rolls, as well as the crab cakes. For starters, the calamari is a favorite, and patrons just adore the fluffy, homemade buttermilk biscuits. If you’re a fan of fish, you’ll find some of the very best here. Their market fresh daily offerings include items such as swordfish, mahi-mahi, whole bronzini, seared halibut, and much, much more. If seafood isn’t your thing, you’ll also find extensive “land” offerings, such as center cut filet mignon and blackened chicken penne pasta. Covering all bases, Devon has several vegetarian and gluten-free offerings, and there is a robust wine list that pairs well with all the food on offer.

Devon serves both lunch and dinner daily, and is open Sunday-Tuesday 11am-10pm, Wednesday-Thursday 11am-11pm, and Friday-Saturday 11am-12am. Brunch is served from 11am-2pm on Sundays only. And, if you’re looking for a deal, stop by during happy hour. Devon offers drink specials Monday-Friday from 5-7pm, and appetizer specials Sunday-Friday 5-7pm and again from 9-11pm. Happy hour is offered at the bar only.

 

Devon Seafood

www.DevonSeafood.com

Rittenhouse Square

225 South 18th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

215-546-5940

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Shake Shack Opens on 20th and Sansom!

June 7, 2012 3:30 pm

If you walked by 20th and Sansom Street in Center City anytime in the past few months, you probably noticed a striking vertical garden on the corner opposite Capo Giro. Philadelphians in the know remembered that Shake Shack — restaurateur Danny Meyer's burger joint — was slated to open in the spring of 2012.

Well, it's spring and it's here: Philly's very own Shake Shack officially opened at 20th and Sansom yesterday, June 6th. The lines at this hotly anticipated new addition to Philly's dining scene were predictably long yet surprisingly efficient, helping Shake Shack fans quickly get a taste of the restaurant's burgers, floats, shakes, fries, and frozen custards.

Don't know Shake Shack? Originally opened in New York City in 2004, the 14-restaurant chain now spans as far as Dubai, bringing its special brand of burgers and shakes to appreciative diners. The new Philadelphia Shake Shake brings delicious comfort food within walking distance of apartments in Rittenhouse Square, Fitler Square, and Fairmount. It's just one more great reason for renters to call Philadelphia home!

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