Underrated Gem: Marmont Steakhouse

To be completely honest, when it comes to places to get a good steak in Philly I never really thought of Marmont Steakhouse. Until I tried it. Here’s the brief story of how I discovered this place. My family and I wanted to go out for restaurant week last year. My mom told me to pick a place and we’ll make a reservation. After perusing some of the promotional menus I thought Marmont had one you couldn’t really go wrong with. Cheesesteak spring rolls, potato soup, 12 ounce ribeye and a dessert. Booked.

Marmont is located on 2nd & Market in the Old City section of Philadelphia. The first time I went there I was kind of thrown for a loop. I was expecting some grand, fancy steakhouse but in reality the atmosphere is more of a bar setting. Some tables, the bar, few TV’s and that’s pretty much it. It’s low key and casual to say the least. In a way, it’s pretty refreshing that you can have a quality meal without all the fancy fanfare.

When going out to dinner with your mom (or at least my mom) it’s pretty essential to start with an alcoholic beverage. Marmont has you covered. They have standard beer and wine options but my eyes always gravitate to their speciality drinks. Their signature cocktail menu is expansive and no matter whether you’re a rum, gin, vodka or fan of whatever else, there’s an interesting concoction with your alcohol of choice.

Drinks are fine and dandy but unless the food is good it’s a moot point. Lets start with the appetizers. They have a potato soup with large chunks of potatoes, cheese, topped with bacon. I have had it twice and both times it was out of this world. Unfortunately it’s only a special offered on occasion which I was a little disappointed to hear during my last visit. It’s absolutely delicious and should really be a menu mainstay but since it wasn’t offered last time I opted for the fried shrimp. Woah. The shrimp were huge. You get 8, big pieces of shrimp (I know, I know it’s an oxymoron) that are full of flavor as they’re topped with fried jalapeños. Definitely a hit at the table. The real star of the show (as one may expect at a steakhouse) is the steak. I usually go with the 16 ounce ribeye ($30) cooked medium or medium rare. All three times I went it’s been with a party of four. Among the four of us we are still yet to have a bad meal at Marmont. Consistency is key and because we have had stellar meals each and every time, we gladly keep coming back. The meat is full of flavor and can go toe to toe with even the fanciest restaurants in Philadelphia. I truly believe that. I always get a side of mashed potatoes with mine which are also outstanding. Last time they came out rather cold so we mentioned it to out waitress and without hesitation she went back and got new ones for the table, which leads me to my next point…

The service is always great. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly and will do whatever it takes to make sure you’re satisfied. Whether it’s taking the time to explain a cut of meat or checking to see if you need another drink, we always feel well taken care of at Marmont. Sometimes at upscale places there can be an arrogance but at Marmont is completely devoid of that. If you’re looking for a relaxed, casual environment to enjoy great food and service, look no further than Marmont Steakhouse.

 

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Man Facing Charges After Locking Son In Horse Stable

A Louisiana father is facing cruelty charges after allegedly locking his son in a horse stable overnight.

“Local news outlets report that 71-year-old Douglas Oneal of Baker was arrested Monday. Detectives say he locked his 13-year-old son in the trailer Sunday night for almost 12 hours to punish him for being disrespectful to him and his girlfriend.

Detectives also found horse feces inside the metal trailer, along with a Bible and a makeshift bed made of saddles and a plastic bag that smelled of urine.

Oneal’s arrest report says he told deputies that whipping his son was no longer working, “so he had to do something else” to teach his son a lesson. It’s unclear if the man has an attorney.”

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Ah good old Baker, Louisiana. Never been but this sounds about right. Locked in a horse stable huh? That’s a new one. Don’t hate it though. That 13 year old bastard was immune to those whippings so naturally you have to take the next step. This is the modern day equivalent of counting to 10 after asking your kid nicely. Lock em in a horse stable filled with horse shit and a Bible and they’ll find their way in life. Wish my dad did that to me, now I’m just shit. Closest thing I got to a horse with my dad was shopping at the Polo outlets. For real this kids got to treat his old man with some spect’. Dude granted him life at 58 and whether it was a horrible accident or not the fact of the matter is he’s alive today because of it. Not sure if they know about Aretha Franklin out there but where I come from she’s a force to be reckoned with. I’m sad to say that while I genuinely want to wish a happy ending for this man and his son, I kind of want the kid to act up again. I’m just dying to know what this old man can think of next. I want to learn about a sick dimension of punishment my feeble mind can’t even begin to imagine. It’s like real life ‘Saw’ which had me hooked for at least two sequels. You know what they say, you can lead your son to a horse stable filled with shit but you can’t make him not be a complete piece of horse shit.

 

Should The Eagles Pursue Richard Sherman?

For the past few years Richard Sherman has been one of the most recognizable names in professional football. Whether it’s him being a part of one of the best Superbowl winning defenses in recent memory or his fiery, charged up controversial interviews, Sherman has been as prevalent a face as there’s been in the NFL. For perhaps a few reasons, the Seahawks seem relatively open to trading the cornerback who this past season was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl. I’m not here to discuss those reasons. There’s one thing and one thing only that matters in my eyes. How does this affect the Eagles. I feel that despite the Seahawks open willingness to discuss a deal for him, nobody seems to be taking it too seriously. At least as of now. But I bring this to light for a few reasons, the most fundamental being that Eagles could actually really benefit from a player like Sherman. For the heck of it, let’s break this down the simple way…

 

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The Eagles desperately need a cornerback. Last year their secondary woes were too dire to ignore. As bad as their cornerback situation was, where we stand now, it’s worse. The Eagles have cut Leodis Mckelvin. Nolan Carroll is gone too and while those will ultimately probably be good moves for the birds, they still have to find someone to fill the void. The Eagles play in a division where they have to face Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall twice. It’s imperative to find at least one player that has either elite production or potential. The Eagles are probably considering a corner in the first (as well as other positions) so it might make sense to get one that’s established.

He never gets hurt. Seriously, by some freakish chance, one of the most aggressive players in the league has not missed a game yet. He’s started in every one since he became the starter his rookie year. Having a player that doesn’t get hurt often is such a valuable asset to a team, especially one that is trying to win and figures to be in the mix for a playoff berth down the stretch. Not only would the Eagles be able to fill a void, they would be able to do it with someone they can rely on week in and week out.

His intensity is a match for Philly. Richard Sherman is one of those guys you love to hate…unless he’s on your team. Say what you want about his personality but there is absolutely no denying the mans passion for the game. Philly fans would eat that up like cheesesteaks and crab fries. A few big plays on D combined with some wins and Sherman could have the city in the palm of his hands.

His price is going down. The reason I started to ponder this was because I read that the Seahawks could be dropping his asking price. First they wanted a player and a high pick. Now they apparently want a first round pick and a conditional mid round pick later (which could be OK if that means he’s on the team for at least a couple of years). Profootballtalk suggested it could eventually drop to just a first. Instead of using a pick to draft someone who might be good the Eagles could get one who’s already proven he’s elite.

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Cons

He makes too much money. One of the reasons Seattle is likely open to trading him is because of his expensive price. The Eagles as they stand now wouldn’t have enough to take on his salary without cutting or trading additional players. Still, for a team that was supposed to be cash strapped the Eagles seemed to manage pretty well in free agency. Howie Roseman and his guys have a remarkable ability to work around the parameters of the league’s salary cap. So while as of now it would seem pretty unlikely they could afford him, if there’s anyone who could make it work it’s Howie Roseman.

He’s 29. As I mentioned before Sherman has made the Pro Bowl the past four years. But everyone knows the day comes eventually where a player loses that elite step. You don’t want to mortgage a part of your future if you think that day is sooner rather than later. Does Sherman probably have at least a few good years left in him? That’s very reasonable to believe. But let’s be honest this team is built around Carson Wentz and his future. It may be foolish to acquire too many veterans for stopgap roles instead of grooming young players who could be a core part of this team for years to come.

The Eagles could lose valuable players. If the Seahawks end up being firm and demand additional players with a first round pick then would it be worth it? What if that meant not having Jason Peters protecting Wentz’s blindside? There are certainly expendable players on the Eagles roster but there are also a lot of players I wouldn’t be excited about parting with either, especially if it means adding the 14th overall pick too.

His personality could pose some problems. Sherman is known to be a fierce competitor and quite outspoken on a number of issues. He’s played in Seattle his whole career where he’s quite familiar with his teammates and coaches. It’s fair to question how he would handle a situation he didn’t approve of in Philadelphia. What if he doesn’t agree with a scheme or assignment or decision? Could that potentially cause distractions? Issues in the locker room? That could be a risky proposition to gamble on for a 29 year old corner.

Verdict: Surprisingly, I think the Eagles should at least be interested in trading for Sherman. They need a corner, badly. Sherman plays the position at an elite level and while his production might drop they could probably still get a few good years out of him. His veteran leadership would be of great value too, considering this is a young squad still learning how to compete and play in the NFL. He’s a SuperBowl champion and he brings that championship mentality week in and week out. While his demeanor could spark some drama I ultimately think that at the end of the day Sherman just wants to win. I would want that attitude on my team. It would be risky sending away a high pick but at least you’re getting someone reliable in return. I wouldn’t want to send additional players in the deal unless the team strongly feels they would be able to win without them on the team. He’s expensive but if Howie Roseman can figure out a way to afford him then why not? The Eagles could be targeting offense at 14 but let us not forget gems at the running back position can often be found in the second and third rounds and even beyond. I would like to get another young corner to pair with Jalen Mills but drafting one later to learn from Sherman sounds like it could be a wise move too. Overall if the Eagles couldn’t swing a deal to land Sherman it wouldn’t be the end of the world. It would be exciting to keep our first round pick and draft a promising prospect that could be on the Eagles for years to come. But if the price comes down to maybe just a first round pick or even less and the Eagles could figure out a way to afford him, then I’d do it.   It would unquestionably immediately make the defense better. It would help them as they try to make the playoffs in Doug Pederson’s second year as head coach. He’s 29 but won’t turn 30 until after next season ends. Combine that with his healthy past and veteran presence and I think the Eagles would be foolish to at least not try to make a deal work.

 

I Fully Support Any Team That Runs Up The Score In The NBA

It’s no secret the NBA has undergone a drastic transformation from a league of true bruisers to a bunch of AAU babies. Gone are the days of Ron Artest running into the stands to beat the hell out of a heckling fan. Gone are the days of Kevin Garnett making fun of Charlie Villanueva because he had a hair loss condition completely out of his control. Gone are the days of Latrell Sprewell putting his NBA sized mitts around the neck of his head coach in practice and effectively choking the shit out of him. We’re in an age now where elite players leave their old teams to join the one that beat them the previous year. An age where the highest level of trash talk happens not on the hardwood, but on Twitter from teams social media coordinators. There’s a new trend starting to happen around the league now that has caught my attention. Players now get mad when an opposing team or player “disrespects” them by running up the score or taking a late three pointer or the like. There have been two instances just this past week alone.

First, with the Warriors up by about a bajillion points over the Wizards with mere seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Warriors backup center JaVale McGee shot a three pointer with 4.8 seconds left because the shot clock was expiring only to be shoved to the ground by Wizards guard (another backup) Brandon Jennings. Jennings received a flagrant 1 for the play. Via ESPN:

“Yep, totally agree,” Wizards guard John Wall said when asked whether the Warriors treated the game disrespectfully in the closing minutes. “Whenever a team is up like that, supposedly, you just hold the ball and take a shot-clock violation. So, what Brandon did, I don’t think it was dirty. I think it was the right play. You don’t let nobody try to embarrass you and I think that’s what they were trying to do.”

You don’t let nobody try to embarrass you? You lost 139-115. Might be a bit late for that. You know what’s disrespectful? Raising ticket prices for the playoffs so your fanbase can watch a team that gave up 139 points in 48 minutes. I mean do I love the fact that JaVale McGee shot a three as the shot clock expired? No. I strongly dislike the Warriors and everyone knows you let the shot clock expire in that situation. But to get so hurt for something that has zero impact on the outcome of a game is kind of ridiculous to me. Take your loss and let them be immature and focus on how you’re not going to give up 139 points again in the future. This is the NBA. You don’t like it? Play better. Simple as that.

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Then just days after that the Raptors and Pacers squared off in what turned out to be Lance Stephenson’s first home game since rejoining his former team. Shit hit the fan after he added another layup with 3.3 seconds left in the game with his team already winning by 16 points. A melee ensued as the game came to a close and three players received technical fouls. Now maybe adding an emphatic basket in the games closing seconds is a bad look. But it was Stephenson’s first game back in Indiana. Emotions were running high. They’re fighting for their playoff lives. But here’s the kicker…they were losing by 19 points in the first half. NINETEEN. Your team is losing 45-26 in a crucial game. You end up with a double digit lead with the crowd going absolutely crazy in the fourth. It’s not disrespect as much a celebration. When NBA teams win the championship should they still have confetti pour down? Wouldn’t that hurt the losers feelings? Athletes getting paid millions and millions of dollars and they’re complaining because they feel disrespected because they squandered their opportunity to win.

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But doesn’t this go against my initial point that players were tougher a few years ago? Shouldn’t I want to see reactions after a player feels disrespected? No. I just can’t see Kevin Garnett shoving someone because someone poured on a layup in a blowout. Mostly because I can’t envision a team with Garnett having that kind of lackluster effort that would put them in such a position in the first place. I also can’t see a team that would be stupid enough to test them like that knowing that future payback would be unpleasant to say the least.

The thing with these incidents is that there are other ways to show your pride and not get disrespected. How about play defense? You’re still allowed to block the three pointer or guard that final layup. Just because the game is decided doesn’t mean it’s technically over until the clock hits :00 right? Or you can play better earlier? Not blow a huge lead? Not give up a bajillion gazillion points? Something?

Gratzfood Review: Moriarty’s Pub

Love me some chicken wings. I mean who doesn’t? You would be hard pressed to find a more satisfying feeling than the one you get after staring down at a plate full of empty bones knowing you just did some serious damage. When it comes to Philly, I know where to get a good cheesesteak. Chicken wings? Not as much. A simple Google search (as well as word of mouth from those in the know) will point you in the direction of a pub called Moriarty’s on 11th and Walnut. So when my friend told me he wanted to hit Moriarty’s for dinner one night, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see if these wings live up to their strong reputation.

When we got there (it was a weeknight) the place was jumping. That’s usually a good sign. Mostly every table and barstool was occupied but we still managed to get a table right away. The wings are $10 for an order and there didn’t seem to be any variation of sauce options on the menu. It just says cooked in a “tangy sauce” which to no surprise was a buffalo sauce. I trusted the process and put in an order no questions asked. Then I tried the wings and it all clicked.

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The bar (no pun intended) for chicken wings in Philadelphia has been set pretty damn high. Moriarty’s wings were not just some of the best I have tasted in the area, but some of the best I have eaten anywhere. These wings just fire on all cylinders. They’re big and meaty. The sauce is phenomenal. Not overly hot. Not boring. They describe them as tangy and that is the right word for them. It’s a straight up great tasting flavor of buffalo sauce. They don’t need the gimmick of having a whole bunch of ridiculous sauces. They do it one way and nail it. You can’t not respect that. The overall texture of these wings were delightful as well. Some wings get soggy from too much sauce but these maintained just the right amount of crisp the whole way through. If you can’t tell, I really enjoyed these wings. I don’t normally give quantifiable scores but these are an “A”.

On a side note, I would also like to acknowledge the quality of the service there too. Like I said earlier it was jam packed but we didn’t wait long for our drinks, food, or anything. We were checked on multiple times to see if there was anything we needed and each time our requests were fulfilled instantly. The drink prices were reasonable too. If you’re looking for a fun bar atmosphere to have some brews and chow down on some delicious chicken wings, look no further than Moriarty’s pub. Their reputation for such activities is well deserved.

Rutgers Cans Unhealthy Takeout Options

It appears the days of greasy takeout are numbered at Rutgers University.

“In a makeover of its dining hall menus, Rutgers University plans to eliminate chicken nuggets, hash browns and other unhealthy foods from its takeout section and incorporate more nutritious options in the all-you-can-eat cafeterias.

By the end of the fall semester, Rutgers expects chicken wings will be baked instead of fried, hot sauce from the jar will be replaced with fresh spices, and processed meats will be traded for poached salmon or turkey roasted and smoked by university chefs, among other changes.

The food on the new menus will be more than just healthy, it will be “absolutely good,” said Ian Keith, the Rutgers chef leading the menu overhaul.

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For Rutgers students, that means takeout chicken fingers will be replaced with grilled chicken, and hash browns will swapped out for Peruvian hash made from heirloom potatoes, spinach and roasted onions.

Instead of pork sausage, Rutgers will serve smoked chicken sausage with spinach on a whole grain English muffin. A new bagel bar will feature a vegetable cream cheese mixed at Rutgers and loaded with broccoli, squash and scallions.

Plant-based meal, such as tofu and broccoli stir fry, will become more prevalent.”

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Boiling. My blood is boiling. More bad press for good old Rutgers. You can’t take away chicken nuggets and fries from a school cafeteria, you just can’t. That’s like taking bread and milk out of a supermarket. Baked chicken wings, fine. But replacing hot sauce with “fresh spices”? I must be poorly educated (I went to Rutgers) because I’m almost 25 and never knew that hot sauce was some destructive condiment for morbid gluttons. Learn something new every day. I love when Rutgers tries to be all fancy. One of my favorite saying is as follows. You. Can’t. Shine. A. Turd. Might get that put on my headstone (that day might be here sooner than I think from all that hot sauce). Actually I had to look this up because I just don’t buy it. Here’s what I found:

“But let’s not ignore all the benefits of hot sauce because it really does do a lot of good for the body. Capsaicin, which is responsible for making chilis spicy, has been reported to decrease inflammation, relieve soreness and help fight prostate cancer.”

“Spicy peppers have amazing health benefits, but there’s a catch, of course. If spicy food is your thing, you could be eating your way to better health via your favorite condiment. A recent scientific study says hot sauce is good for you, especially if it’s paired with a little fat.”

Could be fake news but go ahead and ask me if I trust Google or Rutgers more. Damn. Tough one. I also love how the chef spearheading this says it will be “really good” Now I’m sold! Get this guy on Shark Tank with that pitch! Last time I trusted someone at Rutgers (an advisor) I ended up being a senior on the verge of not being able to graduate. The roasted turkey doesn’t sound too bad but the “chicken sausage with spinach on a whole grain English muffin” and the “vegetable cream cheese mixed at Rutgers and loaded with broccoli, squash and scallions” and “tofu and broccoli stir fry” is where I draw the line. This isn’t going to make students healthier. It’s going to leave them emaciated! There are two ways to curb hunger at Rutgers now. Drugs… and this new menu. At least it shouldn’t be too hard to fit into that formal dress now right? You want to make students healthier? How about renovating the College Ave Gym? Make it less of a sweaty shoebox and more of a, ya know, health and wellness facility? Or how about extending the hours? Maybe people want to get a lift or run in past 6pm on a Saturday before they get shitfaced? This news is tough to swallow both literally and figuratively but hey, at least you can wash it down with a coke product now =).

You can check out the full article right here:

http://www.nj.com/education/2017/03/rutgers_dining_hall_menu_chicken_nuggets_healthy_f.html

I’m A Little Disappointed By The New Food Offerings At Citizen’s Bank Park

The Phillies have officially announced their additions to the almighty food department down at the ballpark this year. Gratzfeed is a little underwhelmed.

Via CSN Philly:

“The first one that jumps out is a new hoagie offering from the very reliable Primo Hoagies, which will be located in Ashburn Alley. Primo Hoagies will offer a variety of hot and cold sandwiches on their fresh baked breads.

While Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries are often the most coveted item at Philly sporting events, it will have some competition in the French fry department this season. South Philly Shareable Stak will be located behind section 120 and offer boardwalk style fries with the option of topping them with in-house roast pork, sharp provolone cheese sauce, cherry pepper aioli or chopped roasted long hots.

One of the more interesting additions is The Mac Shack behind section 122, which will offer house-made mac and cheese with a number of different toppings. Pretty much everyone loves some mac and cheese but I’m curious to see how that translates to a ballpark snack.

Veggie lovers will surely be excited to try the Farmer’s Market Grain Bowl that features toasted red quinoa, brown rice, sweet peppers, cucumbers, radish, baby herbs, and is finished with honey-balsamic vinaigrette. Also new this year is a Falafel Sandwich.

There will also be some new kiosks at Zoom Foods behind section 126, which is described as “the next step in the evolution of stadium food & beverage service, featuring customer-facing, self-ordering kiosks — improving guest experience and speed of transaction time.”

Other existing vendors with new offerings include pulled chicken option from Bull’s BBQ, new signature Hatfield hot dogs including pork roll as a dog topper, as well as new options at Harry the K’s.”

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Look the Phillies are most likely going to be a middling .500 team this season. If I’m going to the ballpark this year food is going to be a major reason why. I will gladly miss three innings of baseball to get my hands on some Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries. Primo Hoagies are great but they have become so prevalent in the tristate area that their hoagies are not going to be the reason I overpay for food at a Phillies game. I eat Primo like I drink water or breathe oxygen. The Shareable Shak fries sound pretty good but as I alluded to earlier crab fries will always be king. With that said roast pork topped fries are going to have to be consumed at some point so I’d say this is one of the more exciting options being added. Homemade mac and cheese sounds pretty appealing too but I don’t know how I feel about sitting in the hot sun while dripping sweat eating some gooey mac and cheese creation. Then there’s the “Farmer’s Market Grain Bowl”. Pass. Hard pass. Donovan McNabb throwing a laser into the ground type pass. Toasted red quinoa? Brown rice? We’re talking about ballpark food right? And then there’s the falafel sandwich. Another pass. I appreciate the effort to add some diversity so I won’t hate too much on that one but….

Where is the crazy heart attack inducing menacing scary stuff?? Ok the fries with pork and cheese sauce are cool. Everyone likes mac and cheese. But where are the sextuple burgers with smoked brisket and bacon with donuts as rolls? Where are the 4 foot hot dogs wrapped in chicken fingers? I read an article highlighting all of the barbaric new foods around the league and the Phillies add Primo and quinoa? The Royals are out there showing off their Pulled Pork Patty melt complete with pulled pork, fried onion, shredded cheddar, Monterey jack, BACON and jalapenos and the Phillies are excited to announce a grain bowl?!?!?!?!?! I want the stuff that gets you so messed up that by the second inning you don’t know who’s playing or how to even stand up. Last time I checked the Phillies ballpark is in South Philly, not Fishtown. I mean everyone knows the best time to go to a Phillies game is for dollar dog night where you grossly indulge in dollar hot dogs but the Phillies don’t have nearly as many as they should. Luckily the Phillies have an already solid pre-existing menu around the park so this isn’t the end of the world. At the end of the day you can never go wrong with the simple baseball fare such as hot dogs and ice cream in a helmet. Just a heads up that there is some work to do for 2018. Both on and off the field.

 

You can check out the full article right here:

http://www.csnphilly.com/the700level/new-cbp-primo-hoagies-loaded-boardwalk-fries-star-trek-bobbleheads-and-more