Long-delayed restaurant projects, Headhouse Farmers Market.
May seems to be the month when many long-awaited and/or long-delayed restaurant projects are finally throwing open their doors. Thursday, Union Gourmet Market & Caf� opens. Although it's more of a takeout/prepared foods spot, owners Felix Maietta and Theresa Fera ran the kitchen and operations of the Down Town Club for more than a decade, so the sandwiches, pizzas and soups are likely to reflect that. The menu's online if you want a sneak peek. Saturday, you can finally get your hands on a Goodburger. Goodburger arrives via N.Y.C., even though it's owned by the same restaurant group that owns Pietro's Pizzeria. The New York Times crowned Goodburger the best in Gotham--but Philly has some bitchin' burgers, so we'll see how this beefy baby holds up. Monday is opening day for the highly intriguing Israeli spot Zahav from Steven Cook and chef Michael Solomonov (of Xochitl and Marigold Kitchen). The menu brims with Middle Eastern mezze, from laffa baked in an authentic Arabic oven to cold salads and hot kabobs for roughly $15 (there's also a more sophisticated $65 tasting menu). Solomonov traveled to his native Israel to research the multilayered cuisine--a trip that is featured in the newest issue of Food & Wine. >> Union Gourmet Market & Caf�, 1113 Locust St. 215.238.8800. www.uniongourmetmarket.com; Goodburger, 1725 Chestnut St. 215.569.4777. www. goodburgerpa.com; Zahav, 237 St. James Pl. 215.625.8800. www.zahavrestaurant.com
Buy It and Eat It!
The Food Trust's Headhouse Farmers Market starts up again this Sunday, and we're guessing it's going to be jam-packed with the fooderati--last year you couldn't swing a bag of heirloom tomatoes without hitting a food editor, chef or restaurateur (Neil Stein!). Many of the same vendors you loved last year are returning: Griggstown and their mighty potpies; Wild Flour Bakery and their fetching baguettes; the intriguing array of obscure and not-so-obscure Asian veggies from Queen's Farm; plus tantalizing new additions such as homemade cured meats from Talula's Table, the gourmet market and sort-of restaurant in Kennett Square owned by former Django proprietors Bryan Sikora and Aimee Olexy. It doesn't start until May 17, but this year there's also a Saturday market at Headhouse with a different mix of vendors. Since it'll be opening day of the season (which runs through Thanksgiving), there'll be music from rising roots-rockers Hoots and Hellmouth for you to groove to while you browse. We're so excited for the return of the market, we'd be happy to shop to a chorus of yowling cats. >> Headhouse Market, Second St. between Lombard and Pine sts. www.headhousemarket.org