Top Chef's Spike Opening Philly Resto

Yesterday, we reported that fan-fave Top Cheffer Spike Mendelsohn would be expanding his First Lady-approved Good Stuff Eatery to Philadelphia. The Feast touched base with Spike's spokesperson Micheline Mendelsohn—who also happens to be his sister—about the upcoming outpost by the fedora fanatic.

"We're going to be opening a Good Stuff Eatery in Philly in 2011, and we're really excited. We're here scouting out locations, and getting to know the city," said Mendelsohn. "And we're here to eat some burgers and check out the competition."

Two locations are front-running to become the first expansion of the D.C.-based burger bistro: 1423 Walnut Street, next to the MAC Cosmetics store, and 1516 Walnut Street, across from the former Susanna Foo space, which is now, um, a Chipotle. While there are a glut of new burger spots in that part of the hood (500 Degrees, Five Guys, Village Whiskey), we believe Mendelsohn can pull it off. He is, after all, "the craftiest mother#$%&er that's ever been on Top Chef," as Tony Bourdain so lovingly described him.

Hunting for a new home wasn't the only reason for Mendelsohn's trip to Philly, as she was here on a mission to meet Zahav's Mike Solomonov for another project on Spike's radar.

"My brother is opening up a kosher food truck in D.C. with consulting chef Malcolm Mitchell. It's going to be a deli on wheels," said Mendelsohn. "We know Mike (Solomonov) is the best Israeli chef around, so we need to pick his brain about a few things." [The Feast]

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