Citysearch Scouts are a unique breed. With a finger on the pulse and considerably better taste than your average bear, they’re the movers, shakers and well-known personalities in their respective cities. But who are they, really? And what qualifications do they have to tell you where you need to eat dinner? Let’s find out in our new, weekly feature, 20 Questions.
Our inaugural post puts the spotlight on Philadelphia Scout, Drew Lazor. With such an amazing surname, that alone might be a good enough reason to listen to him; but on top of that, he founded the food/drink blog Meal Ticket for City Paper. He’s also appeared on the Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel, where he can be seen discussing great food with people wearing too much make-up.
Check out his picks for new & notable spots @ Philadelphia.citysearch.com and his answers to our 20 Questions below:
Name: Drew Lazor
Neighborhood: Point Breeze
Day Job: Freelance Writer (business, food, drink, movies, music)
Night Job: Overdrinker
How long have you lived in Philadelphia? Ten years.
Who’s your favorite Philadelphian, living or dead, real or fictional? I’ve long been fond of Ben Franklin, both for his amazing contributions to our country and because he liked to take “air baths,” which would involve him just standing naked around his house in broad daylight. There’s no way a dude as smart as Ben Franklin actually thought that the air would properly “bathe” him. He just wanted to be naked, so he told everyone that. Love this guy.
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the City of Brotherly Love? Many of my favorite meals have taken place at Mémé, which just closed recently unfortunately.
What was your first job when you moved to the Cradle of Liberty? I had an on-campus job running the “Phonathon” during my college years. Basically I was responsible for all those students harassing you during happy hour or dinner to donate money to your alma mater even though you still owe them loads of money. Sorry graduates of the world. I also did a bunch of random freelance writing during school, everything from small-town politics and high school baseball to covering Girl Scout pageants and Harry Potter book releases.
Favorite bar? It’s a tie between The Sidecar at 22nd/Christian and American Sardine Bar at 18th/Federal. Sidecar was my first favorite bar in Philly and will always be my baby Mariah-style. I love that place and everyone who works there. ASB is a new favorite, due in part to the fact that it’s nearby, but also because the
food, drink and staff are ace.
What’s your drink? Usually bourbon, usually on the rocks. I like most whiskeys, whether fancy, crappy or somewhere in between, but Bulleit and Grand-Dad are longtime loves. For a cocktail, a Sazerac.
What’s your favorite thing in your house? Where did you get it? Probably my pit bull puppy Toro. We got him from a rescue in my home state of Maryland. He’s a bit dumb but very sweet and generally is a good boy.
How much is too much to spend on dinner? I’m a born overspender, but I really try my best not to drop more than $100-$120 (for two) at the very most. It doesn’t always work out. Of course there are those times when you overshoot by a lot (usually lots of boozing involved). It’s usually worth it, but sometimes it’s not. Isn’t it an awful feeling when it’s not?
What do you hate most about living in Philly? I wish the subway went more places.
Who or what is your mortal enemy? Turkey bacon.
Spring or Fall? Whichever season in which it is most appropriate to dress like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate.
Outerspace or Deep sea? Deep sea. I’m a Pisces so I like to lie and say that I have a “deep connection with water” but really I’m a mediocre swimmer and don’t really enjoy the beach. I like drinking water, though.
Soup or salad? Soup! Maryland crab soup.
If you could bring one element of another city to yours, what would it be? The consistent cleanliness of a place like Chicago or D.C.
Vince Vaughn: Swingers or Couples Retreat? Come on! You already know the answer to this, you cheeky question writer.
Is a burger a sandwich? No, a burger is a burger.