It’s that time of the year again. Rex 1516 will be joining our sister restaurants Cafe Ynez and Jet Wine Bar in sending out a great big THANK YOU to all of our guests with Guest Appreciation Week! Check in with us from 9/12-9/17 for drink specials & a special citywide burger collaboration with Gary Pica and Ryan Tegeler of @PhillyNomBros on Tuesday and Wednesday!
Speaking of our friends @PhillyNomBros, we had the chance to catch up with them and get some background on their project and love for the Philly food scene. Check out more information below.
When and why did you start @PhillyNomBros?
We started PhillyNomBros in March 2015. Both of us really love food and have always enjoyed eating out with friends. Before the Instagram food scene really took off, and before we started our account, we were always “those guys” obnoxiously taking pictures of our food at the table. Both of our interests in photography started to grow and then came an Instagram account. We had no expectations whatsoever related to the success of the account, we just figured we’d share our pictures rather than keep them stored on our phones.
What sparked your interest in food?
We have always loved food! Living in Philly, we’ve always made it a point to try new and interesting cuisines. Now that we have @phillynombros as an outlet, we have the ultimate excuse to continue to try new restaurants and explore Philadelphia.
What is your favorite part about the Philly food scene?
The people. Definitely the people. Over the past year and a half, we have gone to a handful of food events and have made tons of friends who are involved in the food scene in some way (self-proclaimed foodies like us, restaurant owners, chefs, bloggers). When we started Philly Nom Bros, we did not anticipate that we would meet so many interesting people who are as passionate as we are about food in Philadelphia. The Philly food scene really feels like a tight-knit community. There are so many restaurants that are passionate about creating innovative meals and providing a great experience.
Philly is large enough that there are always new places to try. At the same time, it’s small enough that everything in the food scene feels connected. Rex 1516 is a great example of this. You guys bring in chefs and food personalities from all over the city on a regular basis for the weekly Citywide Burger Special. It’s a great concept!
For us, it’s just a lot of fun to learn about and try new restaurants and food. We go out and have these great experiences all over Philadelphia on a regular basis. Our hope is that we can share them and someone will learn about a restaurant they’ve never heard of, or see a dish they really dig, and they’ll be able to go and have the same experience we did. That’s what it’s all about!
If you’re interested in following the PhillyNomBros on their travels through the Philly food scene follow them on Instagram and Twitter @PhillyNomBros.