By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  Smokin’ John’s Barbecue is now open, at 4258 Main Street in Manayunk.

“We have two types of chicken, we have our beef short ribs and our beef briscuit, our pulled pork and our St. Louis spare ribs,” says pitmaster John O’Brien (top photo).  “We do a different sausage every few days.  We do a maple glazed smoked turkey breast, a spice-crusted smoked salmon.  We also do — and this is different – a vegetarian seitan rib.”

Hear the full “Smokin’ John’s” interview (runs 7:07)…

Meanwhile, a collaborative dinner takes place soon between two top-notch center city restaurants — on January 21st at Morimoto, 723 Chestnut Street, and on January 22nd at Vetri, 1312 Spruce.

Chef Ben Dayag, at Morimoto.  Photo provided)

Chef Ben Dayag, at Morimoto. Photo provided)

Morimoto chef Ben Dayag says Japanese and Italian cuisines make an interesting marriage.

“And we’ll  definitely expose some of the items on our tasting menus throughout the week,” he tells What’s Cooking, “so if you miss a dinner you’ll be able to taste one of the dishes.”

Hear the full “Morimoto/Vetri” interview (runs 7:03)…

And Center City District Restaurant Week returns with its two-week format.

CCD marketing and communications manager Michelle Shannon (below) says this year’s winter event takes place January 18-23 and January 25-30.

(Michelle Shannon, of the Center City District.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

(Michelle Shannon, of the Center City District. Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

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“The restaurant scene in Philadelphia is incredible, and it’s one of the many reasons that people are moving back to center city,” she notes.

Hear the full “Center City Restaurant Week” interview (runs 8:36)…

And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”

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