MARGARITA MADNESS: The Pittsburgh-based Mad Mex cantina is settling into the former home of Borders in the Wynnewood Shopping Center. The funky bar and restaurant is aiming for an April debut for its third Philly-area location.
CULINARY TOUR: Nick Carlino of Carlino’s Market will host a nine-day, guided food expedition through Abruzzo, Italy, Sept. 27-Oct. 4. Registration deadline is March 31. Visit carlinosmarket.com for more information.
LATE-NIGHT CRAVING ALERT: Philly-born-and-bred cookie chain Insomnia Cookies launches its seventh location on Manayunk’s Main Street. Open until 3 a.m., the place will even deliver fresh batches to your door. There’s also one in Bryn Mawr.
EXCEPTIONAL FAST FOOD: Top Chef fan favorite Spike Mendelsohn brings a version of his family-run, Washington, D.C.-based burger joint, Good Stuff Eatery, to Center City next month. Expect an eclectic mix of farm-fresh toppings, house-made shakes, sea-salt fries, wedge salads, and more. —Amy Strauss