Philadelphia Restaurants

 

 

Restaurant Review: Townsend

Restaurant Review: Townsend

Remember when this used to mostly be a blog about food? Me too. For obvious reasons, we don’t go out to eat a ton these days. And, when we do, it’s usually for brunch or lunch, to the same places where we already know that the food will be decent, the service will be quick […]

Restaurant Review: Talula’s Daily/Secret Supper Club

Restaurant Review: Talula’s Daily/Secret Supper Club

Talula’s Garden is one of those restaurants that is so charming that I want to move in. What can I say, I’m a sucker for twinkly lights, pretty flowers, and pastel colors. I would happily pull up a chair in the garden and keep ordering cheese and cocktails for as long as they would let […]

Restaurant Review: Amis

Restaurant Review: Amis

Chester and I have been trying to go out, sans Little B, once a month. We were excited that we were able to plan one of our date nights to coincide with a recent visit from Old Original Big Bridget and Bill (Obviously, I’m still working on a new nickname for my BFF. None of […]

Restaurant Review: Rosa Blanca (Closed)

Restaurant Review: Rosa Blanca (Closed)

Source Earlier this year, Jose Garces closed Chifa, and reopened it as Rosa Blanca, a Cuban diner. Although I was a fan of Chifa, I know that others thought that the Peruvian-Chinese concept was a bit off the wall. Rosa Blanca will appeal to those who prefer the more traditional Latin flavors and dishes that […]

Restaurant Review: Paradiso

Restaurant Review: Paradiso

One of the reasons I enjoy this time of the year so much is that there are so many occasions to celebrate, and, hence plenty of excuses to indulge in delicious food. For me, the prime eating season is a two month affair. It kicks off with my birthday in November and winds down on […]

Restaurant Review: Nomad Roman Pizza

Restaurant Review: Nomad Roman Pizza

After Little B was born, everyone told us that the newborn stage was the best time to take a child to a restaurant. This is why most of our Saturday outings now revolve around lunch or brunch. For now, Little B will generally sleep for at least an hour or two after she has been […]

Restaurant Review: Vetri

Restaurant Review: Vetri

Source The weekend before Little B made her entrance, Chester and I celebrated our impending parenthood (and last date night for foreseeable future) with dinner at Vetri. It was pretty amazing. So, although I can barely remember what day of the week it is lately, let alone what I ate for dinner nearly a month […]

Restaurant Review: Brunch at SoWe (Closed)

Restaurant Review: Brunch at SoWe (Closed)

Confession: I don’t understand the world’s obsession with bacon. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a bacon cheeseburger or BLT from time to time, but those cravings are pretty rare. And, I definitely don’t understand the more off-the-wall uses that people have come up with for bacon (Bacon milkshakes? Sunscreen?). Still, bacon–and pork, in […]

Restaurant Review: Serpico

Restaurant Review: Serpico

Last fall, word began to circulate that Stephen Starr was working on a new project with Peter Serpico, James Beard award-winner and second-in-command chef of New York’s Momofuku empire. The two spent the last year refining the menu and concept in the kitchens of some of Starr’s other Philly venues and Serpico (604 South Street) […]

Restaurant Review: Spasso Italian Grill

Restaurant Review: Spasso Italian Grill

I first went to Spasso Italian Grill for dinner on the night of my bachelorette party. That was pretty much the only part of that evening that I can clearly remember. My bridesmaids and I did a pretty good job after the fact of piecing together the remainder of the night’s events and they which […]

Restaurant Review: Crepes at Beau Monde

Restaurant Review: Crepes at Beau Monde

As of yesterday, I’m 18 weeks pregnant. Thankfully, ET has been giving me a relatively easy time of things. On the plus side, he/she has been moving around like crazy over the last few days (particularly on Saturday night when I went to the Fleetwood Mac concert), which is cool and creepy at the same […]

Restaurant Review: Styer’s Garden Cafe

Restaurant Review: Styer’s Garden Cafe

A few years back, the brains behind Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie transformed an old-fashioned nursery in Glen Mills into a home and garden store called Terrain. Somehow, they managed to take all of the most gorgeous flowers, plants, furniture and accessories and get them all perfectly arranged under one roof. It’s amazing. I want to […]

Restaurant Review: Vernick

Restaurant Review: Vernick

Chester and I were in a bookstore yesterday, browsing through a cookbook that featured recipes from notable chefs. All of the usual suspects–Mario Batali, Eric Ripert, Wolfgang Puck–appeared on the list. We noticed that they hailed mostly from California and New York and commented that people really need to start paying more attention to Philly. […]

Restaurant Week Round-up

Restaurant Week Round-up

Food is pretty much the only thing that makes winter bearable, so it’s helpful that Center City District schedules one of its twice-yearly Restaurant Weeks for late January/early February. I hit three different spots for this season’s festivities, all of which are definitely worth a visit at any time of the year. Russet The very […]

Restaurant Review: Buddakan

Restaurant Review: Buddakan

Happy New Year, friends! I hope that you enjoyed time with family and friends over the holidays and that amazing things are on the horizon for you in 2013. Chester and I typically stay home and cook a nice dinner on New Year’s Eve. This suits me just fine, as I get to lounge around […]

Restaurant Review: The Oyster House

Restaurant Review: The Oyster House

I don’t really crave seafood that frequently, so although I had always heard good things about the Sansom Street Oyster House, it was never really at the top of my list of places to check out. However, when Chester and I were trying to decide on a place for dinner this past Friday, I was […]

Hello, 30

Hello, 30

One of the silver linings of getting another year older (aside from the cake) is that it provides an excuse for getting together to celebrate with family and friends. My birthday festivities started off on Saturday morning with brunch with Bridget, my mom and aunt, at Kanella, a BYOB specializing in cuisine from Greece and […]

Restaurant Review: The Dandelion

Restaurant Review: The Dandelion

As soon as the weather starts to turn a bit cooler, I start craving comfort foods of all kinds. Mac-and-cheese and meatloaf. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream. It’s a good thing that cold weather clothing can hide some of the side effects from consuming this kind of food. […]

Restaurant Review: Garces Trading Company

Restaurant Review: Garces Trading Company

I was pretty excited when Bridget told me last week that she and Bill were planning a weekend trip to Philly. It seemed like months had gone by since our Labor Day excursion to Newport, so I was glad that we were able to coordinate a visit over dinner during their trip. I was even […]

Restaurant Review: Rex 1516 for Brunch

Restaurant Review: Rex 1516 for Brunch

I discovered Rex 1516 a few months ago, and after a very enjoyable dinner there, I was eager to return to check out their brunch offerings.  So, I rounded up my mom and aunt on Sunday and off we went. Rex definitely does brunch right. Sunlight streams in through the front windows, and light jazz […]

Restaurant Review: Ulivo (Closed)

Restaurant Review: Ulivo (Closed)

Ulivo opened late last year in Queen Village and might not have been on my radar screen if we hadn’t passed it while en route to Cochon (for brunch and dinner), just across the way. Each time we peeked in, it looked warm and inviting and the menu posted in the window sounded amazing. I […]

Restaurant Review: Branzino

Restaurant Review: Branzino

Branzino has been a fixture in the Rittenhouse Square area for several years. I pass by frequently, but hadn’t actually visited  prior to last weekend, when I went there for a Sunday dinner with my mom, aunt and Chester. It’s a BYOB, specializing in classic Italian dishes, including homemade pastas, veal and other meat dishes and […]

Lately: A Restaurant Roundup

Lately: A Restaurant Roundup

I’m in a weird mood lately. I’m tired and bored. But, strangely, I’m incredibly antsy at the same time. I can’t really seem to focus enough to get myself interested in anything. I’m going to call it a summer slump and I’m hoping that I will snap the heck out of it. Soon. In the […]

Night Market Visits the Italian Market

Night Market Visits the Italian Market

Since Chester and I had such a good time at the Food Trust’s fall Night Market, we marked our calendars as soon as we heard about its plans to visit the Italian Market neighborhood in South Philly. This time our friends Shannon and Dave joined us. The location made for a nice mix of vendors, including […]

Restaurant Review: Del Frisco’s

Restaurant Review: Del Frisco’s

The twice yearly Center City District Restaurant Week, in which restaurants offer three course meals for $35 per person, is probably the best known restaurant deal in Philly. But, various restaurants in the city also run promotions throughout the year. Keeping an eye out for these is a good way to discover a new place […]

Restaurant Review: Cochon for Brunch

Restaurant Review: Cochon for Brunch

Yesterday, I woke up with a major craving for pancakes and convinced Chester that we needed to go to the diner. Somehow, he interpreted pancakes as “pork” and suggested that we go to Cochon. You might remember that we fell in love with Cochon after having dinner there back in December.  Even prior to that, […]

Restaurant Review: Ela

Restaurant Review: Ela

Source Ela in Queen Village has been on my list of restaurants to visit since its since opening late last year. The restaurant is a partnership venture between Jason Cichonski (formerly of LaCroix) and Chip Roman (owner of the much buzzed about Mica and Blackfish, which I still have yet to try). Fish is a […]

Restaurant Review: 943 (CLOSED)

Restaurant Review: 943 (CLOSED)

I have a secret desire to be an Extreme Couponer. Sadly, it will never happen. Although I love saving money, I don’t have the patience, organization and/or math skills to make it work. I faithfully clip the coupons that get dropped off with all of the circulars on my doorstep every week and I get […]

Restaurant Review: Rex 1516

Restaurant Review: Rex 1516

South Street West is building up quite a nice little Restaurant Row, if you ask me. Sometimes, we drive that way on the commute home for work and have put quite a few places on our “to visit” list. I’m even curious about the random little place that’s just called “Indian Restaurant.” You’ve got to […]

Restaurant Review: City Tavern

Restaurant Review: City Tavern

We are still working our way through our supply of $50 gift cards from the Restaurant Week contest and noticed that the card from City Tavern was due to expire on April 1. This restaurant has never really been high on our list of places to go, but we figured it would be silly to […]

Restaurant Review: Distrito

Restaurant Review: Distrito

Even before I started writing a blog, I was a regular reader of quite a few. One of the fun things about keeping up with blogs is that sometimes your blog friends become your real life friends. That’s kind of what happened with a group of us this past October, when Shannon and Bethany organized […]

Restaurant Review: Hot Diggity

Restaurant Review: Hot Diggity

In my younger days, I spent quite a bit of time on South Street. On Saturdays someone’s parents would drop us off there, and we would go to Tower Records and Imagine. For a few years, Bridget, her mom and I volunteered on Friday nights at a store called Thrift for AIDS. It used to […]

Restaurant Review: Supper

Restaurant Review: Supper

My mom got another year more fabulous last week, and we went out to celebrate over the weekend. (Side note: I should also mention that my aunt got another year more fabulous last week, too, since she and my mom are twins. However, she’s been feeling a bit under the weather lately, so we’ll celebrate […]

Welcome Spring.

Welcome Spring.

You know spring has sprung in South Philly when Pop’s is open for business. Pop’s has been making water ice—or as we say in my neighborhood “wooder ice”—for the past 80 years. This stuff is the real deal. Just sugar, ice and real fruit (if applicable), with none of the artificial flavor and oddly creamy […]

Restaurant Review: Porcini

Restaurant Review: Porcini

Reason number 5,283 that I love living in Philly: at least five new restaurants are opening up every week. We currently have an ever-growing list posted on our refrigerator (and I have a Pinterest board) of new spots that we want to try. As soon as we cross of one, we add another one or […]

Restaurant Review: Underdogs

Restaurant Review: Underdogs

One of the nice things about working in higher ed is that you sometimes get random days off. For example, this week was Spring Break at the university I work for, so our office was closed yesterday. So, I decided to wander around the city and practice using the new camera and lens that Chester […]

Restaurant Review: Bibou

Restaurant Review: Bibou

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! We typically skip the crowds at restaurants on Valentine’s Day itself in favor of cooking dinner at home, and just finished stuffing ourselves with homemade macaroni and cheese and French Silk Pie. We did, however, go out to a celebratory dinner at Bibou, a French BYOB in the Bella Vista area […]

Restaurant Review: Mercato

Restaurant Review: Mercato

For our second Restaurant Week outing, we headed to Mercato in the Washington Square neighborhood. Located in what used to be a “corner store” (as we say in South Philly), the restaurant is a cash-only, BYOB, featuring a regularly changing menu of contemporary takes on traditional Italian dishes. The entire menu was available at the […]

Chinese New Year and Restaurant Review: Sammy Chon’s K-Town BBQ

Chinese New Year and Restaurant Review: Sammy Chon’s K-Town BBQ

In case you haven’t heard, the Chinese Year of the Dragon began last week. Everyone seems to be all about it, probably because it’s the luckiest year of the Chinese Zodiac, and I’m pretty sure that most of us can use a little good luck these days, right? Chester was born (many years ago) during […]

Restaurant Review: Santucci’s Pizza

Restaurant Review: Santucci’s Pizza

There is a pizza place on every third corner in South Philly, but most people have their go-to spot that they tend to stick with. Ours is FrancoLuigi’s and whenever I order from anywhere else, I kind of feel like I’m cheating on it. But, last night we tried Santucci’s for the first time, and […]

Federal Donuts Comes to Cook

Federal Donuts Comes to Cook

Federal Donuts, located in the Pennsport area of South Philadelphia specializes in just three things—donuts (obviously), coffee, and fried chicken—and was probably one of the most talked about restaurants of 2011. A limited amount of donuts and chicken are available each day and it has been pretty common for everything to be sold out by […]

Restaurant (Delivery) Review: Circles

Restaurant (Delivery) Review: Circles

After the first week back to work after the holiday (which seemed to go on forever even though it was only four days long), all I wanted to do to kick off the weekend was throw on my comfy clothes, park myself on the couch and watch the first season of Downton Abbey (my new […]

Restaurant Review: Bellini Grill

Restaurant Review: Bellini Grill

When Center City District hosts its Restaurant Week (s), the participating restaurants bring a card along with your check so that you can submit your contact information for their mailing list, and a chance to win 52, $50 gift certificates. Well, Chester won (I, however, want partial credit for this good fortune, since I filled […]

Christmastime Fun at Winterthur and Restaurant Review: Pagoda Noodle Cafe

Christmastime Fun at Winterthur and Restaurant Review: Pagoda Noodle Cafe

There are so many Christmas-y things to do in Philadelphia that it would be impossible to try to fit them all in each holiday season. Of course, there are some things that we try to do every year—the Light Show and Dicken’s Village at Macy’s—just because we’ve always done them. But, during the past couple […]

Restaurant Review: Birthday Festivities at Philly Chocolate & Cochon

Chester officially hit his mid-thirties this weekend. All of a sudden, my turning 29 doesn’t seem all that bad. We headed to Center City on Saturday afternoon to celebrate. Our first stop was Philly Chocolate for birthday treats. This lounge style café is the sister store to Philly Cupcake (where I had the best Pumpkin […]

Restaurant Review: Salt and Pepper (CLOSED)

I’ve said it before (I think), but there are so many great restaurants in South Philly nowadays. The Center City restaurants always seem to get most of the attention, and I’m trying to make it a point to try out more of the places that are right in my own neighborhood. You can pretty much […]

Restaurant Review: Positano Coast

Happy Thanksgiving Week! I should have eaten much lighter than I did this past weekend, in order to prepare for Thursday’s feast, but I didn’t. I took a couple of days off of work last week to hang out with my mom and aunt, and so I kicked off my weekend eating a bit earlier […]

Restaurant Review: Village Belle (Closed)

Birthdays were a lot different when I was little. Back in the day, I would start a countdown to the big event at least two months in advance and would start to harass my mom about my dinner and cake selections for the big day. The anticipation would really start to build about a week […]

Restaurant Review: a.kitchen

Last week, I turned 29. There I said it. For the past few years when my birthday was on the horizon, I would joke that I was turning 26 again, that it was my third 26th birthday, etc. You see, I had a pretty amazing year when I was 26 (got engaged, bought a house, […]

Restaurant Review: Morning Glory Diner

The DMV is pretty close to the top of my “least favorite places” to go list, but my license was thisclose to expiring, so I had to drag myself there yesterday. I convinced Chester that something terrible could happen to me if I went alone and that he needed to go with me. I figured […]

Restaurant Review: Tortilla Press

Source Our house is a stones throw away from the Walt Whitman Bridge, so we can be in South Jersey in about five minutes. To me, however, New Jersey may as well be a foreign country. I generally get lost every time I go there and the rules against making left turns annoy me to […]

Restaurant Review: Nam Phuong and a bit of Capogiro

On Saturday, I had to work all day (I’ve become a bit spoiled, actually, as I haven’t had to work on a weekend since before leaving DU.) and when I left, it was dark and chilly, my feet were killing me, and I was tired and hungry. Chester suggested going out for Pho, and I […]

Restaurant Review: Fuel

After a few days of eating like New Englanders, we were craving something on the lighter side when we got home. We decided to check out Fuel (1917 E. Passyunk Avenue), which serves salads, snacks, soups, sandwiches that contain fewer than 500 calories. The lounge style furniture, brightly colored walls, and TVs tuned to dance […]

Chinatown Night Market

October is one of my favorite months of the year, but it always seems to be the busiest. I guess that the first hint of fall in the air snaps everyone back to reality after three months of summer mode and we pack as much as we can into its 31 days. Work and the […]

Restaurant Review: Spread Bagelry

I love bagels. So, when I first heard that Spread Bagelry would be coming to the Rittenhouse Square area, it immediately went on my list of places to try. However, three days after opening in May, a small fire broke out in the shop and it ended up closing for repairs for a bit. Chester […]

Restaurant Review: Meritage

We had one last hurrah for Restaurant Week, this past Friday evening, with dinner at Meritage Restaurant and Wine Bar, located a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square. This was my favorite of the four places that I visited during the last two weeks. Anne Coll, the executive chef, spent time at the now closed Susanna […]

Restaurant Review: Audrey Claire

Source I’ve had a busy schedule for Restaurant Week this time around. What can I say, I’m pretty popular and everyone wants to have dinner with me. To kick off the second week, I met up with a group of my girlfriends—Rhonda, Gab, and Lauren—for dinner at Audrey Claire. We try to get together for […]

Restaurant Review: Sampan

Source Chester and I continued Restaurant Week(s) with dinner at Sampan in Midtown Village, which offers a contemporary spin on traditional Asian street foods. The menu is wide-ranging and features interpretations of dishes from all over the continent, including China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. For Restaurant Week, Sampan is offering its seven course chef’s tasting […]

Restaurant Review: Le Castagne

This is favorite times of year in Philly. Yes, fall is officially here, for me anyway, since I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte on Friday. But, it’s also Restaurant Week. This week and next, restaurants in Center City offer three course lunches and dinners, for $20 and $35, respectively. Restaurant Week(s) also happen in […]

Restaurant Review: Taqueria Veracruzana

They say that you shouldn’t go food shopping when you are hungry, or you’ll just buy all kinds of junk food. I would also add that you shouldn’t watch the Cooking Channel while you are hungry, or there’s a possibility that you might not be able to stop yourself from eating the entire contents of […]

Restaurant Review: Kennett

I like when I find good restaurants in my neighborhood. It saves me a trip to Center City where I would either have to pay an arm and a leg for parking or risk a fight with a member of Philadelphia Parking Authority for returning to my car one minute after the meter expires (although […]

Happiness is a Nifty Fifty’s Milkshake

Nifty Fifty’s reminds me of my younger days. There used to be one on 10th and Reed Streets. Someone’s parents would drop us off there for dinner, and then pick us up again to chauffeur us to the movie theater. In high school, we would walk up there on early dismissal days. When Bridget, my […]

Restaurant Review: Barbuzzo

Barbuzzo (110 S. 13th Street) is my favorite restaurant in the city at the moment. Along with Lolita and Bindi, Barbuzzo is part of the group of restaurants owned by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, who were responsible for a lot of the growth and great things happening in the Midtown Village neighborhood. Barbuzzo has […]

Restaurant Review: Village Whiskey

In my last post, I gave you a glimpse into the standard conversation that we have when trying to decide where to eat. You can see now why I much prefer to have a plan, and on Saturday, we had did: lunch at Village Whiskey, another one of the restaurant in the Garces empire. The […]

Restaurant Review: Las Bugambilias

In case you haven’t caught on yet, going out to eat is one of our weekend pastimes. We cook at home during the week, but the kitchen (and Chester, who does most of the cooking) gets a break on the weekends. We rotate between eating takeout at home and going out in the city. Sometimes, […]

Restaurant Review: Talula’s Garden

On Friday night, we celebrated my first week at my new job with dinner at Talula’s Garden (210 W. Washington Square), the newest Stephen Starr restaurant. The restaurant is a collaboration between Starr and Aimee Olexy, who owns Talula’s Table (and the dearly departed Django) in Kennett Square. The menu changes regularly, based on what […]

Restaurant Review: Square Burger

In one of my first posts, I mentioned that Chester and I had stopped by Franklin Square this past spring, and were curious about Square Burger (6th and Race Streets), Stephen Starr’s burger shack in the park. This past weekend, we decided to pay another visit to the park and grab dinner there. The menu […]

Restaurant Review: Sabrina’s Cafe

When I was growing up in South Philly, there were basically three options for breakfast: the Oregon, the Penrose, and the Melrose Diners. Just like the debate over who makes the best cheesesteak, everyone has their own opinion about which diner is the best. If you ask me, its the Penrose. Melrose is just gross. […]

Restaurant Review: Lemon Grass Thai

There are a few Thai restaurants in the University City area, but Lemon Grass (3626 Lancaster Avenue) is my favorite. When BFF and I weren’t in the mood for Indian (or we didn’t feel like trying to sneak into the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s cafeteria on the top floor of our building), we’d head over […]

Restaurant Review: Sitar India

I started going to Sitar India (60 S. 38th Street) when I was a poor college student. The first time I went, I swore that I wouldn’t like it. Indian food? Gross. One trip here though, and I was hooked. When my BFF and I worked at Penn, we went here for lunch a couple […]

Restaurant Review: Opa

We interrupt our tour of France to bring you a restaurant review. When I was in college, I spent two years working for Victoria’s Secret. In that time, I learned more than I ever though I would know about underwear. I got hit on by many a creepy man who came in to buy stuff […]

Restaurant Review: JG Domestic

Monday comes around so quickly, especially after a busy holiday weekend, filled with good food! Yesterday, we had a ridiculous Easter feast at my mom’s and I have all kinds of fun stuff to share about that in another post. Today, I went back in major detox mode, in preparation for our trip to France, […]

Restaurant Review: Adsum (CLOSED)

It seems like the April showers never let up lately, but that didn’t stop us from venturing out into the city on Saturday night to see As You Like It at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and to have a late dinner at Adsum. The restaurant opened last summer and has been on our list of […]

Restaurant Review: Race Street Cafe

The weather in Philly can be kind of manic this time of year—in the 80s and sunny one day, snowing and in the 30s the next—but springtime was definitely here over the weekend! So, the husband and I took advantage of the sun and warm weather on Saturday to hang out in the city for […]