Thursday, May 28, 2015

2 pop-up beer gardens nearly ready to open

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 6:44 PM
Work crews at two Pennsylvania Horticultural Society pop-up beer gardens seem to be competing to see which will open first. Friday, May 29 at 5 p.m. is the soft-opening of the new pop-up in the once-vacant lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets in South Philadelphia, across from Pat's King of Steaks. This... Read more

Rotisserie at the Porch: New food option at 30th Street Station

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 5:59 PM
The Porch at 30th Street Station, the popular food-truck destination outside the transit hub, now has one permanent food outlet as well as a landscaped area around it. The Rotisserie at the Porch - overseen by the University City District and run by chef-restaurateur Michael Schulson (Sampan, Graffiti... Read more

Le Castagne closing July 1 for a quick redo

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:03 PM
After 14 years at 1920 Chestnut St., the swish Le Castagne is shutting down after dinner July 1 to remodel. (Or to re-Boot itself, as one might describe the invigoration of an Italian restaurant.) The timing makes sense, given the summertime slowdown and the hubbub going on a few doors away as the... Read more

Studio Movie Grill to open in Upper Darby

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 11:19 AM
Upper Darby is getting a Studio Movie Grill, part of the Dallas-based dine-in movie theater chain, this summer. Movie theaters with bars and waiter service are a thing now. Movie Tavern, which operates one in Providence Town Center near Collegeville, is opening a branch this summer in Flourtown and... Read more

What do you really want to eat?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 10:58 PM
Quiz time. Thumbs up or down for the taste of smoked bacon? Jamaican jerk chicken? Natural peanut butter? Mushrooms? Red wine? Plug your likes and dislikes into a new analytic tool on the web called FlavorPrint. Apple pie? Pasta? Brown rice? Raisin-bran muffins? Ginger? White chocolate? Eventually... Read more

Lee's Cafe: Banh mi gets a starring roll

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 9:09 PM
Lee's Hoagies? Well, maybe Lee's Vietnamese Hoagies. Lee Quach has owned several Asian restaurants in South Philadelphia, including Cafe Nhu Y (which closed last year) and International Smokeless Barbecue (which he founded and later sold). He is the Lee behind Lee's Cafe & Bistro, a stand-alone... Read more

Khyber Pass named to 'best bars in America' list

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 2:43 PM
Khyber Pass Pub in Old City has been named to Esquire's annual list of the Best Bars in America, in the mag's June/July issue. It's one of 15 newcomers selected; the editors say they chose "fewer speakeasy-style craft-cocktail bars" this time out. A speakeasy, this is not. "Back in the 1980s," reads... Read more

Changes coming to Forest & Main brewpub

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 12:53 PM
With a new director of operations and chef, Ambler brewpub Forest & Main is rolling out a few changes. Johnny Della Polla, who formerly ran Kennett in Queen Village and helped set up tasting rooms for Yards and Conshohocken Brewing, is developing a tasting room for owners Gerard Olson and Daniel... Read more

Sweet Lucy's wins a spot on best-barbecue list

Monday, May 25, 2015, 2:09 AM
Just about a year ago, Johnny Fugitt was passing through Philly on his way to fulfill one of his life's missions: visiting 365 barbecue restaurants in 48 states over a year. His smoky findings are contained in his new book The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America, a chatty, informative look at... Read more

Freeway Diner in Deptford is closing

Monday, May 25, 2015, 1:21 AM
The Freeway Diner will wrap its 37 years on Route 41 in Deptford on Memorial Day. The family says on its Facebook page that the next order will be retirement. The site speculates that the site will become a strip mall, including a Starbucks. Given that the diner stands on what was... Read more
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