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Archive: February, 2009

What's up with Union Trust's menus?

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 12:57 PM
The week-old Union Trust steak house has issued a new dinner menu, and a side-by-side comparison shows a dip in prices. (Instead of stratospheric, they're merely sky-high.) Among the changes: - The "vertical steak tasting for four," in which they serve four 18-ounce dry-aged long-bone... Read more

Restaurant notes

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 12:30 PM
Little Italy is the name of a pizzeria/specialty sandwichery under construction in the storefront on Ninth Street just above South that was home to Mimosa and ChrisStevens. Owners are Claudio Sandolo from Old City's Spasso and South Jersey restaurateur John Talamo. They hope to open the first week... Read more

Avocado ice cream cones!?!

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 11:37 AM
Robert Legget, executive chef of Cuba Libre’s Old City Philadelphia location, swept to a win last night at John DeBella’s second annual Comfort Food Fest. The contest, at the Cescaphe Ballroom in Northern Liberties, featured local chefs making comfort food in hopes of winning the “John... Read more

Bonaduce loses his L.A. radio gig

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 7:37 AM
L.A.'s KLSX (97.1 Free FM) will cease to exist after tomorrow, and the entire lineup of talkers (including WYSP morning man Danny Bonaduce) will be on the pavement. The station is adapting an contemporary-hit-radio format as it goes up against Ryan Seacrest's radio home. Bonaduce had been doing his... Read more

Alphabet Soup has a number problem

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 5:53 PM
If you were trying to get a res at Alphabet Soup in Audubon, N.J. -- as it just reopened -- you may have reached a family in National Park, N.J., instead. Chef/owner Jayson Grossberg reports that whenever the phone line at the restaurant was in use, incoming calls were bounced to the Dougherty household... Read more

Rick's Steaks lives

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 2:26 PM
Rick's Steaks, ousted from Reading Terminal Market in October after running afoul of the market's board, is under construction at the downstairs food court at the Bellevue. Owner Rick Olivieri (left) confirms that he's signed the lease for the former La Cucina at the bottom of the escalator. He says... Read more

LOVE goes viral

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 2:52 PM
Artist/videographer Ted Passon gathered couples on Feb. 8 to smooch for his cameras near the LOVE statue at JFK Plaza, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. unleashed the completed video this morning -- first on its own site, and then on It's for a winter promotion... Read more

A second Elton John/Billy Joel show is added

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 7:22 AM
They're calling it a "double play" for Elton John and Billy Joel at Citizens Bank Park, as a second show has been added. Date is 7 p.m. Aug. 1, and tix go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday through ComcastTIX at 1-800-298-4200, on line at, in person at the Wachovia Center box office... Read more

Taquet changing hands

Monday, February 16, 2009, 2:20 PM
Restaurant Taquet without Taquet? Jean-Francois Taquet has been running his eponymous Main Line restaurant from New Zealand for a decade now. But I hear that preparations are quietly underway for him to bow out completely. His successors will be chef Francis Layrle and front-of-the-house veteran Jeff... Read more

A look at Union Trust's menu

Monday, February 16, 2009, 12:20 PM
Union Trust steakhouse (717 Chestnut St.) debuted officially Valentine's night, feeding several hundred. Here's the dinner menu, studded with non-steakhouse-y selections, such as grilled shrimp with coconut milk, and agave tuna tartare. And one most interesting steak option: A vertical tasting (for... Read more
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