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Archive: July, 2011

Matt Levin stepping away from Adsum

Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 6:11 PM
Chef Matt Levin is stepping away from the stove at Adsum, the Queen Village bistro he helped to conceive last year. He and operating partner Kar Vivekananthan call the split amicable. Though Levin will step out of the kitchen, effective Sunday, July 24, he will retain an ownership interest. It was... Read more

Illuminare is down

Monday, July 18, 2011, 11:10 AM
Illuminare, the Italian spot in Fairmount with the sweet little magnolia-shaded courtyard out back. appears to be down just shy of its 10th anniversary. Its website merely presents a brick-wall background with the word, "Thanks." Owner Brian Augustine says family issues have forced him to take personal... Read more

Farm to Fork: Getting diggy with it

Friday, July 15, 2011, 5:26 PM
SJ Hot Chefs -- the nickname of the South Jersey Independent Restaurant Association, representing about 40 independent eateries -- is running its fifth annual Farm to Fork Week, Sunday, July 17 to Saturday, July 23. Most of the farms and restaurants are less than a half-hour apart, so it was a snap... Read more

Fathom adds meat to the menu

Friday, July 15, 2011, 3:54 PM
The idea of an all-seafood menu just doesn't seem to cut it in Philly. Even during its late-1990s heyday, Striped Bass added a beef entree to its menu. And now Fathom Seafood House in Fishtown has gone to the land side as Mike Stollenwerk adds a lamb burger and marinated tri tips (beef tips). Here's... Read more

Harry G. Ochs moves again

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 10:54 AM
Harry G. Ochs, which in May left its 105-year home at Reading Terminal Market during a tiff over unpaid rent, is a butcher without a block again. Owner Nick Ochs has left Main Street Market in Manayunk, where he had briefly worked as head butcher at its counter. "I decided to split," Ochs told me... Read more

Chef's corner: Brisket by Erin O'Shea

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 10:09 AM
"Chef's Corner," our how-to video series, continues with a beef from Erin O'Shea of Percy Street, who demystifies the humble beef brisket. "You got your moist, you got your lean," she explains, tackling a whole brisket. Take out your knife and follow along. Read more

Of new dayparts and chicken banh mi

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 7:50 AM
Two Rittenhouse Square restaurants expand their hours, effective Thursday, July 14. a.Kitchen -- and someday I'll get over the idea of starting a sentence with a lowercase letter -- goes the breakfast route. You have to try chef Bryan Sikora's housemade English muffins, which he'll top with locally... Read more

Getting it straight at The Twisted Tail

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 11:35 AM
Lots, lots going on in George Reilly's world. The English-born former Parc bartender and his fiancee, Laura Catlaw, are getting ready for their wedding this Saturday (July 16), which dovetails nicely in the stress department with the opening two weeks later of The Twisted Tail, a bourbon and blues... Read more

Free lunch launch at Opa

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 1:15 PM
Opa, the Greek newcomer at 1311 Sansom St., starts weekday lunch on Monday, July 18 in a bold and gutsy way: comping dine-in eaters with the pressed sandwich known as a "toast." Opa's "zambon kai tiri" is made with Lancaster County ham, Manouri cheese and honey mustard dressing and is served with... Read more

Restaurant bans kids under 6

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 6:23 AM
The owner of McDain's, a casual eatery and driving range near Pittsburgh, has banned children under 6. "This is not a kid-oriented place," Mike Vuick told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "There are many child-friendly restaurants that are a lot cheaper to go to." He told TV station WTAE: "Nothing wrong... Read more
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