Monday, July 6, 2015

Local Table: Market cafe for Conshohocken

Friday, June 19, 2015, 12:59 PM
David Stein and Marcie Spampinato are behind a cute, health-focused market-cafe in downtown Conshohocken. Local Table Market Fresh Cafe (6 E. First Ave., 610-828-7037) is in soft-opening mode, in advance of June 22's debut. It opens at 6 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. weekdays for breakfast, including... Read more

Now open: Johnny MaƱanas in Fishtown

Friday, June 19, 2015, 12:07 PM
Johnny Mañana’s, the East Falls cantina, is in the early days of its spacious, new Fishtown location, at 1080 N. Delaware Ave. (267-457-2082), across from SugarHouse Casino. In a bid to step up the game, Tim Bonnie brought in Susan VanVreede, who worked for eight years at Jose Garces'... Read more

Science! Cold lattes on draft at La Colombe

Friday, June 19, 2015, 10:35 AM
To think we've been doing cold lattes all wrong all these years. Ice cubes in a cup. Add cold milk. Add hot espresso. Sweeten. Bad technique, says La Colombe co-founder Todd Carmichael, ruefully. Melting ice cubes weaken the drink. There's the inherent bitterness of the espresso, which he says is... Read more

Gus's, the Memphis chicken specialist, setting up in South Philadelphia

Friday, June 19, 2015, 1:42 AM
Four months ago, the family that owns Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken dropped word that franchising agreements would syndicate the Memphis-bred concept to eight or so cities. But while Philadelphia was on the list, no location was specified. I can tell you that zoning variance permitting, Gus's... Read more

Argentine steak house coming to Society Hill?

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 11:34 AM
A flurry of activity has been noted at Second and Pine Streets in Society Hill, the former Artful Dodger, which was quite briefly the bar/restaurant Society Hill Society. It appears that a Latin beef concept is on the way - unless the name "Argento Argentinian Steak House LLC" on a brand new liquor-license... Read more

A look up at Center City's Cheesecake Factory

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 10:46 AM
Cheesecake Factory - whose locations pretty much ring the city (Cherry HIll, Willow Grove, King of Prussia) - is in prep mode for its first Center City branch. Staff is training at 1430 Walnut St. in advance of a June 23 opening. Cheesecake has taken the second floor of a new glassed-in building... Read more

Cheers? The price of a liquor license is soaring

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 2:12 PM
A side-effect of the ongoing restaurant boom in Philadelphia: The price of a liquor license is skyrocketing. Licenses that two years ago sold for $85,000 are now priced at nearly $120,000, according to lawyers who specialize in the transactions. Compare that to 2002, when they sold for $35,000. Many... Read more

How to build a winning burger

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:06 PM
How do you make a burger that is over-the-top delicious, one that would not only wow your family but a panel of judges? It's a question faced by backyard grillers who want to amp up their game beyond the familiar combo of ground beef, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. Every year, local chefs... Read more

Audabon, the Chinatown macaron shop, to close

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 12:55 PM
Audrey Chang is calling it a day at Audabon Bakeshop, the sweet little Chinatown storefront she opened last year as an outlet for puddings, ice cream sandwiches, and artsy, colorful French macarons in flavors such as black sesame fluffer nutter and bananas Foster. Her last day at 145 N. 11th St. will... Read more

Own a piece of Susanna Foo

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 11:32 AM
Susanna Foo's Radnor location closed Sunday, June 14, and now Foo and her son Gabe are selling off the artwork, tableware and furniture. How about a gong? A statue? Vase? Dishes? None of the stuff will be coming downtown this fall when they open SuGa at 1720 Sansom St. The items can be seen at the... Read more
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Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here.

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