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Archive: January, 2011

Restaurant notes: A year of eating -- mission accomplished

Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 10:31 AM
In a wild bit of gustatory derring-do, Lauren Lynch set out early last year to eat all of Philly Mag's "239 Dishes You Must Try Now" by Dec. 31. "I knew I was going to stay in the area" after graduating in May from Villanova University, "and I wanted to get to know the neighborhoods." She started... Read more

Restaurant notes: Tops in Chinese

Monday, January 17, 2011, 3:32 PM
If restaurateur Michael Wei feels a bit taller, it's because Chinese Restaurant News, a trade publication, has named his Bryn Mawr restaurant, Yangming, the number-one overall Chinese restaurant in the United States. Morrisville's Concerto Fusion Cuisine (2 S. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville) was ranked... Read more

Restaurant notes: Speaker series at The Dandelion

Monday, January 17, 2011, 12:22 PM
The Dandelion at 18th and Sansom Streets is starting a free Speaker’s Corner series -- basically inviting a guest once every few months to share knowledge. The first will be Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. with Alex Talbot and Aki Kamozawa from Ideas in Food. The Inquirer's Rick Nichols will moderate. Come... Read more

Restaurant notes: Le Pain Quotidien

Saturday, January 15, 2011, 9:31 AM
Interesting how Walnut Street has changed in the last year. (Or should that be chained?) Susanna Foo gives way to Chipotle, an Apple store arrives, and now another out-of-towner is setting up. Le Pain Quotidien, an elegant but informal Brussels-rooted cafe now in 19 countries, is prepping its first... Read more

Restaurant notes: Dueling pianos in Delco

Friday, January 14, 2011, 11:46 AM
Jolly Weldon, whose Jolly's Piano Bar at 20th and Chestnut Streets has revived the tradition of dueling pianos, is fixing up a landmark restaurant space in the Springfield, Delaware County, area for a second location. Jolly's will roll out as soon as Valentine's Day, he predicts, in the former Rosario's... Read more

Restaurant notes: Chestnut Hill's Solaris Grille closes

Friday, January 14, 2011, 11:28 AM
John Anderson texted this morning with news that Solaris Grille was done after a 15-year run at 8201 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill. "We had a great run, but I have struggled to keep it going for the past two years," he wrote. A Solaris outpost in Worcester Township lasted only a short period in... Read more

Restaurant notes: The 411 on 943

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 3:09 PM
It's been something like two years that Pascual "Pat" Cancelliere has been trying to open 943, his Argentine-Italian BYOB, open in the Italian Market. (It's at 943 S. Ninth St., hence the address.) Now, Cancelliere says, it's down to one health inspection that, fingers crossed, would allow him to... Read more

Restaurant notes: Rick's Steaks resurfacing

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:27 PM
Rick's Steaks, which left the Bellevue's food court in late December, has a new home: The food court of Liberty Place, where Jake's and Mike's have sold sandwiches Debut will be 10 a.m. Friday (1/14). Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Rick's was a longtime vendor in Reading Terminal Market before... Read more

Restaurant notes: Cheaper online eats; Le Virtu going to Beard House

Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 1:03 PM
-, the food-delivery partner, is offering a 20 percent "snow day discount." You just enter the SNOWDAY20 discount code when placing an order online. - Chef Joe Cicala of South Philly's Le Virtù has been invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York on... Read more

Simon Pearce on the Brandywine closing

Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 10:41 AM
Simon Pearce, a nifty gift shop outside of West Chester combining a glassblowing operation and a restaurant by the banks of the Brandywine, announced this morning that it's closing after 10 years. Sixty-five people are employed there. The restaurant and glassblowing are done. The retail store's last... Read more
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