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Archive: February, 2011

Restaurant notes: Reading Terminal honoring Nichols; new in Bella Vista

Monday, February 28, 2011, 12:51 PM
Food writer Rick Nichols, who just left The Inquirer, will be honored by Reading Terminal Market, one of his haunts. A new multipurpose room, intended for visiting groups, will be named for Nichols. The market held its Valentine party on Saturday; photos and recap at A liquor-license... Read more

Will Philly chefs get shut out in Food & Wine poll?

Sunday, February 27, 2011, 9:04 AM
Everyone seems to believe that Philly is a food town, a dining destination with stellar cooking. And every time that some publication dares to snub the city, the howlers rise up in indignation. There's absolutely no excuse for the poor showing so far of the four Philly chefs in Food & Wine's... Read more

Restaurant notes: Chestnut7 dialing up Chestnut Hill

Friday, February 25, 2011, 3:50 PM
Since the sun set last month on Solaris Grille after nearly 13 years. a slew of restaurateurs (including Georges Perrier) toured the space at 8201 Germantown Ave. The new tenant will be a casual place called Chestnut7 Kitchen & Bar, playing off the old telephone exchange. Principals are Kevin... Read more

Restaurant notes: Free pig sandwiches

Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:26 AM
National Pig Day is March 1. The holiday was founded in 1972 by two sisters who sought to give the pig its props. Not chops. And here comes Chef Jordan “Red” Sauter of Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant (120 Market St.) in Old City with a different idea. He will give out hand-carved roast... Read more

DeBella's Comfort Food Fest: Home-field advantage

Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:11 AM
Bacon-infused cotton candy? How about a grilled cheese sandwich wrapped in bacon? Chefs tap their inner glutton at the annual John DeBella's Comfort Food Fest -- making dishes that won't usually appear on their menus -- and Wednesday's event did not disappoint. For years one through three, the chef... Read more

Restaurant notes: BBQ to Fishtown

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 5:05 PM
Ready for some Texas barbecue this summer? The short-lived Cornerstone Market, on the Fishtown-Northern Liberties border at 19-21 W. Girard Ave., is being primed for Bubba's Texas BBQ, a sitdowner with bar attached to the open kitchen. (All hinges on community approval.) Steve Ehrenhalt, the developer... Read more

Restaurant notes: Little Bar erupts; Tequila Joe's closes; free pancakes

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 1:00 PM
Michael D’Addesi is fixing up his restaurant and building at Eighth and Fitzwater Streets, formerly Vesuvio, in stages. The first completed area is the bar, which he's calling Little Bar. Behind the wall, work proceeds on the rest of the space, whose concept has not been announced. Little Bar's... Read more

Restaurant notes: The return of Tony Clark

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 12:19 PM
Tony Clark, who last year left his 10-year private-chef job and followed up with a short-lived stint as exec chef at Wilmington's Harry's Savoy Grill, is a solo act again. He just signed to open Tony Clark's Old Grange Restaurant at the 1850s-themed Cold Spring Village in Cape May. (He's been teasing... Read more

Rick Nichols: Bon voyage

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 6:00 AM
Big news in the Philadelphia food world: Columnist Rick Nichols has announced that he’s leaving The Inquirer, where he’s been covering the nuances of the region’s food scene for 15 years. “It hasn’t just been a job,” he says. “It’s been a lifestyle... Read more

Restaurant weeks in the burbs

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 5:30 PM
Here's a rundown of the various restaurant weeks that have shown up on my radar: - Atlantic City's restaurant week runs from Sunday, February 27 to Saturday, March 5. List of establishments is here. - Pencil in Sunday, March 20 through Friday, March 25, for the second annual restaurant week... Read more
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