Sunday, February 14, 2016

Media: Land of a thousand restaurants

That's close, anyway. Three newcomers in the borough.

Media: Land of a thousand restaurants


Can you name a town in the Philly suburbs with more restaurants per square mile than Media?

Dining destinations such as Doylestown, Cherry Hill, Ardmore and even West Chester don't come close to the Delaware County seat.

Three newcomers have joined the borough's mix in the last two months:

Diego’s Cantina & Tequila Bar (214 W. State St., 484-442-8741, a narrow storefront — formerly Coffee Club — with a bar in the front and dining in the back from Loic Barnieu, who also owns Picasso and La Belle Epoque in town. Diego’s has already had a visit from comedian Wanda Sykes, the town’s celebrity.

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Spasso Italian Grill, an offshoot of Claudio Sandolo’s original in Old City, took over the stately spot at 1 W. State St. (610-565-7803), the onetime home of borough hall and later the restaurants Brodeur’s and New Orleans Cafe. Sandolo offers the same middle-of-the-road menu offered downtown.

Desert Rose (305 W. State St., 484-442-8012) is a simple Mediterranean cafe/grocery from Jason and Natali McHugh — he’s a local guy who worked at the old Deux Cheminées before embarking on travels to Europe and the Virgin Islands. After meeting Natali in her native Israel, he became enthralled with street food. Menu includes hummus platters, shwarma, and falafel.

And in Thursday's "Table Talk" column, I'll run down La Porta, the new Italian bar from Peter McAndrews, just outside of town in Edgmont Township.

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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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