Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fermentaria: Ardmore's Tired Hands opens a brewpub

Friday, April 17, 2015, 3:58 PM
Set up a working brewery next to a restaurant setting with food - well-thought-out food, at that - and you call it a brewpub. Jean Broillet and Julie Foster decided to coin a word to properly brand their follow-up to their Tired Hands Brewing Company, a brewery/cafe in Ardmore: Fermentaria. Why... Read more

New building means new restaurants at 1700 Market

Friday, April 17, 2015, 4:00 AM
Market Street West seems to have the makings of a steakhouse district. A proposed addition to the 1700 Market St. office building would house a high-end steakhouse, its moderate-priced Mexican sibling, and a casual restaurant. The city zoning board will be asked to approve the plan for a three-story... Read more

Catch Anthony Bourdain's Jersey Shore date

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:11 PM
For all Anthony Bourdain's New York-iness, he's really a kid from Leonia, Bergen County. For the May 31 episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown (9 p.m.), the globetrotting chef picks up his brother, Chris, to hit Hiram's in Fort Lee for fried hot dogs. Then, they go to the shore: Asbury Park (which... Read more

Honeygrow coming to Penn campus, elsewhere

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 1:12 AM
One of the great success stories has been Honeygrow, the stir-fry/salad specialist that only opened its first location - on 16th Street in Center City - less than three years ago. Justin Rosenberg and partners have just put their pens down from signing three additional locations, which are expected... Read more

Farmer's Keep: Fast, casual, fresh, healthy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12:34 PM
New healthful food options keep popping up around town, and now the area around 20th and Market Streets is in line to get a cafe with a farm-meets-the-city philosophy later this month. Joshua Bullock is in the finishing stages of building Farmer's Keep at 10 S. 20th St., whose previous occupants were... Read more

D'Artagnan: 30 years of staying ahead of the flock

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 4:01 PM
In the mid-1980s, the idea of free-range, organic and antibiotic-free meats was a bit alien to chefs in America. Ariane Daguin, daughter of a French chef/hotelier, was in college in New York, working part time for a pâté producer. When the opportunity arose to distribute the first U.S... Read more

Rai Rai Ramen: Noodles and more in Chinatown

Monday, April 13, 2015, 2:30 PM
The options for ramen have expanded with April 12's opening of Rai Rai Ramen at 915 Race St. (215-309-3609), a BYOB across from the new hot pot/Korean BBQ spot Nine Ting. Rai Rai - whose bright interior contains tables, high-tops and wall-counter seating - is rooted in North Brunswick, N.J., where... Read more

One restaurant inspection report to chew on

Monday, April 13, 2015, 10:15 AM
You may have heard about going out for a bite to eat... Sanitarians, those Health Department workers who inspect food establishments, must see everything in the course of their duties. At a Center City diner last month, a sanitarian found a worker's dentures stored on a napkin on a food shelf of... Read more

New Saxbys coffee shop run by Drexel students

Monday, April 13, 2015, 12:34 AM
Lots of college students work in coffeeshops. Starting Monday, April 13, college students will actually run the new Saxbys Coffee shop at 65 N. 34th St. on Drexel University's campus. The building is at the point where Lancaster Avenue dead-ends into 34th Street. Saxbys has partnered with Drexel’s... Read more

Vesper: A return to Center City swank

Friday, April 10, 2015, 12:17 PM
For decades, the Vesper Club was a Mad Men-ny, ol'-boy private dining club tucked on a Center City back street. On Friday nights from the mid-'50s through at least the late '70s, that's where you'd find Frank Rizzo, for example. Tastes changed, members died off, smoking was banned, and it was booted... 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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