Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:51 PM

Shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, you may hear the shattering of plates if you're in Radnor Township.

It's only the opening of Estia Greek Taverna (222 N. Radnor Chester Rd., Wayne, 484-581-7124), a 200-seat offshoot of Center City's Greek destination, Estia, and the twin of an Estia Taverna that opened in March in Marlton.

The Radnor location - across from Radnor High's ballfields in a development that includes HubBub Coffee and Honeygrow (and down the road a Pietro's Coal-Oven Pizzeria) - has a wrap-around patio for outdoor dining surrounded by flowers and greenery, as well as white-washed stone arches, repurposed wood plank floors and table tops and full bar.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 4:04 PM
Sylva Senat (inset) will be chef of a restaurant coming to the former Letto Deli on 13th Street.

If I had a dime for every restaurateur who expressed serious interest in the shuttered Letto Deli at 13th and Chancellor Streets in Center City...

Stephen Starr, Jose Garces, Umami Burger...

OK. That's 30 cents.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:35 PM
Wahlburgers on Wheels. (A&E)

By the end of the year, Wahlburgers - the up-and-coming Boston-area burger bar fronted by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg and the subject of an A&E reality series - should be up and running in Center City Philly.

But first, you can taste the wares.

On Thursday, July 31, Wahlburgers' food truck will be set up on the Atlantic City beach in front of Boardwalk Hall during the Blake Shelton/Lady Antebellum concert, handing out free food.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
Frankie's pizza will be a Sunday staple at Reading Terminal Market. (via Facebook)

Northeastern Pennsylvanians weaned on deli-style "pitz" are getting a taste of home.

Frankie's Boxed Tavern Pizza of Hazleton will set up shop at Reading Terminal Market's center court on Sundays, beginning Aug. 3.

Like other pitz from coal country, it is thick-sliced rectangles with heavy toppings.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:57 AM
A mid-'90s T-shirt from Tangier, 1801 Lombard St. (via Facebook)

Tangier - the tap that's held down the corner of 18th and Lombard Streets since 1982 - has taken to Facebook to announce last call.

"Okay gang," wrote owner Jack Roe on Saturday. "This is the official word, We will be providing food drink and shelter until Monday night August 4 as long as we have not run out of beer and liquor.

"I have begun to remove everything from the walls as certain objects have walked already.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:58 AM
Pastramen, one of the dishes being cooked up for Rooster Soup Co.

Rooster Soup Co.'s Kickstarter campaign wrapped over the weekend, and the philanthropic soup restaurant has pulled in nearly $180,000 of the projected $250,000 cost of opening.

Its next step is finding a location - ideally one with plenty of lunch traffic- and coming up with the remaining $70,000. Organizers would like to open in mid-2015.

Rooster's raison d'etre will be funding Broad Street Ministry's Hospitality Collaborative. The campaign's organizer, the crew from Federal Donuts, will make soup from its previously discarded chicken backs. One hundred percent of profits are earmarked for charity.

POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 2:41 PM
Chef Marc Vetri explains the parts of wheat in a January 2014 lecture to his class at Drexel University. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

Few chefs today know more about wheat than Marc Vetri, who has conducted voluminous research for his next book, Mastering Pasta, which comes out next March.

His wheat obsession has become so intense that he has taken to grinding his own because of what he sees as the failings and shortcomings of most commercial product.

Wheat contains the protein deposit called gluten, and Vetri lives and works in an age of heightened awareness of gluten intolerance.

POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:56 AM
The Screaming Tuna from Hai Street Kitchen.

Hai Steet Kitchen & Co. burst on the Rittenhouse scene in May, wowing crowds with nori-wrapped burritos.

Basically, they're mega-size sushi rolls filled with savory, non-fish ingredients.

This was a departure from HSK's corporate master, which owns sushi giant Genji.

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