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Archive: December, 2012

Dining hits and misses of 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012, 3:08 PM
BBQ and pizza, ramen and pubs, high-end and low-end. Chains and out-of-towners. The year that Georges Perrier made good on his threat to close Le Bec-Fin and the year that DiNic's roast pork sandwich was named the best sandwich in America. It also was the year that the feds nailed the top guns at... Read more

New Honey's Sit N Eat: The nuts and bolts

Saturday, December 22, 2012, 4:00 AM
Jeb Woody and Ellen Mogell went the kitschy route (as in old kitchens) to furnish their homey Honey's Sit N Eat, now a landmark diner/bruncherie in Northern Liberties. Eight years later, for their second location, at 21st and South Streets, their design is more - shall we say - nuts and bolts. The... Read more

Pat Croce buys more bars

Friday, December 21, 2012, 2:41 PM
Why Pat Croce is feeling great today - playing off the title of one of the Philly entrepreneur's self-help books: He has bought his fifth and sixth bars in his adopted town of Key West, Fla. Croce, who in a former life ran the 76ers, founded Rum Barrel in 2006, shortly after opening Pirate Soul -... Read more

Krispy Kreme to Delco

Friday, December 21, 2012, 1:20 PM
Krispy Kreme is preparing to envelop the city. You have your locations in Fox Chase, Center City, Bensalem, and Collingswood (plus casinos). Now hear this: In April, a KK will hit the western suburbs, opening in Manoa Shopping Center on West Chester Pike in Havertown. Read more

Weekend must-tries: Hibachi in Collingswood; Szechuan in Rittenhouse; fun things to sip

Friday, December 21, 2012, 12:49 PM
Downtown Collingswood, that restaurant-rich collection of diversity, has a newcomer: Akira, a hibachi room and sushi bar (720 Haddon Ave., 856-858-1888), which opened this week. If the name sounds familiar, that's because there are locations in Voorhees and Moorestown. Owner Frank Zheng says he was... Read more

Jar Bar closes on 12th St.

Thursday, December 20, 2012, 4:00 PM
Jar Bar - a raw-foods eatery backed by the marketers behind the Catalyst Cleanse - has closed after eight months in the White Building at 12th and Sansom Streets. Though I have not heard back from company bigs, I'm told that the operation exists as a stand at the Philadelphia Sports Club's Radnor... Read more

Osteria getting company at Moorestown Mall

Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 12:47 PM
Last summer, PREIT, which owns Moorestown Mall, secured four liquor licenses for the previously dry township. The big news then was that Marc Vetri had agreed to open a branch of Osteria, his Italian destination, at the mall. PREIT just announced more: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Corner Bakery... Read more

Pizza and barbecue have their shining moments in 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 11:40 AM
Farm-to-table was 2011. In 2012, the two "it" food categories of Philadelphia's food scene were barbecue and pizza. (But not together. Please.) Both cuisines are popping up all over, and with respectable quality. That's important, because BBQ and pizza spark intense debate from partisans who sniff... Read more

Rex 1516's chef steps down due to health

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 4:42 PM
Citing doctor's orders, Regis Jansen has stepped down from his post as executive chef at Rex 1516 (1516 South St.). The affable Alabaman, 29, was born with cystic fibrosis. Several months ago, a rep for the restaurant says, his doctor urged him to leave, as long hours and stress exacerbate his symptoms... Read more

StarChefs scouring the city

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 3:54 PM
Reps from StarChefs, the culinary-insider mag, are in town this week for a "Rising Stars" focus on Philadelphia. It's their third and final extended visit to Philadelphia, their first in several years. They've been spotted at Zahav, Will, Le Bec Fin, Rittenhouse Tavern, JG Domestic, Hop Sing Laundromat... Read more
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