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Restaurant Week: Show us your meal

Monday, October 1, 2012, 2:06 PM
Center City District Restaurant Week runs from Sept. 30-Oct. 5 and Oct. 7-12. Show us what you're eating out there, Share your photos by using Instagram or simply post them to Twitter. Tag them using the hashtag #PHLrestweek in the caption and include the name of the restaurant. We'll post some... Read more

Lloyd: Coming to Fishtown

Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 3:54 PM
Trying to get the voice of Jeremy Piven from Entourage out of my head, but... Lloyd! That's the name of the bar coming to 529 E. Girard Ave. in Fishtown, the former Hot Potato Cafe, in October. There is a Lloyd behind Lloyd - Lloyd Coudriet, a retired science teacher from Penn Treaty Middle School... Read more

Garces to the Divine Lorraine?

Monday, August 27, 2012, 11:57 AM
This one is speculative and tentative, so put down your fork: Iron Chef Jose Garces is being wooed to open a restaurant in the Divine Lorraine Hotel at Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue, which developer Eric Blumenfeld is trying to take over and refurbish. Blumenfeld told The Inquirer's Jennifer Lin... Read more

Karma gets a would-be scammer at an Old City bar

Monday, August 27, 2012, 9:50 AM
You restaurateurs (and law-abiding citizens) will appreciate this story from Old City: A patron at Bierstube - Mike Naessens' bar at 206 Market St. - kept ducking out to catch smokes. In between, he bought drinks for people around him and ran up a $90 tab eating and drinking. Naessens says the bartender... Read more

Diner en Blanc: A pop-up dinner for 1,300

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 10:27 PM
Thirteen hundred spirited folks showed up at Logan Circle Thursday night for Philadelphia's first outing of Dîner en Blanc, which you might regard as a combination flash mob and pop-up picnic, intended to provide a midsummer night's communal experience. Everyone wears white and totes his/her... Read more

Opening soon: Tietra (um, not Titra)

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 12:33 PM
For the better part of the year, as Victor Fellus and John Frankowski plotted out their Italian-Mediterranean bistro in the Aria at 15th and Locust Streets, the name was hanging out there. Titra or Tietra? Signs called it "Tietra," while Fellus insisted that was a typo - that the place was named... Read more

Update: Saint James aims for fall opening in Ardmore

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 11:58 AM
Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500 Degrees) and chef Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) are gearing up for their year-in-the-making bistro in Ardmore's Suburban Square, The Saint James (30 Parking Plaza, 610-649-6200). The guys, shooting for late September, say they're offering a solution to those Main Liners... Read more

Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth at Caribou Cafe

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 12:06 PM
Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth shot a few scenes for the thriller Paranoia on Tuesday at Caribou Cafe, 1126 Walnut St., as well as at the Beasley Building across the street. The movie stars Hemsworth as a guy who messes up in his corporate job and is forced by his boss (played by Gary Oldman) to... Read more

Free waffles on Friday

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 3:08 PM
The Bonte shops (922 Walnut St. and 130 S. 17th St.) will give away mini-sugar waffles from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Read more

Elixr's move is set for next week

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 2:07 PM
Life may be relaxed right now at Elixr Coffee (207 S. 15th St.) as the barista pulls the shots. But there's a furious hammering and sawing underway for Elixr's new location, a block away on Sydenham Street (that side street off of Walnut between 15th and 16th, behind the Chipotle that was Susanna... 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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