Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bryn & Dane's: Healthy fast food now in Plymouth Meeting

Friday, June 12, 2015, 2:54 PM
Not too long ago, a guy named Bryn was sharing a room with a guy named Dane. Bryn worked late into the night on his idea for a healthy fast-food restaurant. Dane just wanted to get a good night's sleep. They're brothers; Bryn is now 30 and Dane is 14. Four years ago, Bryn Davis opened a small smoothie... Read more

Fourth & Cross: A corner diner for Pennsport

Friday, June 12, 2015, 1:55 PM
Andrew Michaels, who knocked around local kitchens for 20 years and previously owned E's coffee shop on East Passyunk across from the Acme, had been retired from the restaurant business. He sold cars, worked for the ACLU, ran campaigns for Oxfam. "Then a friend got it back in my head," Michaels said... Read more

Moving: Mi Lah, China Bowl, Pho Ta

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 11:40 PM
Restaurants open, restaurants close, restaurants move. Mi-Lah, the Asian vegetarian spot, has left its home of seven years at 16th and Chancellor Streets in Center City in favor of a strip center spot on Skippack Pike near Butler in Ambler. It's the former Thai Aroma at 40 W. Skippack Pike. China... Read more

Wawa wants to sell beer at a store in Delco

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 12:36 AM
The Acme 10 minutes away sells beer. Whole Foods a mile up the road does. The Wegmans opening this fall 10 minutes away will, too. Wawa is asking, "Why not us?" The Delaware County-based convenience chain - which now sells beer in its stores in Virginia and Florida - says it wants to begin selling... Read more

Now open: Ti Penso, a BYOB on South Street West

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 10:43 PM
Chef Teresa "T" De Luca has made her solo-ownership debut with Ti Penso, a rustic American BYOB, at 2108 South St. It replaces the long-running Roberto Cafe. De Luca says the name, aside from punning her nickname, is a personal statement. Her father, an Italian immigrant, said it, meaning "thinking... Read more

Selfie time: Turning the camera on restaurateurs

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 1:32 PM
The annual Great Chefs Event has an important purpose, as it raises money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation. That doesn't mean that the restaurateurs and chefs don't have a few laughs at Urban Outfitters headquarters. Last night, I asked a few of the participants - Jose... Read more

Playboy says it knows the best cheesesteak in Philly

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 11:57 AM
Playboy contends that it has settled a debate that has raged in Philadelphia for decades: Which cheesesteak is best? The mag had writer Dan McQuade make the call (so it's really McQuade's "best cheesesteak in Philadelphia"). He came up with a collection of 17 contenders that includes the usual suspects... Read more

Guild Hall Brewing Co. sets opening in Jenkintown

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 5:00 AM
Downtown Jenkintown gets its own brewpub June 19 with the opening of Guild Hall Brewing Co. (208 York Rd., 267-287-8698), in a Horace Trumbauer-designed onetime Rolls-Royce showroom next to the Hiway Theater. Owen Hutchins, a longtime brewer who in 1997 became the first head brewer at the former General... Read more

Construction starts on Noord's offspring, Neuf

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 11:09 AM
Construction has at last started on Neuf - the Italian Market sibling of Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan's East Passyunk hit Noord. Neuf will include a bar at 943 S. Ninth St., and Lachman reports that the liquor license is in hand. They now hope to open in September. (Yes, it's the neuf month of... Read more

Hungry Pigeon joining a Queen Village dining explosion

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 2:25 AM
What's the next "hot" restaurant area? Could be Queen Village, the slice of South Philadelphia that also is believed to be the oldest residential neighborhood in the city. Fairly stable for the last few years, with the exception of the usual South Street churn, QV will see five significant openings... 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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