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Archive: July, 2013

Philly BBQ chef lands a TV series on Food Network

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 12:19 PM
Some folks go on The Next Food Network Star to seek their TV fame. For others, the TV show finds them. I refer to one Robert Kolbasowski, an Austin, Texas-born resident of the Pine Barrens known to all as Bubba. Last fall, Bubba and business partner Steve Ehrenhalt opened Bubba's BBQ at 19 W. Girard... Read more

Paris at the Jersey Shore

Monday, July 22, 2013, 4:04 PM
Chef Al Paris has lots going on in Chestnut Hill: He's building out Paris Bistro in the Chestnut Hill Hotel (due in October), developing a second Green Soul health-food shop for the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market (due in August) and running Heirloom, a BYOB at 8705 Germantown Ave. He also just opened... Read more

Wynnewood's Sang Kee is expanding

Monday, July 22, 2013, 3:17 PM
Sang Kee Asian Bistro in Wynnewood is expanding into the former Carvel ice cream shop next door. Owner Michael Chow says the new space will be a regular dining room as well as banquet room. He expects to open the new room in November. Chow also recently opened a 100-seat noodle bar in Parx casino... Read more

Win free burritos for a year

Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:11 PM
California Tortilla is opening its sixth location in the Philly area on Tuesday, July 23, as it replaces Tennessee's BBQ in Langhorne Square Shopping Center, 1295 E. Lincoln Highway, Levittown. To mark the opening day, CalTort will give out free burritos and drinks (one per customer) from 11 a.m.... Read more

End of the reel for Bistrot La Minette's movie nights

Monday, July 22, 2013, 10:30 AM
Bistrot La Minette's dinner-and-a-movie nights - held outdoors in the courtyard next to the restaurant on Sixth Street near Bainbridge - are one of the city's summertime charms. It comes to a close this week. Chef Peter Woolsey owns his restaurant building, but the courtyard was always leased. Bistrot... Read more

The top (hot) dogs on South Street

Monday, July 22, 2013, 10:00 AM
The second annual Dogs Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off brought pro and amateur chefs and nearly 1,000 attendees to the Shambles on Headhouse Square on Saturday, July 20. The event was sponsored by the South Street Headhouse District. When the smoke had cleared, the judges and attendees happened to... Read more

Bar Lucca to replace Totaro's in Conshohocken

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 2:16 PM
Rome wasn't built in a day. Neither is Bar Lucca, coming to Hector Street in Conshohocken during the third week of August. Owner Brian Pieri - who owns The StoneRose in the borough - bought the landmark Totaro's earlier this year after more than a year's negotiations. Renovations to the former rowhouse... Read more

Starr bringing Fatty Crab to Philly

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 1:53 PM
Stephen Starr - who imported Brooklyn BBQ king Fette Sau to Philly - is bringing in another out-of-towner. He told me that our town will get a branch of Fatty Crab, the hip Malaysian-inspired bistro. Crain's New York Business broke the news that Starr is working with Fatty Crew - parent company of... Read more

Kermit's Bake Shoppe: A pizzeria and a bakery had a baby

Friday, July 19, 2013, 4:19 PM
Kermit's Bake Shoppe - billed as the lovechild of a pizzeria and a bakery - has opened at 2204 Washington Ave. (267-639-4267). Owner Adam Ritter (Sidecar Bar, Kraftwork) - who named the place after his cat, who in turn is named after jazz great Kermit Ruffins - enlisted his restaurants' chef, Brian... Read more

Weekend must-tries: Beer floats; late-night special

Friday, July 19, 2013, 2:46 PM
Ice cream is the dessert of the week. We're talking about small-batch coldness as well as old-time neighborhood parlors. Philly is also home to three of the best shops on the planet - Bassetts, Capogiro and Franklin Fountain. Phily also happens to be beer central. Donal McCoy and Neil Laughlin at... Read more
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Michael Klein, the editor/producer of philly.com/Food, 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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