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Archive: August, 2011

Talula's Garden makes a top-10 list

Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 10:49 AM
Talula's Garden, the new Aimee Olexy-Stephen Starr collab on Washington Square, comes in at No. 6 on Bon Appetit's list of the best new U.S. restaurants. Which is fine, except for that fact that chef Michael Santoro -- who left two weeks ago -- is singled out for praise. Critic Andrew Knowlton writes... Read more

Stephen Starr has had enough of Philly

Monday, August 15, 2011, 11:54 AM
Looks like 21 is Stephen Starr’s lucky number. Right now, Starr owns 19 restaurants in Philadelphia, if you include the seasonal Square Burger on Franklin Square and his management of Granite Hill at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He also manages the posh Rat's in Hamilton Township, N.J. (See... Read more

Philly caterer does 'Chopped'

Monday, August 15, 2011, 10:32 AM
Christopher Thames of Roxborough's Distinctive Fare Catering turns up Tuesday, Aug. 16 on the Food Network show Chopped (10 p.m.). Ep is titled "A is for apple and U is for udon," and the plot description goes like this: "The chefs find udon noodles and a brightly colored vegetable in the appetizer... Read more

Starr strikes again in Rittenhouse

Sunday, August 14, 2011, 12:34 PM
Another Stephen Starr restaurant is on the way: an upscale, modern-Italian dinner spot called Il Pittore, and it will occupy 2025 Sansom St., which until today was Noble American Cookery. The deal – which will be Starr’s 19th Philadelphia restaurant and his 25th overall – will provide... Read more

New life for the 401 Diner

Saturday, August 13, 2011, 4:19 PM
Emboldened by their success at Isabella in Conshohocken, Tom Richter, Peter Richter, and chef Michael Cappon are sprucing up the 401 Diner on the other end of town, at Fourth and Fayette Streets. (See the glowing LaBan review here.) The 401, which closed last winter, is due to reemerge later this... Read more

Free BBQ on Sunday

Saturday, August 13, 2011, 8:18 AM
The Daves here at are abuzz with anticipation over Famous Dave's promo Dave's Day, which means a free entree if your name is Dave and a half-price offer if your middle name is Dave. It's Sunday, Aug. 14. Deal is here. Read more

Milkboy ready to deliver

Friday, August 12, 2011, 2:55 PM
Let's be patient with Tommy Joyner and Jamie Lokoff and crew at the new Milkboy as it opens on the southwest corner of 11th and Chestnut Streets. A year and a half in the making, Milkboy, an offshoot of the popular Main Line hangout, rolls out first thing (6 a.m.) Monday, Aug. 15 with beverages. A... Read more

Now, a trio of Trias

Friday, August 12, 2011, 11:31 AM
Sometimes, you hear a restaurant name and just wonder... In Center City, the Tria name is golden: casual wine/beer bars in Washington Square West and Rittenhouse Square serving interesting cheeses and light bites. Then a smaller third restaurant came on board last October at 3131 Walnut St. at The... Read more

Sang Kee, Sang Kee everywhere

Friday, August 12, 2011, 10:44 AM
Busy, busy times for Michael Chow as he uses August to open two Sang Kee restaurants. Friday, Aug. 12 is the grand opening of Sang Kee Noodle Bowl at 4755 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square (610-353-5353), which was last Parker's Prime. Chow is a consultant on the restaurant for Win and Sutida Somboonsong... Read more

A second Korean project for Chinatown

Friday, August 12, 2011, 10:07 AM
The de-China-fication of Chinatown continues. Yesterday, I described a forthcoming Korean restaurant from Cherry Hill's Sammy Chon's K-Town BBQ setting up in Chinatown, as well as Ramen Boy, an offshoot of Chinatown's Yakitori Boy. Today, I chatted with Kenny Poon, who three years ago opened the... Read more
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