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Archive: August, 2013

Weekend must-tries: Hookah and hummus, budino pops and coffee growlers

Friday, August 16, 2013, 11:47 AM
When Samer Albarouki, who owns Ed’s Buffalo Wings & Pizza in University City, learned that the Mexican restaurant Zocalo was closing down the street, he put in a bid for the spot. The corner property at 36th Street and Lancaster Avenue has a killer outdoor patio and a warren of dining rooms... Read more

Chef Nicholas Elmi opening BYOB on East Passyunk

Friday, August 16, 2013, 11:03 AM
Nicholas Elmi, who dropped off the radar several months ago when he left Rittenhouse Tavern at the Art Alliance, has made two huge moves. One is his appearance on next season's Top Chef, which premieres Oct. 2 on Bravo. Two is the deal he just inked: He's opening a BYOB on the burgeoning East Passyunk... Read more

Cronuts and the American way

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 2:31 PM
Supply and demand, the entrepreneurial spirit, sugar, butter, cream and flour have collided, and the result is a sticky mess. recounts the story of how Wayne's Royal Cafe began selling cronuts. Invented by NYC's Dominique Ansel, the portmanteau pastries meld a croissant and a doughnut... Read more

Maido! leaving Narberth for Ardmore

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 10:46 PM
Maido!, the region's only Japanese-owned grocery and a nexis of the area's Japanese community, will leave its space in Narberth this fall as it relocates to downtown Ardmore. Founder Seiko Dailey said the new location, opening in October or November, was the corner of Lancaster and Anderson Avenues... Read more

Satsuma Kitchen + Bar: Asian street food coming to Wilmington

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 3:08 PM
Chef Michael DiBianca - who has Moro, the long-running Mediterranean in downtown Wilmington - is working on his second restaurant in town. He is retooling the erstwhile Trolley Square landmark Del Rose Cafe (1707 Delaware Ave.) into a modern/industrial Japanese street-food spot called Satsuma Kitchen... Read more

Pork buns at 2 a.m.? Momofuku Ssam Bar pops up at Zahav

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 11:01 AM
Pop-up dinners - where a chef does a one-nighter at another restaurant - tend to fall into a routine, says Matthew "Rudy" Rudofker, chef de cuisine at New York's Momofuku Ssäm Bar. They're relatively expensive, too. That's why when he and and Zahav co-owner/chef Michael Solomonov began tossing... Read more

Gran Caffe L'Aquila: Italian dining planned for Chestnut St.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 11:27 PM
The retail scene on Chestnut Street - quiet seemingly for decades - appears to be on the way up. Some of it is wishful thinking at the moment as Nordstrom Rack is rumored to be considering the old Daffy's at 17th and Chestnut, and Uniqlo is looking at 1608 Chestnut St. How about a very real, substantial... Read more

Your Philly restaurant look-ahead

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 1:57 PM
Mid-August is a fine time to hit the pause button on the Philly-area restaurant scene to offer a look ahead. Here is some of what I'm hearing. Much is plotted out on a map: Sophie's Cafe: The former crew from Chestnut Street's Scoop de Ville opens at 165 E. Lancaster Ave. in Wayne on Aug. 15. Almaz... Read more

Cedars becoming quite the destination

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 11:12 AM
The dining lineup at the Cedars Country Store complex on Skippack Pike in Worcester Township has grown by a third. Grant Langdon Brown has added del Prado - a country-elegant bruncherie/takeout - in a former eyeglass shop next to his Mediterranean small-plater, 19 Bella. Kevin Carton's Olce Pizza... Read more

Big move for a Center City liquor store

Monday, August 12, 2013, 11:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's state store at 1913 Chestnut St. will close after business Tuesday, Aug. 13. The next day at 11 a.m., a larger store will open about two blocks away, at 2040 Market St. (the former AAA building). The new store - branded as a Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium... 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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