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Archive: February, 2013

West Chester's Roots Cafe moving to old Gilmore's

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 3:10 PM
Roots Cafe, at 8 W. Gay St. in West Chester, seats 17 "when we push it," says owner Dan Cellucci. That will change in late May or early June when Cellucci moves the sustainable-focus cafe two blocks into 133 E. Gay St., the former longtime home of Gilmore's. Cellucci says the new location will seat... Read more

Philly's pizza is ranked 4th in America

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 10:00 PM
March's Travel + Leisure mag ranks what its readers call the 20 best cities for pizza in America, and Philly was fourth, behind Chicago (whose deep-dish pizza is hard to replicate elsewhere), Providence (grilled pizza), and New York. (The editors acknowledge that large metro areas are surveyed, effectively... Read more

Locals on next season of 'Hell's Kitchen'

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 9:25 PM
The Philly area will be amply represented on the 11th season of Fox's Hell's Kitchen, where chefs Zach Womack, Jacqueline Baldassari, Michael Langdon, Jessica Wilson and Cyndi Stanimirov will be on the business end of Gordon Ramsay's pie hole, starting March 12. For the first time, the 20 contestants... Read more

North Bowl plans a South Philly offshoot

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 4:27 PM
Back in 2006, entrepreneur Oron Daskal opened North Bowl, a bowling alley/entertainment spot in a former auto mechanic's garage on Second Street in Northern Liberties. For his second fun center, Daskal is headed to South Philly. He secured the former Thomas Colace produce warehouse at 19 E. Oregon... Read more

Citron & Rose opens Saturday nights

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 11:49 AM
Citron & Rose opened in November as an anomaly: a Main Line restaurant closed on Saturday nights. The Merion Station newcomer, run by Zahav's Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov, follows kosher law and observes the sabbath, which runs sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. So why not open Saturday... Read more

Uh-oh. It's a Pliny the Younger shortage

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 10:19 PM
Just the thought of the annual batch of Pliny the Younger stirs beer aficionados into a frenzy. For nine years, people have lined up outside Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa, Calif., on the first Friday of February to snag a glass of what many regard as one of the best beers in the world. (Beer... Read more

Apologies from the chef: Pop-up was a bust

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 3:10 PM
You go out to a special dinner and it's a bust. Rare is it for the chef to apologize. Which is what Ryo Igarashi did in an email. Last night, he hosted a pop-up izakaya before a packed house at HeadHouse/Le Champignon at 124 Lombard St. This was supposed to be Igarashi's road back. Last year, he... Read more

Cream puff dreams: Hoops star's shop closes

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 1:36 PM
Darn those cream puffs. Light and delicious. But so hard to make, so perishable. And the business model? A tall order. That did not deter Haddonfield's Brian Zoubek. Last year at age 24, the 7-foot-1 center on the Duke Blue Devils' 2010 NCAA championship team opened Dream Puffz, a shop dedicated... Read more

Tashan's Sylva Senat is a South Asian supreme

Monday, February 25, 2013, 10:41 PM
Sylva Senat, executive chef at Tashan (777 S. Broad St.), now holds the title Supreme South Asian Chef. He won a recent series of "culinary battles" sponsored by Caesars Entertainment and DISH designed to raise awareness of South Asian culture. His winning dish was Fish in a Fish Bowl, featuring poha-crusted... Read more

More chain burgers in Cherry Hill

Monday, February 25, 2013, 10:08 PM
Cherry Hill's burger options are expanding. You have your Bobby's Burger Palace at the mall, your Five Guys on Route 70, and a Red Robin on the way to the Plaza at Cherry Hill (next to the mall) this fall. Zinburger, a sleek and loud wine and burger bar with roots in North Jersey, is fixing to open... Read more
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