Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cut the line at Hop Sing Laundromat

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 3:37 PM
Interested in a quick drink? Don't try Hop Sing Laundromat. Getting into the Chinatown bar is like boarding an airplane. You must wait outside, as evidenced by the gaggles of people gathered outside its nondescript building on Race Street, next to Ocean Harbor. The doorman may summon you. You head... Read more

Citizens Bank Park is ranked #2 (again) by PETA

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 11:43 AM
For the second year in a row, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals named Citizens Bank Park the No. 2 ballpark in Major League Baseball for its vegetarian-friendly food. It lost out the top spot this year to Dodger Stadium. PETA loves the home of the Phillies, awarding the ballpark first place... Read more

Dizengoff and Townsend make Bon Appetit's new-restaurant list

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 10:10 AM
Bon Appetit is out today with a list of its 50 nominees for the best new restaurants in America, and the two picks from Philadelphia could not be more different. Dizengoff is a so-called hummusiya - an Israeli-style hummus shop in Center City (from Zahav/Abe Fisher/Federal Donuts' Michael Solomonov... Read more

'Le Bok Fin' popping up on a South Philly roof

Monday, August 3, 2015, 11:48 PM
South Philly's casual-dining scene is looking up, at the very least for five weeks this summer. The 8,000-square-foot rooftop terrace of the shuttered Edward W. Bok Technical High School in South Philadelphia will be the scene of a pop-up restaurant from Thursday through Sunday, from Aug. 7 to Sept... Read more

Square Pie to take over for Cochon

Monday, August 3, 2015, 5:09 PM
Pizza trumps pig. After nearly eight years, Gene and Amy Giuffi have closed their romantic, porcine-centric French BYOB, Cochon, at Passyunk Avenue and Catharine Street in Queen Village. And in a brilliant move, they're moving their hot but tiny pizzeria, Square Pie, from across the street into the... Read more

Avero in Devon closes

Monday, August 3, 2015, 2:28 PM
After two years, Avero - a upscale-casual Italian restaurant in Devon Square shopping center based on a wood-fired oven for pizza - has closed. Owner Scott Morrison says he is not sure if the space will be sold or reconceptualized. Read more

T-swirl: Japanese-style crepes in Chinatown

Monday, August 3, 2015, 2:12 PM
Sweet and savory crepes are the specialty of the high-energy, NYC-based T-swirl crepe, which just opened its first Philadelphia location at 150 N. 10th St. in Chinatown (215-238-0111). Opening day crowds were thick, clamoring at the counter for the wraps made with gluten-free rice flour batter. The... Read more

Free food to mark Circles South Street opening

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 11:30 PM
Circles Thai - which started six years ago with a corner takeout in South Philadelphia - will open its third location at 429 South St. on Tuesday, Aug 4 with an open house: butlered menu items and comp champagne from 6 to 8: 30 p.m. It's the former short-lived site of Tuk Tuk Real, the Mexican-Thai... Read more

Varalli: Going once, going twice...

Friday, July 31, 2015, 2:58 PM
It may be late in the season to decorate a shore house. Perhaps there are other uses for an iridescent giant squid sculpture that is 34 feet long and 3 feet wide. Or wall waterfalls made of glass. Or hand-blown starfish light fixtures, bronze cast squid tentacle door handles, and serpent wall sconces... Read more

Ruth's Chris moving to Market St.

Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:20 AM
Aug. 22 will be the last night of service at Broad and Spruce Streets for Ruth's Chris steakhouse, as it's leaving its home of 27 years in the Atlantic Building for more spacious quarters at the Sonesta Hotel at 18th and Market Streets. The deal - which will thrust one of the city's longest-running... Read more
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