Change is simply part of the restaurant business. Staff departures, shifting customer tastes, and natural evolution are inevitable - and dealing with those forces is essential to stay relevant. But once a restaurant is no longer shiny and new, will those efforts ever get noticed? In Philadelphia's superheated dining scene, where as many as 65 new restaurants will have opened by year's end, finding the time and forum to revisit the veterans can be a tall challenge.
In recent years, I've become willing to travel an hour or more to sate my cravings for the giant dosas with coconut chutney, fragrant Hyderabadi biryani rice platters, and the sparky red Chicken 65 that can be found in the South Indian restaurants of Philadelphia's far western suburbs.
Since hosting a special event with rare old-vintage riojas this year, it's clear the West Deptford franchise of the Joe Canal's discount liquor chain has become a go-to stop for Spanish wine fans. The store is now selling an impressive pair of younger, mo
They came from Fishtown with thick beards and tattoos and an unquenchable thirst for beer. And it was being slaked by a barrage of saisons and vividly hopped IPAs at a long table behind us anchored by platters of tacos and fried chicken.
Boxed wines have come a long way over the last decade in variety, image, and quality, joining the screwcap as a once-controversial technical innovation that's now widely appreciated for its worth. The bag-in-a-box format is smart for fresh young wines, an
You'd think Ashton Cigar Bar would be, naturally, mostly about smoke, and, yes, there are 200 cigar labels waiting behind a glass-walled humidor at this sleek oasis of luxury tobacco, totally revamped from the old Mahogany and renamed by its new owners in late 2013.
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