There's less of Mike Stollenwerk

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Mike Stollenwerk in December 2012 at left, and on April 16, at right.

Mike Stollenwerk - for nearly a decade one of our town's most visible seafood chefs - has been operating under the radar since last summer.

After a round of bad luck with his own restaurants (Fish, Fathom) and a short-lived teaming at Branzino in Rittenhouse last year, he decamped to South Street and Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co.

He recently launched a menu that reprises versions of his earlier hits, including Fathom Fries (topped with crabmeat, brown gravy and Old Bay) and a decadent spin on skate: truffled skate frites that presents the firm-fleshed fish with truffle fries and truffle butter.

More important, Stollenwerk seems to have his head back on straight. Through a healthy diet and sessions of mixed martial arts, he has dropped 110 pounds.

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