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.