When spring arrives, things really should start cooking at
Carson's Dockside Grill
, which opened last month at Ridley Township Municipal Marina (401 S. Swarthmore Ave., Ridley Park, 484-494-3388), just south of Philadelphia International Airport off Interstate 95.
Owners Cindi and Doug Rooney have jumped in as the township is renovating the docks and boat launch. (Carson is the couple's 6-year-old son.) The spot last was a short-lived place called the Blue Anchor.
There are three dining options: the indoor room, an enclosed outside deck, and an outside deck (though keep in mind it's BYOB). Cindi Rooney, whose restaurant-management background includes Charlotte's in Newtown Square, says they'll station a grill outside when the weather warms up. Chef Curt Cornman's experience includes Roux 3 and Tangerine; his menu (seafood-oriented) is mostly under $20. It's open for lunch and dinner, Tuesdays through Sundays.
Triumph Brewing Co.
(117 Chestnut St., 215-625-0855), already in Princeton (for 12 years) and New Hope (for four), rolled out last week, covering a triple-wide storefront in Old City. Atmosphere is best described as eclectic. Assorted dining areas on two floors cover everything from exposed brick (rustic) to leather and plastic (modern). It's busy and overdesigned (but then, so is the Web site,
). Triumph is the first new Philly brewpub in some time, and Jay Mission is pumping out eight varieties from his second-floor brewhouse. Lunch/dinner menu includes soups ($5), pizzas and panini ($7 and $8), and platters (steak frites, grilled lamb loin - nothing over $15). Bar menu tops out at $7.50. It's open for lunch and dinner daily.
A handsome, new, Irish-influenced corner gastropub, yello'bar (2425 Grays Ferry Ave., 215-735-3533), has opened at Catharine and Grays Ferry across from Naval Square, the Toll Bros. residential project at the former Naval Home. The yello'bar name plays on the building's sunny-ugly former facade; restaurant rookies Ken Hyland and Kirk Phillips redid the place inside and out over the course of a couple of years, adding a comfy bar and dining room and an outdoor patio. Chef James Ceravolo, formerly at the nearby L2, does a wide-ranging menu (soups, salads, sandwiches, Guinness beef stew), all under $12. It's open daily for lunch and dinner; there's weekend brunch, too.
Pita Pocket Falafel & Grille (218 S. 16th St., 215-545-7482), a casual Middle Eastern with a salad bar, has taken over the space last held by Monticelli. It's mostly takeout; there's some seating on the ground floor and a dining room on the second floor. Everything is under $10. It's open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Cafe Central, a continental with a lounge, replaced Bamboo Bernies at 20 White Horse Pike in Lawnside (856-672-0002). Chef-owner Anthony DePasquale's background includes the Brick Hotel in Newtown and Buck Hotel in Feasterville; entrees are $16 to $29, and it's open daily, with live music on weekends.
(640 N. Broad St.) starts lunch, but only on Thursdays and Fridays, on April 26.
Brasserie Perrier (1619 Walnut St.) has new management; Fabien Chaigneau is gone. New general manager is Marc Grika, a former GM at Spirit New York and at Philly's Alma de Cuba and Pod. His assistant, Jonathan Krieger, previously worked at Westmont's Kitchen 223.
The opening of Fuji (116 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield 856-354-8200) has been pushed back to April 24.
Get an early video peek at two newcomers: Triumph Brewing Co. in Old City and yello'bar in Grays Ferry. View it at: