Table Talk | Prices, menu set Bookbinder's Shore outpost apart

Posted: July 12, 2007

One big difference between Bookbinder's new outpost at the Jersey Shore and the Old Original operation in Old City:

Lower prices.

Entrees are in the $20s. The menu also contains more meat dishes than in Philadelphia, to mix things up, and there's a brick oven for pizza in the modern dining room.

"We're going to make this the local restaurant, based on local customers returning often throughout the year," says Bruce Schilder, the general manager of Bookbinder's of Linwood (1201 New Rd., Linwood, N.J.; 609-601-2270). Schilder, who joined owner John E. Taxin a few weeks ago, had spent 18 years as general manager at the Ram's Head Inn in Galloway.

Bookbinder's - and there's an apostrophe, despite what the sign outside reads - replaces Savaradio in the Cornerstone Commerce Center, across from Mainland High.

It's dinner-only all week; lunch is planned in September. Bar and happy hour start at 4 p.m., and full menu goes on at 5 p.m.

What's new

New in Wilmington: The brasserie-inspired Exchange on Market (902 N. Market St., 302-576-9861), replacing the short-lived National restaurant on the bottom floor of the former Delaware Trust building. Open till 1 a.m., it targets DuPont theatergoers and the after-work crowd with a big beer/cocktail list and apps between $7 and $9 and entrees from $11 to $22. Partners James Mallios and Costa Dimas also have Costa's Grill & Private Events in the former Zanzibar Blue and Vault Steakhouse space. It's open Tuesdays through Fridays for lunch, Tuesdays through Saturdays for dinner.

What's coming

Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran plan to add to their holdings near 13th and Chestnut (Open House, Lolita and Grocery) this fall with Bindi, in Grocery's cafe side (105 S. 13th St.). The BYOB will feature a modern but homey approach to Indian cooking. Turney studied with cookbook author Julie Sahni.

It's construction crunch time at Max & David's, the upscale kosher-international restaurant-caterer coming to Yorktown Plaza (Route 611 and Church Road) in Elkins Park, which I wrote about last Aug. 31. Partner Steve Katz, of West Ave Grille in Jenkintown, says he ran into ventilation issues while planning the original location, next to Cold Stone Creamery. Now coming together in double the space next to Salon Paradisio, Max & David's expects to open softly in the middle of next month.

Briefly noted

That's Luca Sena Jr. - son of the owner of Ristorante Panorama and nephew of the Sena crew from La Famiglia/Le Castagne - as chef at Franco's Trattoria, which recently opened off Kelly Drive at Ridge Avenue in East Falls.

Rum Bar (2005 Walnut St.) has added lunch, seven days. Caribbean-influenced menu, with entrees from $8 to $13.

PA Preferred's regional cooking contest will be held next Friday and Saturday at Reading Terminal Market. Among competitors angling for a spot in the finals (at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January) are Blake Joffe of Bar Ferdinand; Corey A. Baver of Paradiso; David Ansill of Ansill; Joseph Frost of georges'; and Michael Zulli of Bridgewater's.

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