Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat:
Craig LaBan: For our annual block party, we got on the food truck bandwagon and gathered around a visit from Don Memo's (usually parked in West Philly), which served all the chicken and pork tacos we could eat for $10 a person. I've had better tacos, but I've had worse, too . . . and it was a fun, different way to get the neighbors out and munching.
It's the second week of Restaurant Week, a frequent topic here, and a subject on which I'm usually not overenthusiastic. Before it began, I was looking through some early menu offerings and decided it should be renamed "Fifty Shades of Salmon." But then I went out and had a couple of really great RW experiences that I hope are indications that restaurants are putting more effort into the event. At Meritage, we feasted on sumptuous foie gras dumplings, perfectly roasted duck, and a chocolate-caramel thing. Even better was Ann Coll's take on Korean fried chicken (a Thursday special) that may well be the best version of that in town. Meritage remains one 3-beller that still deserves to be talked about more than it is. Over at Garces Trading Co., we had a fine RW lunch of salmorejo soup and a fantastic veggie sandwich with shaved zucchini and a bittersweet radicchio jam. (Panna cotta with macaroons, not bad either!)