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January 7, 1994 | by Maria Gallagher, Daily News Restaurant Critic
South Street lost a bistro when Alex on South closed late last year, but gained another when Adrienne's opened not long afterward one block to the east. Like Alex's, Adrienne's has hearty food, big portions, moderate prices and a casual air, even though the dark-hued, 48-seat dining room hung with equestrian prints has the clubby look of a Ralph Lauren home furnishings showroom. Husband-and-wife proprietors Wally and Adrienne Hertler are on the premises - he working the front of the house, she in charge of the kitchen.
NEWS
January 8, 1988 | By SAM GUGINO, Daily News Restaurant Critic
I had been eagerly awaiting the opening of Odeon for a number of reasons. First, I've always loved the space on S. 12th Street, the original home of Battles Florist - with its stained glass name still on the transom. Second, Odeon has the pedigree of two accomplished restaurateurs, Steve Ledbetter of Alouette and Gary Bachman of Frog and La Terrace. And third, I hungered for some genuine bistro food, having sampled it in New York where it's been the rage for some time. The restoration of the building by the new owners is splendid.
FOOD
September 12, 1999 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
Audrey Taichman - a.k.a. Audrey Claire - commands the northwest corner of 20th and Spruce Streets with a cordless phone in one hand and a waiting list in the other. The sidewalk in front of her hip little bistro is thick with young and beautiful would-be diners, waiting alongside some older Rittenhouse Square regulars with wine bottles in hand. "Somebody's phone is ringing!" one says, sending half the crowd diving to the bottom of giant designer purses. It's just another call for Taichman, who cheerily tells the caller, "The wait's about 45 minutes.
NEWS
January 2, 2009 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brasserie Perrier, one of the landmarks on the Walnut Street restaurant row, has closed without notice. New Year's Eve was the finale, as staff learned that night. The bistro, which opened in January 1997 under Georges Perrier, received a slew of awards, including four stars from Mobil. Its closing had been inevitable. Co-owner Chris Scarduzio, who started as a sous chef and was elevated to partner in March 2004, said that based on the lease signed in 1996, the partnership was paying about $19 per square foot for rent at 1619 Walnut - about a third of current local rates.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2009 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
Clark Gilbert isn't promising the moon at Gemelli, his new bistro at the edge of Narberth, on rowhouse blocks once called - when the town was Irish-er - "the Italian section. " He is a seasoned chef, under his belt stints at the Four Seasons, Tony Clark's short-lived Square Bar on Rittenhouse Square, Avalon in West Chester, and the elegant, now-departed Taquet in Wayne. But he is the first to point out that the menu here, his first truly solo venture, is not the wheel reinvented: He offers a proper Caesar salad (add $2 for white anchovies)
NEWS
September 27, 1996 | by Stan Hochman, Daily News Restaurant Reviewer
They are expanding at Bistro St. Tropez, adding another room. Pourquoi, I ask, based on a recent visit, where the kitchen had serious problems handling the demands of Friday night diners in the existing space. Service was painfully slow, various items were undercooked, others overcooked, lovely bride got a platter meant for someone else and you couldn't tell the no-smoking section from the smokers without a gauze mask. And, oh yes, the wine list was bleak and overpriced.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1995 | By Gerald Etter, INQUIRER FOOD WRITER
While the view from Bistro St. Tropez offers a splendid cityscape tableau, it certainly can't compete with the breathtaking panorama of the Mediterranean one gets from Nice. But to Patrice Rames, who attended culinary school in the Riviera resort, it's the perfect background for his contemporary French food served with artistic flair at some extremely reasonable prices. Rames, 34, the proprietor and a product of Le Bec-Fin, opened Bistro in 1987 on the third floor of the Marketplace, a design center at 24th and Market that deals strictly with architects, designers and those in related businesses.
NEWS
January 31, 1993 | By John V. R. Bull, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ever since it opened a year ago, I have heard good things about Main Street, the European-style bistro in the Princeton Shopping Center. Curiosity finally got the upper hand, and I went for a visit. I only wish I had gone sooner, for Main Street is an attractive, friendly place with excellent food that shows both originality and high accomplishment. The menu defines a bistro as a bustling "neighborhood restaurant . . . where folks chat happily across the room while pleasant waiters duck between the closely spaced tables.
FOOD
August 6, 2009 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
New and just off City Avenue: Avril (134 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-2626), a cozy BYO bistro from chef Christian Gatti and his wife, April Lisante - hence the name. Gatti's Mediterranean menu starts in southeast France and heads into Italy. It will go farther inland as the weather cools off. Lisante, who spent a decade as a reporter, food writer, and editor at the Philadelphia Daily News, met Gatti in 2003 when she interviewed him for a feature about hot, young chefs.
NEWS
March 19, 1993 | by Maria Gallagher, Daily News Restaurant Critic
French bistros are vastly underrepresented in Philadelphia's restaurant mix. A tip of the beret, then, to Alex Cormier for deciding we shouldn't have to subsist solely on pasta when we dine out. His new restaurant, Alex on South, has the proper bistro essentials: hearty food, big portions, moderate prices, casual atmosphere, personable service, proprietor on the premises, foie gras on the menu. It feels French, even when the background music segues from Edith Piaf to Patsy Cline.
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FOOD
May 9, 2013 | By Michael Klein, Philly.com
Dana Smith Farrell uses such adjectives as fresh and approachable to describe Avenue Kitchen , the restaurant that she and her brother, Gregory, opened Monday at 789 Lancaster Ave. in Villanova (610-525-3950). The bar/restaurant occupies a portion of the space previously occupied by Maia and Mixx in the center behind the Villanova post office. The look is timelessly classic bistro, with angled mirrors high on the walls, whitewashed bricks, reclaimed tables and chairs, and neutral, leather-and-velvet banquettes.
NEWS
August 17, 2012
Outlet: Baker Bowl Bistro We went: 8:30 p.m. (4th inning) Wait : None Order: Sushi; crab cake sandwich Cost: $31 Just for grits 'n' giggles, PH2 thought he'd see how the other half dines at CBP. Through means that need not be discussed here, I infiltrated the Hall of Fame Club, the premium-seating area on the second level. Situated on a wide concourse, the HOF Club boasts several stations, including a merch stand and a couple of bars that offer hard liquor and wine as well as beer.
NEWS
May 17, 2012 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
Revel, Revel, Revel . . . . That's all the noise one hears these days coming from the Jersey Shore - especially when it concerns new prospects for dining. Granted, the gleaming $2.4 billion tower of Atlantic City's latest casino resort is hard to miss. And with more than a dozen restaurant concepts involving some very big names, its spring debut has no doubt been the biggest food news to hit this casino town since the Borgata began A.C.'s high-end remake. Jose Garces should have Philadelphians' attention right off the bat with three restaurants: an outsize version of Amada with ocean views and flamenco; a jumbo Village Whiskey clone for gourmet burgers and booze; plus Nuevo Mex concept with a Distrito Cantina serving margaritas and a replica Guapo's Taco truck.
FOOD
March 22, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Chef Peter McAndrews has added the Old World-elegant Popolino , in Northern Liberties (501 Fairmount Ave., 215-928-0106), to his collection of Italian-themers ( Modo Mio , Monsu , Paesano's ). Working with Four Seasons alumnus Steve Flis, he's put an antipasti bar - tavole calde ("hot table") - in the middle of the dining room. (It's not self-service; staff does the portioning). Cuisine is moderate-priced Roman rustic - 10 appetizers and 10 entrees, plus house-made desserts.
FOOD
December 22, 2011 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Not satisfied with simply selling cars, Cortright Wetherill Jr. of Devon Hill BMW has gotten himself into the restaurant business with Ella's American Bistro in Devon Square (214 Sugartown Rd., Wayne, 610-964-3552). Though it's white-tablecloth, they're going for a distressed feel with wood-paneled walls. The bar is made from a knotty sycamore tree; the wine list consists of about 50 bottles and 12 wines by the glass. Executive chef Matt Schuler, a Johnson & Wales University grad who lives in Lancaster, is doing the local-sourcing thing (sustainable, naturally raised, organic, chemical-free, etc., etc.)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2011
Bistrot La Minette 623 S. 6th St 215-925-8000 www.bistrotlaminette.com Parc 227 S. 18th St. 215-545-2262 Vintage 129 S. 13th St. 215-922-3095 www.vintage-philadelphia.com Zinc 246 S. 11th St. 215-351-9901 www.zincbarphilly.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2011 | By Jason Wilson, jason@jasonwilson.com
REMEMBER THAT odd little boom in French bistros a few years ago, right around the time the economy was collapsing around us? Oo la la, we were suddenly transformed into Le Philly , awash in cozy French spots like Bistrot La Minette, Cochon, Zinc, 10 Arts and others. There were so many French places here that our dining scene fostered a radical activist group that staged protests against foie gras in front of several bistros. The trend culminated, as it usually does, when Stephen Starr weighed in with Parc, his $9 million, 800-pound gorilla of a bistro on Rittenhouse Square.
FOOD
September 29, 2011 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
The restaurant space at the Wayne Hotel in downtown Wayne, once the home of Restaurant Taquet, has been expanded and renovated into a dining room and bistro bar called Paramour (139 E. Lancaster Ave., 610-977-0600). As part of the two-year renovation to the hotel, developer S.W. Bajus has also set up an outdoor veranda and a lobby lounge. The bistro has plush semicircular banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows, and the main dining room - now allowing for plenty of natural light - has an open kitchen, marble floors, and an enormous glass-walled wine display.
FOOD
July 14, 2011 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
The scene is hopping on both sides of 18th Street north of Rittenhouse Square as a.kitchen has opened on the ground floor of the AKA Rittenhouse Square (135 S. 18th St., 215-825-7030), joining the weeks-old Serafina. It's a polished but not stuffy American bistro from David Fields (ex- Salt ), featuring the food of Django/Talula's Table founding chef Bryan Sikora. From an open kitchen, he is preparing a locally sourced menu of right-sized plates, all priced under $20, that can be mixed; figure on a couple dishes per person.
TRAVEL
June 19, 2011 | By Bill Ordine, For The Inquirer
Dining with a water view in Las Vegas generally means nachos and a mojito at a hotel swimming pool. But at Marche Bacchus, a bistro-style restaurant in the northwest part of the city, it's the real deal. Marche Bacchus is in Desert Shores, a master-planned community about 10 miles from the Vegas Strip that is set around four elongated man-made lakes. The restaurant's dining terrace looks out over one of them. Owners Jeff and Rhonda Wyatt have been sprucing up the terrace and tweaking the menu since they bought the restaurant four years ago. "We live right there near the restaurant, and we were customers," Rhonda Wyatt says.
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